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Robert “Bob” Strickland

Robert “Bob” Strickland, age 85, of Erwin, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 16, 2016. He often said, “When you get the call saying Bob’s dead, tell them he’s not dead, that he is more alive now than he’s ever been.” He was a native of Unicoi County and a son of the late William C. Sr. and Florence Crain Strickland. Bob retired from Century Mechanical Contractors. After retiring from Century, Bob said the only job he would take after retiring would be a job as a Walmart Greeter if they ever opened a Walmart in Erwin. And when they did, he was one of the first in line applying for a job and has worked there ever since. He was a member of Evergreen Freewill Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one brother: Bill Strickland, sister: Arlene Huskins; son: Randy Strickland; grandson: Randy Foster; granddaughter: Sandie Foster Baucom.

Bob has left behind to cherish his memories:
Mother of his children: Sally Strickland of Erwin
Son: Tim Strickland and wife Tracy of Maryville
Steve Strickland and wife Tonya of Friendsville
Daughters: Lori Franklin and husband Alan of Erwin
Donna Foster and husband Marshall of Erwin
Judy Hensley and husband John of Kingsport
Grandchildren: Annie Fishbaugh of Jonesborough
Joe Foster and Glenn Foster both of Erwin
Heather Davidson of Kingsport
Gregory Franklin and Whitlee Franklin both of Erwin
Tianna Strickland, Tabitha Strickland and Stephan Strickland of Friendsville
Tyler Strickland, Makayla Strickland and Peyton Strickland of Maryville
Several Great-Grandchildren and Nieces and Nephews

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Bob Strickland in a funeral service to be held at 8:00 PM, Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at Evergreen Freewill Baptist Church with Reverend Noah Taylor officiating. A visitation period to share memories and offer support will begin at 5:00 PM and continue until service time at Evergreen Freewill Baptist Church on Tuesday.
A committal service will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Martins Creek Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Butch Huskins, Dwight Huskins, Joe Huskins, Mike Strickland, Joe Foster, Gregory Franklin, Tyler Strickland, Dakota Foster and Pete Franklin. Serving as Honorary pallbearers are Gaylon Foster, Travis Lusk, Mike Anders, David True and Alan Garland. Those who plan to attend the committal service will meet at Valley Funeral Home at 10:30 AM on Wednesday to go in procession to Martins Creek Cemetery.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at These arrangements were made especially for the family and friends of Bob Strickland through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187.