Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Charles Harmon Strickland, US Air Force, of East Ridge, Tennessee, 93, died on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Charles was predeceased by his loving wife of 65 years, Nancy Johnson Strickland. Born February 25, 1925, he was the son of the late Bunyan David and Bessie Lee Griffin Strickland of Montgomery, Alabama.
Charlie was a 1943 graduate of Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery, Alabama and graduated from Auburn University in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction. He worked for more than 38 years and retired as Chief, Materials Branch, Purchasing from TVA.
As a member of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, Charlie served as an usher for many of the more than 60 years. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, faithfully loving and providing for his family and others.
Charlie is survived by one daughter, Carol Strickland of East Ridge; three sons, Charles Harmon "Chuck" Strickland Jr., (Debbie) of Bridgeport, Ala.; Dr. Robert David Strickland (Gerry) of Miami, Fla.; Donald Lee Strickland (Jenny) of Greer, S.C.; four grandchildren, Keith Maynard (April); Kathy Maynard Hartsfield (Greg); Nathanael (Monica) and Thomas Strickland; seven great-grandchildren, Katie Reed (Will); Abbie and Kimmie Maynard; Violet Hartsfield; and Daphne, Charlotte, Robert Strickland; as well as two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Johnson and Jane Strickland; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, June 4, at Chattanooga Funeral Home East Chapel, 404 South Moore Road and from 12 - 1 PM Tuesday at Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, 4131 Ringgold Road, East Ridge, TN. The celebration of Charlie's life will be on Tuesday, June 5, at 1 p.m. at Jones Memorial United Methodist Church. The graveside service will be at the National Cemetery in Chattanooga.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons and nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be the Fellowship Class of Jones Memorial, as well as Charlie's devoted caregivers for the last few years: Chris Burks, Linda Harrison, and Mark Forgey.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to
The family gives thanks to Charlie's many friends who prayed and performed deeds of kindness during his life, as well as his doctors, nurses, and healthcare providers. The family graciously gives thanks to the Lord Jesus for the gift of Charlie's life and for comforting them during their sorrow.
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Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on June 3, 2018.