Johnny Ray Strong, 21, died in the Al Anbar Province, Iraq on June 12, 2007. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Connally/Compton Funeral Directors with Bro. Henry Harris officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. A private family visitation will be held 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, public visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Johnny was born on May 24, 1986, in Temple at Scott & White weighing only 29 and one half ounces. He attended A. J. Moore Academy and joined the Junior ROTC program. During his senior year he enlisted in the Marines. After graduating from A. J. Moore Academy in 2004 he went to boot camp in San Diego.
Johnny was a Marine through and through. He loved serving his country and was serving his second tour in Iraq. His family and friends will miss his happy, upbeat, outgoing personality more than words can express. His hobbies included bowling, putt-putt, shooting pool, listening to music and playing video games. He also enjoyed playing the piano and going on vacation with his family to the coast.
Johnny leaves behind many family and friends, including his parents, Steven and Jacqueline Williams Strong of Waco; maternal grandparents, Minerva D. Williams and Elsworth Williams Jr.; paternal grandparents, Elizabeth Merritt and Farrell Jeppesen; many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins; a very special and loving second family, Thomas and Gracie McGlauflin and their children.
Among his many friends are pallbearers Roy Werthen, Poppy Serrano, Angelo Cavazos, Thomas McGlauflin, Jacob Romero and Nicholas Blanchard. Honorary pallbearers will be the A. J. Moore Class of 2004 and a cousin, Kristopher Williams, with whom he shared a close bond.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Johnny Ray Strong Scholarship Fund at the A. J. Moore Academy, 500 N. University Parks Drive, Waco, TX 76702.
May 24, 1986 - June 12, 2007
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Published by Waco Tribune-Herald from Jun. 14 to Jun. 19, 2007.