James Francis STRANGE

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Service Information
Blount & Curry Funeral Homes - Terrace Oaks Chapel
12690 North 56th Street
Tampa, FL

STRANGE, James Francis

died peacefully in his home March 23, 2018, surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lillian Carolyn Midkiff Strange, whom he courted at Rice University; children, Mary Elizabeth Strange (Chris Bertaut), James Riley Strange (Laura), Katherine Alexandra Strange Burke (Aaron), Joanna Carissa Strange (Jonathan Tischio); one granddaughter and five grandsons. He was born on February 2, 1938 in Pampa, Texas to Floyd Thomas Burchfield and Beuna Vista Burchfield (ne;e Frost), and was adopted by his mother's second husband, Jerry Donald Strange. His beloved older sisters, Mary Lynn Jones and Thomasine McKenna predeceased him. He taught at the University of South Florida in Tampa for 46 years. He considered his work as a biblical archaeologist to be a divine calling. A prolific scholar and teacher, he taught innumerable students in his undergraduate and graduate courses. For the same length of time, he taught Sunday School and sang in the bass section of the choir of Bayshore Baptist Church in Tampa, which he loved no less than his academic work. He loved his family, church, students, and colleagues deeply, and is loved and missed by people all over the world. A Memorial Service will be held at Bayshore Baptist Church on April 28 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Bayshore Baptist Church, LifePath Hospice, or The Strange-Midkiff Fellowships at ASOR. Words of comfort may be expressed online at www.blountcurryterraceoaks.com.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Mar. 26, 2018
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