About

History of Foundation:
The Lillian L. Colby Foundation was established under the Trust Agreement of Lillian L. Colby dated May 6, 1991. The Foundation was formed in 2012.

About Lillian Colby:

Born in 1920 to a farming family in Eagleville, Tennessee, Lillian Colby and her husband, Fred Colby of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, worked with youth and with agricultural development throughout Tennessee. Their permanent home was on Signal Mountain, close to Chattanooga, where after graduating from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Lillian Colby spent the majority of her professional career teaching at Thrasher Elementary School. She was passionate about folk and classical music, enjoyed traveling the globe, and was a strong supporter of Chattanooga’s Sister City program with Wuxi, China, even sponsoring a Chinese violinist’s education at UTC. Lillian Colby was an avid animal lover and an active member of Zeta Tao Alpha sorority, Daughters of the American Revolution, and a number of local clubs and associations. Mrs. Colby passed away on December 23, 2010.

The Lillian L. Colby Foundation was established under the Trust Agreement of Lillian L. Colby dated May 6, 1991. Mrs. Colby passed away on December 23, 2010 and the Foundation was formed in 2012. She lived her life outside of Chattanooga, TN in Signal Mountain. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, she spent her professional career as a school teacher at Signal Mountain and Thrasher Elementary Schools. She was an advocate for children and was involved in childhood education at the local and state levels. Mrs. Colby and her husband, Fred W. Colby, never had their own children, but welcomed students from China into her home through a cultural exchange program. Her participation in this program and her extensive travel resulted in her sincere interest to work with a group in Chattanooga which chose Wuxi, China as a sister city.

Throughout her life, Mrs. Colby was an active member of her church, Wayside Presbyterian, and the Delta Cappa Gamma Alpha Chapter. She had a special place in her heart for the Cadek Conservatory, Chattanooga Symphony and the Hosanna Community. Mrs. Colby was concerned about the poor and downtrodden and established the Foundation to support those in need in her community.

Mission Statement:
The Lillian L. Colby Charitable Foundation is organized and operated for exclusively charitable and religious purposes, and specifically to support charities such as the Wayside Presbyterian Church in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, the Chattanooga Symphony in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and to aid the poor, homeless, hungry, battered, or otherwise in need of assistance, as set forth in the Revocable Trust Agreement of Lillian L. Colby dated May 9, 1991.

Board of Directors:

  • Jim “JV” Vaughn, President
  • Gary Chazen
  • Dr. Catherine Colby
  • Ryan Crimmins
  • Dr. Kathleen Hunt
  • Dana Perry
  • Ben Probasco
  • Howard Roddy
  • Bettyelynn Smith