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Young’s Funeral Directors

508 Champagnolle, El Dorado, AR

OBITUARY

Michael E. Strickland

April 7, 1948July 28, 2019
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Michael Earnest Strickland, 71, of El Dorado passed into the arms of Christ on Sunday, July 28, 2019. Born April 7, 1948 in Niagara Falls, NY he was the son of Thomas and Lucille Vaughan Strickland.

He served 22 years in the US Army. He served 3 tours in Viet Nam and 2 tours in Germany and numerous stations in the U.S. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Commendation medal, 2 Purple Hearts and numerous other awards.

He graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science Degree when he retired from the US Army in May 1989. After retirement he returned to his home in Jacksonville, FL where as a business owner he worked as a computer programmer and as a property and casualty insurance agent in his 2 agencies. He graduated from Webster University with a Master of Arts in 2005 and MBA in 2008. His last contribution to the world was working as a science teacher in a south Arkansas high school. He was also a member of MENSA. He was co-owner of Special Event Consultants.

His hobbies included woodworking, writing articles and short stories, traveling in his motor home and photography. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and many close friends. He was a member of First Baptist Church of El Dorado, Rotary Club, Civitan Club, American Legion Post 10, VFW Post 2413, and several other organizations.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 32 years Thanh Thi Strickland, a brother, Donald Strickland and nephew, Mark Strickland of Crescent City, FL.

He is survived by his wife of 12 years Elaine Welch Strickland of El Dorado, daughters, Jackie McLaughlin (Paul) of El Dorado, Vaughan Debarr of Tampa, FL, sons, James Strickland (Ngaire) of Seattle, WA, Thomas Strickland of Las Vegas, NV, step-son Thao Bui (Cuc) of San Jose, CA, sister-in-law Vashti Strickland of Crescent City, FL; grandchildren, James Harville (Jennifer), Dalton Harville (Stormie), William Strickland, Khiethy Bui, Season Perez (Yasmany), Tinh Bui, Nicole Harville, Alexis Strickland, and Kelvin Strickland and many close friends. He will be missed by his fur babies-Sandy, Bubba, Lillie and Joffre.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Young’s chapel with Rev. Brian Trostle and Bishop George Callaway officiating. Full military honors will be conducted at Craig Cemetery with interment under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors.

The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Young’s.

Memorials may be made to Craig Cemetery, 2686 Hibanks Road, El Dorado, AR 71730 or to First Baptist Church, 200 W. Main, El Dorado, AR 71730.

An online registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, August 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 3, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, August 3, 2019

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Pam Martin

August 3, 2019

Michael’s Mother was my Great Aunt Lucille and they lived on Gilmore next door to my grandmother and grandfather!

My Granddad loved to give nick names to everyone! Michael was assigned nickname was BUTTON.

Rip Cousin Mike!

Angela Groves

August 1, 2019

I remember the first time Elaine brought Michael to the bank and introduced him to me. I thought he was a delightful person! Elaine, I'm so sorry for your loss. May memories of all the special times you shared bring you comfort during this time. As Christians, we know what the Bible says. That we WILL be reunited in heaven, and I know you look forward to that day. If you ever need to talk, I am only a phone call away, 918-8148 (cell.) In deepest sympathy in the loss of Michael.

henry kinslow

July 30, 2019

Thanks for showing us all a Christ-filled life of courage. Enjoy your eternal reward.

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Biography

Michael Earnest Strickland, 71, of El Dorado passed into the arms of Christ on Sunday, July 28, 2019. Born April 7, 1948 in Niagara Falls, NY he was the son of Thomas and Lucille Vaughan Strickland.

He served 22 years in the US Army. He served 3 tours in Viet Nam and 2 tours in Germany and numerous stations in the U.S. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Commendation medal, 2 Purple Hearts and numerous other awards.

He graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science Degree when he retired from the US Army in May 1989. After retirement he returned to his home in Jacksonville, FL where as a business owner he worked as a computer programmer and as a property and casualty insurance agent in his 2 agencies. He graduated from Webster University with a Master of Arts in 2005 and MBA in 2008. His last contribution to the world was working as a science teacher in a south Arkansas high school. He was also a member of MENSA. He was co-owner of Special Event Consultants.

His hobbies included woodworking, writing articles and short stories, traveling in his motor home and photography. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and many close friends. He was a member of First Baptist Church of El Dorado, Rotary Club, Civitan Club, American Legion Post 10, VFW Post 2413, and several other organizations.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 32 years Thanh Thi Strickland, a brother, Donald Strickland and nephew, Mark Strickland of Crescent City, FL.

He is survived by his wife of 12 years Elaine Welch Strickland of El Dorado, daughters, Jackie McLaughlin (Paul) of El Dorado, Vaughan Debarr of Tampa, FL, sons, James Strickland (Ngaire) of Seattle, WA, Thomas Strickland of Las Vegas, NV, step-son Thao Bui (Cuc) of San Jose, CA, sister-in-law Vashti Strickland of Crescent City, FL; grandchildren, James Harville (Jennifer), Dalton Harville (Stormie), William Strickland, Khiethy Bui, Season Perez (Yasmany), Tinh Bui, Nicole Harville, Alexis Strickland, and Kelvin Strickland and many close friends. He will be missed by his fur babies-Sandy, Bubba, Lillie and Joffre.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Young’s chapel with Rev. Brian Trostle and Bishop George Callaway officiating. Full military honors will be conducted at Craig Cemetery with interment under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors.

The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Young’s.

Memorials may be made to Craig Cemetery, 2686 Hibanks Road, El Dorado, AR 71730 or to First Baptist Church, 200 W. Main, El Dorado, AR 71730.

An online registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.