Hugh M. Rampy | Obituary

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Hugh Mitchell Rampy, 93, of Sweetwater, died on Wednesday July 14, 2021 at his home.

Born January 6, 1928 in Stephens County, Georgia, he was the son of the late Freeman Mitchell and Odessel Nimmons Rampy. He lived in Toccoa, Georgia until 1968 when he moved to Sweetwater, Tennessee.

He was a veteran, having served in the US Navy for 22 months from January 1946. After attending training camp in San Diego, Calif., He served as a leading seaman in Kanao Bay. , Hawaii, and was stationed on the Tarawa aircraft carrier while it Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and San Francisco, California.

Hugh worked 42 years, starting with the Southern Railway in 1948 and retiring from Norfolk-Southern in 1990. For 20 years, from 1948 to 1968, he was part of a signaling gang, working most of the time. as foreman. Meanwhile, walk the full length of the South Trail from Atlanta, Georgia to Alexandria, Virginia. Moved to Sweetwater, Tennessee, in 1968, he continued to work as a signal maintainer until his retirement in 1990.

After his retirement, he made several vacation trips so he could claim he had visited all 50 states, and he continued to keep cows on his property until he was 90.

He was predeceased by: his wife, Jane Addington Rampy; brother, Rothell Rampy; sisters and brother-in-law, Sue Ella and Roscoe “Cokey” Storey, and Sara Ruth Merck; and his brothers-in-law, Ferd Moore, Stewart “Jockey” Wiggins and Phil Addington.

Surviving family members include: her daughters and son-in-law, June Ponder, of Seneca, South Carolina, Kay Rampy, of Naperville, Illinois, and Lynn and Garry Menendez, of Knoxville, Tennessee;

Granddaughters, Andrea and Elizabeth Menendez, of Knoxville;

Brother and sister-in-law, Curtis Ray and Jeane Rampy, of Liberty, South Carolina;

Sisters and brother-in-law, Minnie Lou and Marvin Harrison, of Toccoa, GA, and Jean Wiggins of Oxford, GA;

brother-in-law, Dan Merck, of Toccoa, Georgia;

Sister-in-law, Betty Graham Addington of Easley, South Carolina.

The family received friends at Kyker Funeral Homes in Sweetwater on Friday, July 16, 2021 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The funeral was held on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 3 p.m. at Whitlock Mortuary in Toccoa, Georgia with his nephew, Rev Ken Forrester, officiating. Visitations took place at 2 p.m. before the funeral. Interment took place in the Stephens Memorial Gardens.

The following people served as porters: son-in-law, Garry Menendez, and nephews, Mike Harrison, Morris Harrison, Mark Harrison, Jeff Wiggins and Shane Rampy.

Those who wish can make memorial donations for Meals on Wheels to Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority, Senior Nutrition Program at PO Box 1218, Morristown, TN 37816-1218; or at First Baptist Church at 303 Wright Street, Sweetwater TN 37874-2838.


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