James A. “Shorty” Strickland

57 year old James A. “Shorty” Strickland of Smithville died Friday at his residence. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Royce Martin will officiate and burial will be in the Bonham Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Helen Pack Strickland; grandparent, Effie Head; and father-in-law, Leo Hooper. Survivors include his wife Diane Strickland of Smithville. A son, Billy Ray and his wife Kim Strickland of Smithville. Grandchildren, Cody Strickland of Woodbury and Destiny Strickland of Lebanon. Brothers, Donnie Strickland of Rock Island and Danny Strickland of Tullahoma. Sisters, Virginia Sprayberry of Chattanooga and Robbin Kenean of Smithville. Special daughter, Natasha Thaxton. Special granddaughter, Kennedy Thaxton, and special mother-in-law, Pearl Hooper of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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