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Joseph William McGarvey

September 24, 1935 ~ February 17, 2021 (age 85)

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Joseph William McGarvey, 85, of Ooltewah passed away February 17, 2021.

A lifelong resident of Chattanooga, he retired as a Chief Petty Officer from the US Navy

After 22 years of service.    He went on to retire from T.U. Parks Construction Co after 24 years.

He was a member of Silverdale Baptist Church and also held memberships with Lookout Valley OES #483,  a 50 year member of East Lake Masonic Lodge #698 F & AM,  and the Fleet Reserve Association.

Mr. McGarvey was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Lorena McGarvey; son, Raymond McGarvey; grandson, Aaron Allen Chippoletti; great-granddaughter, Mi’Jerni Chippoletti; and three sisters, Boots Vonberg, Lois Wilson, and Margaret Hargiss.

He is survived by his son, William E. McGarvey;  daughter. Debbie Chippoletti both of Ooltewah; four grandchildren, William J. (Amanda) McGarvey, Joshua McGarvey, Matthew (Shelby) McGarvey, and Alison Chippoletti;  five great-grandchildren, Malayah, Moriyah, Mason, Bailey, and Messiah;  several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon, Wednesday, February 24th in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Michael Steffey officiating.   Burial will follow at the Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors.

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We respectfully ask that social distancing, wearing masks at all times and all CDC guidelines be followed at the funeral home.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 23rd from 4-8 pm at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 E. Brainerd Road.


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February 23, 2021

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Heritage Funeral Homes & Cremation Services - Chattanooga
7454 E. Brainerd Road
Chattanooga, TN

Funeral Service
February 24, 2021

12:00 PM
Heritage Funeral Home Chapel - Chattanooga
7454 E. Brainerd Road
Chattanooga, TN

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