Bobby Joe Calfee Sr.


Bobby Joe Calfee Sr., 84, a resident of Cleveland, fell asleep in death on Tuesday evening, July 9, 2019, in a Chattanooga health care facility. 

He was the son of the late Pansy Akins Calfee and Wesley Hogan Calfee. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Viles Dunn Calfee; his son, Jeffrey Allen Calfee; his stepson, Johnny Baxter; his brothers: John Wesley Calfee, Lester Hogan Calfee, Billy Gene Calfee and Henry Allen Calfee; and his sisters: Wilma Caudle, Dixie Stepp, Ferne Taylor, Dortha "Polly" Davis and Rebecca Arterburn.

He worked in stove foundries most of his life, retiring from Brown Stove Works. He loved being a grandfather and was affectionately called "Papaw" by his grandchildren. He loved going to family reunions and spending time with his family.  

Survivors include his daughter, Viola Stephanie Mills and her husband, Danny, of Ooltewah; his son, Bobby Joe Calfee Jr. of Cleveland; his grandchildren: Tina Blankenship and her husband, Michael, Christina Fowler and her husband, Jason, Adam Calfee, Heather Chun, Danielle Mills and Daniel Mills; his great-grandchildren: Jaylan and Jacob Blankenship, Cameron and Kendall Cox, Callie Fowler, Jeremiah and Leah Calfee and Bearen Heiner; his brother, Charles Ronald Calfee of Dalton, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.

The Remembrance of Life service will be conducted on Monday, July 15, 2019, at 3 p.m. at the Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services, Wildwood Chapel, with ministerial servant Daniel Ray Mills officiating. 

Interment will follow in the Fort Hill Veterans Section with family and friends serving as casket bearers.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

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