The Chief John Ross Chapter, NSDAR honored Gene Pike, president of Chattanooga Funeral Home, as a Hometown Patriot for his decades of service to area veterans and his continuing partnership with the chapter.
Jessica M. Dumitru observed that “Mr. Pike quietly serves our veterans’ community in countless ways and he never seeks recognition. Instead, his reward comes in seeing the smiles and sometimes tears of veterans and their families when he honors them through his leadership with the Freedom’s Foundation or in other public ceremonies. He and Chattanooga Funeral Home work to assure that homeless veterans with no identifiable family receive a dignified burial commiserate with their service to our nation in the fight for freedom, equality and humanity. I’ve known Mr. Pike for my entire life and he is indeed a Hometown Patriot. It is our honor to say 'Thank You' to this kind man who epitomizes the Golden Rule.”
Mr. Pike is a second-generation funeral director and embalmer and has been affiliated with Chattanooga Funeral Home since the 1950s, serving as president and florist from 1974. Mr. Pike attended the University of Chattanooga, obtained an associate's degree in education at a junior college in Nashville, and is a graduate of John A. Gupton Mortuary College. A licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1959 in the states of Tennessee and Georgia, he oversees four funeral homes, two cemeteries, a florist and the Chattanooga Care Center.
Mr. Pike is a member of the Chairman's Council since 1985 and has served as a longtime chairman of the board for John A. Gupton Mortuary College. Serving in various organizations in Chattanooga through the years, he is the past president and board member of the Walter B. Boehm Birth Defect Center, Big Brothers/Bis Sisters of Chattanooga, Contact of Chattanooga Telephone Ministry and the Half Century Club of Chattanooga. He currently serves as the vice-president of Awards for the Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge-Chattanooga Chapter, a half-century member and past president of the Civitan Club and a lifetime honorary member of Vietnam Veterans of America, Chattanooga Chapter. In 2002, Mr. Pike received the East Brainerd Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award. He serves as a deacon and past finance chairman and president of the Friendship Sunday School Class at Ridgedale Baptist Church, where he and his wife attend church.
Married since 1959, Mr. Pike and his wife have a son, a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter. His son, Steve, works with him at Chattanooga Funeral Home and in service to the Chattanooga community.
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