Earl Fugate Strange, 79, of LaFollette, died April 1. He was retired as a Senior Chief in the U.S. Navy serving 21 years, 6 months, and 18 days as a Corpsman in Medical.
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He also served in the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a Purple Heart recipient. He was an avid golfer, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, a member of Campbell County Masonic Lodge #778, F. & A.M., a member of Knoxville Scottish Rite Bodies, the Campbell County Scottish Rite, a Shriner, and a member of Knoxville Kerbela Temple. Earl was a leader in the preservation of the Davis Chapel Community Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Mary Fugate Strange; brother Sam Strange.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Strange of LaFollette; children, Pamela Henry and husband, Jim, of Sausality, Cali., Tammy Williams and husband, David, of Loveland, ohio, Michael Strange of Chattanooga; three grandchildren, Michael Henry, Andrew Henry and Aliza Williams; one great-granddaughter, Scarlett Henry.
He loved and petted his special dog, Gracie.
The family will receive friends tonight beginning at 5 p.m. at Walters Funeral Home. Masonic Rites will begin at 6:45 p.m. conducted by the Campbell County Masonic Lodge #778, F & A.M. Funeral services will begin at 7 p.m.
Family and friends will meet Friday at 10:30 a.m. and proceed to Sunrise Cemetery for graveside services and interment with fully military honors conducted by the Campbell County Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to: Davis Chapel Community Center, 1073 Davis Chapel Road, LaFollette, TN 37766.
Walters Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Published in LaFollette Press on Apr. 4, 2013