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James Weldon Strenth Sr.

July 12, 1942November 15, 2020
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Mr. James Weldon Strenth Sr., age 78, of Apopka, Florida passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 15, 2020.

James was born July 12, 1942 in Avon Park, Florida to Mildred Christine Hawkins and Willie Monroe Strenth. James honorably served his country in the United States Army National Guard and later retired as a Sergeant with the Florida Department of Corrections. Following his retirement, he enjoyed raising two of his grandchildren, traveling, family functions, and grocery shopping. James loved Jesus and was a faithful member of Eastland Baptist Church. James is survived by daughter Melissa Strenth; sons, James Weldon Strenth, Jr. (Michael), Anthony John Howard, Sr. (Amanda); daughter Cherish Inette Tarbox; sisters Carolyn May (James) and Nelda Crook (Tom), and brothers, Roy Strenth (Wanda) and Bruce Strenth (Janet).

James is preceded in death by daughter, Dawn Michelle Mull; father, Willie Monroe Strenth and mother Mildred Christine Hawkins.

He is also survived by his grandchildren: Hunter Mull, Anthony John Howard, Jr., Allura Howard, Christopher Tarbox, Alexandria Strenth, Dylan Cofty, Daniel Cofty, Raymond Cowart, and Rachel Cowart, and a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Visitation for James will be held Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, 428 E. Plant Street, Winter Garden, Florida 34787. Funeral services will be held at 2 pm on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at Eastland Baptist Church, 9000 Lake Underhill Road, Orlando, FL 32825 with entombment following in Brevard Memorial Park, 320 Spring Street, Cocoa, FL 32927.

  • FAMILY

  • Willie Monroe Strenth, Father (deceased)
  • Mildred Christine Hawkins, Mother (deceased)
  • Carolyn May (James), Sister
  • Roy Strenth (Wanda), Brother
  • Bruce Strenth (Janet), Brother
  • Nelda Crook (Tom), Sister
  • Dawn Michelle Mull, Daughter (deceased)
  • Melissa Strenth, Daughter
  • James Weldon Strenth, Jr. (Michael), Son
  • Anthony John Howard, Sr. (Amanda), Son
  • Cherish Inette Tarbox, Daughter
  • He is also survived by his grandchildren: Hunter Mull, Anthony John Howard, Jr., Allura Howard, Christopher Tarbox, Alexandria Strenth, Dylan Cofty, Daniel Cofty, Raymond Cowart, and Rachel Cowart, and a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

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Miles Smith

November 17, 2020

James and his family lived near me and my family in Avon Park. My prayers goes out to his entire family. I also worked with him when I was a police officer in Avon Park.Rest in peace James.

Jim Sever

November 17, 2020

I knew James for many years. We went to school together and friends in and out on school.

My Condolences to all goes family.

David and Melinda Johnson

November 16, 2020

James was one of the best cousins anyone could ever have...

God looked around His garden and He found an empty place. He then looked down upon this earth, and saw your tired face. He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest. God's garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best. He knew that you were suffering, He knew you were in pain. He knew that you would never get well on earth again. He saw the road was getting rough and the hills were hard to climb So He closed your weary eyelids, and whispered, Peace be thine. It broke our hearts to lose you but you didn't go alone, For part of us went with you the day God called you home. 

Linda Hairr

November 16, 2020

Losing a father is one of the most difficult and heartbreaking things to have to endure. May our loving God surround you with the peace that only He can give. We will continue to lift you all in prayer.

Johnny and Linda

Tracy Hartsfield

November 16, 2020

I remember James so well. I remember when he owned the restaurant in Avon Park. He gave me a job washing dishes. I remember when he and Cathy got married, and when he was a policeman. He was a nice guy always. Prayers for the family. May he Rest In Peace 🙏
Tracy

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