Royce Rotton obituary | Chattanooga Times Free Press

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KNOXVILLE – ROTTON, ROYCE BRYANT died on November 21, 2022 at the age of 87. Mr. Rotton was born on January 24, 1935 in Tarrant, Alabama. He was a graduate of Tarrant High School. After high school, he served in the 117th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing of the Alabama Air National Guard from 1953-1957 while also being employed by Warren Brothers Roads Company as a payroll clerk in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Rotton enrolled at Alabama Polytechnic Institute in 1955 to study Electrical Engineering. His college career was interrupted when he was drafted into the United States Army in 1957. After basic training at Fort Jackson, SC, he was selected to attend the United States Army Signal School at Fort Monmouth, NJ and was awarded the Honor Graduate Diploma for his education. in the Cryptographic Material Security Course. During his training, he received an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force. Mr. Rotton was transferred to the Bushy Park military base near London, England to serve with the 16th Signal Detachment Service supplying crypto materials to the US military bases across Europe and the countries of the Near East. He had Top Secret, US Eyes Only and Crypto Material Security Clearances. After returning to the United States, he received an honorable discharge from the United States Army in 1961. He resumed his college education at Auburn University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1962. an electrical engineer at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in Knoxville, TN. Mr. Rotton transferred to Chattanooga, TN in 1986 as Chief Electrical Engineer of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Design. He retired from TVA in 1993. Mr. Rotton joined Brainard Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN in 1990 and was ordained a deacon in 1994. He volunteered at Habitat for Humanity until he was 71 years old. In 2007 he moved to Knoxville, TN and joined Central Baptist Church Bearden where he sang tenor in the Sanctuary choir and in the Good Life Singers Choir. Mr. Rotton was preceded in death by his parents, Thelma Bryant Rotton and Luther Connor Rotton, Sr.; brother, Luther Connor Rotton, Jr; and sister Gwen Wynell Rotton Kelley. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty Jean Cory Rotton; sons, Stephen Royce Rotton (Karen Craighead Rotton) and Jeffrey Connor Rotton (Melisa Murphy Rotton); grandsons Stephen Curtis Rotton (Katrina Ann Rotton) and Preston Stewart Connor Rotton; granddaughters Kaitlyn Murphy Rotton and Kendra Renee Rotton; great-granddaughter Freya Lynn Rotton; and several cousins. Reception of friends on Tuesday, November 29 between 12:00 and 1:00 pm at Rose Mann’s funeral and cremation. Funeral service followed immediately by Rev. Mark Moreland and Terry Baker. We will reconvene at Sherwood Memorial Gardens for a funeral at 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, Ms. Rotton is requesting donations to either the Central Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir or Alzheimer’s of East TN. Online condolences can be made at

Published November 24, 2022

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