Mr. Strickland was born Jan. 23, 1942, in Winterville, and had lived in Gray for the past 10 years. He was the son of the late Jessie Strickland and Viola Voyles Strickland. He was raised from a young age by Thomas Stringer and Marjorie Stringer, and honorably served his country with the U.S. Army as a ranger. Mr. Strickland worked as a pipefitter for the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local #72.
Mr. Strickland is survived by his daughters, Carolyn Strickland and Mia Strickland; son and daughter-in-law, David and Melissa Strickland; grandchildren, Chelsea Strickland, Jamie Strickland, Brandi and Gene Nasworthy, Amanda Brawner, Larry Brawner and Jason Brawner; brother, Paul Strickland; sister, Nell Caldwell; and by four great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 4364 Upper River Road, Gray, GA 31032.
The family may be contacted at the residence at 122 Virginia Lane in Gray.
Bridges Funeral Home and Crematory in Gray has charge of arrangements. Please visit the online memorial at www.bridgesfh.com.