Mr. Lonnie C. Strickland, age 94, of Auburn, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013 after a brief illness.
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Lonnie was proud to be a World War II Army veteran having served in the European campaign and was honored in the Dacula Memorial Day Parade for several years. He was a lifelong member of the Harmony Grove United Methodist Church serving as Treasurer for many years. He was a retired farmer, truck driver, and heavy equipment operator, regarded as one of the best around in his day. One of his greatest enjoyments was just being outdoors, whether working in his vegetable garden, flower gardens in his yard, of which he was very proud, or planting more fruit bushes. Lonnie was also a member and past Worshipful Master of the Auburn Masonic Lodge #230 and was honored a few years ago with a ceremony recognizing his 50 year membership.
He is survived by: his wife of 72 years, Ruth Wages Strickland; children, Dennis and Gayle Strickland of Auburn, Wayne and Linda Strickland of Flowery Branch, and Karen and B-Bomb Smith of Winder; granddaughters, Paige Born, Charity Lee, and Angie Holland; grandsons, Steve, Rob, Chris, and Jon Strickland, Jud and Andy Smith; and 22 great grandchildren.
The family received friends and relatives Sunday, March 3 with the funeral being held Monday, March 4 at 2 p.m. in the Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home. Interment will be in Gwinnett Memorial Gardens in Lawrenceville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Masonic Children's Home of Georgia, 1417 Nottingham Drive, Macon GA 31211 or Peachtree Christian Hospice 3430 Duluth Park Lane, Duluth, GA 30096 or a
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in BarrowCountyNews from Mar. 4 to Apr. 3, 2013