Kelly B. Strickland, our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on March 3, 2007. He was 94 years young.
His beloved wife of 65 years, Hilda Durham Strickland, preceded him in death. His family realizes he is now happy because he and Hilda are now reunited in heaven.
Kelly was born in Sampson County and moved to Durham as a young child. He lived on Vickers Avenue where he shared the family home with eight brothers and sisters. In 1977, he retired from American Tobacco Co. where he worked for 47 years.
Kelly was a life long member of Lakewood United Methodist Church and a member of the Gaston Rollins Sunday School Class for 76 years. In addition to quail hunting, his other favorite activity was growing and maintaining the vegetable and rose gardens behind the church. Kelly loved the Lord with all his heart and was forever praising his name. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved his family and would do anything for them.
Kelly is survived by his son, Ronnie Strickland and wife, Kathy; his daughter, Susan Strickland; one special daughter, Ivette Colon; a grandson, Jay Strickland and wife, Amy; three great grandchildren: Brandon, Chandler and Madi; two sisters, Lois May, and Mildred Hill and husband, Shelton; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and a host of friends.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, March 7, from Lakewood United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gail Myers, the Rev. Leonard Doucette and the Rev. James Malloy presiding. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
Friends may visit Tuesday evening, March 6, from 6:00-8:00 PM at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home and other times at the home of Ronnie and Kathy Strickland, 710 Bishopstone Drive, Durham, NC 27705.
Pallbearers will be Jay Strickland, Randy Strickland, Paul Hill, Joe A. Vaughan, Joe G. Vaughan and Larry Ennis.
Flowers are acceptable or memorials may be made to Lakewood United Methodist Church, 2317 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham, NC 27702.
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