HIGH POINT — Mr. Melvin O’Neal Strickland, 88, departed his earthly life on Friday, April 2, 2021, at Hospice Home at High Point after a long illness. He was born on March 4, 1933, in Surry County, NC, and was the offspring of Melvin Lester Strickland and Alma Strickland. He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Tene’ Strickland; sister, Elaine Cole; and brother, Leon Strickland.

He proudly served six years in the United States Air Force.

He was a devoted and committed member of Hopewell Baptist Church in Detroit, Mich., where he served as a member of the Deacon Ministry and the Male Chorus. Melvin moved to High Point in Dec. 2014. He was a faithful member of New Bethel Baptist , where he served as a member of the Deacon Ministry and Church School.

A soldier that we know God said, “Well done Melvin.”

He leaves to cherish fond memories, four sisters, Creola Sawyers, Rebecca Washington and Jefferlene Catchings, all of High Point, and Keevy Anderson, of El Paso, Texas; one brother, James Strickland, of Detroit, Mich.; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A private funeral will be held Wednesday, April 7, at Phillips Funeral Service Chapel. Interment will be held Thursday, April 8, at 9 a.m. at Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury, NC. Mr. Strickland may be viewed today at Phillips Funeral Service Chapel from 4 p.m.until 7 p.m.

Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc.

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