May 13, 1931 ~ August 28, 2008
William (Mack) Strickland, a resident of Carson, CA for 45 years and the South Bay for 63 years, passed away Thursday, August 28, 2008, at the age of 77. He had no illness or real health concerns, but died after having a sudden and massive coronary. He did not suffer.
Mack was born on a farm in Rogers, NM, where he was raised until moving to another farm near Adamsville, TX. He moved to Long Beach in 1945, where he graduated from David Starr Jordan High School.
Mack held many jobs throughout his life. From milking cows & picking cotton on the farm; to selling/delivering the Daily Breeze, Herald Examiner and Press Telegram & setting pins at the local bowling alley when he was a kid; to tile-maker & carpenter; then serving in Korea with the U.S. army as a radio operator; all before joining "Ma Bell" where he retired after 30 years service as PBX installer for Pacific Bell & service technician for AT&T. He did not stop working then, he continued to work as test driver / delivery with A&M specialists, and other companies. Mack enjoyed woodworking & bowling, his high game was 278 and could still bowl a 200+ game. He was an incredibly strong individual, he took pride in physical work which he performed every day of his life including his last, his death took us all by surprise.
Mack will be truly missed, but survived by his wife of 45 years, Margaret, daughter Natalie L. Grady (& Patrick) of Newport, NC, sons William (Michael) Strickland (& Libier) of Torrance, CA and Wayne A. Strickland (& Erika) of Lawndale, CA, along with his sister Betty J. Willert (& Thomas) of Bellingham, WA, and brother Bill M. Strickland (& Donna) of Los Alamitos, CA, as well as 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, and countless nephews/nieces, grand & great-grand nephews/nieces, not to mention his step-brothers Bill Parris & Gene Parris, and their respective families.
Funeral service will be at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA Friday, September 4, 2008, at 9:00am, performed by Rev. Thomas E Willert. There will be an additional graveside service at the Riverside National Cemetery 22495 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA Friday, September 4, 2008, at 12:15pm.
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