Thomas Winfred Runyon

March 30, 1941May 19, 2013

Thomas Winfred Runyon, 72, of Soddy Daisy, passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2013.

He was born and raised in Marion County where he played football at Marion County High School and graduated in 1959. He received a full scholarship to play football at University of Georgia and graduated in 1963.

Thomas coached at Sequatchie County High School from 1964 until 1968, Red Bank High School from 1968 until 1971, Central High School from 1971-1976 and completed his coaching at Red Bank High School from 1976 until 1986. He served as Assistant Principal at Ooltewah High School from 1986 until 1990 and Red Bank High School from 1990 until his retirement in 1995. He also coached at Signal Mountain Middle School for two seasons, 1995 & 96. He volunteered at Ganns Middle Valley Elementary School 2003 until 2007.

Thomas was a member of White Oak Baptist Church for 44 years where he served as teacher, youth leader, deacon, choir member and usher.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Billy and Marie Runyon.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Wanda E. Runyon, daughter and son-in-law, Jennifier and Jerry Workman, grandson and his pride and joy, Logan Workman all of Soddy Daisy; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Harold Holloway of Jasper; nephew, Kenton and Susie Holloway and great niece Melissa Holloway all of Chattanooga.

Services for Thomas will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, May 22 at Hamilton Memorial Gardens with Dr. Tony Wilson officiating. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to White Oak Baptist church, 310 Memorial Drive, Red Bank, TN 37415.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be the players and athletes from 1964 to 1986 that Coach Runyon taught and coached.

Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson.


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Thomas Winfred Runyon

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Joe Sutton

February 22, 2018

I didn't hear about Tommy's passing until I googled his name to find his phone number to call him to let him know that I found info on his grandmother's Brock family while searching for info on my non-related Brock family & was shocked to find his obituary instead of a phone number. Tommy's grandmother Brock in Englewood Tn was a neighbor of my family. Tommy often came to visit his grandmother & I met him when we were about 4 years old ( I was 3 weeks older than Tommy ). We played together as kids up until we were in high school & used to double date when he came up to visit & had access to his Mom's car. We lost touch when we both left home to attend separate colleges, and then life got in the way and I only saw him twice more since 1959. All my siblings were at least 7 years older than I, and Tommy being my age, was more like a brother while growing up. Even at a young age he was more mature than most kids our age and I always looked up to him as an example to follow.

I met his wife once when I was in Chattanooga on a business trip. I called him to meet him for coffee. Instead of coffee, he came to my hotel, picked me up, took me to his home to meet his wife, and then proceeded to walk me to a few of his neighbors homes to introduce me as an old friend.......and then he excitedly called his mother in Jasper and said "guess who is at my house" !

Afterwards he drove me back to my hotel and it never remotely entered my mind that would be the last time to visit with him. I still think about Tommy often and regret that I did not keep in touch. After I learned of Tommy's passing I have begun to contact other old friends that I have not seen in too long and am re-establishing friendships as it took the shock of Tommy's death to make me realize how precious friends are.

I have since located Tommy's sister Barbara and sent her the family information that I had intended to send to Tommy. Barbara informed me that her husband who was a father figure to Tommy also passed just a few months after Tommy.

Folks, please stay in touch with as many as possible of your current & former friends before it is too late.

Joe Sutton

May 25, 2013

We were saddened to learn of Coach Runyon's death when we returned home from a trip today. We have very fond memories from his days in Dunlap. Wanda, you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Mike and Vallerie Greer

May 24, 2013

The Runyon family
Coach Runyon always had a little something to say...during practice, games, in the hallway...about each and every soul he encountered. So full of mischief, we certainly learned so much from him. Every young high school person should be so lucky, as we were, to have a Thomas Runyon. Kindest regards to you...Thank you, Mrs. Wanda for taking such good care of our Aunt Agnes.
Joe Gooden & Family Knoxville, Tn.

Scott McLeod

May 23, 2013

Thank you Coach. I am a better man because of you.

Mark Atchley

May 23, 2013

I will always have fond memories of Coach Runyon. He was a cheerful and quick witted man who influenced many students in a positive way. My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

Lisa Walker

May 23, 2013

To the family,

I was a student at Ooltewah when Mr. Runyon was there. He was such an encouragement to me and he was always smiling and friendly. He made a big impact on my life and will be missed. So Sorry for your loss. Will have you in my thoughts and prayers.

Sheri West

May 23, 2013

Coach Runyon was an amazing coach AND teacher. I learned so much in his classes and appreciated his care for us as students. Praying for your family at this time.
Sheri McBride West, RBHS '85

Steve Hanning

May 23, 2013

Coach Runyon,
Was always someone I always looked up to. He had been on my mind for the last couple of months, I'm so saddened to hear of his passing. I was a manager on his team 1974-1975 central high. HE WAS A GREAT MAN OF CHARACTER! Not many left like you in this world coach. Deepest prayers to his family. Steve Hanning

Rose Crumley

May 22, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Henry Camp

May 22, 2013

To the family of Tommy Runyon,
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Coach Runyons passing. He was a great influence in my life. He was truly one of the good guys. May God bless all of you in his passing.