Clyde N. (Smiley) Strange, 82, a retired Washington police precinct commander who had served 39 years on the force, died Wednesday at a nursing home in Greenville, S.C. He had lived there for about three months after apparently suffering a stroke.

He retired in 1960 with the rank of captain. His last assignment was that of commander of the old fourth police precinct in Southwest Washington, which already was being leveled for redevelopment.

Unlike some of the other precincts and the detective bureau, where Capt. Strange had spent most of his rough-and-tumble career, the fourth precinct was comparatively quiet on the crime front when he took charge.

He already had accumulated more than 20 commendations for meritorious work in homicide and robbery cases while attached to those investigative squads. During the 1940s, he also had served as assistant chief of detectives and night supervisor of the police department.

Capt. Strange was born in Taylors, S.C. He served two tours of duty in the Army, enlisting first in World War I. He joined the police force here in 1921. He had served in most of the old 14 precincts before he retired.

He returned to Taylors in the arly 1970s.

He is survived by four brothers, Pierce Sr., of Taylors, John E., of Columbia, S.C., and Charles O. and Roy G., both of Greenville.