Posted by: Journal News on Jul 1, 2020


Chattanooga native and former Tennessee Valley Authority Chairman S. DAVID FREEMAN died on May 12 after suffering a heart attack at the age of 94. Freeman worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) from 1948 to 1961, during which time he earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Former President Jimmy Carter appointed Freeman to the TVA board in 1977, and he served as chair of the agency from 1978 until 1981. He was a champion of renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean transportation policies, and advised Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter as well as the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on energy policy. After retiring from full-time work at the age of 85, Freeman co-authored a book called All-Electric America that argues an all-electric, all-renewable society by 2050 is necessary and achievable.

SAMUEL TIPTON JONES II, who practiced law in Chattanooga for more than four decades, died May 15 at his home. He was 72. After fighting — and beating — cancer several years ago, the disease recently reemerged. As a young man, Jones was an officer in the U.S. Army. After attending law school at the University of Tennessee and passing the bar exam, he displayed his “convention-defying nature” by leaving for a lengthy skiing hiatus and work as a casino dealer in Lake Tahoe. Jones later returned to Chattanooga to establish a law practice, specializing in medical malpractice. Memorial gifts may be given to the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 North Moore Rd., Chattanooga 37411 or to the YMCA of Chattanooga, 301 West 6th St., Chattanooga 37402.

Hamilton County General Sessions Judge DAVID WILSON NORTON of Hixson died May 21 at 73. Norton earned his law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law before serving as assistant Hamilton County attorney from 1983 to 2012, city judge of Soddy Daisy from 1984 to 2012 and later as a Hamilton County General Sessions Court judge. He also served as one of three commissioners for the Hixson Utility District and as chairman of the Utility Management Review Board for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury. His family requests that memorial donations be made to Adult & Teen Challenge Midsouth, 1108 West 33rd St., Chattanooga, TN 37410.