William Tate Corum

August 31, 1953November 11, 2020

William Tate “Bill” Corum, age 67 of Knoxville, passed away on November 11, 2020. Born on August 31, 1953, Bill was preceded in death by parents James E. and Dorothy H. Corum, and sister Donna Lynn Corum.

He was a devoted member of Outreach Baptist Church. A 1972 graduate of Fulton High School, Bill served his country in the United States Navy. He is survived by his daughter, Carmen Corum Strider (Michael); grandchildren Kayla and Jacob; great grandchildren Jeremy and Dawson; brother Doug Corum (Tina); niece Kimberly Corum (Will); special cousin Carolyn Moore (Tim); several cousins, and his special cat buddy, Tom.

Per his wishes, no public memorial service is scheduled. Family will gather for a private celebration of his life at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed at


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Kathy Courtney

November 16, 2020

I met Bill the same day in the spring of 1971 that I met the guy who became my first husband, Gordon. My girlfriend and I were 'circling' Shoney's on Broadway and they had just returned from spring break in Florida. Bill and Gordon were great friends and he became my friend too. We ran around together while Gordon and I dated, after we married, and occasionally after our daughters were born. I had the pleasure of knowing his parents and his brother, Doug, too.

I remember the player piano at his mom's house, he played it for us a time or two. Like many of us in the 70s, he enjoyed rock and roll. He also had a talent for writing music and playing the guitar. I remember going to Point 19 and Norris Lake with Bill in his sportscar. After I got off of work, he'd give me a ride to where everyone was camping. Once we were headed down the interstate to the lake in a van, pulling his dad's boat. We lost control and went off the road with the van flipping. Bill was just as upset as my husband trying to help me out of the van... as I was pregnant. Fortunately, the boat was the only casualty. Once a bunch of us camped at Pirate Land in Myrtle Beach, SC. Bill had a broken arm but he didn't let that stop him as he ran along the beach, got in the water, and did all the things you do when camping. Later I became friends with his then wife and their daughter, Carmen when she was an infant. Once Bill came with our family to Hilton Head. He babysat our toddler daughters (which they loved) so my husband and I could go out to a special dinner. Sadly through the years we lost touch with one another.

I remember Bill as a funny, talented, caring, spur of the moment, and sometimes wild guy in his youth. I'm so grateful he found the Lord. Now Bill, Gordon (2003), and my first born (2020) have all passed. May you rest in peace, Bill. Prayers of strength and comfort to his family.

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