June 03, 2019
David Harrison Stringfield, Jr., passed away at his residence in Bogalusa, LA on Monday, June 3, 2019 at the age of 93. He was born in Franklinton, LA on December 19, 1925.
David graduated from Franklinton High School and attended LSU until he joined the United States Navy in 1943 as an Aviator Cadet. After changing to active reserves in 1945, he married his first wife, Charlene Crain and they were blessed with two children.
In 1960, his unit was called back to active duty during the “Berlin Build Up”, they were deployed to Guantanamo Bay to fly surveillance, antisubmarine, and shipping and then detached out of Key West during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The squad then returned home where David assumed command until they were decommissioned in 1962. He remained in Ready Reserve status as Commander of Air Wing Staff 82 and then Commander of Operation Control Center where he conducted anti-submarine surveillance and shipping. He proudly served his country until he retired from his military career in 1973. He became the company pilot for Crown Zellerbach, transferring to the mill, and then later retiring as Pulp Mill Supervisor. He was in the Civil Air Patrol, Designated Pilot Examiner, and the Commander of American Legion Post 24 for 16 years.
He is survived by his wife, Betty M. Stringfield; his son, David H. (Nancy) Stringfield, III; his daughter, Ellen Stringfield Hobgood (Jon Sorey); and four grandchildren, Joshua (Angela) Stringfield, Ginny Wilburn, William D. (Shanna) Hobgood, and Michaela A. Hobgood. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great grandchildren, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Charlene Crain Stringfield; parents, David H. Stringfield, Sr. and Elma Jenkins Stringfield; one brother, William R. Stringfield; his sisters, Frances Toney, Betty Wilcombe, Margaret Banner, Dorothy Bazor, and Eloise Lord Lobdell, and a grandchild, Melissa A. Stringfield.
Services celebrating his life will be at Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home & Crematory in Bogalusa, LA. Visitation will be on Thursday, June 6th, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday, June 7th, at 9:00 a.m. with funeral service beginning at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Greg Whaley will officiate. Interment to follow at Smith Cemetery. Military honors will be presented by Magic City American Legion Post #24.