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April 23, 2014

Local wrestler ‘made everybody smile’

Rash Renegade got his wrestling nickname after a motorcycle wreck several years ago left him with a bad case of road burn.

The Dalton man, who died Saturday from injuries from a tractor-trailer wreck on Interstate 75 in Gordon County, embraced the scars rather than running from them, even getting “Rash” tattooed on his neck, according to his wife, Jeania Champion.

Timothy Randall Champion was 30 and leaves behind Jeania and 2-year-old son Axel of Chatsworth as well as other friends and family members.

Sgt. Kris Hemphill with the Georgia State Patrol said Champion was involved in a wreck around mile marker 311 on I-75 southbound Saturday at about 11 a.m. Jeania Champion said her husband was driving a tractor-trailer for a Tennessee company.

Hemphill said investigators are still trying to determine why the tractor-trailer that Timothy Champion was driving left the interstate to the right, apparently without braking, and crashed into some trees. Hemphill said he is waiting on autopsy results, which should reveal whether Champion was suffering from a medical condition. No other vehicles were involved.

Jeania Champion said Rash had been involved in the local wrestling scene for about 10 years.

Wrestling is how they met. Someone kicked him in the eye one night, and he was asking for pain relievers, she said. She provided the Tylenol.

“He liked his 15 minutes of fame,” she said when asked what drew Rash to wrestling. “That’s why he said he always done it. Him and his pawpaw used to watch it when he was growing up.”

Nearly every weekend saw Rash at wrestling events in Eton, Chatsworth or other nearby areas. He was wrestling most recently for SSPW (Southern Style Pro Wrestling), according to his obituary, but Jeania said he had previously wrestled for RCW (Renegade Championship Wrestling) which is where he got the second part of his nickname.

“He always made everybody smile, and he loved his little boy to death and he loved everybody,” Jeania said. “He was always a happy person.”

Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. CST at Tate Funeral Home Chapel in Jasper, Tenn. The family will receive friends at Tate Funeral Home today from 5 to 8 p.m. CST and on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST.

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