December 3, 1965 – December 29, 2021
Timothy W. Sutphin, 56, of Salem, made his home in his new heavenly home on Wednesday, December 29, 2021. He was born December 3, 1965 in Roanoke, Va., To Mary Brumfield Sutphin and the late Kenneth Wayne Sutphin.
As a graduate of Salem High School, Tim’s love for Spartan football came from playing during his high school years. In 1983 he received the Spartan Bell Award. For many years, he has honored his beloved Spartans by broadcasting every football game via WSUT, so that those who cannot physically attend are at least there virtually.
Tim worked for GE for 12 years while attending college and eventually earning
his Bachelor of Business degree from Averett University. After college he moved from GE to serve the community he sincerely loved and began his career in law enforcement, serving 4 years with the Roanoke County Police Department and another 6 and a half with the Salem Police Department. There he obtained the rank of Senior Officer (SPO) before leaving for a new adventure. While working at Salem, Tim held a number of positions including Firearms Instructor, Field Training Officer, RADAR Instructor and he was also a member of the team at accident investigation.
Tim was currently employed by RADAR, a paratransit and senior transportation company, where he served as Director of Safety and Maintenance. He also worked part-time for Tractor Supply Company, earning a salary to pay for his tractor he enjoyed using on the homestead in Buchanan.
Tim’s love for the community of Salem and the surrounding area was evident in almost every aspect of his life. His love and support for local businesses will be remembered by many small business owners in the valley. In honor of his Lord and maintaining his service to the community, Tim served as a deacon, a member of the security team, and held other positions as needed for his beloved family at Bethel Baptist Church. He was a very selfless person who always had the will to serve others as Christ taught.
Tim just loved people and life in general! He was known as the one who never really met a stranger.
When he was not at work or on duty to some extent, you might have found him tinkering with one of his vehicles, as he was a handyman, or maybe during of a boys’ weekend getaway with the family enjoying camping, fishing and camaraderie.
Most of all, Tim will be remembered as a loving son, brother, husband, father, uncle and friend to all who knew him!
In addition to his father, he was predeceased by his grandparents, Walker and Louise Sutphin and Tom and Helen Brumfield; her in-laws, Bud and Joyce Crouch; and several aunts and uncles.
The family remaining to be cherished in memory of Tim includes his loving wife and best friend of 28 wonderful years, Kelly Crouch Sutphin; sons, Carson Wayne Sutphin and fiancee, Emma Stremmel, and Chandler Thomas Sutphin and special girlfriend, Abigail Bryant; mother, Marie Sutphin; brother, Todd Sutphin, and wife, Angela; sister-in-law, Sandra Newman and husband, Jerry; brothers-in-law, Bobby Crouch and wife, Margaret, and Ronnie Crouch and wife, Jennifer, as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the community of Salem for their love and support not only to Tim over the years, but also to his family during this most difficult time.
The family will receive the friends on Monday, January 10, 2022, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church in Salem.
A celebration of Tim’s life will take place on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 2 p.m. at the Salem Civic Center Community Hall. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. For those who cannot physically attend, a live stream will be available by visiting the Bethel Baptist Church Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bethelbaptistva/.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in memory of Tim to the Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund, 1601 S. Colorado Street, Salem, VA 24153.
Online condolences can be expressed to the Sutphin family by visiting www.johnmoakey.com.
Posted by Roanoke Times on January 9, 2022.