top banner

Obituary Listings

Legacy Funeral Home • Wann Funeral Home
Brandy Molina
Brandy Molina
Posted November 5 at 7:21 PM CST
I am so sorry for the loss of your dear love one and I send my sincere condolences to you and your whole family. Revelation 21:4 is a very beautiful and encouraging scripture, it says: " And he (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will morning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." What a beautiful promise from our loving God. May the God of peace be with u and your whole family. Sincerely Yours. Brandy Molina
margaret fowler knowlton
margaret fowler knowlton
Posted October 17 at 5:44 PM CST
This is a sad week to have to say Farewell to the most gracious Tom Duff. A man who touched so many lives, you will be greatly missed and remembered forever. Margaret Fowler Knowlton
frank e. fowler
frank e. fowler
Posted October 16 at 8:18 PM CST
It is difficult to say "good bye" to someone who has been an important part of one's life since childhood. Tom Duff has been that person to me. He was a close friend of my parents and honored them with his life-long love and friendship; he was the father of my close friend, Catherine, and Todd; he was a dear friend of mine. He has had a great deal of influence on me and has been a mentor and confidant. Mr. Duff, you will be missed and forever in my heart. Goodbye, my friend. Frank Fowler
Jan Kizziah Rosson
Jan Kizziah Rosson
Posted October 16 at 12:46 PM CST
1 file added to the obituary wall
media
My father, J.C. Kizziah, worked for Tom and Frank Duff for many years and he greatly admired Mr. Duff throughout his life. I was a recipient of a pre-pharmacy scholarship sponsored by Duff Brothers while I attended UTC and later the UT College of Pharmacy in Memphis. Mr. Duff's generosity is the reason I am a pharmacist in Franklin Tennessee, working for Walgreens and a TPA member all for over 30 years. Chattanooga has lost a pillar of the community and he will be missed by many citizens. I am grateful to have known him during my lifetime.
Douglas Swafford
Douglas Swafford
Posted October 15 at 6:25 PM CST
My father Herbert Swafford worked for Tom and Frank at Duff Brothers for many years and had a tremendous amount of respect for both. Mr Duff told me he was still driving well into his 90's which I thought was remarkable. Tom was a gentleman and a good friend of my family. Douglas Swafford
Tribute Store
Tribute Store
Posted October 15 at 4:08 PM CST
"Beautiful in Blue" was purchased for the family of Thomas Duff, Jr.
Tribute Store
Tribute Store
Posted October 15 at 12:29 PM CST
"Serenity Wreath" was purchased for the family of Thomas Duff, Jr.
RODNEY HARBIN    CALHOUN,  GA
RODNEY HARBIN CALHOUN, GA
Posted October 15 at 11:10 AM CST
TO TODD & FRANK JR. WE HAVE LOST A GENTLE GAINT. ALWAYS WHEN I WAS AT DUFF BROS I FELT LIKE FAMILY AND WAS MADE TO FEEL LIKE I WAS SOMEBODY, BUT TOM AND FRANK MADE EVERYONE FEEL THIS WAY. I SHALL NEVER FORGET THEIR MANY KINDNESSES RODNEY HARBIN CALHOUN, GA .
Timothy K.  Adams,
Timothy K. Adams,
Posted October 15 at 9:49 AM CST
Compatriot Thomas Duff was a long term member, since 1956 of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) as a direct descendent of those who helped form this Country back in 1776. We presented Tom with an Emeritus Award from our National Society. Compatriot Tom will be missed by our Chapter, State and National Society. Tom was a kind, gentle man and a true patriot of America. Our thoughts and prayers will be with him and his family. Tim Adams, President of the John Sevier Chapter of the SAR.
media
Add Photo Caption...
rick english
rick english
Posted October 15 at 8:37 AM CST
My prayers go out to the Duff family on the passing of "Mr Tom". In 1964 I was a freshman and a homesick 18 yr old at the University of Chattanooga when Mr and Mrs Duff accepted me into their home and treated me like an adopted son. The Sunday dinners were something I looked forward to every week and then Mr Tom hired me to work at Duff Brothers and (working the line filling orders was fun). Todd has been a friend since 1964 and the Duff family wil always seem like my adopted Chattanooga family. Rick and Sarah English,Franklin,Tn
Prev Read more
Obituary for Thomas Oliver Duff, Jr.

Thomas Oliver Duff, Jr., the courtly and gracious business leader and civic giant, died Monday, October 14, 2013 at his home on Lookout Mountain. He was 100.

His family’s connection with the wholesale pharmaceutical industry spanned more that a century, beginning in the early 20th century with his father’s regional company and ending in the early 21st century as a part of the largest pharmaceutical wholesaler in the world. At 22, Mr. Duff went to work for McKesson Drug Co. in Huntington, W.Va. World War II interrupted his career, but he returned to Chattanooga to form Duff Brothers Inc. with his brother, the late Frank F. Duff in 1947. With his father in an advisory role, Duff Brothers quickly became the dominant wholesaler in the region and continued that role after its sale in 1978. Among Mr. Duff’s strengths were the abilities to stay close to his customers and to foster a respect among his employees for the central values of Duff Brothers. He was affectionately known at the company as “Mr. Tom.”

In his philanthropic and civic life, Mr. Duff left his mark on myriad organizations, including the Baylor School, the Universities of Tennessee in Knoxville and Chattanooga, the United Way, the Chamber of Commerce, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Memorial Hospital, and numerous business-related organizations. He was the president of the Chamber, the Rotary, the United Way, the Red Cross and the Salvation Army fund drives. He was a member of the University of Chattanooga Foundation and the University of Tennessee Development Council. A much cherished honor, the Dorothy Patten “Love of Chattanooga” Award was presented to him in 1991 for his outstanding service to the community. On a national level, he was recognized by the National Wholesale Druggists Association, in its most prestigious award, for his “outstanding sportsmanship in both his business and personal life.” He also was a board member of the NWDA, the International Multiple Sclerosis organization and the Gulf Life Insurance Co. He was president of the Mountain City and Fairyland clubs and was King of the Cotton Ball in 1971.

One of his most satisfying relationships was with the American National Bank and Trust Co. In 1961, he succeeded his father on the board, and remained a member of the SunTrust Bank board until he assumed an advisory role in 1981. No one has ever served longer on that board than Mr. Duff.


As the oldest alumnus of Baylor, Mr. Duff was able, with his brother and other family members, to establish in his lifetime the Duff Family Scholarship. It named the first Duff Family Scholar this year.

On the occasion of his 100th birthday in August, the Lookout Mountain, Tn. and the Lookout Mountain, Ga. commissions issued a joint proclamation, praising Mr. Duff for his “posture of service in deference to others.”

Born in the Chattanooga in 1913, he was a graduate of Baylor and Davidson College. He received a commission during World War II in the United States Naval Reserve, serving in New London, Connecticut and Guam. He was a member of the Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, where he served as president of the Board of Deacons.

In addition to his father and brother, he was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Ferrel Duff; his wife, Jane Kitchen Duff, and his son-in-law, David S. Latimore, Jr.

He is survived by his son and his wife, Thomas Oliver “Todd” and Martha Duff, Signal Mountain; his daughter, Catherine Duff Latimore, Newnan, Ga.; his grandchildren, Cakki L. and Jim Namorato, Richmond, Va.; Mary Duff L. and Mike Rayneri, Greenville, S.C.; Thomas Oliver “Tommy” and Abby Duff, Signal Mountain, great-grandchildren, David and Thomas Namorato; Emily Jane and Lillian Allen Rayneri, and Alexandra Duff. Also surviving are his brother, William E. Duff, Oakbrook, Il.; and nephews, Frank F. Duff, Jr., Chattanooga; C. Avery Duff, Marina del Ray, Ca.; Mark Duff, Aspen. Co.; nieces, Elizabeth Duff Woods, Rye, N.Y. and Hillary Duff, Oakbrook, IL.

The memorial service will be at 1:00PM on Thursday, October 17th at the Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Joe Novenson officiating. The family will receive friends in the church’s Fellowship Hall from 11:30am until time of service at 1:00PM.

Memorial contributions may be made to Baylor School, Duff Family Scholarship, 171 Baylor School Rd., 37402, or the Jane and Thomas Oliver Duff scholarship at the University of Chattanooga,UC Foundation, 615 McCallie Ave., 37403 or the charity of your choice.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.wannfuneralhome.com

Arrangements are by Wann Funeral Home & Cremation Center, located at the foot of historic Lookout Mountain, St. Elmo. 821-7551


To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Thomas Oliver Duff, Jr. please visit our Tribute Store.

Previous Events

17

Oct

Visitation

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church

316 North Bragg Avenue, Lookout Mountain, TN 37350, United States

Get Driving Directions

17

Oct

Service

1:00 PM
Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church

316 North Bragg Avenue, Lookout Mountain, TN 37350, United States

Get Driving Directions

Send Flowers & Gifts to the Duff, Jr. Family
Photo & Video Albums

Create new album
Obituary Wall
2 photos | 0 Video
 
Subscribe To Obituaries


Share Thomas Oliver Duff, Jr. 's life celebration

To send to multiple recipients separate emails with a comma.




Emails successfully sent
Service:
 
10/17/2013 - 1:00 PM
Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church
http://www.lmpc.org/
316 North Bragg Avenue, Lookout Mountain, TN 37350, United States


Visitation:
 
10/17/2013 - 11:30 AM  to 1:00 PM
Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church
http://www.lmpc.org/
316 North Bragg Avenue, Lookout Mountain, TN 37350, United States