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Buddy Merel Fugate

February 19, 1938 ~ May 25, 2019 (age 81)
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Buddy M. D. Fugate, 81, of Ringgold, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, May 25, 2019.  Buddy was born February 19, 1938, in Rhea Springs, TN, to the late T.O. and Elora Fugate.  Buddy graduated from Red Bank High School and was a veteran of the Tennessee Air National Guard.  In his youth he was a drag racer then went on to become a machinist for high-performance engines.  He was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.  Buddy worked at Combustion Engineering as a draftsman and in 2000 retired from Fugate Automotive.  Buddy loved going to dirt-track races and RVing across America.  Mr. Fugate is preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Glynda “Sue” Fugate; son, Lance Fugate; sister, Eleanor Parris; and granddaughter, Cassie Clements. 

Survivors are his wife of 15 years Barbara Fugate; daughters, Kim (David) Bennett, Cindy (Charlie) Clements; son, Shane Hatfield; sister, Peggy Land, Arkansas; grandchildren, Bailey (Justin) Watson, Christy (Matt) Beach, Chas (Cyndi) Clements, Cody Clements, Chelsea Honkonen, Autumn Hatfield (Tyler Harvey), Amber Hatfield, and Briston Hatfield, Shoni (Joseph) Cooper, Tempe, Lauren, & Kole Fugate; great-grandchildren, Kenley Watson, Arden & Brock Beach, Colin & Camila Clements, Easton & Zander Harvey, and Abby Cooper; and several nieces and nephews.

Services celebrating the life of Buddy Fugate will take place 1 PM, Thursday, in the funeral home chapel.  Interment will be in Lakewood Memory Gardens, South.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Gary Sinise Foundation, P.O. Box 368 Woodland Hills, CA 91365 or Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Dr Chattanooga, TN 37416.

Visit www.heritagebattlefield.com to share condolences with the family and view the online memorial tribute. 

The family would like to extend a special thanks to C.H.I. Memorial 4 East, Tennessee Oncology staff, and Hospice of Chattanooga.

The family will receive friends Thursday, 11AM – 1 PM, at Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

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