Stephen Lee Strickland
  • 57 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 22, 1958
  • Place of birth:
    New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
  • Date of passing: Jan 11, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Russellville, Arkansas, United States
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid... In my Father’s house are many mansions

This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved father, son, brother and uncle, Stephen Strickland.  We will always remember him.  Please share any pictures, stories, experiences or memories you have of him here on this website.

Stephen Lee Strickland, our devoted father, our loving son, brother and uncle, left the cares of this world behind after a lifetime of hard work, being kind and sincere, laughing and making us laugh, and most importantly, showing us how to love unconditionally.

Stephen was the first child born to Douglas V. and Elayne H. Strickland on September 22, 1958 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He grew up in Louisiana and Arkansas.  As an adult he lived in Utah for several years and finally made his home in Texas where he raised his two beautiful daughters, Brianne (Breezy) and Jordan (Jojo). They were the light, love and purpose he needed in this life.  

While his family was most important to him, he also enjoyed hunting, (especially on African safari), redneck comedy, practical jokes, and cooking for his girls and other family members.  He made Thanksgiving and other holiday dinners precious, happy times.

Stephen was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a two-year mission to Arizona when he was 19.

Our love for Stephen is eternal. He holds a special place in our hearts and lives.  We are all broken-hearted and will miss him dearly.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Bobby Stokes on 30th January 2016

"I have so many memories with the whole Strickland family. They were great friends who helped our family a lot.  Steve always treated me like a younger brother and always had a big smile and enthusiasm for life. I was blessed to spend some time with him when he came back to Arkansas and stroll down memory lane. Till we meet again, my brother."

This tribute was added by Jeffrey Stokes on 30th January 2016

"Steven was the only constant friend I had in YM's, Boy Scouts,  LDS Church, friend at school, and co-Stake Missionaries before our missions.  We met only twice after our missions were over many years ago. I will always cherish his friendship, his smile, his optimism, and his contagious laugh. I look forward to meeting my friend again. Many heart felt prayers to all wonderful Strickland family members...love you all!"

This tribute was added by Paul Kendall on 14th January 2016

"I served in the Texas Houston East mission 94-96. My first area was in Dickinson. Being a new missionary is a hard thing. How lucky I was to meet the Strickland family. Stephen and I both shared common interest in the outdoors and we spent a lot of time talking about hunting and fishing. The friendship we shared was something I'll always cherish. He was a great guy. I have so many great memories from hanging out with the family and being myself. I was introduced to true southern food and cooking. Stephen was one of the best cooks I've ever met. Everything he made was incredible. He had a contagious smile and laugh. I could always feel the love he had for his family. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll always remember him with fondness and special thanks for being a friend when I needed one most."

This tribute was added by Emily Murray on 13th January 2016

"This is a poem about my wonderful Uncle. He always focused on helping others and this poem just really reflects on great things about him and what he did. I love you Uncle Steve. I'll miss you tons.

A Tribute to a Great Man

A tribute to a great man.
He was a cousin, an uncle, a brother,
A father, a son, and a friend.
He will not be forgotten.
He taught us the true meaning
Of loving everyone we meet.

To the one who loved hunting
Including the African Safari.
To the one who could tease his mom
And get away with it.
To the one who claimed “Brownie did it”.
To the one who could fry
The best Thanksgiving turkey.
To the one who could bring a smile
To the saddest of faces.

To the human teddy bear.
To the one who teased you until you cried
But you secretly loved it.
To the one who blew darts
And accidentally hit someone.
To the one who built
And repaired roads in the military.
To the one who showed an example
Of loving unconditionally.

The more we notice, the more we live
And the more we remember
Our favorite memories of those we love.
To one of the greatest examples out there,
The love you had for us
And the love we have for you is infinite.
Your memory will be in our hearts forever."

This tribute was added by Carol Bowes on 13th January 2016

"What a blessing to have had a fun cousin like Steve. He always had ideas for great things to do,...like taking us "hunting" for an Arkansas razorback at night....we didn't even know what a razorback was!  He always had a joke ready to play on us.  He was a cousin with a big laugh and smiling eyes.  
We will miss him.  He was special to the Byrnes cousins.  
Our prayers are with you all."

This tribute was added by Andy Smith on 13th January 2016

"Steve, you were a great uncle and friend.  I'm really gonna miss you.  I hope you understand the positive impact you had on my life.  Me and my family love and miss you!  I left some of my cherished memories in the story section of this site.

Breezy and Jojo, our thoughts and prayers are with you both.  We love you both very much."

This tribute was added by Brianne Strickland on 12th January 2016

"There are so many memories I have with my dad can't begin to describe them he was the best father I could have ever had I love you dad so much"

This tribute was added by Sarah Bills on 12th January 2016

"So many memories of Steve. When we were little we used to spend alot of time with him. I remember being shot in the leg with a dart. I'm told it was Steve who did it, I don't quite remember that part, just getting hit in the leg. Also he and Clay would throw me down the stairs to eachother. There was always lots of laughter whenever he was around. I love you Uncle Steve and will miss you so much!"

This tribute was added by Gina Strickland on 12th January 2016

"The first fried turkey we ever ate was cooked by Steve. Wow was it good! We will miss Steve so much and he will always be in our hearts!"

This tribute was added by Scott Smith on 12th January 2016

"I met Steve while serving my mission in Arkansas.  He would come with us to teaching appointments and it was always fun.  Later he was a brother in law, friend and hunting buddy! I will remember the time when he shot a sage hen over 100 yards away with a pistol! We had a great laugh and some sage hen over that one!"

This tribute was added by Debbie Spafford on 12th January 2016

"So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Bernard Richardson on 12th January 2016

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Steves family. All our love Bern and Gina."

This tribute was added by Sam Jones on 12th January 2016

"I remember your dad taking us up the Utah mountains in his truck and we had so much fun as he navigated his way up and.down them off roading.......all of us holding on for dear life as at one.point the truck was almost vertical as we drove up a hill. I honestly thought we were.going to flip lol there was screaming lol and lots of laughing. Will miss that smile.......hugs to you all x"

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