James Melvin Strickland passed away September 27, 2012. He was born February 2, 1949 in Greenwood, SC to Alvin and Grace Smith Strickland. He is survived by his wife of over 40 years, Charlotte, daughters Lisa Denny and Lynn Rick, son Carlos Jessica, 12 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Jim was an accomplished electrical civil servant, a patriot, a loyal friend and, most of all; Jim was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. We love him dearly and his absence has left us all indescribably brokenhearted. A memorial service will be held October 6th at 2 pm, at Abounding Grace Church in Virginia Beach. Condolences can be made at altmeyer.com.