CSMGT Thomas J. Strickland

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    - Jim Lasher
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On September 6, 2017, CSMGT Thomas J. Strickland, USAF (Ret.), 86, passed on to join his wife Calilleen in their great reward. Funeral service for CSMGT Strickland will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Anniston Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Entombment will follow the service in the Anniston Memorial Gardens Mausoleum The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 12 noon until service time. CSMGT Strickland is survived by his six children, Patricia, Steve, Vicki, Nina, Claudia, and Jeff; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Billy; and one sister, Dorothy. After the passing of his beloved wife of 51 years, in 2009, CSMGT Strickland's children and grandchildren were his greatest joy in life. He was noted and known in the community as having a kind word and open home for anyone in need. CSMGT Strickland provided support for a broad range of philanthropic efforts supporting aid for children and Veterans. He served his country with distinction for 28 years in the US Air Force, finishing as Chief Master Sgt., having served at posts all over the world. A point of great pride was his service as part of the Berlin Airlift in Germany during WWII, bringing comfort and aid to the people impacted by the war. CSMGT Strickland also served in Vietnam as a logistics and supply Sgt. providing support to the forward lines. The latter part of his military service was with Military Airlift Command, supervising the movement of material and personnel in support of military operations on a global basis. During the last 10 years, CSMGT Strickland has been a very active member of the Gadsden Coin Club, supporting the annual drives for charitable donations throughout the area for which they are noted. CSMGT Strickland was an exceptional father, friend, and member of the Ohatchee community. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, (Disabled Veterans Groups), or to a . Online condolences may be left at: www.annistonmemorial.com. Anniston Memorial Funeral Home 3865 US Hwy 431 North Anniston, Alabama 36206 256-820-0024
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Published in The Anniston Star on Sept. 8, 2017
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