Jane Murphy Hixson

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Jane Hixson

Jane Alice Murphy Hixson died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, after a rich, full life dedicated to family.

She was born in Big Stone Gap, Va., on Sept. 30, 1939. In 1950, her family moved to Chattanooga, where she graduated from Chattanooga High School and attended The University of Chattanooga. A sister of Pi Beta Phi sorority, Jane was voted the University’s Military Queen in 1957.

She married Robert R. “Reggie” Hixson of Cleveland, in 1959. The couple lived in Rossville, Ga., and raised three sons, Tad, Chris, and Patrick, while members of St. Elmo United Methodist Church. Jane worked at American National Bank and at McCallie School where she coordinated McCallie’s Host Family Program, pairing boarding students with Chattanooga families for a temporary home away from home.

 For the past seven years, Jane and Reggie have been active members of Chattanooga’s First-Centenary United Methodist Church. Jane served as treasurer of the church’s United Methodist Women and was a proud member of the Morgan Sunday School class.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, Edna and Earl Murphy; and her brother, Tom Murphy.

 She is survived by her husband, Reggie Hixson; sons and daughters-in-law: Anne and Tad Hixson, Tracey and Chris Hixson, and Jane and Patrick Hixson; grandchildren: Rob, Jay, Lida, Drew, Matt, Luke, and Colin will miss her very much; as will her brother, Jim Murphy; sisters-in-law, Sharon Hamilton and Linda Murphy; and her two nieces and two nephews.

Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in the Narthex of First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga. The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. in the sanctuary.

 Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity or to “The Centenary” (formerly called Inner City Ministry) of First-Centenary United Methodist Church.

 Please visit www.heritagechattanooga.com to share words of comfort to the family. Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 E. Brainerd Road. 

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