Mose A. Stringfellow Jr. January 19, 1921 ~ January 11, 2014
Mose A. Stringfellow Jr.92, of Fayetteville passed away Saturday, January 11, 2014 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was born at the small sawmill village of Millville, Arkansas on January 19, 1921 to Mose A. Stringfellow Sr. and Kittie Irene Strickland Stringfellow. He graduated high school in Bearden, Arkansas in 1942. Mr. Stringfellow entered military service in 1943. After receiving training at several locations he was assigned for duty in China, where he served as a radio mechanic for the 158th Army Airways Communication System(AACS) for about twelve months, and was in China when the war ended. He was honorably discharged in 1946, having served approximately three years. Commencing in 1946, college included one year at Magnolia A & M followed by three years at the University of Arkansas graduating in 1951 with a BSEE degree. In 1951 Mr. Stringfellow was employed by General Electric Company at Schenectady, NY. After completing several test assignments and training on several GE radar systems he was assigned at GE field engineer to Keesler AFB in 1953 where he remained on assignment until 1959. While a resident in Ocean Springs, Mississippi he joined the Gulfport Massonic Lodge where he advanced to 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason. At the end of his assignment at Keesler, Mr. Stringfellow received a written commendation from the Keesler AFB commander for assisting and restoring a critical GE radar system to operational status in a timely manner to accommodate critical KAFB training needs. Following his sixth year at KAFB, Mr. Stringfellow was assigned as field engineer to Shemya, Alaska as part of a GE team working with the Air Force to install and operate the GE manufactured AN/FPS-18 radar on a 24/7 basis. This radar system was designed to detect missile activity in Russia with a detection range of approximately two thousand miles. After his assignment in Alaska was over he was transferred to Syracuse, NY where he was a contract administration and marketing specialist. He negotiated many contracts with the government, especially the Air Force. Mr. Stringfellow received many awards during his tenure with the General Electric Company. He retired in 1984 at wich time he was given the Golden Fleece Award. After retirement he worked tirelessly helping with the AARP tax program. Surviors include his wife, Evelyn; two sons, Michael of Norman, OK and Mathew of Minneapolis,MN and one grandson, Kevin. His son Michael is a senior project manager for the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. A private burial will be held at the Fayetteville National Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m Free, I’m following the path God laid for me. I took his hand when I heard Him call, I turned my back and left it all. If my parting has left a void, fill it now with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, ah yes, these things I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My lifes been full, Ive savored much, Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free.
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