KINGSPORT — Timothy Allison (Bert) Strickler Sr. entered into his heavenly home on Monday (Sept. 5, 2011) following a period of declining health.
He was born on Aug. 4, 1958, in Kingsport to Bill and Mary Lou Strickler. Tim graduated from Sullivan Central High School in 1976. He was in the U.S. Army from 1977-1981, having achieved the level of E-5. He was stationed in Katterbach, Germany, and Fort Polk, La.
Tim was formerly employed by Shoney’s Incorporated of the Tri-Cities, Flour-Daniels and Ferguson-Harbour. He was a member of Kendricks Creek United Methodist Church, Kingsport, and had attended Cedar Bluff United Methodist Church, Cedar Bluff, Va.
Tim was the past Commissioner of the Fanatics Fantasy Football League and a member of the Sinking Creek Lodge, Gray. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, having been a member of the Scottish and York Rites.
Tim loved God and had the assurance of an everlasting home with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was a loving, compassionate person who kept the faith and finished the course with dignity and courage. Tim was a great father and family man who dearly loved his family and friends. His smile and humor will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, MacDonald and Vessie Strickler and Gus and Louise Allison; and his parents, Bill and Mary Lou Strickler.
Surviving are his wife, Rev. Jackie Strickler; and son, Timothy Allison (T.J.) Strickler Jr. Also, his brothers, Ross and wife, Brenda, Gray, Steve and wife, Paula, David and wife, Margaret, and Dan and wife, Tracy, all of Kingsport. Also surviving are his aunts, Jean and Ruth Strickler; and several nieces and nephews who were all special to him.
The family wishes to thank the doctors and staff of Wilcox Hall W-3 for their great care of Tim. Sincere thanks to the following doctors and their staff: Dr. Byron May, Dr. Christopher Matthews, Dr. Marco DeSilva, Dr. Michael Nannenga, and Dr. Mayur Patel. Also, special thanks to the staff of Gray Family Health Care and especially to Dr. Bruce Boggs for his excellent and compassionate care of Tim and his family.
A celebration of life service will be held at Kendricks Creek United Methodist Church on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 12 noon with the Rev. Susan Lankford, the Rev. Mary Amburn and the Rev. John Hackney officiating.
In lieu of flowers, it was Tim’s wish that donations be made to the Kendricks Creek United Methodist Church building fund, P.O. Box 5784, Kingsport, Tenn. 37663; or Good Samaritan Food Pantry, 106 Veterans Drive, Richlands, Va. 24641.