Chris Ramsey, Sr.

Chris Ramsey, Sr.

Tuesday January 25th, 1966 - Saturday January 16th, 2021
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Christopher (Chris) Lamont Ramsey, Sr. was a faithful servant, loving husband, amazing father, devoted son, brother, uncle, and friend who went to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on January 16, 2021

Chris was born on January 25, 1966, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Alvin Lee and Charmayne Ramsey. He accepted Christ at an early age and joined Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Chris was a faithful member of New Covenant Fellowship Church for eighteen years and served as an Elder. He oversaw the Altar, Health & Wellness, and Welcome Ministries.

Chris graduated from Brainerd High School in 1984. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Austin Peay State University in 1988 and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1990. While attending Austin Peay, Chris became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. After college, Chris continued to serve as an active Life Member and held several leadership roles on the Local, Province, and Grand Chapter levels.

Chris was employed at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee for 24 years in various management roles, including Director of Policy and Regulation. He also served as the President and CEO of Tech Town Foundation, a local non-profit dedicated to inspiring imagination, innovation, and collaboration through technology in children ages 7-17. Chris started his insurance agency, Chris Ramsey Agency (CRA), where he treated his clients “like family.” His business became his ministry, in which he wanted to ensure everyone had access to healthcare and understood their benefits. He also served as the Chief Strategy Officer at the Yesmar Strategy and Consulting firm where he consulted with several local companies. Chris, along with his business partner, LaQuentin Jenkins, started Simple Choice, a PPE supply company, during the COVID outbreak when there was a shortage of PPE supplies in the Chattanooga community. He worked tirelessly to help with the COVID screenings and education throughout the Chattanooga community with several organizations.

Chris’ passion was community service and advocating for the underserved community. He lived by the motto, “Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy.” He served on the Board of Directors for Boys and Girls Club in Chattanooga, where he served as board chairman in 2000 and UC Foundation Board of Directors. He also served as the Chair for the Annual Hamilton County Minority Health Fair (MHF) and was the founder and first chair for the Annual Boys Leadership Summit. These annual events fall under the Southeast Tennessee Health Consortium (SETHC) Foundation, where he served as the President. Chris was involved in various local programs that focused on scholarships, mentoring youth, and improving access to healthcare. He was most proud of being a Big Brother to his smalls, Stephen Smith and Marcus Ramsey, in which they had over a 30 years relationship. Chris was also a 2011 NAACP Ruby Hurley Humanitarian Honoree.

Chris was preceded in death by his father, Alvin Lee Ramsey, grandfather, Fredrick Puckett, and grandmother, Christine Puckett, all of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Chris will be forever remembered by his wife and best friend of 27 years, Lucrecia Rochelle (Evans) Ramsey, and their precious children daughter, Bria MaShaun Ramsey, and sons, Christopher Lamont Ramsey Jr. and Evan Walter Ramsey, all of Chattanooga, Tennessee; his mother, Charmayne (Puckett) Ramsey, sisters, Reginia (Isaac) Hamilton, Rhomonda Fifer, both of Chattanooga, Tennessee; brothers, Fredrick Ramsey of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Mark (Traci) Ramsey of Plano, Texas; father-in-law, Walter W. Evans, mother-in-law, Elizabeth Evans and sister-in-law, Lejandra (Darrin) Turner, all of Clarksville, Tennessee; best friend/brother, Victor (Sheila) Blanton of Atlanta, Georgia; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, and in honor of Chris’ legacy, the Chris Ramsey Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund was created, please follow the link to contribute to the fund:

The family of Christopher Lamont Ramsey Sr. would like to thank the CCU COVID doctors and nurses at Chi Memorial Hospital who took such good care for Chris during his illness.

Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant (Matthew 25:23)

Public viewing will be held from 1pm – 6pm Friday, January 22, 2021 in the funeral home chapel. The Kappa Alpha Psi Memorial Ceremony will begin at 6:15 pm and will be streamed live at

IN LIEU IF FLOWERS, a memorial scholarship fund has been established. To contribute please follow the link:

A private family service will be held Saturday, January 23, 2021. Interment: Lakewood Memory Gardens.

The funeral service will be broadcast live beginning at 11:00 am EST January 23, 2021 at

Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 423-622-9995.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday January 22nd, 2021 | 1:00pm - 6:00pm
    Friday January 22nd, 2021 1:00pm - 6:00pm
    John P. Franklin Funeral Home
    1101 Dodds Avenue
    Chattanooga, TN 37404
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday January 22nd, 2021 | 6:00pm
    Friday January 22nd, 2021 6:00pm
    Address Not Available
  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday January 23rd, 2021 | 11:00am
    Saturday January 23rd, 2021 11:00am
    New Covenant Fellowship Church
    Address Not Available
    Service is limited to family. In compliance with COVID protocols, seating is limited.


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Sonya W Waldrop

Posted at 03:03pm
All praise to God for allowing me to meet Lucrecia and Chris and to experience the gift of life 3 times during the birth of their children. When I first met them, I immediately saw true love given to them by God. Chris's smile would become so grand and expressive each time he looked at Lucrecia and the joy that radiated from his heart through his eyes at each of his children's births was a undescribeable holy experience. He was a Godly husband and father that I feel so blessed to have met. Lucrecia, just remember that God is always with you and He will strengthen you on this daily walk. Chris is with God along that walk, cheering you on to keep running this race of life. I hope to one day see you and the children again but until then let's keep each other in our prayers. Love and Thank You! Sonya W.Waldrop

Mary Edwards

Posted at 10:45am
May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept our sincere condolences. Remembering his wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. May he rest in peace. Love, The Edwards (Hollis, Mary, Simone, Hollis C. and Cahlib)


Sorors Mary and Simone Edwards

Posted at 09:50am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Edwin M. Thorpe Jr. MD

Posted at 06:18pm
Lucrecia, Sharon and I, along, with our family grieve with you. The losses associated with the pandemic are affecting so many, and is overwhelming. Chris in his time on earth faithfully served the Lord and will be duly received; that can be a balm to sooth the pain of your loss. We will continue to provide prayers and support to help relieve the sorrow. Time and faith heal all.

Viola Douthit

Posted at 04:22pm
On Behalf of the Olivet Baptist Church Bereavement Support Ministry, we extend sincere condolences, thoughts, and prayers of peace to the family, friends, and our community in the passing of Mr. Chris Ramsey. May God continue to strengthen and comfort you during this difficult season of bereavement.

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