SHELBY - James Cleo Strong, Jr., known to many as Pop, 51, of 125 College Road Apartment A6, departed this earthly life on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at his residence. He was born on Oct. 4, 1962, to Pearl Livsey Strong and the late James Cleo Strong.
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James always had a passion for driving tractor trailers, following in the footsteps of his father and uncles before him. After moving to Temple, Texas, his childhood passion became a reality. James and his wife became owners and operators of Strong's Trucking and he enjoyed this until declining health brought him back to Shelby.
In addition to his father, James was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, James Pinkney Strong and Rosa Barr Strong; his maternal grandparents, O.T. Livsey, Sr. and Florene Hughes Livsey; two aunts, Elizabeth Ann Livsey and Sara Livsey Littlejohn; and four uncles, O.T. Livsey, Jr., Raymond Strong, Johnny Chapman, Sr. and Robert Gidney.
He is survived by his wife, Sherri Strong of Temple, Texas; his mother, Pearl Strong of Shelby; two daughters, Shantaza Williams of Charlotte and Heather Armstrong of Texas; three sisters and a brother, Linda Strong Douglas, Lucinda Peaks (Thomas), Jerry Strong (Maria) and Sylvia Austin (Martin), all of Shelby; three grandchildren; eight aunts, Cammie Pressley (Buford), Shirley Brooks (Willie Frank), Dorothy Hosch, Delia Livsey, Lucille Chapman and Louise Strong, all of Shelby, Priscilla Gidney of Lawrenceville, Ga. and Laura Catlin (Herbert) of Charlotte; six uncles, Curtis Livsey (Michelle), J.D. Livsey (Aletha) and Robert Strong (Pothenia), all of Shelby, Craymond Strong of Hickory, and Jerry Woods (and wife) and Leon Strong (Helen), both of Charlotte; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The family would like to thank Tongee Ervin, Roslyn Braggs, Dr. Tedstrom, the Sanger Clinic, Hospice in Shelby and St. Mary's Home Care for all their care and assistance during his illness. In addition, they would like to thank Pastor Michael Isaac and Shoal Creek Baptist Church family for their help, love and support.
Visitation: The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service at the church, and at other times at the home of his mother, 6038 Deep Green Drive in Shelby.
Funeral service: 3 p.m. Friday at Shoal Creek Baptist Church
Officiated by: Pastor Michael Isaac
Burial: Will take place at the church cemetery
Funeral home: Enloe Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences: www.enloes.net
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Published in Shelby Star on Jan. 29, 2014