Raymond Fox

Hamilton County

Raymond Allyn Fox, 86, passed away on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Aug. 30, 1926. He attended Colgate University on a football scholarship. He played offensive and defensive tackle for the Colgate Raiders where he was given the nickname 'Rangy' Al Fox by his teammates. He loved athletics. He maintained a gym membership where he enjoyed socializing, swimming, and playing racquetball. He competed in racquetball - doubles master's division - where he ranked 5th in the nation. He coached local youth in baseball and football. Additionally, he refereed college and high school football in and around the Chattanooga area.He was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church for 46 years. He was an usher for the mass and lectured. As a founding member of the Knights of Columbus Council 6099, he acted in various functions on the board and was a charter member.He traveled the world and enjoyed meeting new people and experiencing their cultures. He lived in Saudi Arabia for seven years where his company was contracted to build hospitals, compounds, and palaces, as well as providing maintenance and janitorial services at these and other sites.His children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren had a motivator in 'Poppa Fox number one'. He attended special events, their games and matches, and was exceedingly proud of each and every one of their accomplishments.His straightforward nature grew on those around him. He had such a loving spirit and didn't take himself too seriously. He made a positive attitude a way of life and it was contagious. He was always great for the shape he was in.He loved God, his family, and friends. He loved life and lived it serving God and his family. He was surrounded by love when he was faithfully called to his Christian home.Mr. Allyn Wood Fox and Mrs. Margaret Mulvihill Fox, his parents, preceded him in death, as well as his brother, John Fox of New Jersey.Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Shirley Allmon Fox, of Chattanooga, formerly of Long Island, N.Y.; their five children, Raymond (Leslie) Fox Jr., Kathy Fox, Heather Fox (Barry) Sides, Zane (Lori) Fox, and Liza Fox Heath; his brother, Robert (Pat) Fox, of Florida; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren who lovingly called him "Poppa Fox".The family will honor his legacy at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 7111 Lee Highway, Chattanooga.A visitation will be held at the church from 2:30 to 4 p.m. with a reception to follow the 4 p.m. service.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests tribute contributions be made to either St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P. O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148, or Hospice of Chattanooga Foundation, P. O. Box 46, Chattanooga, TN 37401.Condolences and memories may be shared at www.williamsonandsons.com.Announcement by Williamson & Sons Funeral Home, 8852 Dayton Pike Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379.

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