McMinnville resident and Van Buren County native James Clinton Strode, 81, was born Feb. 13, 1933 and died Sept. 19 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro following a short illness.
A retired employee of DeZurik, a United States Army veteran, and a member of Clark United Methodist Church, he was the son of the late Clifton and Mary Shockley Strode.
He was married Sept. 10, 1966 to Jeannette Ford Strode of McMinnville. In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children and their spouses, Ronald L. and Debra Strode of McMinnville, Lester and Angela Strode of St. Louis, Mo., Dennis Ray Strode of Maryland, Vivian and Richard Vaughn of Murfreesboro, Curtis and Kimberly Strode of McMinnville, and Calvin Strode of Antioch; 11 grandchildren, Heather, Stephon, Brooke, Blake, Valerie, Brandon, Curtis Jr., Bradley, Reneisha, Marcus and Jamie; five great-grandchildren, Sybril, Samiyah, Tremayne Jr., Jamison and Jasia; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Benton and Rosalyn Strode of California, and Ralph and Ruby Strode of Virginia; three sisters and brother-in-law, Loretta Evans, Jeannette and Horace Arnold, and Christine Grayson, all of McMinnville; sister-in-law, Jean Strode of McMinnville; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Clark United Methodist Church with Rev. Eddie Vance officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory with full military honors administered by VFW Post 5064 and American Legion Post 173. Visitation will be held from noon until the time of service Wednesday at the church.
High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Sept. 24, 2014