George Edward Koontz, 66, of Ooltewah, passed away on February 17, 2020.
A native of Knoxville, George grew up in Atlanta before moving to Chattanooga.
He attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he was house manager, treasurer, and vice president of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity graduating in 1971 with honors with a B.A. degree in Political Science.
He then attended the University of Tennessee College of Law where he was elected to the Dean’s Advisory Committee and won the American Jurisprudence Award for the highest grade in his class for Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law I and Constitutional Law II graduating 11th in his class.
In 1984 he co-founded the law firm of Kennedy, Fulton and Koontz which ultimately grew to 10 lawyers and today is known as Kennedy, Koontz and Klingler Law Firm.
George has been active in amateur baseball throughout the Southeast for over 30 years helping over 320 Tennessee and Georgia baseball players obtain college scholarships and is the majority owner of the Real Sports Academy in Ooltewah. He was a founding member of Grace Works Church.
He was preceded in death by his father, George M. Koontz.
George is survived by his wife of 37 years, Carolyn Koontz; son, Dylan (Lacey) Paris; granddaughter, Bella Paris all of Ooltewah; mother, Mary Koontz, Chattanooga; sister-in-law, Pam Miller, Franklin, Tn.; nephew, Will (Jessica) Miller; great nephew and niece, Dylanger and Khalynn, all of Fairview, Tn., aunt, Lorraine George and uncle, Ralph Erickson.
The family will receive friends on Friday, Feb. 21, from 4-8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 E. Brainerd Road, and Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at Grace Works Church.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Grace Works Church, 6445 Lee Highway with Dr. Bill Owens, Ryan Vinson, and Jim McKoon officiating.
Honorary pallbearers will be David Mead, Ryan Vinson, Aaron Simmons, James Bowen, Hunter Oliver, Daniel Howard, Mark Hunter, Michael Langston, Tanner Moore, Travis Simmons, and the staff of Kennedy, Koontz, and Klingler Law Firm.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Works Church Building Fund, Grace Works Church, 6445 Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421 in Memory of George Koontz.
You may visit www.heritagechattanooga.com to share condolences to the Koontz Family and view the memorial tribute.