Mr. Hugh Gehringer Strickler, 78, of 3154 Bonhurst Drive died at his home Monday afternoon following a lengthy illness.
He was born in Raleigh Dec. 25, 1922, the son of George Bennett Strickland and Martha Gehringer Strickland.
Mr. Strickland graduated from High Point High School and then served with the Navy during World War II as an aviation ordnance man first class and was an instructor with Patrol Bombing Squadron 199. He was the founder of Hugh G. Strickland Inc. and was president emeritus at the time of his death. Mr. Strickland was a member of First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem. He was a former member of the Twin City Lions Club, and a former member of the Forsyth Lions Club, of which he was a past president. He had served as chairman of the local board of directors of First Citizens Bank. He had also served as chairman of the board of directors of the Children's Center of the Physically Handicapped. Mr. Strickland was a former member of the local chapter of the Construction Specifications Institution and was a past president. He formerly served on the board of Carolinas AGC and had been president of the Wake Forest Sportsman's Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Clara Brown "Tup" Strickland, of the home; three sons, Gary H. Strickland, of Winston-Salem, Thomas S. Strickland, of the Murdoch Center, Butner, and Ross D. Strickland and wife, Barbara, of Mooresville; five grandsons, David, Michael, Scott, Bryan and wife, Lori, Kevin and wife, Kenda, all Stricklands; a great-grandson, Lewis Bryan Strickland; a sister, Mary Alice "Stoni" Johnson of Greensboro; and a number of nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, at First Baptist Church with Dr. David Hughes officiating. Burial will follow in Forsyth Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Vogler & Sons Reynolda Road Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Murdoch Center, Beacon Cottage Van Fund, 1600 C. St., Butner, NC 27509.