Mr. James Matthewis Strowbridge, son of James Matthewis Strowbridge Sr. and Doris Jenkins Strowbridge, was born in Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia on September 19, 1940. He was reared by the late Gus and Viola Burton in Wadley, Georgia from the age of five years.
James was one of the first African Americans to graduate from Swainsboro Technical School, Swainsboro, Georgia with an Electrician Degree. He was a truck driver, but enjoyed inventing new gadgets. He was a proud inventor who claimed ownership of two U.S patents. James was a veteran of the United States Army and served two tours of duty in Vietnam.
James was preceded in death by his wife of thirty-eight years, Barbara Jordan Strowbridge; his parents, James Sr. and Doris Strowbridge, Gus and Viola Burton and his son, Eric Douglas Meyers.
Words cannot express the love and sorrow that fill the hearts of his two daughters, Sonya (Kelvin) Bradford, Swainsboro, Georgia and Veronica (Sherman) Meardith, Grovetown, Georgia; two sons, James III (Catina) Strowbridge, Statesboro, Georgia and Jeremy Strowbridge, Grovetown, Georgia; six sisters, Loretta Garner, Portland, Oregon and Mary Jarvis, Veronica (John) McIntyre, Diane Dukes, Linda McDowell and Gwen Godfrey of Chesapeake, Virginia; ten grandchildren, Martika Archie, Rashad Bradford, James Strowbridge IV, Chelsey Strowbridge, Jaylen Mack, Malik Hickson, Martavious Bradford, Destiny Culbreath, Jayla Strowbridge and Jordan Meardith; six great grandchildren; four sisters-in-law, five brothers-in-law and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
As a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, for the safety of family and community and in an effort to practice social distancing, a private, family graveside service to be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at Brinson Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. We regret any inconvenience that this may cause.
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