Weaver Funeral Home


Timothy Wayne Via

13 July, 196616 May, 2020
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Timothy “Tim” W. Via passed away at his home on May 16, 2020. He served with the #278 Armored Calvary Unit. Tim was an avid Harley fan and did many charitable runs. He also volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank. Preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and father-in-law, Jerry Hankins. Survived by his loving wife, Debbie Via; son, T.J. Via; step-children, Elizabeth Cox (Jeff) and David Cox; brothers, Jeff (Cindy) Via and David Via; step-father, Logan Mulford; mother-in-law, Liz Hankins; sister-in-law, Lynne Hankins, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Family and friends may call at their convenience from 11am – 4 pm Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Weaver Funeral Home. Due to COVID-19, the family will have a private interment at East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

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Janice Hankins

25 May 2020

Deb, we are all going to miss Tim please know he was good to everyone. Love you Jan, April and Kensley

Linda Wooten

24 May 2020

Debbie...soooo very sorry for your will be in my thoughts and prayers. Karen Wooten

Debbie & Bill Wolfe

24 May 2020

Debbie our thoughts and Prayers will remain with you thru the upcoming days. We are so very sorry for your loss. Go rest high on that mountain Tim Via.

Debby Agee

23 May 2020


I share in your grief as our family has suffered a great loss at Tim's passing.

When Tim was a young child, he was more like a little brother to me than a nephew. Joan lived near us and was frequently at our house or we were at her house. Sometimes I would babysit him and Jeff. Tim was a real sweetie.

Sadly, as we got older, we did not get to see each other as often as we would have liked. Tim and I spoke recently and were able to catch up a little. Tim was a great guy and I will miss him dearly.

My love and prayers are with you. I pray you will experience God's peace, the peace that passes all understanding, at this difficult time. May many happy memories of your precious husband bring you comfort in the days ahead.

Aunt Debby

Mac Wilhoit

23 May 2020

God bless you Tim! We will miss you!

Brett and Tanya Pate

23 May 2020

We are so sorry for your loss Debbie. Tim was a good friend and a great guy. He was the kind of person that would do anything to help you. He was taken way too soon!! Please let us know if we can help you in any way.
God Bless you! You and your family are in our prayers!
Love, Brett and Tanya Pate

Bobby Mcclain

23 May 2020

In the short few years I’ve know you my friend we have shared laughs and tears I know your at peace now and feel in no pain nor heart ache at the feet of Jesus I’ll never forget you my friend my buddy you and Debbie are like family to me I love you both rest in piece my friend until we meet again

Logan Mulford

23 May 2020

Tim will always be a son to me. I wish I could have been a better father for him. It was an honor to know you.

Sandi Fisher

23 May 2020

So sorry for your loss. May God comfort you now and always. Peace be with you and your family.

Jamesetta Shipe

23 May 2020

My deepest sympathy to you and your family, Debbie. Tim was such a kind, generous guy. He will be deeply missed by so many. May God give you all His peace and comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jamesetta Shipe
Oak Ridge, TN

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When Timothy Wayne Via walked into the room, those in his company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Tim was and how he impacted those around him. Tim was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Tim wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Tim was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve him well throughout his life.

       He was the son of Larry and Joan Via and Step-Father, Logan Mulford. Tim was raised in Roanoke, Virginia. Always at the ready with a good joke, he grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Tim might describe him as an idealist, his friends and family understood well that Tim was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to him.

      Tim was raised with 2 siblings. He had two brothers, Jeff and David Via. Tim was very accepting and supportive of his family. He was perceived as the central person in his family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Tim was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Tim well in his adult life and, along with his wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew him.

      As a young boy, Tim was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew him into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. He was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with his peers. He was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. Tim's favorite interests was in dirt bikes, motorcycles, billiards, and swimming. He was a member of the Boys and Girls Club. In his spare time he liked working with motorcycles, computers and cars. Tim's memorable achievements included being a member of the Boy's Club. He had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity he and the many childhood friends he shared might discover.

      During his high school years, Tim responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. He was a very good student, and generally did well in his courses. Tim absorbed as much as he could from all of his teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using his imagination to master his assignments. For Tim, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to his ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered him a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to him to discuss just about anything. His favorite classes in high school were mechanics and auto shop. Tim was an excellent car detailer and a computer wizard.

      Tim did well in college, as a result of his comfort level with tackling new theories and his love of learning. He earned many mechanic degrees. His favorite course was ACSD, computers. He loved car maintenance and computers and in the Army received his degree as a Bradley Tank Mechanic. Tim was very adaptable, a quality that helped him make the transition from high school to college with little difficulty. As a result, Tim's problem solving skills and thirst for new knowledge almost guaranteed that he enjoyed virtually every class he took. Tim was always in quest of new things to learn and experience.

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought him an endless stream of friends, Tim was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, He was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. He always seemed aware of what was going on with people around him and throughout his life he made many, many friends. While growing up, some of his best friends were the many friends from the Roanoke area. Later in life, he became friends with his best buddy Lil Jay, the "Bad Boys" ("good guys"), Army friends, Harley friends and Second Harvest friends.

       Tim's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in his ability to make his new family happy. He was quite sensitive towards Debbie's needs, showing his constant concern and fondness. He was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served him well in helping to nurture his family.

      Tim was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide his family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Tim, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of his life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Via home. His skill at understanding his children's feelings, his sensitivity to their needs, and his gift for gentle persuasion enabled him to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Timothy was blessed with three children: son, T.J. Via; step children, Elizabeth Cox and David Cox.

      Tim was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made him an exceptional worker. His primary occupation was with the U.S. Army National Guard, Department of Defense. He was a driver of an 18 wheeler for the National Guard. Tim was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize him. Tim had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of his gift for insight. Tim's fellow workers saw him as a supporter and a mentor.

      With the Army National Guard, he was deployed to all different places to help out with any and all hurricane disasters. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Corporal Pvt First Class. He received several awards including Humanitarian and Civil Service Awards. His fellow soldiers could count on him for being able to make adjustments to any situation as needed.

      Because Tim loved to have a broad variety of activities in his life, he took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. His favorite hobbies included music, playing Wii Bowling with his father-in-law, fixing anything that was broken, helping everyone, volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank and riding his Harley in the Harley Charity Rides. Tim had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of his favorite pastimes. However, his ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Tim derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. His charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. In high school, although Tim wasn't committed to any other sport he was committed to his motorbike. In his college years,he was dedicated to computers. Recreational sports included cars. He was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list was Nascar.

      Throughout his life, Tim was actively involved in professional and community organizations. He was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move into action. Always able to build a consensus, Timothy seemed to be the person smack dab in the middle of things, working to get things done. Those who had the opportunity to work with him usually agreed that when you were involved in an organization with him, it was as entertaining as anything you could imagine. In high school, Tim was a member of the Auto Repair Organization. Throughout his later years, Tim was an active member of the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Harley Charity Rides.

      Because Tim was constantly in the center of things and where the action was, he always seemed willing to join in and help, regularly getting involved in community activities. Tim's gift of planning and improvisation, along with a talent for rallying support, made him a great asset. He found new ways of getting things done in order to help make just about every activity more efficient and enjoyable. Politically, Tim was Republican.

      Tim was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was of the Baptist faith. He was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and he used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for his beliefs.

      Though he never did anything solely for individual recognition, Tim's ingenuity, resourcefulness, and selflessness, earned him accolades for his many lifelong efforts. Some of his most prestigious awards included Military and Mechanic Awards.

      Tim's love of improvising in his daily life was a perfect fit for his enjoyment of traveling. His favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit his personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Tim took his vacations seriously, well, as seriously as he possibly could. Favorite vacations included trips to the beach.

      Tim was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. Pepper and Milo, were his two best friends, Pepper for 2 years and he still had Milo.

      When Tim's retirement finally came in 2005 from the U.S. Army National Guard, he handled it the way he usually did. He adapted and, like everything in his life, made it satisfying. Because he was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for Tim to master. In retirement, he found pleasure in having more time to spend with his family, friends, Milo his little dog ,music, computers, and helping people. Even in retirement, he continued to stay in touch with his old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

      Timothy Via passed away on May 16, 2020 at home. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Via; son, T.J. Via; brothers, Jeff Via (Cindy), David Via; step-father, Logan Mulford; mother-in-law, Liz Hankins; step children, Elizabeth Cox (Jeff), David Cox: sister-in-law, Lynne Hankins and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Services were held at Weaver Funeral Home in Knoxville. Tim was laid to rest in East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery on John Sevier Highway in Knoxville, TN.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Tim. He was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. He had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While he was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Tim Via for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Tim was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with his loved ones.