Dr. Herman A. Stribling Jr., 90, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital, following a brief illness, on Tuesday March 18.
He was a native of Georgetown, SC, a son of the late Herman Stribling Sr. and Carrie Snelson Stribling.
Dr. Stribling will be best remembered as an inspiring and influential professor of economics at East Tennessee State University, musician, tennis player and Northeast Tennessee’s greatest University of Alabama fan. Dr. Stribling received his bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. from the University of Alabama, where he taught economics and played in the Million Dollar Band. He served as the Assistant Dean of the College of Business of ETSU and after his retirement from the position he continued to teach well into his 80s.
In 2005, Dr. Stribling received the Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of Business and Technology for his many years and dedication to the education of today’s men and women of business.
Dr. Stribling’s musical gifts brought joy to many around the community as well on the high seas. Along with his daughter, he was the founding member of the Johnson City Symphony where he played flute and piccolo. He was also a founding member of the Johnson City Community Band and he enjoyed several Community Band at Sea cruises in which he got to share his love of music with others.
Dr. Stribling was a member of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, where he served on the Administrative Board for many years. He was a member of Johnson City Masonic Lodge #486, was a York Rite Mason, a Scottish Rite Mason in the Knoxville Consistory of Scottish Rite and had achieved the rank of 33rd Degree Mason. He was also a member of the Jericho Shrine Temple. He was also a member of Sons of the American Revolution.
Dr. Stribling was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society, which recognizes and encourages superior scholarship. He was also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfoia Fraternity, the world’s largest and oldest fraternal society of music.
Dr. Stribling was a World War II veteran, serving in the United States Army Air Corps as a celestial navigator for B-29 aircraft. He also served with the FBI as a fingerprint classifier in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Stribling is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary Loyd Stribling, of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Vickie Grist and Dr. Dana Grist; a son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Buddy Stribling and Debbie Stribling; three granddaughters, Jennifer Grist Hite and her husband, Daniel Hite, Kathryn Grist and Madison Stribling; one grandson, Alex Stribling; and one great grandson, Finnegan Hite; a sister-in-law, Mildred Loyd, of Houston, TX; two nephews, Leonard Loyd and wife, Karen Loyd, of Houston, TX, and Paul Loyd and wife, Barbara Loyd, of Fredericksburg, TX; and one great nephew, Ryan Loyd and wife, Jackie Loyd, of Houston, TX.
A service to celebrate the life of Dr. Stribling will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday March 23, 2014, at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church with Bishop Richard Looney and the Rev. Michael Lester officiating. Dr. Allen Spritzer and Mr. Jim Culp will offer the eulogy. Special music shall be provided by Mrs. Sarah Culp Searles and Kathryn Grist.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until the service hour. Private inurnment will be at Monta Vista Memorial Park.
The family would like to thank the following for their loving care of Dr. Stribling: Dr. Jason Hatjioannou, Dr. Robert Clemmons, Dr. Donald Clemmons, Dr. Ken Cutshall, Dr. Stephen Kimbrough, Dr. Susan Rollins, Dr. Skip Cooper, the nursing staff of 7500 at JCMC, and his loving caregivers Becky Hale, Sandra Keebler and Helen Willen.
The family requests in lieu of flowers donations in memory of Dr. Stribling may be made to Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church’s Miracle Fund.
Words of sympathy and encouragement may be sent through www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
Tetrick Funeral Service of Johnson City is in charge of the funeral arrangements.