Hixson, Jack

Longtime Dentist In Red Bank Was U.S. Navy Veteran

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Jack Hixson
Jack Hixson

Dr. Jack Hixson, 96, of Chattanooga, passed away on March 21, 2020. 

Dr. Hixson was a member of the Red Bank Baptist Church, where he was a faithful member of the Fellowship Sunday School Class from 1947 until his death. 

He was born in Dunlap, Tn., and graduated from Sequatchie County High School.  He was a member of the first high school band. After graduation from high school, he attended T.P.I.(now know as Tennessee Tech) where his major was Pre-Dental. 

He was called on to serve his country in World War II in the US Navy.  He was stationed in the Naval Hospital in Ft. Worth, TX as a hospital corpsman.  While in Ft. Worth, he was selected to go to Loyola University Dental School in New Orleans. 

Soon after entering dental school, he married Dorthy Sulsar whom he had met in Ft. Worth.  They lived in New Orleans until his graduation as a Doctor of Dental Surgery.   

After graduating from dental school, he opened his practice of dentistry in Red Bank.  His practice was interrupted when he was called upon to serve his country in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed at the Marine Corps Base in Beaufort, SC as a Navy dentist. 

Upon completing this tour of service, he reopened his practice in Red Bank.  He was a life member of the American Dental Association, the Tennessee Dental Association, and the Chattanooga Area Dental Society.  He served in every elective office, concluding his service as president.

He relieved a lot of mouth and jaw pain for his many patients, and caused a lot for the many more fish he caught!

After his retirement, he continued to enjoy fishing, his favorite pastime, and helping his children and grandchildren whenever and wherever they needed him. 

Dr Hixson was preceded in death by his wife, Dorthy. 

He is survived by his brother, Gene and sister, Gayle Thornton; sons: Steve (Rose) and Mark (Cindy); grandchildren: David (Alishea); Allison (Cheles) Fawver; Drew (Emily) and Kyle; great-granddaughters: Olivia, Abigail and Zoe. Many specials nieces and nephews.

Due to current restrictions, there will be a graveside service for immediate family only.  A Celebration of Life will be held later.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society or Red Bank Baptist Church.

Visit www.hamiltonfuneraloptions .com to share words of comfort to the family.

Arrangements are by Hamilton Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 4506 Hixson Pike, 423 531-3975.


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