Andy Lee Eslinger, 84, a lifelong resident of Cleveland, passed away on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, in a local hospital.
He was born in Cleveland on Nov. 18, 1928, a son of the late John William and Cassie Mary Marler Eslinger. He was of the Christian faith and attended the Shenandoah Baptist Church.
He was an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army, having served his country faithfully during the Korean War. He was a very hard worker and an avid gardener. He enjoyed spending time running the roads and traveling to various places. He loved his entire family and was especially proud of his grandson, Justin Eslinger, who passed away in 2006. He is now reunited with him.
In addition to his parents, Andy is preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife, Emma Jean Ogle Eslinger; grandson, Justin Andrew Eslinger; three sisters: Irene Durham, Dorothy Eslinger and Betty Thurman; and brothers-in-law, Tommy Weaver, Buck Ogle, Bill Ogle and Bob Ogle.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory two sons, Jackie Eslinger and Gary Eslinger; his wife, Deeann; a special daughter-in-law, Brenda Eslinger; four grandchildren: Chris Myers, Candy Reed, Harold Gage and Austin Dykes; one sister, Barbara Weaver; two brothers, Jim Eslinger (Lois) and Dennis Eslinger (Dot); sisters-in-law: Maebelle Ogle, Eunice Ogle and Irene Ogle; and a brother-in-law, Donald Ogle (Dot). He is also survived by many nieces and nephews that he loved and cherished very much.
A celebration of his life is planned for Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, located at 7619 Blue Springs Road, with the Rev. Donnie Scoggins officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from noon until the 1 p.m. service time on Thursday.
Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. in the Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors. Gary Eslinger, Harold Gage, Austin Dykes, Barry Ogle, Jimmy Ogle and Tim Weaver will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Weaver, David Weaver, Chris Myers, Nathan Ogle, Ricky Ogle and Roger Ogle.
You are encouraged to share a memory of Andy and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial web page and guestbook at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral & Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the Eslinger family with these arrangements.