Jack Charles Strickland
Jack passed peacefully into heaven while at home in the house he built in Zirconia, NC on July 23, 2022 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Hammond, Louisiana in his childhood home where he lived until enlisting in the Army in January 1956.
He is survived by: His loving wife, Karen Strickland – Married 28 years (When the stroke took the memory of his wedding, their marriage vows were renewed two more times) Children: Cheryl Strickland, Linda (Brad) Sonnier, Susan Roger, Mary (Jim) Olsen, Kathleen (Steve) Ervin, Kim Fletcher, Michelle Getz, Wayne (Traci) Fletcher, the mother of his girls, Catherine Strickland, 17 Grandchildren, 19 Great Grandchildren and the 20thsoon to arrive.
Proceeded in death by: his Parents, Edward & Minnie Strickland, his brother, Glynn Strickland and grandson, Adam Jackson
Jack was a man of many talents and was truly a “Jack of All Trades” he enjoyed playing piano, painting in the style of Thomas Kincade, many hours were spent doing intricate woodworking projects as well as restoring Model T cars. His children were often involved in many of his projects.
He enjoyed playing chess and loved playing practical jokes.
He always saw the bright side of things; His humor and joyful spirit will be dearly missed.
Jack was a devoted husband, father and friend.
In the earlier years, even with 5 little girls to feed and raise, he was determined to get a college degree. He worked several jobs while attending night school for 12 years before earning a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from Nicholls State University in Louisiana.
He is an Army veteran and was a Korean translator. He often spoke of his many fond memories at Fort Meade in Maryland.
Jack always had a love of travel. In the early years, no summer was complete without a family road trip listening to “The Entertainer”. It further developed internationally while employed with Offshore Logistics and never waned. He traveled to many countries and brought back many memories.
In the days before the internet, his love of ancestry research brought him great pleasure and produced a wealth of knowledge which he made into a memorial book for his children. I can only imagine his joy when they met him at the gates of heaven and guided him over into the arms of Jesus.
He was LOVED!!
Arrangements are entrusted to Jacksons Funeral Home, Hendersonville, NC. Interment will be at Forrest Lawn Memorial Park, Hendersonville, NC
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Compassion International.
Special thanks to all of Mud Creek Church along with our Sunday School Class, Four Seasons Hospice and all other family and friends for all the prayers and support.