Dr. Robert Gary Litchford

Dr. Robert Gary Litchford, 85, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2019.  He was born in Los Angeles, California on June 22, 1934.  He travelled far and wide, but found his home in Spencer, Tennessee. 


He was a proud veteran of the United States Military.  He worked as a Professor of Marine Biology at UT Chattanooga for more than 30 years. He was deeply interested in coral reef ecology.  He spent much of his life scuba diving, both for study and enjoyment.  When he was not in the water, he was on the road.  “Doc”, as many people called him, was known for his love of long motorcycle road trips.  He loved music, and a big campfire.  He always had a story to tell. You could hear him laugh a mile away.  He was a beloved grandfather, father, husband, and friend.


Doc left behind a big family and wide circle of friends.  He is survived by his children Michael, Misty, and Mark; his grandchildren, Marah, Cohen and Violet; and great grandchildren Maia and Elijah; sister Margie Williams and family; former spouse and special friend Lisa Collins; a great deal of friends and family across the country; and many students and colleagues.  He is predeceased by daughter Manda Franklin; and wife Joyce Litchford. 


Funeral services with be held at Layne Funeral Home in Spencer, TN on Sunday, November 17.  Visitation will be from 1-4pm (cst), with a service to follow from 4-5pm (cst).  Burial will be held Monday November 18 at 11:00am (est) at the National Veterans Cemetery Chattanooga, TN.


In lieu of flowers, we respectfully request that you make a donation in Dr. Litchford’s name to Oceana Conservation Society at https://oceana.org/support-oceana


Send condolences to the family at www.laynefuneralhome.com


Layne Funeral Home & Cremation Services in charge of arrangements (931) 946-4444