Colonel Tommy C. Stiner

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Stiner, Tommy C. – Colonel (Retired) and former Campbell County Executive Tommy C. Stiner, 79, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 16.
He was a distinguished veteran of the Vietnam War, who served two tours of duty as a helicopter pilot and saved many lives while endangering his own. He served 29 years in the U.S. Army, and retired in 1992 as the most highly decorated veteran from the state of Tennessee, with decorations including the Silver Star, Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with five Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with Valor Device and 27 Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, and numerous other individual and foreign awards.
Following his Army service, Tom and his family returned home to Campbell County, Tennessee, where he initially took up farming until he was asked to run for political office as the Campbell County Executive. Tom was elected three times and served 10 years from 1992 to 2002. Under his leadership, Campbell County built a health department, a recycling center, career center, an elementary school, two middle schools, one high school, and established a community college campus. He oversaw the construction of an industrial park, new roads, bridges, and 133 miles of new water lines for citizens without water. He personally recruited numerous new industry partners, and significantly strengthened the tourism industry within the County.
Following retirement from political office, he served as Chairman of the Local Government Planning Advisory Committee for the State of Tennessee and served on the boards of a number of East Tennessee economic and community development agencies. He has served as Director and the Chairman of the East Tennessee Human Resource Agency, Director and the Chairman of the Mountain Valley Economic Authority, Director of the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, Director of Community Health of East Tennessee (CHET), President of the South Campbell County Rotary Club, and was a member of the Board of Directors at First Volunteer Bank. He remained in his hometown of LaFollette and remained active in attempts to better the community until his passing.
He earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree from East Tennessee State University and a Master's Degree of Political Science from University of Tennessee Knoxville and was a member of Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
He was preceded in death by his father, Emit Stiner, mother, Hassie Stiner, brother, Glen Stiner, and sister, Jo Ann Sharp. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judy Stiner, son, Mark Stiner, daughter-in-law, Alyssa Stiner, granddaughter, Nicole Stiner, grandson, Sean Stiner, brother, Carl Wade Stiner and wife, Sue Stiner, brother, Emory Stiner and wife, Caroline Stiner, sister-in-law, Marjorie Shrader and husband, Jim Shrader, nieces, Carla Reel, Tommi Allen, Laurie Lancaster, and Shannon James, nephew, Derrick Stiner, and many, many friends. Following visitation at the First Baptist Church of LaFollette on Central Ave. a short service was held at the church followed by military honors and interment at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens, with Duane Mills officiating.
The family requests donations in lieu of flowers to the Community Health of East Tennessee (CHET), an organization to which Tom dedicated much of his time and energy during his later years and of which he was very proud. Donations may be sent to: CHET, 130 Independence Lane, LaFollette Tenn., 37766.
Cross-Smith Funeral Home, of LaFollette, was in charge of arrangements.

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Published in LaFollette Press on Aug. 24, 2017
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