Rev.  Dale C. Troupe Sr.

Rev. Dale C. Troupe Sr.

Thursday June 28th, 1934 - Wednesday March 31st, 2021
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Rev. Dale Clay Troupe, Sr., was born in Forrest City, Arkansas on June 28, 1934, to Rev. G. G. Troupe and Mrs. Polly Davis Troupe. He was the youngest of 11 children all preceding him in death except one sister, Dorothy Etherly. At age 16, after high school, Dale moved to Detroit, Michigan. Soon thereafter he married Shirley Mae Young, to this union of 18 years came three children; Teria Horne, Tamara Cook and Dale Troupe, Jr.

Dale worked 36 years at the U.S. Post Office where he retired. After retirement he moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee where he remarried with Wendelyn Acklin. To this union of 16 years, they had one child, Clinton Troupe.

Dale enjoyed playing solitaire, gardening, cooking, dancing and staying physically fit (exercising at the gym three times a week for decades). Most of all, he enjoyed spiritual activities, having accepted Christ at an early age. Dale became a Reverend and taught the Bible with anyone that he could. He sang at funerals, churches, and nursing homes with a voice that many called beautiful. Dale did all of this to the best of his abilities until his very last days. Around Chattanooga many called him the singing preacher. The singing preacher will be missed.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, four children, Teria, Tamara, Dale Jr. and Clinton; one sister, Dorothy; nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00pm, Monday, April 5, 2021, in the chapel of the John P Franklin Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be broadcast live beginning at 1:00 PM EST Monday, April 5, 2021 at

Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 423-622-9995.
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Deborah L Ragland

Posted at 02:27pm
God called a good person home to receive a well deserved rest. Rest in peace my friend.
Prayers for the family on your loss.

Anthony Edward Cash

Posted at 01:31pm
Uncle Dale you will be trying miss,you shown example of what a real man's supposed to be in life put you God first you respect your parents.You love your brothers and sisters and I know you was a good husband to your wife and your children.You was blessed to have a host of friends. The highways will miss you God bless you to have a wonderful blessed life. Thank Uncle Dale for taking me to the movies when I was a young man. Thank you for taking me out of town as well and let me be myself. He was the kind of Uncle that a young man could talk to and felt comfortable being around you may God bless your soul. Much love to you from your nephew Tony cash from Detroit Michigan.

Betsy Chesney

Posted at 12:12pm
I was sorry to read about Rev. Troupe's passing. I met him years ago through Church Women United. He was a central figure in that group's music, and he gave women rides to and from the meetings. He went to my church and sang "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" (as no one else could!) and also "Oh, Holy Night," and it was a privilege to accompany him on the piano. All of us will miss him.

Johnnielynn Scruggs

Posted at 08:01pm
Rev. Dale, was the name I called him. He had a BEAUTIFUL singing voice. I will miss talking to him. My prayers will be with his children and siblings..

Keith & Carolyn Bobo

Posted at 07:47pm
So sorry to hear of his passing. People loved to hear him sing as I accompanied him on the piano at CHI Memorial and at NHC Nursing Home. Sure did enjoy the chow-chow he made. -- Keith Bobo

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