Beasley Strickland

Born: Sun., Oct. 2, 1927
Died: Sat., Mar. 9, 2013


2:00 PM to 3:15 PM, Mon., Mar. 11, 2013
Location: Cherry Grove Baptist Church

Funeral Service

3:30 PM Mon., Mar. 11, 2013
Location: Cherry Grove Baptist Church

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Beasley Strickland, 85, a lifelong resident of his home in the Cherry Grove Community died March 9th 2013. He was the youngest son of the late Fronis and Emma Strickland and was also preceded in death by brothers Darewood of Green Sea, South Carolina, Lascoe, Rhonoake, and Numan of Tabor City, North Carolina, sisters Pheatress Thigpen of Fair Bluff and Florine Winbon of Orlando, Florida. Also, preceding him in death were his brother-in-laws Wilton Thigpen, Sr. of Fair Bluff, North Carolina and Bob Winbon of Orlando, Florida. Sister-in-laws preceding his death were Reba and Virginia Strickland of Tabor City, North Carolina and Evelle Strickland of Green Sea, South Carolina.

He is survived by his wife, his best friend, and the love of his life of 63 years, Bertha Mae Causey Strickland of the home. Also, surviving is his son Dr. Dan Strickland and wife Gay of Tabor City, daughter, Rose Strickland Slack and husband Dana of Thomasville; son, Berry Strickland of Tabor City and wife Charmin. Grandchildren surviving are Dr. Paige Strickland-Smith of Morehead City, North Carolina; Elizabeth Strickland of Raleigh, North Carolina; Adam Slack of Wilmington, North Carolina; Walt Strickland and Ashlynn Faircloth of Greenville, North Carolina, Cole and Bryce Faircloth of Tabor City, North Carolina and Andrew Birkenstock of Frisco, Texas. Other surviving, a sister-in-law Nellie Mae Strickland Richardson of Cerro Gordo, North Carolina. Lastly, surviving are 20 loving nieces and nephews and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Mr. Strickland was a life-long member of Cherry Grove Baptist Church located in the Cherry Grove Community between Tabor City and Fair Bluff. During his membership tenure at Cherry Grove, he was a deacon for over 40 years and served as chairman for several terms. He also served the church as a Trustee and Sanctuary Choir member and as the church’s Purchasing Agent for more that 50 years. Throughout the years he faithfully served on numerous committees including the Nominating Committee, Pastor Search Committee, Finance and Budget Committee, Floral Committee, and Building and Grounds Committee.

Serving as a member of the Cerro Gordo School Advisory Council for several terms, Mr. Strickland later was elected as a member of the Columbus County Board of Education for eight years serving as chairman for two terms. During his tenure on the county school board, he served 17 school districts as Southeastern District President of the North Carolina School Board Association. Other boards in which he served included the Board of Directors of Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperative, Columbus County Farm Bureau, Service Telephone Company, First Investors Savings Bank, and First Citizens Bank

A farmer in the Cherry Grove Community, Beasley and Ms. Strickland also owned Grant Jewelers in Fair Bluff for two decades where they were members of the Greater Fair Bluff Chamber of Commerce. He also owned The Dunes Condominiums in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Being one of the principal owners of Big 5 and Peoples Tobacco Warehouse in Fairmont, North Carolina, Beasley was elected and served as President of the Border Belt Tobacco Market Association, serving tobacco warehousemen and farmers throughout Northeastern South Carolina and Southeastern North Carolina. Serving as Chairman of the Gapway Drainage District he worked in conjunction with the United States Army Corps of Engineers to develop and provide a 20 mile-long canal for farmland drainage through western Columbus County and northern Horry County.

The family will receive friends for visitation at the Cherry Grove Baptist Fellowship Center on March 11th from 2:00 to 3:15 PM. The funeral and celebration of Mr. Strickland’s life will be on Monday March 11th at 3:30 PM at the Cherry Grove Baptist Church and burial in the Cherry Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Josh Phillips officiating.

For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cherry Grove Baptist Church Sanctuary Building Fund, c/o Cherry Grove Baptist Church, 9833 Swamp Fox Highway West, Cerro Gordo, NC, 28430.







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Wesley and Doris Caines
   Posted Sun March 10, 2013
Praying for your family during this sad time.

Adam & Ashlee Faulk
   Posted Mon March 11, 2013
So sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Margaret Joyner and Zach Roberson
   Posted Mon March 11, 2013
To the whole family know you all are in our thoughts and prayers.....Mr. Strickland always had a loving smile for everyone and a kind word. He will be missed by all.

Robert & Dottie Thigpen Batten
   Posted Mon March 11, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. He surely will be missed.

Lou Ellen Williamson
   Posted Mon March 11, 2013
I was so sorry to hear about your loss. Mr. Beasley was a blessing to all that knew him. He will surely be missed. Love and prayers to the whole family. I don't live in Cherry Grove no more, but it is still home to me.

   Posted Mon March 11, 2013
Dan, Berry, Paige, Elizabeth and all the Strickland family, I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Beasley's passing. I will always cherish my memories of him singing in the choir. He always made me smile and was quite a man. I know he will be missed in the Cherry Grove Community. Hugs to you all, love you. Marian

Kandace Bethea
   Posted Mon March 11, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God continue to strengthen each of you.

Bonnie Stanley
   Posted Mon March 11, 2013
Mrs. Strickland, Rose, Dan, Berry, and families, You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time. I know this is a time of great sadness, but great joy in knowing he is home and resting peacefully in the Lord. Much love to you all.

Mary Fillinger
   Posted Mon March 11, 2013
Rose, Dana, Adam, and Family, My heart goes out to all of you during this time. I know that I can't be there in body, but am with you in spirit and you each are in my prayers. No words can change the fact that you have lost someone of great importance in your lives. I know too that thru JESUS HE will surround you with HIS love and care. That is my prayer and that you will know that you are special to me as well. Heaven is just a little brighter with the addition of this precious saint. Love to each of you. Mary

Norris Ebron
   Posted Tue March 12, 2013
We were vere sorry to hear about the death of your father. Our prayers are with you and your family as you mourn your lost. I was not able to attend the funeral because of a bad cold.

Cadet Gilbert Elvington Enzor, West Point, N.Y.
   Posted Tue March 12, 2013
Remembering your family at this time.

Harriet Elvington Enzor, Murrells Inlet, S.C.
   Posted Tue March 12, 2013
Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Harriet

Teresa Irene Elvington, Nichols, S.C.
   Posted Tue March 12, 2013
The Elvington Family was saddened to learn of your loss of Mr. Beasley.

With sincere regards,

Teresa Irene Elvington

Toby, Tonni, Patricia, Christina Faulk
   Posted Tue March 12, 2013
Aunt Bertha Mae - you are in our thoughts and prayers

Larry & Miriam Elvington Konecny
   Posted Tue March 12, 2013
Mrs.Bertha Mae, Dan, Rose, Berry and Families.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones during this
sad time. Your family has always meant much to the P.L Elvington family
over the years. We remember fond memories of Mr. Beasley. He was a
very important person in our area. I know you are proud of him. He will
be missed.
Larry & Miriam Elvington Konecny

Anna Hayes Williamson
   Posted Tue March 12, 2013
I have only fond memories of Mr. Beasley, what a blessing he was! I am sorry for your loss and will keep you all in my prayers.

Andy and Sheri H. Noble
   Posted Wed March 13, 2013
Dr. Dan Strickland and Gay, we want to express our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May an abundance of God's love and peace envelope your hearts during this season in your lives.

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