Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Thomas Strickland Sr., one of the most loved and patriotic men, left us Sunday, May 10, 2015, to be with his parents, 11 sisters and brothers and his fellow WWII veterans. He was 91.
He leaves behind his loving and devoted wife of 72 years, Gladys Powell Strickland; children, Barbara Davis, Jimmy Strickland (Julie) and Gayle Smith (Ralph); six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, all of whom loved and admired their “PaPa”; and many nieces and nephews who were very special to him and with whom he so enjoyed spending time.
J.T., as he was known by all, was born in Clarendon and educated in the Columbus County School System. He was class president of the first class to graduate from Williams Township High School. For three summers while attending high school, he was a supervisor with the U.S. Gov. Agricultural Admin. After graduating high school and prior to WWII, he moved to Wilmington and started to work with the Atlantic Coastline Railroad.
In October 1942, he enlisted with the U.S. Army, 13TH Jungle Air Corps where he served in New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, Dutch East Indies and the Philippine Islands. He was released from active duty at Fort Bragg in December 1945 and he became a member of the N.C. National Guard where he remained until he concluded his 40-plus years of military service.
His numerous military awards included many medals: the American Campaign, Asiatic Pacific Campaign with two battle stars, WWII Victory, Philippine Liberation Ribbon and N.C. National Guard Service Award, plus many more.
His WWII story and picture are proudly displayed in the Wardroom on the USS NC Battleship in Wilmington.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2015, at Andrews Market Street Chapel. Entombment will be held at Oleander Memorial Garden Mausoleum. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.
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