James Dale Strickland



James Dale Strickland, age 70 of Laurinburg passed away to his Heavenly home on Thursday, March 29, 2018.

James, a grandson of the late Fred Strickland, Sr. and son of Bernice Strickland Sampson, was born on May 6, 1947 in Robeson County. He worked for many years as a self employed contractor. He lived life to the fullest in his love for golfing, wrestling, fishing and was an avid NASCAR fan. He was a board member of the Metrolina Native American Association and was one of the Founders of the Johnny Strickland Memorial Golf Tournament. James had a passion for teaching the young people. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchild. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend who will truly be missed.

Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Fred Strickland, Jr. and sister, Marie Strickland Oxendine.

He leaves behind, his beloved wife, Letha Dial Strickland of the home; sons, Randall Bryant of Charlotte, Derek Deese of Laurinburg; daughters, Christina Strickland Theodorou (Ioannis) of Raleigh, LeAnn Strickland Melvin (Kevin) of Pembroke, Kimberly Bryant-Wilson of Lexington; brothers, Kent Strickland (Gloria), Shelley Strickland (Pam), Delton Ray Sampson (Paula), Donald Strickland, all of Maxton; sisters, Annie Ruth Strickland (Shelton) of Maxton, Silver Lee McNeill (Terry) of Lumberton, Joyce Demery (Udell) of Pembroke, Melonie Smith (Anthony) of Maxton, Carmelita Locklear (Rev. Wallace) of Red Springs; grandchildren, Chrisoula Rose Theodorou, Athanasios James Theodorou, Lillie Christina Theodorou, Chelsea Bryant, Taylor Bryant, Curtis Wilson, Jr., Kamiyah Wilson, Ava Lynn Deese and soon to be, Baby Melvin; great grandchild, Juelz A’mir Posey; special nephews, Jason Oxendine, Mark Oxendine and a host of loving family and friends.

A visitation and Memorial will be held from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Richard Boles Funeral Service Chapel. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.