Kathryn 'Ty' Findlay Roop, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, child of God, celebrated 62 years of life on March 11, 2012, with her family. On March 21, just as the sun broke through the clouds and robins announced the arrival of Spring, and after nine years of a courageous battle with cancer, Ty began the celebration of her new life. She was born March 11, 1950.
Ty, the daughter of the late Vere Gentry and John Campbell Findlay, followed in her father’s footsteps as President of the Wytheville Office Supply which she and her husband acquired from her father in 1972. The family treasures a picture of Ty selling her first greeting card at the age of two. Throughout the years, she touched the lives of many employees and customers. Being the President of a woman-owned company, Ty had welcomed the opportunity to work with and designing businesses in the Coal Industry, Banking, Industrial Manufacturing, Food Processing and various other businesses, large and small throughout the Southeast. She was one of the first users of the Virginia Electronic Procurement Program and was recruited to promote the program to businesses at colleges and universities throughout Virginia. Ty loved calling Wytheville her home. She graduated from George Wythe High School and was proud of her years at Wytheville Community College where she served as President of the Student Council. She attended the University of Tennessee and 'earned a graduate degree in Psychology from Radford University. As a local business woman at the “Home of the Big Pencil”, Ty was called on often to serve on boards and committees. She served on the United Way Board of Directors. Anyone attending the annual United Way Silent Auction would find a large number of beautiful scarves that Ty knitted, to be sold to benefit the United Way. Those who have the good fortune of owning a “Ty Roop Original Scarf” are to be envied. Ty served as Chairperson of the Relay for Life Corporate Contributions Committee, raising thousands of dollars for cancer research. Along with Wayne, she was recognized for the Wytheville-Wythe- Bland Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Leaders of the Year Award in 2000. Ty was a life-long member of the Wytheville Presbyterian Church. Even after Ty became ill, she could be seen in her usual center pew in the balcony with her beautiful scarves covering her loss of hair. She taught Sunday School and was a regular sitter in the nursery. She served on numerous committees including Personnel and the Shoe Boxes for Children Ministry. Her Church Family was an important part of her life and she gave freely of the time and talents to benefit her church.
Ty leaves behind friends from far and wide to honor her memory. But most important to her was her family, Wayne Roop, her husband of 41 years; two sons, Kevin Wayne Roop, of Edwards, CO, and Che Findlay Roop, of Wytheville, VA; her precious daughter, Mia Campbell Massi and her husband Kevin Massi, of Charlotte, NC, and the one she adored most, her beautiful granddaughter, Amelia Katherine Massi; and cousins with whom she had a close relationship.
The family will receive friends at the Wytheville Presbyterian Church on Friday, March 23, 2012, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
A service of celebration of the life of Ty Findlay Roop will be held at the Wytheville Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at 12 noon, with the Reverend Brad Simpson officiating. A reception will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society c/o Jean Lester, 430 W. Washington St., Wytheville, VA 24382.
Barnett Funeral Home, Wytheville, VA is handling the arrangements.