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UPDATE: Memorial service scheduled for Scotty Probasco, Chattanooga philanthropist

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UPDATE: A memorial service has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 21 at 3:00pm at First Presbytarian Church, with Pastor Tim Tinsley officiating.

The burial will be private with family members.

Chattanooga philanthropist, civic leader, and businessman Scott L. "Scotty" Probasco Jr. died Friday night. He was 86.

Probasco is credited with many contributions to the city including to Baylor School, United Way, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Bethel Bible Village, Benwood Foundation, Chattanooga Chamber, and others. 

Probasco served on the Board of Trustees at UTC and on the Board for Chattem. He also served as Chief of the Executive Committee for SunTrust Bank in Chattanooga. His father, Scott L. Probasco Sr., founded SunTrust Banks and his grandfather, Harry Scott Probasco, founded American National Bank. The Probasco family has been in banking at least ten generations. In his 2006 book, "Old Money New South", author Dean Arnold describes Scotty Probasco as the "second most powerful man in Chattanooga" behind John T. Lupton II who died in 2010. Lupton II would become Probasco's brother-in-law when he married his sister Alice Probasco.

A generous philanthropist with his fortune Probasco told Arnold for his book, "Chattanooga is the buckle of the Bible Belt, and I mean that. We've had a tremendously strong Christian heritage and background in the community...It's a giving community, a caring community."

Scotty Probasco chaired the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce when air pollution cleanup and community efforts first gained momentum in the 60s. 

Probasco is survived by his wife Betty Rowland Probasco and their 4 children Zane, Ellen, Benjamin and Scott. 

Friends and business partners remember Probasco's famous compliment, "Great work!" The legacy left by Scott Probasco can simply be described as lots of "great work."

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on the passing of Scotty Probasco of Chattanooga:

"Scotty Probasco was Chattanooga's cheerleader, a vigorous and generous advocate for so many good causes. I am especially grateful for his service on our state's governing board for higher education. He was a close friend. Honey and I will miss him greatly."

 

Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Ryan Haynes released the following statement after learning of the passing of longtime TNGOP supporter, Scotty Probasco:

"Generosity was a hallmark of Scotty Probasco's life. He was a friend to many, especially in his beloved Chattanooga. He was a wonderful supporter of the Tennessee Republican Party for many years but his loss will be felt all over Tennessee. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family tonight."


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