OBITUARY

Thomas "Tim" Tilman Strange

June 14, 1937May 16, 2019
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Thomas Tilman “Tim” Strange, age 81, of Russellville, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare. Tim served in the United States Air Force and was a member of Fairview Baptist Church. He never let anyone leave without having prayer. Preceding him in death was his father, Clifford Strange; mother, Delia Gulley Strange Stroud; stepdad, Tommy Stroud; sister, Margarette Thompson; and brothers, Shelby Stroud and Steve Stroud. Survivors include his wife, Helen Stansberry Winstead Strange; daughters, Debbie Hill of Whitesburg, Sheila Noe of Morristown, Teresa Wheeler of Greeneville, Nikki Strange and Jennifer Broyles of Midway; son, Thomas Tilman (Mary Beth) Strange Jr. of Morristown; stepson, Richard (Tammy) Winstead of Mohawk; sister, Mary Ellen Nichols of Russellville; brothers, Carroll Stroud of Seattle, Washington and Johnny Stroud of Mohawk; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and three on the way; and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends in the Chapel of Stubblefield Funeral Home on Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Dan Armstrong and Rev. Dannie Bell officiating. Family and friends will meet in Fairview Church Cemetery on Monday morning at 9:45 a.m. for a 10:00 a.m. graveside service. VFW Post #5266 will provide military honors. Arrangements by Stubblefield Funeral Home, Morristown, TN

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, May 19, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, May 19, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, May 20, 2019

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Kenneth Noe Sr

May 17, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of your passing. Sending my love and thoughts and prayers to your family during this time. Rest in Peace

Kenneth R Noe Sr

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Biography

“Anything is possible.” That is what Thomas “Tim” Tilman Strange believed about life. He was a creative man, a perpetual inventor, who seemed to be able to find a solution for any difficulty confronting him. He had faith in his ability to find those solutions. Tim thoroughly enjoyed understanding how things worked. He possessed an inquisitive, confident, and rational nature matched with a versatile and agile mind. Tim was a person who believed that he could achieve whatever he set out to do.

Tim was born on June 14, 1937 at home in Mohawk, Tennessee. His parents were Clifford and Delia Gulley Strange. Tim was raised in Mohawk Tennessee. He showed his ingenuity even as a child. When he was confronted with a problem, Tim could develop an imaginative solution, and he derived satisfaction from knowing he had that ability.

This same talent for finding solutions had a positive bearing on Tim's family relationships. Tim was raised with six siblings. He had all younger siblings, Margette, Mary, Carrol, Johnny, Steve, and Shelby. When a difficult situation or dilemma arose within the family, Tim was always there to help figure out a solution for making things work.

As a young boy, Tim could be found building and inventing new and different things. He was curious, resourceful and interested in anything original. Tim enjoyed going hunting.

Tim was adept at devising original and creative ways to enhance and improve the marriage partnership. Tim was seldom a critical person, but rather the one who was able to bring out the best in others. Tim was an entertaining conversationalist who was quick to respond to his spouse’s needs. He was a vibrant personality and he enjoyed verbally sparring with Helen. In fact, those who knew him often remarked that Tim loved to argue for argument’s sake. He was very perceptive in recognizing others’ feelings, especially regarding Helen's.

Tim's remarkable talent for being inventive influenced his relationship with his children. He would create original, clever and fun games for his kids and had a knack for finding ways to make everyday events, even chores, enjoyable to them. Tim was blessed with seven children. He had five daughters, Debbie, Sheila, Teresa, Nikki, Jennifer; and two sons, Tim Jr and Richard. They were also blessed with 14 grandchildren, Stephanie, Justin, Jason, Chris, Casey, Brian, Tilman, Victoria, Taylor, Katie, Kenneth, Jessica, Thomas, and Emma. Someone who was quick to laugh, Tim found it easy to spend lots of time with his children, but he was never overbearing or guilty of pushing himself on them.

As a born inventor, Tim was definitely in his element in his work place. He could easily create new and innovative systems, and incorporate those changes to bring a fresh approach to any work situation. Tim was a focused worker with a strong drive for achievement. He could assess all of the options before him and, using his analytical skills, could comfortably find answers that no one else had even considered. His personal initiative inspired those around him. Tim was always good at getting a project started and then, at the appropriate time, handing it on to a colleague. His primary occupation was as a mechanic. He built his first car when he was 16. Tim always made an effort to be a team player, doing what needed was necessary in order to get the job done.

Tim's “never say die” attitude and his ability to face any challenge no matter how difficult it might be were tremendous assets that Tim carried with him into the military. Tim was an Air Force Veteran. He was stationed at Elgin Air Force Base. Tim served during non-war time. He achieved the rank of Airman 3rd class.

Tim's passion for finding a better way to do things was often an end in itself for him. In fact, that interest by itself became something of a hobby for this perpetual problem solver. Since Tim was always searching for new and unusual activities, he developed many interests and leisure pursuits. Some of the things he became an “expert” in might come as a surprise to those who knew him, but most friends and family understood that Tim simply could not be limited to just a few activities or ideas. His favorite pursuits were rebuilding tractors, turtle hunting, and sharing meals and fellowship with family and friends.

Tim's talents were well suited for being actively involved in professional and community organizations, something he did throughout his life. He enjoyed being involved and was willing to jump in and help in most any situation. Tim could bring a breath of fresh air to any organization, simply by introducing his novel ideas and problem solving strategies. Tim joined the Rescue Squad, Shriners, Red Cross, and the Morristown Fire Department.

Faith and religion were important to Tim. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church for 16 years. During that time, he was the church bus repairman.

Having the opportunity to visit and explore a new place always intrigued Tim. Traveling and going away on vacations offered yet another opportunity for Tim to expand his ever-growing inventory of knowledge. Favorite vacations included Disney World.

Tim was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Tim's favorites was Jumper, a Shi-Tzu dog. They were best friends for nine years. His family was rounded out by his other pets, Missy, Gracie, Jumper, Tom and Boots.

Even while in retirement, Tim never stopped exercising his inventive talents, and this new phase of his life provided new opportunities for stimulating his interests. Even in retirement, Tim continued to stay in touch with his old friends and while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in the community and felt fulfilled.

Tim passed away on May 16, 2019 at Morristown Hamblen Hospital. He fought many battles but had a strong desire to be with the Lord. Services were held at Stubblefield Funeral Home. Tim was laid to rest in Fairview Baptist Cemetery in Mohawk.

During his lifetime, nothing appeared impossible to Tim. He met the words “it can’t be done” with the enthusiastic challenge of a “wanna bet” attitude. Tim was able to recognize the possibilities a new idea held, even when those around him could not. For Tim, the traditional way of doing things fell short of his expectations, especially if there were original and untested methods for handling a challenge. For Thomas “Tim” Tilman Strange, the fun of living his life could be found in the challenge.