Wagner, Joseph Church

Served As Signal Mountain Town Attorney For Over Half A Century

Sunday, July 22, 2012
Joseph Wagner
Joseph Wagner

Joseph Church Wagner, 97, a lifelong resident of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, passed away on Thursday July 19, 2012. He was the son of the late Joseph White and Winfrie Church Wagner of Signal Mountain.

Mr. Wagner was born in East Lake area of Chattanooga and moved to Signal Mountain at the age of two, graduated from Signal Mountain Grammar School, Dickerson Junior High and Chattanooga High School (class of l933.)  He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science for the University of Chattanooga (class of 1937), and Doctor Jurisprudence on scholarship from the University of Tennessee Law School, Knoxville (class of 1940.)

Mr. Wagner was an avid hunter and fisherman. He had the distinction of being the oldest Eagle Scout of Troop 60, attending the first National Scout Jamboree in Washington, DC as a Leader, and as serving as Scoutmaster of Troop 60.

After joining his father to form the law firm of Wagner & Wagner and practicing law for a brief time, Joe accepted a position with the FBI as a Special Agent, serving during World War II in California, Montana and Idaho. He married his college sweetheart, Grey Littleton of Chattanooga, on July 1, 1945 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Mr. Wagner resigned form the FBI in 1946 and returned to Signal Mountain to rejoin his father to the law practice, becoming the senior partner of Wagner, Nelson and Weeks and practicing with sons Richard and Michael until the day of his death. He was proud of having the privilege of making motions before the Tennessee Supreme Court to accept his two sons and one granddaughter to the Practice of Law in Tennessee.  He served as the Town Attorney for the Town of Signal Mountain retiring after 50 years and continued to serve as Back Tax Attorney until his death. He was a Charter member of the Signal Mountain Lions Club and Past Chairman of the Chattanooga Chapter of the Society of Former Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"Papa Joe" is survived by his wife of 66 years, Grey Littleton Wagner; children: Bob Wagner, Alice (Sib) Evans, Richard (Sunny) Wagner, Jonathan Wagner, Mary Jo (Rob) Richie, Kathleen (Fred) Robinson, Michael (Joan) Wagner, Patricia (Wayne) Stewart, all of Chattanooga and Cissy (Bob) Coleman of Vicksburg, Mississippi; 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be on Sunday, July 22, from 4-6 p.m. at Chattanooga Funeral Home East Chapel on South Moore Road. 

Funeral services will be on Monday, July 23, at 2 p.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Signal Mountain with Rev Mike Nolan officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, East Ridge.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Walden's Ridge Emergency Service, P.O. Box 215, Signal Mountain, TN 37377, or your favorite charity.



Smith, Avis Eustice

Avis Eustice Smith, 81, of Soddy Daisy, died quietly at home on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Smith; son, Ray; parents, James and Grace Eustice, five brothers and two sisters. She was a mother to many and will be greatly missed.  Survivors include her sister, Eunice Sluder; daughters, Maureen (Allen) Wilson; Darlene ... (click for more)

Turbyfill, Edward "Eddie" C.

Edward “Eddie” C. Turbyfill, 90, of Ooltewah, died on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at his home. He was the second to the oldest of five siblings born to the late Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Turbyfill.  Eddie was a veteran of World War II and retired from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. Eddie was baptized in Baltimore, Md., as a member of the Seventh-day ... (click for more)

Brown, Michael "Mike" (LaFayette)

Michael  “Mike”  Brown,  55,  of  LaFayette, GA,  passed  away  Wednesday, December 17, 2014. He  was  a  member  of  the  Old  Way  Baptist  Church. He was preceded in  death  by  mother,  Freida  May  Hendon  Lanier. He is survived  by his wife, ... (click for more)

Armstrong, Paul "Shane" (Dalton)

Paul “Shane” Armstrong, 40, of Dalton, GA, died on Tuesday December 16, 2014 at Gordon Hospital in Gordon County, GA. Shane was born on April 6, 1974 in Dalton to the late Margaret Louise Beavers, of Dalton. Shane is survived by his loving wife, Sonia Armstrong; sons, Dakota Holcomb and Jonathon Killion; daughter, Natoma Armstrong; grandchildren, Jasper Armstrong and Edwin ... (click for more)

Investor Group Plans $31 Million Hotel In Chattanooga Bank Building

An investor group announced that it is planning the development of an upscale 150-room hotel in the historic Chattanooga Bank Building. MCA is comprised of 20 EB-5 investors as limited partners with Red Leaf Development, managed by David Roos, as the general partner. Long-time partner PHG is involved in the development of the hotel and will be responsible for its management ... (click for more)

Police Say Texts From Slain Minister Detailed Drug Deals

An investigator testified Thursday that a minister who was beaten to death during an apparent drug deal had texts on his phone dealing with similar exchanges of illegal drugs. The minister's wife said he had gone out that night as part of a church counseling program to women. General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck bound charges of felony murder and especially aggravated ... (click for more)