A Georgetown, Tn., man died Sunday in the collision of two boats on the Hiwassee River near Highway 58.
The victim was 65-year-old Dale Edward Rose, who was described as an avid outdoorsman.
The incident, that is being investigated by the TWRA, happened around 8:30 p.m. when the boat in which he was fishing collided with another boat.
He was the son of the late Edward and Gladys Forbes Rose and was a Vietnam veteran. He was a drag racer having raced on the Slant 6 drag racing for many years and was the 2004 national champion. He was also a competitive shooter and finished seventh in the national bench rest shooting championship just two weeks ago. He loved to build and show hot rods as well as fishing and playing golf.
Mr. Rose, a former Dalton, Ga., resident, was a member of the Brittsville Baptist Church and the Cohutta Masonic Lodge #64.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Myra Dobson Rose; daughter, Amanda Rose of Clearwater, FL; son and daughter-in-law, Grant and Brandy Rose and their children, Shelley, Mason and Garrett all of Hot Springs, AR; sister, Brenda Bearden of Dalton; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Don and Joan Edwards of Ringgold and Clay and Sue Holsomback of Dalton; nieces and nephews, Heather Watkins and family, Lance and Chris Edwards and family and Emily and Julie Holsomback and their family.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Love Funeral Home with the Rev. Kenneth Purdie officiating. Burial will follow in the Sugar Valley Baptist Church Cemetery with Mike Merritt, Don Williams, James Ware, Jerry Beavers, Danny Gordon and Norman Foster serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at Love Funeral Home Friday from 4-8 p.m.