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 www.facebook.com/stricklandfuneral
Arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell. www.stricklandfuneral.com