Thomas Earl Strickland

thomas strickland
HUGHES SPRINGS Funeral services for Thomas Earl Strickland, 73, of Hughes Springs will be 2:00P.M., Friday, February 15, 2008 at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church near Hughes Springs with Bro. Ricky Vestal and Bro. Larry Neeley officiating. Burial will follow at Sardis Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home, Inc. Mr. Strickland died Tuesday, February 12 in a Linden hospital. He was born August 28, 1934 in Hughes Springs. He was a member of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Hughes Springs, a U.S. Army veteran and an A&M graduate with a master's degree from East Texas State University. He was the former mayor of Hughes Springs, former member and president of HSISD school board. He was the former owner of McMillan Chevrolet, a DECA teacher with Hughes Springs and Daingerfield schools, he ran a taxi service for Kansas City Southern crews in three states and was a founder of S&S Automotive. He is survived by his wife, Thula Beth of Hughes Springs; one son, Shannon Strickland (Lisa) of Hughes Springs; one daughter Stephanie (Mike) Huff of Paris, TX and eight grandchildren. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, February 14, from 5:00-8:00 P.M. On-line condolences can be made at

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  1. We will miss Thomas as a special friend, cousin, and faithful family man. We will pray for God's peace to you during the difficult days ahead.Harrel Neese family

  2. Stephanie,All of us at CACTX send our love, our thoughts and our prayers to you and your family. May fond memories of your father ease the sadness.Cathy

  3. Dear Mrs. Strickland,I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Thomas Earl. I always enjoyed his presence and his penetrating insights; his contributions to any gathering were thoughtful. A great example. Please accept my sympathies.Steven

  4. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Thomas Earl. Mr. Strickland was certainly one of the pillars of the community and will be missed.David & Kitsy Caperton

  5. Stephanie,My heart goes out to you more than you can imagine. You stood by our side last month when we lost Daddy and please know that we are here for you and your family. Though words could never give the comfort we need, know that prayers are being lifted for you. Cherish the good times! Even though our lives have taken a turn we didn't want to take, how blessed we were to have our fathers for as long as we did. And how blessed he was to have a daughter like you. Just as I am blessed to have you as my sister in law. As sweet as heaven has always been, now it is sweeter.Love you,Misty

  6. Stephanie and family, we are so sorry to learn of your father's death. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you in the coming days and weeks.Jim and Anita

  7. Dear Thula Beth and Family,I am saddened to learn of Thomas Earl's death. I have always admired his soft voice and wonderful smile. I'll miss him, too. May the love of many hold you close. With heartfelt condolences.

  8. Dear Family,Thomas Earl was such a nice friendly man. My first car in 1964 came from the Chevrolet house.It is a pleasure to know your family.God Bless you. Patsy and Bill Girard

  9. As a man goes thru his life he will experence many things, have many adventures, maybe more than one love, but outside of immediate family he is lucky to have one true friend, that there is no reservation and no wrong is too great for discussion. Cultivation and rewards are unnecessary for you know you are accepted as is.I was fortunate in having that awesome and open friendship with Thomas Earl. A void will always be present.

  10. Our sympathies and prayers are with you. We will never forget your kindnesses and friendship during our time in Hughes Springs. May God comfort you and your family. You will be in our prayers.

  11. Stephanie and Family, My sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy go out to you all at this very difficult time. May the comfort of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, be with you and comfort you during this time of sorrow and loss. Remember the great times you shared with Thomas and never forget that he will always be with you – now and throughout eternity.God Bless You All,Kenny Daus and Family

  12. Stephanie,I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know how special your father was to you. You are in my heart always, but especially during this time. I'm here if you need me. I love you very much.

  13. Thula and Family, we did not know Thomas Earl was even sick. Our hearts go out to you at this time.

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