Joe Strickland, 88 Of Virginia Beach Dies Mon., May 17

Published 12:00 pm Tuesday, July 27, 2010

VIRGINIA BEACH, May 20 – Joe Strickland, 88, of Virginia Beach, went to be with the Lord, his true love Dorothy L. Strickland and daughter, Eilene Strickland, on Monday, May 17, 2010.

A native of Pitt County, NC, he was the son of Robert and Rosa Strickland, a beloved father and one of the founding members of Va. Beach Freewill Baptist Church.

He served in WWII in the Navy as a Gunners Mate Second Class on the USS WASP (CV7) and USS ESSEX (CV9). He survived the sinking of the USS WASP (CV7) in the Solomon Islands by a Japanese submarine. He was injured while serving on the USS ESSEX (CV9) when it was struck by a Japanese kamikaze plane.

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Mr. Strickland is survived by daughters, Dorothy Bauer and husband, Gerald E. Bauer of Virginia Beach, Betty Strickland Morris and husband, Frank A. Morris of Danville, and Chris-tine Strickland Wall and husband, Dennis R. Wall Jr. of Elon, NC; granddaughter, April C. Lumpkin and husband, Cliff E. Lumpkin of Imperial Beach, CA; grandson, Joe Edward Bauer of Portsmouth; grand-daughter, Alexandra Grace Wall of Elon, NC; and niece, Luellen Nurney of Gates, NC.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at St. Barnabus Cemetery in Snow Hill, NC at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Union Mission, Norfolk.

Hollomon-Brown Great Neck Chapel is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be offered to the family at