Strickler, Samuel Harley

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Samuel Harley Strickler, 84, of Blacksburg, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 9, 2007. He was born August 3, 1922 in Blacksburg to the late Samuel W. and Mattie Helms Strickler.

He was preceded in death by his sister Mildred S. Chumney of Blacksburg. Sam is survived by his cherished wife of 61 years, Margaret S. Strickler; his son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Becky Strickler of Rocky Mount, Va.; his daughter and son-in-law, Nancy S. and Forrest Curtis of Blacksburg; four grandchildren, Lori Wright of Roanoke, Melissa Strickler of Rocky Mount, Va., Jada Fingleton and husband, Wayne of Chesapeake, Va., and Chad Curtis of Blacksburg; and three great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Mildred Asbury of Lynchburg, Betty Jones of Olney, Md., Frances Prentiss of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; one brother-in-law, Aubrey Chumney of Blackstone, Va.; and loving nieces and nephews.

Sam and his father were owners of Strickler Furniture Co. in Blacksburg which opened in 1955. Sam later joined the purchasing department at Va. Tech where he was a buyer for 19 years. Sam was a long time member of the Blacksburg United Methodist Church.

The family would like to express their thanks for all the love and prayers poured out for them by their church family, friends and caregivers. Sam’s children would like to express how blessed they were to have such a wonderful and loving father and grandfather.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, June, 12, 2007 at 11 a.m. in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Reggie Tuck and Rev. Morris Fleischer officiating. Interment will follow in the Westview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Carilion Hospice Service of NRV, 707 Randolph St. Suite 251, Radford, VA 24141. Friends may call anytime after 12 noon Monday, and the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday evening at the McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Drive S.W., Blacksburg.