Virginia Ann Dixon Schimpf, a third generation Chattanooga native, passed away on Thursday, November 5th 2020. She was 91 years old. Mom was vibrant, enthusiastic and optimistic which influenced everyone that she met. A true Southern lady.
Mom graduated from Central High School (class of 1946) and attended The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UC) where she was a Moc cheerleader, a member of the Women's Athletic Association, Young Women's Christian Association and a very passionate member of The Pi Beta Phi Sorority. It was at UC that Mom met the love of her life, a dashing Charter Member of UC Sigma Chi fraternity, Eugene H. (Gene) Schimpf Jr. They were married in 1948. Mom continued her support of UC as she served on the Alumni Board of UTC and of Pi Beta Phi where she was a "Golden Arrow". Mom also loved to cheer on the Vols . . . except when they played UC much to the delight of all her Vol children and she was a die-hard Atlanta Braves fan! Next to her Pi Beta Phi Arrow sorority pin, she proudly wore the White Cross of Sigma Chi. Mom and Dad were a wonderful couple with many friends.
Mom and Dad loved raising their family on Signal Mountain where she could always be seen and heard yelling support for her children from T-Ball, baseball, basketball, soccer and football as she carted all four children to various activities. Later in Mom's life, she was just as adamant about not missing any of her grandchildren and great grandchildren's activities as well.
Mom would in later years say that she was happiest when her hands were in some dirt! As a result of that, she became a talented flower arranger and a Nationally Accredited Master Flower Show Judge where she was always seeking and sharing horticultural knowledge. She handled the flowers for the Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church for many years where she and Dad had been members for over sixty (60) years. At the church, she was voted Woman of The Year, taught Sunday School and a longtime member of Circle #3. Mom loved Family Camp at Camp John Knox. Mom had an extraordinarily strong Christian faith. She was a Past President of The Garden Club of Signal Mountain where she was awarded a "Life Membership". Being extremely social, Mom was a member of several Bridge Clubs, Book Clubs, Hand and Foot Club and The Signal Mountain Country Club. She was a charter member of the "Nifty Nomads" a fun group of Ladies that always were traveling to various points of interest.
Mom was preceded in death by her parents, Peggie and George Dixon and her husband Gene and her brother George Dixon, Jr. She is survived by her four children, Eugene H. (Buck) Schimpf I l l (Darlene), George B. Schimpf (Betty Ann), Peggie Schimpf Hixson and Gary D. (Happy) Schimpf (Trish), twelve grandchildren, George S. (Elizabeth) Schimpf, Jenny (Chris) Goins, Molly Schimpf (Benon King), Rett (Rebecca) Hixson, Sam (Therese) Hixson, Virginia Hixson, Blair (Greg) Eacret, Henley Schimpf, Ashton Herndon, Georgia Schimpf, Ava Schimpf, Ryan (Courtnie) May, and seven great grandchildren, Zoey Schimpf, Oliver Schimpf, George Solomon Schimpf, Alex Eacret , Scarlet Eacret, Laura Kate May, Libby May and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church — Flower Fund which she cherished so much over many years.
Due to Covid restrictions, there will only be a graveside ceremony burial at The National Cemetery where Mom will rest with Dad for eternity on November 9th at 1 o’clock.
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Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.
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