Lt. Col. John Andrew "Dixie" Cupp III USAF Ret., of Chattanooga passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at the home of his father, former Hamilton County Sheriff John A. Cupp, Jr., after a 28-month battle with Metastatic Melanoma.He was born on Sept. 29, 1959 in Chattanooga. He attended Boyd Buchanan School and served 33 years, 4 months and 12 days in the Air Force. He provided support to Operations Deliberate Force, Allied Force, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.He was preceded in death by his mother, Carolyn Bridges Cupp. Survived by his father, John, stepmother, Dotsy Weaver Cupp; his wife, Margie Cupp and son, Ryan, of Jacksonville, Fla.; son, Adam Cupp and daughter, Alyssa Clausen, of Omaha, Neb.; sisters, Phyllis (George) Taylor; Darlene Smyth; brother, George (Lisa) Cupp. He is survived by three nieces, Jennifer, Laura and Sarah.Andy requests no flowers but please consider The American Cancer Society, 6221 Shallowford Road, Suite 102, Chattanooga, TN 37421, and Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416.Andy and his family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Tennessee Oncology and the San Antonio Military Medical Center where his care was outstanding. Also a special thanks to Captain/Doctor Holly Hoffman for all her assistance.Visitation will be from 3 until 8 p.m. today, July 31, 2013, at the Chattanooga Funeral Home East Chapel, 404 S. Moore Road, Chattanooga.A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at Tyner Church of Christ, 6620 Bonny Oaks Drive, Chattanooga, with Col. J.D. Willis and ministers George and John Cupp officiating.Burial will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors provided by the 118th Base Honor Guard, Department of the United States Air Force.Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastChapel.com.Arrangements are by the Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory & Florist, East Chapel, 404 S. Moore Road, Chattanooga, TN 37412.