Leon Wilson Strock, Jr.

November 13, 1946March 9, 2019

LEXINGTON - Leon Wilson Strock, Jr., passed away peacefully Saturday, March 9, 2019, surrounded by his loving wife, Myra, and his family. Known to all as Strock, he was born November, 13, 1946 to Leon W. Strock, Sr. and Freddie Patrick Strock. He married his wife, Myra Harper, July 18, 1970. They had three sons, Leon Wilson Strock, III, (Rebecca) of Lexington, Benjamin Harper Strock, (Stacey) of Lexington and Andrew Patrick Strock of Denver CO; sisters, Sylvia Worley of The Villages, FL, Gail Long (Ken) of Lexington; brother, Larry Strock (Janis) of Chapin. Strock grew up as a member of Incarnation Lutheran Church in Columbia before transferring to St. Stephen's Lutheran Church after moving to Lexington. He served as head usher for many years. Strock was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving from 1967-1971. He was a brother of the Lexington Masonic Lodge #152. He was the owner operator of Strock Tire of Columbia until 1981, and also the owner operator of Trojan Signs until his death. There are people that God only made one of a kind. Strock was that man. He was a huge influence on many. He was a dependable, happy man that never met a stranger. He loved having his family and friends around enjoying good music, good food and cheer. He enjoyed the laughter and company of little children and sharing teaching moments. He taught his boys everything he thought they needed in life. He had the gift of gab, always telling a joke. He enjoyed fly fishing, boating, cars, motorcycles and many activities, but his absolute passion was airplanes, airplanes, airplanes. Strock had several planes with his most recent love being “The Baby Ace”. He served as president of Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 242 and Treasurer of the Treetop Flyers. He was instrumental in creating the Young Eagles program with the EAA. He acted as scout master for troop #306 with St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church. Strock was a friend to all and truly one of a kind. He will be sorely missed and never forgotten. Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2019 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church with burial in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Memorials may be made to the building fund at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church or a charity of one’s choice. Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.


  • St. Stephen's Lutheran Church Building Fund


  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • Visitation to follow service Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • Burial Thursday, March 14, 2019

Leon Wilson Strock, Jr.

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Jan Merchant

March 19, 2019

The old neighborhood was so saddened to hear of Winkie's death. The entire Strock family is remembered fondly by all of us. The trouble we got into, the go-cart rides, the Sigawila, Junebug the dog. Winkie was a very special person and will always hold a place in our hearts. Sympathy and love from the Merchant family.

Wilma Fredricks

March 18, 2019

Leon took me on my first airplane ride back in 1995. I had always been terrified of flying, but he made it seem so wonderful. I shall always remember his patience with me and how he walked me around his plane to tell me all about the aerodynamics of it before telling me to "hop up in that back seat" and the next thing I knew we were airborne. Oh what a time we had! The "surprise" flight had all been arranged by my daughter.............Teresa, in preparation for me to fly to San Diego to visit her. She had worked for Leon at Trojan Signs before moving there. They were so sneaky about it all.
Fly Away my friend with the Angels in Heaven.

Rev. & Mrs. H. Larry (Linda) Jones

March 16, 2019

Our deepest heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to Leon's family. I met Leon a number of years ago when he did some sign work for us here at our church. I found him to be a hard worker who was very proud of his work. I counted Leon as a friend. Blessings for his family!
Rev. & Mrs. H. Larry (Linda) Jones
St. Paul Pentecostal Holiness Church
Swansea, South Carolina

Timothy Smith

March 14, 2019

Our heart and soul go out to Myra , Lee, Ben & Andrew. Your dad was a good man and he will be missed. God Bless you all. Love Tim & Michele Smith.

Jane Matlosz

March 14, 2019

Years ago your Ben married our stacey.. not only did you accept Stacey into your family, but Terry and I also. We have good memories of you. Rest in peace friend. Jane and Terry matlosz

Rex Bumgarner

March 14, 2019

Myra & family, my thoughts & prayers are with you. I have lots of good memories of my times with Leon. One of the things I remember most was “dreaming & planning “. We were happy spending hours just talking about stuff we were going to build or invent. Strock was a talented man who could design most anything.
Thanks for the memories.

Randy Berry

March 14, 2019

Leon has been a steadfast and dependable member of EAA Chapter 1467, aka "Tree Top Flyers", since 2001. He has served as our Treasurer for most of that history up until the present. I'll always remember Leon and cherish the many memories we shared together ... meetings, fly-in's, fishing, flying to various airports and events, laughing and telling tales around a campfire. I'll always remember the times we flew our 5 Baby Aces over Lake Murray to Camden, to Triple Tree Aerodrome, and to Hollyhill, SC. I'll especially remember the last two years that we spent together attending the Sun-N-Fun Fly-in at Lakeland, Florida (see photo below). We had such a great time. I never dreamed that last year would be the last one we'd attend together. I'll dearly miss, Leon, and I am sure that everyone in our chapter will as well. I'm pretty sure that Leon is up in Heaven now sharing laughter with the angels with his many humorous flying stories. Tailwinds to you and rest in peace, my friend.

Jack Alexander

March 13, 2019

Strock - I hope we can fly soon. Lots of good memories - Lakeland, Oshkosh. Enter holding and wait for your many friends before final approach.

Jim Hamilton

March 13, 2019

Leon quietly lived his Masonic teachings in everything he did.
He was one of the best aviation ambassador role models I have ever known, and we who love everything aviation, would all do well to emulate him.
His warm “huge” smile will be sorely missed by all who ever met him.

Todd Eastman

March 11, 2019


Thanks for the memories.

Now you fly with the Angels.