Ralph B. Strickland, Jr., 69, passed away on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at his home. He was born in Durham, son of the late Ralph Bowling Strickland, Sr. and the late Addie Jeffie Hancock Strickland.
He is survived by his wife, Drusylla Murray Strickland; daughter, Lalenya Strickland (Fiancé, Robert Meeks) of Morrisville; son, Stephen Strickland (Melissa) of New Bern; grandson, Ivan Strickland; brothers-in-law, Philip Murray, Quintin Murray; sisters-in-law, Patricia Baker, Glory Stainbank, Mary Herold, Michaelene Murray; and mother-in-law, Mary T. Murray.
Mr. Strickland attended college and law school at UNC-Chapel Hill; served in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 to 1972 with a tour in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971. He served Of Counsel, Smith, Rodgers and Strickland; as Legal Advisor for Orange County Sheriff’s Office; Staff Attorney for Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office; Legal Advisor to the Garner Police Department; Police Attorney for the City of Durham; an Associate Attorney with Faison, Brown, Fletcher & Brough, Durham; Assistant District Attorney of Durham; Special Deputy Attorney General with the North Carolina Department of Justice; Senior Agency Legal Specialist for the North Carolina Justice Academy, Salemburg. In November 2011, Ralph was presented the OCDETF Award at the annual Federal Drug Conference and was an annual speaker at many training events.
Ralph was also a disabled veteran due to exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam and PTSD from the trauma he suffered there.
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Mr. Strickland always had a joke and a “Far Side” sense of humor; he was never at a loss for words. He was a dedicated father and was thrilled when he became a grandfather. Ralph was a faithful Catholic who openly expressed his love of God and Jesus Christ. He was committed to helping others and always had an encouraging word, prayer or scripture for those in need.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be held 12 noon Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Burial will follow in St. Matthew Catholic Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. Honorary pallbearers will be retired and active duty officers of the Durham Police Department, Durham Sheriff’s Office, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Garner Police Department, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, and Fayetteville Police Department.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, 4200 Morganton Rd., Fayetteville, NC 28314; Salvation Army, P. O. Box 1330, Durham, NC 27702-1330; Durham Rescue Mission, PO Box 11368, Durham, NC 27703; or Catholic Charities, 902 Broad St., Durham, NC 27705.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com