Jesse W. Strickland, 79, died Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Palmetto Medical Baptist Center.
Jesse was born Oct. 10, 1936 in Fair Bluff, to the late Dayton and Mildred Anderson Strickland of Nichols, S.C. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Tim M. Strickland; one sister, Marie Strickland Anderson; and former wife, Addie Joe Enzor Strickland.
He attended Floyds High School in Horry County and Fair Bluff High School. After high school, he entered the United States Army serving in the Far East.
After his discharge, he graduated from Campbell Junior College and transferred to the University of South Carolina in Columbia in 1959.
Jesse joined the Columbia Police Department and worked for three years. In 1962 he joined the South Carolina Department of Corrections, where he began his 25 year career. He served in numerous positions including the Warden’s position at Central Correctional Institution and retired as Deputy-Commissioner from the Institutions in 1984.
During his years in corrections, he received numerous awards and commendations.
He was a graduate of the Ford Foundation Fellowship of the Criminal Justice Center at Harvard Law School.
In 1984, he accepted a position with the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Solicitors office in Georgetown and Horry counties, where he worked as an investigator and polygraph examiner.
In June, 1990 he began employment with the Hearn, Brittian, and Martin Law Firm in Conway and Myrtle Beach, S.C. as an investigator. He moved to Columbia in 1994 and began working with the Childs and Halligan Law Firm as an office assistant.
He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbia, S.C.
Visitation was held Monday, May 30 at Meares Funeral Home in Fair Bluff. Final rites were held Tuesday, May 31 at Spring Branch Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Active pallbearers were, Sterling Beckman, Charlie Porter, George Martin, Jim Harvey, Parker Evatt, Rallie Zeigler, Randy Duncan and Jerry Strickland. Honorary pallbearers were, Danny Anderson, Barry Anderson, Terry Anderson, Ronnie Anderson, Will Hammond and Michael Enzor.
He is survived by three sons, Steve Strickland and William (Teresa) Strickland, all of Fair Bluff, Jess Strickland of Folly Beach, S.C.; one stepson, Jason Dennis of Dallas, Texas; four daughters, Teresa (Tony) Weathford of Murrells Inlet, S.C., Jessica (Richard) Morris of Lexington, S.C., Mona Strickland and Tiffany Strickland, both of Cayce, S.C.; one grandson, Justin (Amanda) Jones of San Diego, Calif.; one great-granddaughter, Dallas Jones; and he is also survived by his former wife, Debbie Childs of Columbia, S.C.