Bertha Mae Causey Strickland, a resident of her home in the Cherry
Grove Community, died on Tuesday, December 31st, 2019. She was 88
years old. She was the youngest daughter of the late Mayberry and
Bertha Elliott Causey of Duford, South Carolina and was preceded in
death by her husband, her best friend and the love of her life, Beasley
Strickland for 63 years. She was also preceded in death by her sisters
Essie McCracken and husband Carl of Duford, SC, Christine Collins and
husband, Lavern, of Pleasant View, SC, and Reba Strickland and
husband, Rhonoke, of Tabor City, NC. She was also preceded in death
by one brother, Claudus Causey and his wife Sadie, of Duford, SC, a
brother-in-law, J.D. Williams of Finklea, SC, and a sister-in-law Gloria
Causey of Mullins, SC.
Also, preceding in death were Bertha’s in-laws; Darewood and Evelle
Strickland of Green Sea , SC; Lascoe and Virginia Strickland of Tabor
City, NC; Wilton and Pheatress Thigpen, Sr. of Fair Bluff, NC.; Bob and
Florine Winbon of Orlando Florida; and Numan Strickland and Bob
Richardson of Cerro Gordo, NC.
Bertha is survived by a sister, Pauline Williams of Finklea, SC and a
brother, Frank Causey of Myrtle Beach, SC. She is also survived by two
sons; Dr. Dan Strickland and wife Gay and Berry Strickland and wife
Charmin of Tabor City, NC; and one daughter, Rose Strickland Slack and
husband, Dr. G. Dana Slack, of Lexington, NC.
Surviving grandchildren are Dr. Paige Strickland-Smith and
husband, Justin, of Morehead City, NC; Elizabeth Strickland-Blackmon
and husband, Chris, of Lake Waccamaw, NC; Adam Slack of Wilmington,
NC; Walt Strickland and wife, Chassie, of Tabor City, NC; Ashlynn
McKeithan and husband, Drew, of Lake Waccamaw, NC; Cole Faircloth
of Buies Creek, NC; Bryce Faircloth of Tabor City, NC; and Andrew
Birkenstock of Frisco, Texas.
Two great-grandchildren surviving are Chatham Strickland Smith of
Morehead City, NC and Layson Walt Strickland of Tabor City, NC. Also,
surviving is a sister-in-law and best friend throughout her life, Nellie
Mae Strickland Richardson of Cerro Gordo, NC. Mrs. Strickland leaves
behind many loving nieces and nephews and numerous great and
great-great nieces and nephews. A special friend and caregiver, Willa
Dean Billings, and Mary Jo Strickland are remembered for their love,
care and companionship.
Mrs. Strickland was a member of the Cherry Grove Baptist Church
located in the Cherry Grove Community between Fair Bluff and Tabor
City. During her membership and tenure at Cherry Grove, she served
many roles including, Pre-School Sunday School and Vacation Bible
School Teacher, on the Hospitality Committee and Pastor Search
Committee. She also served on the first Live Nativity Drama Committee
with other seamstresses in the church, to design, create and sew the
first original costumes for the outdoor drama “Unto Us a Child is Born”
sponsored by the church that has become a tradition for over 50 years.
She was a founding member of the Cherry Grove Community Home
Demonstration Club in the 1950’s which was organized and sponsored
by the Columbus County Agriculture Extension Office. Her organization
sponsored meetings, seminars, and workshops for women in the
community to enhance home life through teaching skills and
sponsoring community events. The club raised funds to build the first
Community Center in the community, one of the first centers in
Columbus County, which hosted community and church events.
Bertha Mae grew up in Duford, South Carolina, where she learned
the value of hard work. Her father and mother were farmers. In the
early years of her marriage, she farmed with her husband and family
where she was an avid gardener. Her biggest desire was to be a wife
and mother. She was a homemaker who exceeded the boundaries of
her own family. She was a wonderful seamstress and sewed clothes for
herself and her daughter. Later in life she managed and then became
the owner of Grant Jewelers in Fair Bluff for over three decades where
she was an active member of the Fair Bluff Chamber of Commerce.
In her later years Bertha Mae loved flower gardening, especially her
rose garden. Her greatest joy was her Sunday School Class, “The
Sunshine Class” and its members which she cherished.
The family will receive friends at the family home, 28 Fronis
Strickland Road, each day prior to the funeral through Thursday
between 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM. Visitation will be held in the sanctuary
at the Cherry Grove Baptist Church prior to the funeral from 12:45 PM to
1:45 PM on Friday, January 3, 2020 followed by the funeral at 2:00 PM with a
graveside ceremony immediately following in the Cherry Grove
The funeral will be led by Dr. G. Dana Slack and Rev. Rusty Davis
followed by burial in the Cherry Grove Cemetery.
For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to
the Beasley and Bertha Mae Strickland Memorial Scholarship Fund in
care of Cherry Grove Baptist Church, 9833 Swamp Fox Hwy West, Cerro
Gordo, NC. 28430.
Guest may sign the guestbook at the family home, church or
A service of Meares Funeral Home of Fair Bluff
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