Strickland, Matthew Brady 1971 - 2013 Matthew Brady Strickland 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 with employers such as Stream International, Microsoft, and McAfee. Matthew excelled at all positions he held. A testimony to Matthew's drive comes from a previous coworker at McAfee, "Matthew was a 'scary-smart' guy, and an extremely talented manager. Working with him and his teams over the years have inspired me, because of the level of service and commitment that they provided to their customers. Matthew attacked his days and the tasks at hand, and expected everyone working with him to dive in with all their skill and energy. He simply made anyone that he was around, better at what they did. His energy was contagious." Matthew attacked many passions in life. During his freemasonry work he joined the Garland Lodge and eventually became the Lodge's Worshipful Master. He also joined another body of freemasonry known as the Scottish Rite, which here is where he became the youngest 33rd degree mason at that time. Along with Matthew's insatiable desire for more light, came a desire for a different dimension of brotherhood a 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 through commitment of time, effort, and respect; something that was right up his alley. After many selfless months, Matthew made patch and became "Dirty Bastard Razor." They were finally able to call this man their brother. Then there's the girl that melted Matthew's heart and took his breath away, Tiffany. After a passionate courtship and becoming true soul mates, Matthew and Tiffany blended their families together. Their union brought them and their children together. 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." 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 loved and missed very much. Visitation for Matthew will be Tuesday 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.
Published in Dallas Morning News on Nov. 20, 2013