Mrs. Shirley E. Strickland, 80, died Monday Sept. 5, 2016 at Lower Caper Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center. Born in 1936 in Columbus County, she was the daughter of the late Homsey and Neppie Coleman Strickland and the widow of the late George Strickland. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Pete Strickland and Philip Strickland.
Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 at Meares Funeral Home in Fair Bluff. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 in the Strickland Family Cemetery (beside Cherry Grove Baptist Church).
She is survived by one son, Jerry (Joni) Strickland of Cerro Gordo; three sisters, Betty Jean Buffkin of Burgaw, Nellie Ann Spivey of Cherry Grove and Rhonda Sue Strickland of Whiteville; four grandchildren, Tori Ann (David) Gasque of Florence, S.C., George (Brandi) Strickland of Cerro Gordo, Teddy Spivey Jr. and Shanna (Kevin) Thompson, all of Cherry Grove; and 11 great-grandchildren, Zachary, Rylee, Gabe, Jaiden, Talan, Addison, Allie, Troy, Ethan, Hailey, and Baileyanna.