He was born in Cleveland, and spent much of his early years in the Eureka Road Valley, where he attended Mount Harmony Elementary School.
Later, he attended Charleston and Bradley Central High School but longed to enter the military.
In 1961 at the age of 17, Crye joined the United States Army. During his 20-year career in the military, he worked hard to receive his high school GED, a bachelor’s degree in business/economics from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and finally a master’s degree in management from Webster University.
He was named as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the Signal Officer Candidate School. After service in Vietnam, he retired as major in 1981.
Upon his return home to Cleveland, Crye built and continues to operate a successful real estate appraisal services.
Crye boasts of his 49 years of marriage to Peggy Bishop Crye, and of their daughters — Hope and Linda along with their son-in-law Kris Davis. The family now includes four grandchildren — Summer Crye, Ashlie Davis, Hunter Davis and Blake Webb.
Crye is known in the community for his involvement as a member and chairman of the original Bradley County Recreational Planning Commission, past president of the Lions Club (Evening), charter member of the Bradley Sunrise Rotary Club and current chairman of the Bradley County Regional Planning Commission.
Most know him as simply “Tom.”
It is from this background and involvement that he feels he can now help lead his community’s development.
He states, “I sincerely feel that education opened doors for my success. Therefore, I have a profound interest in working with the parents of the 2nd District as an advocate for education in Bradley County. I not only wish to improve the school system, but I hope to continue the expansion of jobs and industry in the 2nd District. This can only happen if we have roads and infrastructure to support it.”
Crye added, “I look forward to sharing my thoughts and ideas with the people of the 2nd District in the weeks ahead.”