Shelby Jean Coates Ackerman, 71, of Hixson, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, November 14, 2009.
Shelby was born on March 22, 1938 in Marshall, North Carolina, and was a longtime resident of the Chattanooga area. She worked for the Department of the Navy in Washington, DC and then the Social Security Administration in Nashville and Cleveland, Tennessee. She was a wonderful and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Shelby was a member of Central Church of Christ, the Ladies Class, wife of an elder and a devoted Christian.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Mary Ollie Reese Coates; brothers, James Hershel Coates and Claude Richard Coates; half sisters, Arnon Dupree and Magdella Rhymer.
Shelby is survived by her husband of 50 years, John Ackerman; children, David and wife Donna Ackerman, Pamela Raymond, Eddie and wife Steffanie Ackerman, and Beth and husband David Moss; grandchildren; Rachel, Sam and Stephen Ackerman, Chase and Hunter Raymond, Will Ackerman; Hayden, Haley, Holden and Hudson Moss; sisters, Helen Worley and husband Kenneth, Ruby Gambell Boone and husband Johnny and Wilma Hughes and husband Jeff; brothers, E. J. Coates and wife Genevieve, Ray Donald Coates and wife Jane; several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 PM on Tuesday at the North Chapel and 10:30 to 11:30 AM on Wednesday at the church.
Services for Shelby will be held at 11:30 AM on Wednesday at Central Church of Christ, 400 Vine Street, with Minister David Schonhoff officiating. Burial will follow in National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Shelby's name to Central Church of Christ, 400 Vine Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403.
Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist.