Jerald Alfred ShollMarch 23, 1929 ~ August 3, 2017 (age 88)
Jerald Alfred Sholl passed away in his beloved North Georgia under the wonderful care of Hospice on Thursday, August 3, 2017. He was born to Wiley Alfred and Ida Mae (Little) Sholl in Rossville, Georgia, on March 23, 1929, near the slopes of Missionary Ridge. The very slopes on which his great-grandfather Digory Wroath Sholl, an immigrant from Cornwall, England and member of the 52nd Ohio VIR, fought in 1863.
Gramps carried on his great-grandfather's sense of duty and love of country. He was a proud U.S. Navy veteran who served as a radioman during the Korean War. We loved to hear him regale colorful tales about his life in the Navy.
As a Father, nothing made him happier than the accomplishments and character of his two sons and two daughters. Their families and careers filled him with pride. Above all things, Gramps was loyal to family. He always had a word of encouragement even on the worst days.
Indeed, it really shined with his grandkids. He was often a kid again when around them with a funny joke or his spot on Donald Duck impression to make them laugh. This past Easter, in the twilight of his life, he had two of his great-granddaughters cracking up to the sound of the irascible duck.
Lastly, Gramps was a blue-collar renaissance man. He taught Sunday School, was an outstanding youth baseball coach, served in many roles at McCallie School, could get a car running, and was a great storyteller . For a while, he even competed in stock car races. He loved driving fast. Indeed, he was an original. There will never be another Gramps. He will be missed.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife Jo Faye Logan Sholl and daughter Joy Sholl Yates.
He is survived by his children; Kenny (Penny) Sholl, Mike (Kerri) Sholl, and Julie Sholl (Kevin) Wright; grandchildren, Scott Sholl, Patrick (Jessica) Sholl, Carrie (Zack) Willmore, Callie (Drew) Burns, Kensey Sholl, Kile (Courtney) Sholl, Karoline Sholl, Hannah Rose and Morgan Rose; great-grandchildren, Eliza and Olivia Willmore and Adeline Faye Sholl.
A family graveside service will be held at the Chattanooga National Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Catoosa County Children’s Fund, P.O. Box 130 Ringgold. GA, 30736 and McCallie School, 500 Dodds Ave. Chattanooga TN 37404.
Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway.