Major (Ret.) James Howard Strickland of Georgetown died Aug. 18, 2019.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen on Aug. 30, 2019 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Dan Bonner officiating.

James was born to Henry Page and Leila Katherine "Kat" (Finlayson) Strickland on the day after Christmas in 1934 in Anniston, Alabama.

After high school, James joined the Air Force and then the Army. He did two tours in Vietnam with the Armored Cavalry. Jim retired from the Army in May 1981. He earned his BA from the University of Nebraska, through the Boot Strap Program.

From 1983-2006, Jim and Marilyn owned and operated Custom Crafts Awards and Gifts in Copperas Cove, Texas. They retired after 23 years in 2006.

They began their married life in Copperas Cove after their wedding in Ardmore, Oklahoma on Oct. 1, 1982. They moved to Lampasas in 1995, and both retired full time after the sale of their business. Jim spent most of his time playing golf, raising a few chickens and goats until their move to Sun City in 2013. Jim and Marilyn worshipped at Wellspring Methodist Church in Georgetown.

In the last 18 months, Jim spent a lot of time circular knitting hats for the needy. He created over 160 hats.

Jim was preceded in death by his sisters Elizabeth “Bettie” Olvey and Mary Leila Hill, and a brother, Henry Page Strickland Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Strickland of Georgetown; sons James H. (Michelle) Strickland Jr. of Virginia Beach, Virginia and Michael D. Strickland of Las Vegas, Nevada; daughters Robin E. (John) Messec of Seattle, Washington and Sheri L. (Greg) Stephens of Temple, Texas; grandchildren Kira and James H Strickland III, and Sadie and Abie Stephens; and great-grandson Conrad Powell.

Donations may be made to Wellspring Methodist Church, 6200 Williams Dr., Georgetown, TX 78633 or BiG-Brookwood, 903 N. Church St., Georgetown, TX 78626.