He was born April 12, 1929, in Kennesaw, Ga., and raised in Ooltewah.
He was the son of the late William and Bessie Delaney.
He helped introduce Mayfield Dairy to the Chattanooga area by establishing the first sales routes here in the early 1950s. He retired in 1994 after 40 years with Mayfield Dairy Farms.
He was a 50-year member of the Harrison Masonic Lodge No. 114 and was also a member of the Chattanooga Half Century Club. He was an accomplished musician with both the guitar and fiddle. He enjoyed woodworking and restoring antique furniture. He also enjoyed restoring antique cars and trucks.
Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Evelyn; son Jim (Eileen) Delaney; three grandchildren: Kelly Spala, Jason Delaney and Megan Waters; three great-grandchildren: Isabella and Samantha Spala and Breckin Waters; brother, Ralph (Gisella) Delaney; and sister, Delphia Branton.
The family would like to extend appreciation to the staff of the Lantern in Ooltewah and Hospice of Chattanooga for his loving care.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.
The funeral was held at noon today, April 15, 2013, in the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 7414 Old Lee Highway,
Interment was in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.
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