Charles Cyrus Strimple, age 75, of Swannanoa, NC, passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center in Asheville.
Mr. Strimple was born on September 5, 1945 in Hornell, NY to the late Cyrus Elliott Strimple and Eleanor Weaver Strimple.
Charlie served his country proudly as a sergeant in the United States Army, 25th Infantry Division “Tropic Lightning” during the Vietnam War. Upon his return from the war, Charlie and Bette married October 2nd, 1971, and lived an adventurous life including traveling, camping, boating, and caring for many family dogs.
In 1986, Charlie began teaching English at Owen High School. During his teaching tenure, he loved his students and they loved him. He was friend and confidant to many staff. He was known to break up a fight in the hall, wear a Viking hat while reading Beowulf, and remembered several of his students and his student’s kids by the time he retired in 2006. He accompanied students on class trips, created haunted Halloween parties, and absolutely loved driving a bus. During his retirement, he continued to drive a bus in Walterboro, SC and Hampstead, NC. All along the way, he made friends and enjoyed all his passengers.
Charlie attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville, SC. Charlie was a loving husband, father, grandfather, teacher, and coach. Charlie was a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan and loved his Weimaraners. He would never turn down a fried chicken wing with blue cheese dressing, or a Beef on Weck sandwich. He made many family traditions including prime rib on Christmas Eve, holding hands for prayers before a meal including a cheer (Yeah Strimples), making caramel delights, and going on camping trips.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Cherie.
Those left behind to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 49 years, Bette Strimple; dog Harris; three sons, Ryan Strimple and his fiancé Kim Black of Swannanoa, NC, Josh Strimple and his wife Chris of Charleston, SC, and Peter Strimple and his wife Magen of Hampstead, NC; a brother, Bob and three sisters, Patty, Etta and Janie; four beloved grandkids, Grace, Wyatt, Charlie, and Runa; and many friends who cherish his legacy.
The family will announce a Memorial Service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made to: www.fisherhouse.org or mail to: Fisher House Foundation at: 12300 Twinbrook Parkway #410 Rockville, MD 20852, which is a foundation that provides housing for families of hospitalized veterans.
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty” -Psalm 91:1
Penland Family Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Strimple Family and assisting them with arrangements.
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