Frank Alford Strange passed peacefully on 21 June 2023 at age 97. Born on March 13, 1926, he was the last surviving child of 9. Frank grew up in Northeast Springfield in Jacksonville during the Great Depression, joining the Navy at age 17, serving 4 years during World War II as an aviation ordinance man, achieving petty officer third class. He spent several years attending art school in Washington D.C., but eventually decided on accounting and computer programing graduating from Tulane University in New Orleans. Over the years, he worked for Good Year Tire Company, Moore Dry Kiln Company, Sav-a-Stop, and ended his career as the station accountant for Channel 4 News. Upon retiring, Frank said “After sitting behind a desk for 40 years I never want to see another computer again” so he spent his retirement caring for 5 acres on the Westside of Jacksonville, raking and burning leaves being one of his favorite past times. While relaxing with a glass of sweet tea, you could often find him rooting for Jeff Gordon #24 in NASCAR, or Phil Mickelson for birdie.
Frank is survived by his daughter, Susan (Phil); 3 grandchildren, Carrieann (Gaius), Colt, and Cade; and 5 great-grandchildren, Sophia, Arwyn, Nerys, Miles and Charlie.
A private service will be held on Tuesday, 27 June 2023, at Evergreen Cemetery where he will be interred next to his mother and sister. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Hands and Feet Foundation(https://handsandfeetfoundation.org/donations.html) or Community Hospice and Palliative Care (https://www.communityhospice.com/give/) as a way of celebrating our beloved Papa.