Gammon, Wirt H. Jr.

U.S. Army Veteran Was Longtime Sports Writer For The Chattanooga Times

Saturday, February 9, 2019
Wirt Gammon Jr.
Wirt Gammon Jr.

Wirt H. Gammon, Jr., 84, passed away February 8, 2019 in the care of Hospice of Chattanooga.  He is predeceased by his parents Brooke Y. Gammon and Wirt H. Gammon, Sr.

Wirt grew up in North Chattanooga and graduated from Normal Park School, North Side Junior High and Chattanooga High.  He is a graduate of the University of Chattanooga, where he majored in English and minored in Languages.  He was also a member of the Varsity Tennis Team. 

He served in the U. S. Army after World War II and was stationed in Europe as a language translator.

Wirt was a sports writer for the Chattanooga Times for 20 years during which time he spent a decade as a SEC Skywriter, representing the Chattanooga Times on preseason football tours around the South Eastern Conference. 

During his retirement, Wirt received a certificate from Chattanooga State in landscaping and turf management.  He worked at Home & Lawn Care and volunteered at Reflection Riding working with native plants. 

Wirt served as scorekeeper for the Chattanooga Lookouts for many years.  He was a member of the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame and served on the Board of Directors as their Treasurer. 

He is survived by his sister, Ann (Brad) Weeks, Lookout Mountain; nieces, Sarah (Peter) Robbins, Chattanooga; Brooke Weeks (Lee Pike), Portland Oregon; great niece and nephews, Maggie and William Robbins and Max Pike.

Visitation will be on Friday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. and a Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 848 Ashland Terrace, the Reverend Quinn Parman and the Reverend John Rouser officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to The Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame, 952 Wyndsor Drive, Hixson, Tn. 37343 or St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 848 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, Tn. 37415 for the Clergy’s discretionary funds.

Arrangements are by Hamilton Funeral Home and Cremation Services.



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