Charles Stricklin, age 87, of Mena, Arkansas died on Friday, January 1, 2021 at the Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was born on Wednesday, July 5, 1933 to Jess Stricklin and Retha Melissa Williams Stricklin in Heavener, Oklahoma.
Charles proudly served in the United States Navy during the Korean War, aboard the USS Black Battleship. God and family were his guiding light in life. He would often say, “God is good, if you let Him be.” He was an active member of the First Assembly of God Church in Mena. Charles was a very hard worker, and always did everything with integrity. He said that his career as a self employed salesman started when he was 8 years old selling garden seeds. He was a district leader in The Gideons International, a Mena Police Officer, the Mayor of Hatfield, and Pastor at the Board Camp Assembly of God. Charles loved to make people laugh and was quite a jokester. He was very passionate about gardening and loved flowers of all kinds. He also liked fishing, listening to Southern Gospel music, and was a very talented woodworker. Charles always enjoyed his coffee, as well as ice cream and coconut cream pie whenever he could get it. Most of all, Charles loved his family. He was very close with his parents and siblings, and he instilled that love in his own children. He was so proud of the family he raised and cherished every moment with all of them. Charles was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and will be missed by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his parents; Jess and Retha Stricklin, his wife, Mary Jo Farley Stricklin; two brothers, Obie Stricklin and William Stricklin; and two sisters, Dosha Tilley and Pauline Wiles.
Charles is survived by Norma Stricklin of Mena; one son, Richard Stricklin of Richmond, Virginia; three daughters and sons in law, Charlene and Randy O’Neal of Hot Springs; Lisa and Marvin Brewer of Mena; and Tressa Mercado of Charleston, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Rikki Stricklin, Brandon O’Neal, Amber and Jacob Goodner, Holly and Wesley Cummins, Amisha and Tim Mosley, and Senia and Dakota Rapp; two great grandchildren, Ivy Jo Cummins and Eleanor Wren Mosley; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
A graveside funeral service will be held on Friday, January 8, 2021, at 2:00 P.M. at Sixmile Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas with Brother Ron Tilley officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, January 7, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena.