Superintendent of Chattanooga City Schools, James "Jim" McCullough, dies at 92
McCullough worked for over 30 years in the Chattanooga City School System before it was merged with Hamilton County schools.
James "Jim" McCullough Sr. James "Jim" DeWitt McCullough, Sr., 92, of Velarde, N.M., passed away on July 15, 2016. Born in Nashville, to Mr. and Mrs. James Polk McCullough, Jr. He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Bohannon McCullough. He is survived by his sons, Michael Bohannon McCullough, of Prescott, Ariz., and James DeWitt McCullough, Jr., of New Braunfels, Texas, and wife, Nora; and his granddaughter, Raleigh Palis, and husband, Chris; and great-granddaughter Sailor Palis, of Spring, Texas. Jim grew up on a farm in Murfreesboro, where he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He received an undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University and attended Columbia University for graduate studies. Jim and wife, Peggy traveled the world and he greatly enjoyed woodworking as his favorite hobby. Jim worked for over 30 years in the Chattanooga, Tennessee City School System. His positions included: Classroom Teacher, Director of School Plant Planning, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Superintendent of Schools from 1978-1987. He retired to Northern New Mexico, where he had met his wife Peggy, in Albuquerque, while serving in The United States Air Force. Jim was a founding member and first president of the Tennessee Association of School Business Officials, past President of The Southeastern Association of School Business Officials and held numerous positions with The American Association of School Business Officials of The United States and Canada. Jims Chattanooga civic and community activities included: President of The Civitan Club, Board of Directors of; Cerebral Palsy of Chattanooga, The United Way, Goodwill Industries and Metropolitan Council for Community Services. Jim and Peggy were lifelong Methodists, belonging to Brainerd United Methodist Church in Chattanooga, Alcalde United Methodist in Alcalde, NM and Valley View United Methodist Church in Espanola, N.M., where his ashes will be placed in the Memorial Wall beside those of his wife Peggy. Jim lived a full and very active life and he will be missed by his family and many friends. As repeated many times by his friends, he was "A true southern gentleman." In lieu of flowers, the family asks for any donations be made to Valley View United Methodist Church or Alcalde United Methodist Church. The family of James (Jim) DeWitt McCullough Sr. has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espaola Valley. 505-747-7477 www.devargasfuneral.com