OBITUARY

Matthew Brady Strickland

May 18, 1971November 14, 2013

Coming in Hot

“Coming in Hot” was a favorite saying for Matthew. He would say it all the time when riding up to a group of his brothers. However, this wasn’t just a saying, this was an attitude that Matthew applied to his everyday life. It means that he gave his all to what was important to him – his wife – his kids – his work – and his brotherhood. If Matthew loved you, he loved you with all of his heart, not just little love, but big love. Matthew was born on May 18, 1971 in Tupelo, Mississippi and passed away on November 14, 2013 in Wylie, Texas. He is survived by: his wife, Tiffany Strickland – his children, Alexis Cummings, Treyson Strickland, and Makenna Strickland - his parents, Carolyn Mooney, James Markham, and Jill Markham – and his siblings, Mike Strickland and James Markham. Matthew attended Bridgewater State College and Northeastern University which prepared him for a career in information technology and network security at employers such as Stream International, Microsoft, and McAfee. In the spirit of “coming in hot”, Matthew excelled at all positions he held. A testimony to Matthew’s drive comes from a previous coworker at McAfee, “Matthew is a ‘scary-smart’ guy, and an extremely talented manager. Working with him and his teams over the years has inspired me, because of the level of service and commitment that they provide to their customers. Matthew attacks his day and the tasks at hand, and expects everyone working with him to dive in with all their skill and energy.” Matthew’s career skills have been recognized by many and he has been instrumental in the development of many. He simply made anyone that he was around, better at what they did. His energy was contagious. Matthew attacked many passions, but his first as a working adult was freemasonry – and guess what – he “came in hot!” Matthew joined the Garland Lodge and quickly engaged and eventually became the Lodge’s Worshipful Master. He also joined another body of freemasonry known as the Scottish Rite. It was here that Matthew excelled and eventually became the youngest 33rd degree mason at that time. This honor is not given lightly. Only through selfless commitment over a long period of time does this opportunity arise. Matthew didn’t love little, he loved big – and he loved the search for more light in freemasonry. Along with Matthew’s insatiable desire for more light, came a desire for a different dimension of brotherhood – the type of brotherhood that is up close and personal – a motorcycle club. Matthew sought out the Dirty Bastards Motorcycle Club in McKinney, Texas in hopes of one day becoming a patch member. This too must be earned though commitment of time, effort, and respect; something that was right up his alley. Once again, Matthew was “coming in hot.” After many selfless months, Matthew made patch and became Dirty Bastard Razor. This was a happy day for all of them as they were finally able to call this man their brother. Then there’s the girl that melted Matthew’s heart and took his breath. It wasn’t long after Matthew met Tiffany that he knew this was the girl for him forever. After a passionate courtship and their forming of a best friendship, Matthew and Tiffany blended their families together. Their union brought them and their children together – filling gaps that existed, with love and happiness. The type of husband Matthew was is best described by Tiffany’s dad, James Markham. He has said that Tiffany never had to open the passenger door of their truck, because he always treated her like a princess. This wasn’t just during their courtship phase – this was until the day he passed. Mr. Markham loves to tell people, “You know, she didn’t just meet the man of her dreams, I met the man of my dreams for my daughter!” Matthew lived each day to its fullest. He touched many lives and even if your time knowing him was short, knowing him for a little while trumps never knowing him at all. Matthew, you are missed very much. There is no doubt that you’ve found some worthy endeavor to engage in, while spending time with the Great Architect of the Universe, and you have decided once again, that it’s time to “come in hot.” Visitation for Matthew will be Tuesda,y November 19th from 6 until 9 PM at the Ted Dickey Funeral Home. Memorial Services will be held the following evening, Wednesday, November 20th at 6:00 PM. Those wishing to make a memorial to Matthew may do so at Bikers Against Road Rage, 490 B North Kentucky Street, McKinney, TX 75069 or to the Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, November 19, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 20, 2013
REMEMBERING

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Brent and trashley bledsoe

July 25, 2014

We miss and love you everyday Matthew <3 never forget xoxoxoxo

Ronny Childers

December 18, 2013

Matthew was a great friend back in high school. Although I haven't seen or talked to him in years , my prayers are with his family and brothers. God bless you all.
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Dena & Brian Allen

November 21, 2013

Matthew,, May God watch over your family and friends as they mourn over your loss. We will pray that God watches over your kids as they grow into adults. We will pray that the kids always remember your loving caring ways. We always considered you a friend and neighbor. You were definitely take way to soon. May God watch over you now.

November 21, 2013

I met matthew up here in massachusettes when he joined the cable tv company I was with in 1990. he was only here until 1992 when he decided to return to tx. while here, he and I became best friends fast. he only had one speed, fast. we loved karate, he broke 2 of my ribs. he nearly killed both of us playing chicken with the end of a snowy pier, I still have the news paper pic. ( driving us off the edge )...nevertheless, I still love him. he always said, " it's so amazing someone from the south can visit the north and become so close with a complete stranger " ( me ) we spoke just 4 wks back on the phone and were planning to come down so I could show my wife texas and stay with matt...well, big country james has made me feel welcome, and we are still going to visit " you all " and trade matt / razor stories, I have alot of them. I wish everyone strength at tonites service, and I will be having a jack daniels tonite looking at my pics of matt and I and thinking of all of you. r.i.p. matthew my friend...ray bearce halifax massachusettes. clisterray@yahoo.com

Noel Coward Jr.

November 21, 2013

“He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again.” - Hamlet

Glad to meet, Sorry to part!

Maggie Wright

November 20, 2013

I never got the chance to meet Matthew, but I feel as if I knew him through Tiffany, his wife. I saw snippets of Tiffany and Matthew's life together through her stories and through Facebook. It was easy to see how much Matthew loved and cherished Tiffany and how much she loved and adored him. I am very sorry that I didn't get to know Matthew personally. Tiffany, it is good to know that you have such a loving support network of family and friends to lean on. You and your family are constantly on my mind and I pray for peace for you all.

Nina Smith

November 20, 2013

Matthew, You were a very special guy and everyone at McAfee is going to miss you. You were a good friend to me and I'll never forget you. There's not a lot of poeple out there as genunie as yourself. I'm proud to have known you and lucky to have crossed paths with you in this life.
My heart goes out to Matthew's family, to his children and to you, Tiffany. God bless you all and may your memories of Matthew bring you comfort during this time.

November 20, 2013

I met Matthew over a short period of time, and knew immediately, he was a great guy. I am happy to know he's watching over Tiffany and all 3 of his kids.

Robert McCutchan

November 20, 2013

It's been a few years since we worked together at McAfee but I always had good talks with you in the smoking area and Platinum Support. I regret that we were never able to go on a ride together but I look forward to that chance in the next life.

Pauline McReynolds

November 20, 2013

I taught Matthew in Valliant and introduced him to his first Mac. He would check in from time to time over the years, and then with fb I was able to see his devotion to his family and his passion for riding. A beautiful mind gone too soon.
May God bless and comfort his family.