George Strickland, son of the late Troy Strickland and Lorraine McIver Strickland, was born on May 27, 1941, in Lumberton, NC .He departed this life on November 6,2021, a the t Southeastern Health hospital. His siblings included ten sisters and five brothers. He was like a father to some of them after their father passed away. He had two sons of his own. After studying the bible with his sister Marie, decided to let God change the course of his life in the Church of Christ. He was a devoted, active member: driving the van for services, filling in for Bro English and Bro Adams when they were away, teaching Bible class and serving wherever needed in the Church. He remarried on December 28, 1991, to Thomisene Oliver, who thought he was a great catch for a second marriage! They met in the Church. These near thirty years together feel like about five years to her. He will be missed and treasured. During his working years he was an orderly at the hospital and then at Wesley Pines and later, a factory worker, and selling his wares at the flea market. He earned his GED at RCC after age fifty. He loved farming, repairing cars and electricals, yard work and serving the Lord. Sometimes he had seizures, which epileptics don’t usually remember, but afterwards he remembered to pick up his Bible and read, meditate, get back to obeying God. Sis. Strickland really admired him for that. He was always concerned about the work of winning souls to Christ. He loved remembering how he worked to win souls, like his sister Marie taught him. He was preceded in death by his parents Troy and Lorraine Strickland; four brothers: Lacy, Floyd, Leroy Strickland and Theo Lewis; three sisters: Mary Lee and Margaret Strickland nd Marie Carter. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, two sons Melvin and Robert French of Charlotte: his wife’s daughters Mary Yaa (Sam) McDougald of Lumberton, and Estella Abena (Elliott) Deaderick of Charlotte ;seven sisters: Eva, Joan and Cheryl Strickland and Hattie Troy, Cordie (Billy) Campbell, all of Lumberton ,Gloria Mercer of Watertown, NY and Estella McNair of Columbia, SC; one brother, Olander Strickland, also of Columbia; one aunt, Velma Lee Young of
Lumberton; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends; Troy, and his Church of Christ Family who knew him anywhere.