Eldon “Ray” Strickland, 73, of Clovis, died Monday, May 8, 2006, at the V.A. Nursing Home in Amarillo.
Born July 30, 1932, to Paul and Opal Bradley Strickland in Black, Texas, he married Lois Deaton on June 6, 1954, in Friona, Texas. He was the owner and operator of the Ceramic Factory in Clovis. He was a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps and received the Purple Heart in the Korean War. He was a disabled veteran. He was a member of Faith Christian Family Church.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his wife, of Clovis; sons, Gene Strickland (and wife, Teri) of Casselberry, Fla., Alonzo Strickland of Polk City, Fla., and T. J. Strickland (Hope) of Texico; daughter, Misty Teichmann (Brian) of Clovis; mother, Opal Strickland of Friona; sisters, Ollie Taylor and Elwanda Campbell (Lee), all of Friona; 12 grandchildren, Ashley, Kelley (Heather), Shelby, Cassidy, DeLainey, Matthew, Kalvin, Kristina and Tyler Strickland and Amanda and Justin Graham; and one great-grandchild on the way, Keithan Teichmann.
Pastor Rick Burke and Brother Jake Armstrong will officiate services.
Burial will follow services at 4 p.m. (CDT) at Friona Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Lighthouse Mission in Clovis.
Pallbearers will be Odis Roach, Mark Thompson, Hank Boyer, Danny Garrett, Rube Render and Alan Collier. Honorary pallbearers will be Woody Bunting and Bob Smith.
Arrangements are by Muffley Funeral Home.