Earl Strickland, 60, of Columbia City, went home to be with the Lord at 4:52 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at his residence. Born on April 7, 1953, in Loris, S.C., he was the son of Lester Hampton and Flauda (Todd) Strickland.
In 1972, he married Vickie Fletcher in Columbia City. From 1984-2003 Earl worked as a property manager in Stuart, Fla.
North Carolina was then home until 2006, when he returned to Columbia City. He loved to deer hunt in addition to fishing at Big Lake, Gilbert Lake, and the ocean.
Survivors include his wife, Vickie of Columbia City; son, Jason Strickland of Jensen Beach, Fla.; daughters, Alicia Torres of Columbia City and Sara Strickland of Jensen Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren, Marrisa, Blake, Brooke, Justin, Jonah, and Ava; great-granddaughter, Ember Rose; aunt, Linda Gressel of N.C.; and many other friends and relatives.
Memorial visitation will be held Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.
A remembrance service for Earl will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial gifts may be given in Earl’s memory to Whitley County Humane Society. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com  to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.