Eual Dean Strickland, a husband, father, brother, educator, and faithful Christian passed away Thursday, December 15, 2011.
Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 19, 2011 at Trinity Baptist Church, 1601 W. I-40, with Reverend Nate Magloughlin, senior pastor, and Reverend Ed Rogers officiating. Private burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Eual was born on October 20, 1935, in Waco, Texas to Cecil Eual and Mary Nadine Strickland. He grew up in New Home and Plains, Texas, where his dad was a Baptist preacher. He graduated from Plains High School in 1954. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was trained at Fort Hood. He was stationed in Germany, where he served as a medic. He married Norma Harvey, September 21, 1954. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Texas State University.
Eual was an educator in the Dumas, Texas schools from 1960-1991. During those thirty-one years, he served as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, elementary principal, assistant superintendent, and spent the last sixteen years as high school principal. He was a life member of the Texas State Teacher’s Association and the National Education Association. He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa and served on the board of directors of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals and was presented with the Distinguished Service Award in 1991 by the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas. He was a member of the Noon Lion’s Club and the Dumas Chamber of Commerce. After retiring in 1991, he and Norma moved to Amarillo.
Eual served on the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas from 1999-2001. He was a member and deacon at First Baptist in Dumas as well as at Trinity Baptist in Amarillo. He was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and for Hospice. He was a children’s teacher and class administrator for Men’s Bible Study Fellowship for seven years.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Marcus Strickland; and his parents.
Eual leaves behind Norma, his wife of fifty-seven years. In addition there are three sons, Rickey and his wife, Cindy of Dumas, Randy and his wife, Mary of China, Rod and his wife Julie of Nashville, TN and a daughter, Radeanna and husband, Alon Katz of Atlanta, GA; eleven grandsons, eight granddaughters, three great-grandsons, a great-granddaughter; a brother, Robert and a sister Judith, both of Lubbock, and a sister-in-law, Nancy of Ft. Worth.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, 415 S.W. Eighth Ave., Amarillo, TX 79101, in memory of Eual, or to a favorite charity.