Claude Thomas Strickland

Claude Thomas Strickland

Claude Thomas Strickland

March 17, 1948~March 06, 2024

Crestview mourns the death of Claude Thomas “Tommy” Strickland 75, of Crestview, Florida who passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2024.  Tommy was born on March 17, 1948 in Mobile, Alabama to Dean and Dora Strickland. Tommy moved from McComb, Mississippi to Okaloosa County in March of 1987 and has been a resident ever since.

Tommy was the voice we all know on “The Good Country” Radio station WAAZ/WJSB Crestview. Where he would bring to you, local news, trading post and items of community interest daily. He was the voice of reason in an often unreasonable world, we will all miss him terribly.

Tommy is preceded in death by his parents, Dean Strickland and Dora Goff Strickland.

Tommy is survived by his wife of forty years, Mildred Madlein Peacock Strickland, his daughter, Kimberly Strickland (granddaughter, Kyla McLaughlin), his younger brother, Dean Strickland of Arlington, Texas, his older sister Annette Strickland Maxey also of Arlington, Texas (her two daughters, Margaret Maxey Ellis and Nancy Powell), two sister in laws, Betty Alford and Judy (Frank) Bowen, one brother in law, Jimmy Peacock and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Tommy is also survived by many friends that turned into family along the way.

A gathering with food, family and friends to celebrate Tommy’s life will be on Sunday, March 17, 2024 from 2:00 p.m. to  5:00 p.m. at Warriors Hall 201 Stillwell Blvd., Crestview, Florida 32539.

In Lieu of Flowers the family has requested for donation in Tommy’s name to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

You can share memories and offer condolences at
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, is entrusted with arrangements


A Gathering of Family & Friends

Warriors Hall


Danny and Debbie Bowden

March 7, 2024, 10:13 pm

We will miss you! Your voice on the Good Country was a big part of Crestview. Prayers for God’s comfort, peace and strength for all of the family.

harold d neal

March 7, 2024, 11:15 pm

Good friend. Praying for the family.

Carolyn Read

March 7, 2024, 11:22 pm

I send my sincerest condolences to the family of Mr Tommy
I will miss hearing his voice on the radio and I had the pleasure of working with him at Publix ( South end of Crestview) and I always did like the comment he would say when asked how are you today,?He would always say good because I’m not pushing up daisies yet and I will miss his funny sayings that he would always come up with and of course his smile.
May God send the Holy Spirit to give you all comfort, peace and surround you all with love during this most difficult time and in the weeks and months to come. Rest in peace, Mr Tommy


March 8, 2024, 2:13 pm

You’re the voice that will be missed each and every morning! You sure will be missed!! Prayers and condolences to your family and friends.

Rhonda Davis

March 9, 2024, 12:00 am

Horribly sad to hear about this great loss in our community. You Sir along with your voice will be greatly missed, certainly an Icon. Condolences for your Family and Friends. Bye T-Claude

LaDonna Medley

March 9, 2024, 12:31 am

I send my deepest sympathy to the whole family. His voice was listened to for many years by my family! He will not be forgotten.
Love and prayers,
LaDonna Aaron Medley

Joe Sanders

March 9, 2024, 3:50 am

I will certainly miss his voice on the radio. He absolutely was the voice of WAAZ/WJSB. From sign on in the morning to sign off he was there.
There will be big shoes for someone to fill.

Emily and Gerald Maloyy

March 9, 2024, 4:29 am

We have known Tommy for many years and will always cherish the memories. Tommy was an excellent cook and enjoyed many meals at his and Mildred’s home. We will miss his voice every morning. Mey God bring peace to his family as know one can. May you rest in peace Tommy.

Tim Bryant

March 9, 2024, 8:46 pm

Enjoyed working with Tommy and hearing all of his great stories. Tommy was always so positive and kind hearted. He was a great associate at Publix and a good friend. You will be missed, but we know you are in heaven now.

David Gilbert

March 11, 2024, 11:30 am

Surely sad to hear,, I moved to Crestview in 19 71 and have listened to his voice all these years, he will definitely be missed

Floree and James Nowlin

March 12, 2024, 11:57 pm

Sorry for your loss. Prayers for family. God Bless. The Wise/Nowlin families.

Edward Thomas

March 13, 2024, 5:28 pm

Great voice gone. Will miss him..

Tommy Mccurley

March 14, 2024, 11:58 pm

You will be missed by all. I have only known you for the past twelve years.We consider you like family and friend. Tommy is a very kind and people loving person! Rest in peace my freind.!

Joe Dunn

March 18, 2024, 12:06 am

My deepest condolences to The family and friends of my good friend and colleague at “THE GOOD COUNTRY “ WJSB/WAAZ RADIO. I’ll really miss Working with you T-Claude. It has been an honor working with one of the finest graduates of USM in radio broadcasting! Heaven rejoiced when you arrived!! And celebrating your Birthday today! Happy Birthday! Your friend, Joe Dunn and Family! 🙏✝️😊

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