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Mr. James Madison Strobel

Mr. James Madison Strobel
  • August 20, 1946 - November 18, 2020
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Memorials can be made to:
  • First Christian Church Disciples of Christ
    1293 Orange Grove Road
    Charleston, SC 29407

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“Thank you for your courage and service in time of history that set the world in chaos~ RIP my friend~ You have many with you on the other side. My...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Virginia

“I am deeply saddened to learn of Jim's passing and express our heartfelt condolences to Mary and the family. Although we no longer live in Charleston...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: William Bloss - Winterville, NC

“We were neighbors many years ago I knew his sister Ruthie and we all went CHS . Sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with His...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Linda Richardson Gerard - SC

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I remember years ago watching my dad (Nolan), James, and Eric kicking a rock down the road...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Ann Lain Holifield - Family

“Mary Alice, you have my deepest sympathy. I met Jim when you all came to Amity to see the Archives room and the church where you grew up. I wish...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Sandra Pesta - PITTSBURGH, PA

“Maty, I am so sorry to hear of JM's passing. I am sure he is smiling and laughing now that he is with the Father. If you need anything please call....Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: ERIC THORNTON - Spanaway, WA

“Mary, I was so very saddened to hear of the passing of your dear James. He was such a kind and a gentle soul. Glad we were able to visit together...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Mary Chesnee Staubes Knotts

“Dear Mary, I have wonderful memories of our round dancing and of Jim helping in my yard. I know you and the family will miss him. God be with you....Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Cathy Sadler - Charleston, SC

“I am so heartbroken to learn of the passing of dear James We were in high school together at Charleston high and we were all a family. We grieve...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Jamie McCulloch - Columbia, SC

“Jim and I did not see each other much. We were friends since Sunday School at First Christian Church when it was in town across from the College of...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Rick Croucher - Charleston, SC

“Jim was my good friend for many years. His friendship was loyal, true and sincere. I will greatly miss spending more time with this fine Southern...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Ron Hornbeck - Charleston, SC

“Prayers are there. He will be truly missed ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: Pam Stender, Smith - Johns Island, SC

“JM, your joy-filled spirit shall be dearly missed, Sir, but you shall be spreading even more joy in serving Jesus on the other side. I wish we could...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Bruce Wayne Stender - Bat Cave, NC

“James and I were lifelong friends, especially during our years at CHS and before. He used to come over to our house on Ashley Ave. and shoot hoops in...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: John Chrysostom - Friend

“Sending prayers to you and your family. Jim was a sweet and funny person. He will be missed. Wanda Hayes ”
15 of 17 | Posted by: Wanda Hayes - N. Charleston, SC

“Mary, My deepest sympathy on James' passing. He had such a sweet soul. May your memories sustain you durng the days ahead. May he rest in peace. ...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Jeanne Canfield Gerhardt - SC

“I am so sorry to hear about James. We went to high school together. He could always make me smile. ”
17 of 17 | Posted by: Kay Martin Dunn - Richmond, VA

James Madison Strobel passed peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020. He was born Aug 20, 1946 in Charleston, SC and he graduated from The High School of Charleston. He and his best friend Ernest Arnot volunteered for the US Army and served in the Vietnam War during which Jim was injured by sniper fire. He recovered and returned to live the remainder of his life in his beloved hometown, because," If I'm not surrounded by water, I'm not home".

Jim worked various jobs until he discovered his true vocation as a landscaper. Born with a green thumb, he could coax a dead stick back to life. After many years with his own company, he ended his career with the grounds department at the Medical University of South Carolina.

He was a lifelong member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where he held almost every job except the preacher; including groundskeeper (of course), deacon, elder, trustee, and even the cook, as a member of the Men's Breakfast Fellowship.

Jim is survived by his wife Mary Workman Strobel; his daughters Karen Reiling (Brian) and Cindy Poche (Edward); his grandchildren, Josephine, Charles and Caroline; his sister Madgie Ruth Wiggins (Eugene); his nieces, Victoria Farris (David), Renee Sarine (Gerry), and Elizabeth Fulton (Brady); his nephew: Dr. Nathanial Strobel (Kimberly).

He was predeceased by his parents, the late Henry Willis and Madgie Pevey Strobel and his brother, The Rev. Dr. Henry W. Strobel, Jr.
The family would like to thank the Ralph H. Johnson Medical Center, particularly the staff on 3B South, for the outstanding and compassionate care Jim received.

A celebration of Jim's life will be held on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the First Christian Church, 1293 Orange Grove Rd., Charleston. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided after the service in Fellowship Hall. The service will be live streamed at

Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, West Ashley Chapel; 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway Charleston, SC 29414.