Homer Dalton Stroop, age 91 of Murfreesboro, TN, died Monday October 1, 2012.
A life-long resident of Rutherford County, he grew up in the Halls Hill community. Mr. Stroop was the son of the late Homer and Clara Mai Prater Stroop. His pioneer ancestors settled Tennessee before it became a state, which makes him a 7th generation Rutherford Countian.
Mr. Stroop is survived by his wife of 58 years, Margaret Smith Stroop; sons and daughters in-law, Steve and Donna Burris Stroop of Union City, CA, Jeff and Dana Crawford Stroop of Murfreesboro, TN; daughter, M’Lissa Stroop of Nashville, TN; grandchildren, Stephanos Homer Dalton Stroop of Arlington, VA, Kelsey L. Stroop of Hollywood, CA, and Kaley L. Stroop of Murfreesboro, TN; brother, Robert T. Stroop of Murfreesboro, TN.
Funeral service will be held 10:00 AM Thursday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel with Joe Mayes and John Hood officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Murfreesboro Exchange Club and the Elders of North Boulevard Church of Christ.
Mr. Stroop graduated Salutatorian at Kittrell High School. He graduated from MTSU class of 1942 prior to joining the US Navy. Post war he graduated from the UT Knoxville with an engineering degree and returned to Murfreesboro to work at Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation as area manager for 27 years. Mr. Stroop retired from the US Navy as a Captain in 1968.
In 1947, he was a founding member of North Boulevard Church of Christ and subsequently served as both deacon and elder for many years. Mr. Stroop was a founder and Chairman of the Board at Stones River Manor Retirement Home in Murfreesboro, TN from 1977 to 1999. He was a past member of the Murfreesboro City Golf Commission, and President of the Volunteer Group running the VA Golf Course for public use.
Mr. Stroop was a charter member and past president of the Murfreesboro Exchange Club and continued as an active member for over 60 years. He was co-founder of the Rutherford County Cancer Society and instrumental in the beginning years of United Way of Rutherford County. In 1966 he was awarded the United Way Campaign Award.
Mr. Stroop lived a life that made a difference in the world and his local community. He leaves a legacy of service to God, country and his family and others who never knew he was behind many untold random acts of kindness.
Memorials may be made to the Exchange Club Family Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse or to the American Cancer Society in memory of Mr. Stroop. Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Wednesday at WOODFIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL. 893-5151. Online condolences