"I rise today to honor the memory of a great man who lived in my district. Charlie Peavyhouse was born in Detroit and raised in Rhea County Tennessee. A committed Methodist; Charlie earned his Associates degree from Tennessee Wesleyan College, and maintained a lifelong relationship with the institution. He also received degrees from East Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt.
"After completing his education, Charlie went to work as a teacher and principal. Charlie touched many young lives in his career as an educator, which included serving as principal at Bachman and Falling Water Elementary until his retirement in 1990.
"I got to know Charlie Peavyhouse through his work in local politics. Charlie was always a presence; whether as the Hamilton County Republican Chair, a campaign manager or a delegate to the Republican National Convention. He also served as Tennessee Wildlife Commissioner under 2 Governors. Last April, I joined many in Chattanooga to pay tribute to a man who inspired so many to serve. I was honored to call him my mentor.
"Charlie passed away February 19, and is survived by his wife Eula Mae and daughters Jane and Carol.
"I yield back."