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William “Bill” C. Strickland Jr., 83, of Erwin, died Wednesday, June 15, 2011, following a lengthy illness.
He was born on March 6, 1928 and was a native of Erwin. He was the son of the late William C. Sr. and Florence Strickland.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in the Philippines. Mr. Strickland was a machinist and retired in 1991 from Hoover Universal. He then continued working by delivering parts for R. M. Engineering until his disability.
He lived his life in a simple way but proudly shared his Christianity with enthusiasm to everyone he met. He was a member of Riverview Baptist Church were he served as a deacon.
He was a dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all who knew him. Mr. Strickland loved the Lord and worked to serve him diligently as a good and faithful servant while able. As he would quote a favorite song, “I’m a winner either way, if I go or if I stay.”
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister: Arlene Huskins.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Betty J. Strickland; son: Michael C. Strickland, Erwin; three daughters: Janie Berry and husband Bill, Erwin, Debbie Williams and husband Wayne, Jacksonville, Fla., Missy Farnor and husband, Paul, Erwin; brother: Bob Strickland; brother-in-law: Bob Tucker; sister-in-law: Margaret Tittle; grandchildren: Jeff Berry, Sammy Weaver, Christy Arnold and husband Josh, Doug Berry and wife April, Carla Gilbert and husband Mark and Tyler Engle; 13 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and special friends: Ron and Sue Webb.
The funeral service was held at 8 p.m., Friday, June 17, in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. The Rev. David Foster and Dr. Alan King officiated. Music was under the direction of David Foster, Clarence Bailey, Ronnie Webb and Charlotte McCurry.
The committal service and interment was at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 18, at Evergreen Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Gary Maupin, Ron Webb, Clarence Bailey, Wayne Williams, Bill Berry and Paul Farnor. Honorary pallbearers were Ron McKinney and Gene Fowler.
Valley Funeral Home was in charge.