David Lee Gildon
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David Lee Gildon
  • February 15, 1968 - March 7, 2017
  • Tennessee

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David Lee Gildon, 49, of Chattanooga, passed unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

David was born and in Dothan, Alabama on February 15th 1968, to Emmitt and Barbara Gildon. David was raised in Oklahoma. As a young adult, he returned to live in Alabama. David had an amazing personality and ability to relate to all people. He loved and was much loved by his family and many friends. Nature, cooking, the United States Military, and helping others were his life passions.

David was employed by Publix as a Deli Manager for the past 5 years. Prior to that, David worked primarily in the Hospitality Industry at major hotels and resort properties. He was employed for a time at Ft. Rucker, Alabama where he received several awards presented by the US Military Civil Service.

David is survived by his mother, Barbara Shawn and step-father Mike; sister, Tammy Bowen and husband Chris; two daughters, Kiersten White and Carlie Gildon; niece, Alyssa Bowen; nephew, Alex Bowen; grandson, Logan White and many aunts, uncles and cousins. David was blessed to have recently become engaged to fiancée Mary (ChiChi) Biggs. David had very close relationships with Mary's son, Chason, her daughter Baili, and her mother Jimmie-Lou LaFevor.

He was preceded in death by his father, Emmitt Gildon; his grandmothers Sylvia Odegaard, and Alice McPherson and two grandfathers.

A Memorial Service will be at 3 PM on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Chattanooga Funeral Home - Valley View Chapel, with visitation before the service from 1 to 3 PM.

In lieu of flowers, David's mother has requested that donations be made to an account being set up at Suntrust for the benefit of Chason Biggs.

Arrangements are by the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory, and Florist. 7414 Old Lee Highway. Please share your condolences at www.chattanoogavalleyviewchapel.com.