Thomas Ray Strickland

Thomas Ray Strickland

September 1, 1939 – October 14, 2021

WENDELL – Thomas Ray Strickland, 82, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday. He was born in Nash County to the late Roy Lee & Geraldine Trevathan Strickland. He was a hard worker, working as a mechanic & was an avid outdoorsman. Thomas is one of the founding members of both the Wendell Rescues & Fire Departments. He loved serving his community in all fashions, also being a member of the Auxiliary Police Department. He had such a generous, kind & giving heart when it came to his community, but he loved his grandchildren dearly and they hold a most special place in his heart.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Mary Joy Nowell Strickland of the home, children, Emma Cozart (David), Ruth Strickland (Rick Lopez), siblings, Loraine Jones, Pansy Crowder & Larry Strickland, grandchildren, Phillip Cozart (Brandi), & Grace Cozart, great grandchild, Hilton Cozart.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Transitions LifeCare.

Graveside funeral service 11 a. m. Monday, Greenmount Cemetery, Wendell. Livestream available at

Arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.


  • Claudia C Felzer Posted October 15, 2021 4:14 pm

    Just heard about Thomas. I know your heart is heavy but blessed that he is no longer suffering. Such a great person. RIP Thomas.

  • Connie A Nelson Posted October 15, 2021 4:30 pm

    Emma and Ruth, You are in my prayers! May God Bless You All!

  • Ira C. Fuller Posted October 15, 2021 9:43 pm

    To Joy and the Strickland Family, you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of sadness. May you find strength and peace for the days ahead through your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The community of Wendell recognizes the great dedicated and loyal public service of Thomas as an auxiliary police officer, volunteer fireman and member of the rescue squad. His commitment to community service was outstanding and will remain our memories.

  • Bert Green Posted October 16, 2021 8:31 am

    Many memories of Thomas and his dad working in the radiator shop and seeing him at the police station. Praying that God will give all the family peace, comfort, and grace for the days ahead.

  • Patricia Faircloth Posted October 16, 2021 9:09 pm

    Thinking of your family at this time of loss. Praying that you can find some comfort in your memories.

  • Lynn and Jerry Watkins Posted October 18, 2021 9:53 am

    So sorry for your loss . Prayers for the family.

  • Carolyn Elliott Posted October 18, 2021 10:16 am

    I’m just hearing about Thomas’s passing. Joy, Emma, Grace…I’m praying for you and the rest of the family. It’s so hard when they leave. We claim together the joy of being reunited with our loved ones one fine day❤️

  • Jean strickland Posted October 19, 2021 2:30 pm

    JOY I just heard about Thomas, so sorry but he is whole again without pain.

  • Sandra Edwards Posted October 25, 2021 4:14 pm

    Joy so sorry to hear about Thomas. He was such a good man and always so nice to everyone. You and your children are in my prayers. Love y’all!

  • Judy Green Teander Posted October 26, 2021 2:05 pm

    Was so sorry to hear of Thomas’ death. We were classmates at “Dear ‘Ole Wakelon” and I remember laughing at his many antics. My sincere condolences to his wife, Joy, and all of his family.

  • Ronnie Jones Posted November 18, 2021 2:13 pm

    So sorry to hear this about Strick. What a great man, I will miss seeing him on my trips back home to Fla.. Many good memories hunting in Va.

  • ivey green Posted January 26, 2022 10:48 am

    Very sorry to hear about Strick….one of the best deer hunters ever. Many fond memories of my youth spent hunting with Thomas and David. Condolences from B&J Hunt Club, Ivey Green, Phil Green, and Eric Johnson

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