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Burl Albert Strickland, 58, passed on Monday, March 13, 2017. A visitation for Burl was held at Rest Haven Funeral Home in Rockwall, Texas, on Sunday, March 19, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral service was held in the Rest Haven chapel on Monday, March 20, at 2 p.m. with burial following at Thompson Cemetery in Nevada, Texas.
The eldest son of Billy Albert Strickland and Veeda Darlease Strickland, Burl was born Nov. 30, 1958, in Dallas, Texas. Burl proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years (Ooh Rah!). Burl was a man of integrity and patience; a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Conservative and soft spoken, he always accomplished what he set his mind to ... never in a hurry, but always slow and steady. Burl was a self-made man, a builder, creator, handy, organized, methodical and meticulous. He loved to "piddle" around fixing and building things. When he was in his zone, you could catch him with his pocket full of Life Savers, and Skoal and a Dr Pepper at the ready.
He loved to work with his hands. Burl was a welder by trade, but he did so much more. He enjoyed being outdoors with his chickens and ducks or mowing his yard. Burl loved being with family, especially his children and grandchildren. You could catch him showing them how to fish or build a go-cart ... even just watching a good Cowboys game. He will truly be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
When Burl passed he was greeted in Heaven by his father, Billy Strickland; sister Paula Strickland; and niece Christi Crocker.
His life will continue to be remembered and celebrated by his wife and best friend of 12 years, Susan (Ackermann) Strickland; his children, Jeremy Strickland, Loren Strickland, Elizabeth "Kaye" Strickland, James Frazer and Elizabeth Frazer; his mother, Veeda Strickland; grandmother Adeline Watkins; sisters Marleia McManus and Veronica Santangelo; brother Weldon Strickland; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins; and many close friends.
Published on March 21, 2017
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