Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1939 RJC

Tommy Strong JOHN THOMAS "TOMMY" STRONG, 78, died on May 15, 2000, in Eastland, TX. Mr. Strong was born Oct. 31, 1921 in Ranger, TX to John Thomas Strong, Sr. & Cumilla Shults Strong. He graduated from Ranger High School in 1939 and held an Associates Degree from Ranger Jr. College. He also held an Aircraft and Powerplant Mechanic’s 50 year certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration. He began working for Russell B. Miller at Ranger Flying Service in 1940 and in 1948 began working for Premier Refining and Oil Company as a Pilot flying Pipeline Patrol and maintaining airplanes certifying aircraft from J-3 Clubs to C-47’s. He married Clemie King in 1978 and retired in 1985. He was a member of the Mesquite and Rusk Street Church of Christ, a 30 year member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and Charter member of Experimental Aircraft Association chapter 956 in Ranger. He had four step-children, Bill Rogers of Eastland, Jay Rogers of New Braunfels, John Rogers of Ranger, Jean Ann Sublett of Breckenridge.; six grandchildren; one great- grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews. His sister was Mary Sue Strong Treadway (RHS-1945). Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger. Tommy was presented with the Master Mechanic Award: In 1999, Tommy Strong was presented the Charles Taylor "Master Mechanic" Award by Mr. Bernard Mullins, a FFA representative from Fort Worth, TX. The presentation took place during a fly-in sponsored by the FAA Chapter 956 at the Ranger Airport. This award was initiated by the Federal Aviation Administration in honor of the first aviation mechanic, Charles Edward Taylor. This award recognizes and honors those mechanics who have been in aviation maintenance for 50 or more years. Charles Edward Taylor was the first aviation mechanic in powered flight, the man who built and maintained those first aircraft engines and has been called the "unsung Hero Of Aviation". He was the absolutely indispensable person without whom the Wright Brothers could not have made their first flight in 1903. A Ranger native, Mr. Strong, took his civilian pilots training at the Ranger Airport in 1940. In 1941 he worked under Mr. Ralph Boyvey. He received his airplane and engine mechanics license in 1946. After retiring from Permian Corporation in 1996, Mr. Strong continued to work at the Ranger Airport until 1998. He continued to be an avid supporter of activities involving the airport. Mr. Strong was accompanied by his wife, Clemie, during the presentation. Also present were several members of Mr. Strong's family and longtime friends. His name will be recorded in Washington DC along with others who have received this award. Clemie King WIFE: CLEMIE JEAN KING STRONG, 87, died on Jan. 17, 2016 in Eastland, TX with burial at Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger, TX. Clemie was born Oct. 27, 1928 in Olden, TX to Brownie King (RHS-1922) & Ila Jean (Rayford) King. She graduated from Olden High School and was a lifelong resident of Eastland County. She was a homemaker, and also baked for the public, making many wedding cakes for those in Eastland County. Clemie loved quilting and belonged to the Bullock Quilting Club. Clemie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Floyd Rogers (RHS-1943) in 1977, and husband John Thomas “Tommy” Strong (RHS-1939) in 2000. Survivors include brother B.H. King (RHS-1954) and sister Kay Tibbels (RHS-1958); niece Vergenna Halbrook; children Bill Rogers (RHS-1967) and wife Marilynn of Katy; Jean Ann Rogers Sublett (RHS-1972) and husband Mike of Breckenridge; Jay Rogers (RHS-1978) and wife Tracy of New Braunfels; and Johnny Rogers (RHS-1983) of Ranger. Clemie is also survived by 6 grandchildren: Amy Rogers-Browder, Kathryn Sublett, Jaclyn Sublett, Jeremy Barron, Taylor Rogers, and Meredith Rogers, and 6 great-grandchildren.