Lee Stiles took over as President of our company after the passing of Tommy Stiles. Lee started in the business at a young age, working his way through high school and college. Then, came on full time following graduation from Tennessee Tech University in 2008. Our company started out by specializing in coating kilns. However, as time went by, the company started doing more and more in the lumber drying industry. Through the years, A.W. Stiles Contractors has done everything imaginable to dry kilns, from complete kiln rebuilds, disassembling and relocating kilns, and manufacturing and erecting new kilns.
A. W. Stiles, the founder of our company accompanied by Barbara Stiles and their great grand kids. To know A. W. (Catman) is to love him. His heart is as big as his smile. A. W. started our business that bears his name in 1976. He began as a commercial painting contractor and that led into kiln coating, which quickly evolved into kiln repair. A.W. was joined full time by son Tommy in 1990, and other son Tony in 2000. A.W. retired in 2004, and fully enjoys his retirement living on the Caney Fork River, nestled in middle TN, where he enjoys fishing, spoiling grandkids and tinkering on all sorts of projects for himself, friends and neighbors.
Our hearts were broken with the passing of our company President and dear friend, Tommy Stiles. Tommy passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2017 in a plane crash near his home town of McMinnville, TN. Tommy began working with his dad, A.W. Stiles, at a young age. Upon graduating college, Tommy devoted his entire working career to growing and developing our company and helping customers. He spent many years building and teaching our team at A.W. Stiles Contractors. He is surely missed by all of our team.
When a life is missed this much, one knows how much it was cherished, and Tommy was definitely cherished by so many. He never wanted anyone to go without a home or without love. II Timothy 4:7-8 states, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” After fighting his fight and finishing his race, the Lord called on him and Tommy answered. He is greatly missed by all of those who loved him and knew him. After his many years of faithfully worshipping God, caring for and encouraging others, growing as a person, loving and teaching all those around him, learning as much as he could, and of course fishing and flying, he's finally in his eternal abode. "Home is where the heart is" is a very popular saying and his heart is with God now. We know he’s in Heaven teaching kids how to play softball, how to fish and fly planes, and teaching others everything else he knows. Although he is dearly missed, we know God has received a good one.