Joseph Persinger

Hamilton County

Joseph Samuel "Joe" Persinger Sr., lifelong resident of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., died Tuesday morning, May 15, 2012, at the The Terrace at Mountain Creek. He was 84 on April 27.Joe was the son of Rachel Whitaker and Joseph Hull Persinger, who pre-deceased him.He attended Lookout Mountain Elementary School and Chattanooga City High School. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity at the University of Chattanooga. He was a member of Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church. He served in the U.S. Navy at the Naval Station Great Lakes in Chicago, Ill., and in St. Simons Island, Ga.Business took him to New York City; Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C. and Chattanooga. He retired after many years as owner and president of Joe Persinger Construction Co., and specialized in custom home construction.Joe was an active volunteer with the Walter Boehm Birth Defects Center and served as Hamilton County chairman of the March of Dimes Telerama, benefiting the center. He was an avid outdoorsman - enjoying hunting, fishing and golf at the Lookout Mountain Golf Club. He also enjoyed playing golf when at Sandestin, Fla. He was a supporter of Ducks Unlimited for many years. He was active until he developed health problems.Joe is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia Murphy "Pat" Persinger; two sons, Joseph "Joe" (Leeann) Persinger Jr., of Denver, N.C. ; Stephen "Steve" C. (Karen) Persinger, of Lookout Mountain, Ga.; and daughter, Margaret "Meg" Persinger (Oscar) Brock, of Lookout Mountain, Tenn. Also surviving are his twin brother, John "Jack" M. (Winkie) Persinger of Lookout Mountain; and sister, Sue Persinger Nowlin, of Lynchburg, Va.Much loved by and known as either Granddaddy or Doe Doe, are his grandchildren, Robert Persinger and Michael Persinger, both of Denver, N.C., S. Christopher (Annie) Persinger, of Mobile, Ala., Thomas M. Persinger and Joseph B. Persinger, both of Lookout Mountain, M. Archer Brock and Eleanor H. Brock, both of Lookout Mountain, Tenn.; two great-grandchildren, Sarah Claire Persinger and Luke Austin Persinger, Mobile, Ala.; nieces, Marshall Persinger, Martha Nowlin Smith, Tish Nowlin and nephew, John Persinger; his constant companion, Litl Buddy.The family will receive friends beginning at 11 a.m. at the church.Memorial services will be held at noon Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Ray Clark officiating.Interment will follow in Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden.To share words of comfort to the family visit special thanks to longtime friend and personal physician, Dr. John Laramore; the staff at The Terrace at Mountain Creek; and Hospice of Chattanooga.The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Chambliss Childrens Home; Goodwill Industries, on Dodds Avenue or your favorite charity.Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road.

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