George Thomas Tepley, 63, a lifelong resident of Chattanooga, passed away after lengthy illness on Sunday, April 10, 2011.
Mr. Tepley was the son of the late George Lewis and Audrey O. Tepley, also of Chattanooga.
survived by his children, John Tepley, of Tucson, Ariz.,
Anne Marie Kerr, of Franklin, Tenn.,
Angie Marie Cothern, of Chattanooga,
Amy Marie Arnold, of Jackson, Tenn.;
and his devoted friend Mary Anne Tepley.
addition, he was blessed with six grandchildren, Ryan and Madeline Kerr, Katelyn
and Drew Cothern, as well as Madison and Mallory Arnold. He is also survived by
his siblings, Katherine Knight of Houston, Texas, and Steve Tepley, of
Monteagle, Tenn.An outstanding junior golfer, he graduated from City High School
in 1966, where he captained the 1966 Tennessee high school champion golf team.
He then attended the Marion Military Institute and did a tour of duty at the
U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. Following his military service he worked
as a master golf club designer at the Pro-Group/Arnold Palmer Companies. In
addition, he was a golf teaching professional for several years. After a decade
long career in manufacturing sales for J.R. Richards Co. he co-founded the
Tepley Glove Co., which specialized in the design, manufacture and distribution
of unique, custom fitted golf and other sports gloves. He was affiliated with
TGC in the capacity of master designer, vice president and president during his
tenure there and was instrumental in furnishing gloves to some of the leading
PGA tour players including Paine Stewart and Arnold Palmer.His final five years
were spent in sales and devotion to his family in Chattanooga. He was a member
of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Known as "Hollywood" or "Tuffy"
or "Poppy" to those who loved and appreciated him most, he will be greatly
missed for his vibrant spirit and infectious charm.There will be visitation at
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.A
funeral mass will follow at 12:30 p.m.The family requests that in lieu flowers
donations be made to Hospice of Chattanooga.Send condolences at
are by Covenant Funeral & Cremation Service, Crox
family owned and operated.