Donald Ray Strickland

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Donald Ray Strickland

Clinton, Tenn. -- Donald Ray Strickland, 77, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Raised in Black Oak, Don was the youngest of Billy and Etta Strickland's 13 children. He was a graduate of Monette High School and Arkansas State University. He proudly served in the Army and spent his career with the Army Corps of Engineers at Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas and Rough River Lake in Kentucky, where as park manager he founded a lake shore clean up event which won national award with the Keep America Beautiful campaign.

Always serving others in the community, Don established a boxing club in Rogers where he coached and refereed. He was also an active member of the United Methodist Church where he often put his beautiful singing voice to good use in the choir.

Don and his wife Brenda (who passed in 2011) retired to Jonesboro area in 1998 where they enjoyed traveling, church activities and spending time with friends and family.

Don is survived by his daughter, Linda Eghlidos of Houston, Texas; a son, James Strickland of Clinton; three grandchildren, Evan Strickland, Samuel Strickland and Maryam Eghlidos.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at Gregg Langford Bookout Funeral Home. Burial followed at Monette Memorial Cemetery.

The family received friends from noon until time of service at the funeral home.