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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  1. I worked with Mack at A&M and have many fond memories of all the times we drove together. I always enjoyed his stories about growing up in Texas and was impressed by all he did to help his family. He was a very good and decent man and I know he will be deeply missed. My sincere condolences to his family. May God be with you all at this time and may the many wonderful memories of Mack help comfort you all. Sincerely, Leslie Galvan

  2. Sorry about your lost my thoughts and prayers are with your family. I new Mack when I worked with him at A & M he was a very intristed person i loved hearing hes storys they were very amazing considering are age diffrence i loved hearing him.it was he was telling a story about all what he did when he growing up and he had so many adventures. He’ll be missed very much Sincerly,Elsa Ramirez

  3. Please accept my deepest sympathy. It is hard to believe that I spoke with Mack not three weeks ago and he expressed his love of his job with A&M and desire to work again. May your faith sustain you through these difficult times.

  4. I was so sorry to hear of the loss of Mack. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. Love, Vallie Meyers (Jo Lee sister)

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