William Earl “Willie” Strange

William Earl “Willie” Strange, age 65, of Cleveland, Texas passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2020. He was born August 28, 1954 in Fort Jackson, South Carolina to parents William Clyde and Sue Strange. He is preceded in death by his father.

Willie was a master craftsman and artist.

Survivors include his wife, Rose Strickland Strange; mother, Sue Strange; daughters, Amber Paxton and husband Terry and Hannah Woods and husband Michael; son, Weslee Bartee; brother, David Strange; sisters, Wanda Robinson, Wilma Mettlen, Delores Prine and Denise Strange; grandchildren, Brook Reeves, Garrett Paxton, Abi Paxton, Tucker Bartee, Lanee Swiech, Emmie Bartee and Hayden Woods; great-grandchildren, Lane Kase Paxton, Autumn Reeves and Gus Paxton; along with numerous other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Monday, May 25, 2020 at Pace Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, Texas. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at Cornerstone Church, Cleveland, Texas. Interment will follow at Morgan Cemetery, Cleveland, Texas. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of William “Willie” Earl Strange please visit our Tribute Store.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. Our deepest condolences to the families of Willie. I am sure he will be missed by many.
    — The Carey Family– Oregon and Washington

  2. Willie’s Father (Clyde)was a long lost cousin of mine. Last time I saw him was in the 1940’s. His Mother was my Grandmother sister Lucille McKillips Guy. I’m sorry I never met y’all. Don Eggleston ( mdesse@msn.com)

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