The Valdosta Daily Times
Sherrell Lavon Strickland, 81, of Statenville, Ga., passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta.
Lavon was born on Jan. 31, 1933, in Valdosta to the late Lee Roy and Lula Tomlinson Strickland. He was educated in the Echols County School System and graduated Valedictorian of his class. As a young man, he joined the Air Force and served his country for four years. It was during this time in his life that he met and married the love of his life, Patricia Jones. Upon leaving the Air Force, he went to work for as a forester with the Langdale Company. He later acquired employment with the Department of Natural Resources as a forester until his retirement. He was a man of many talents, one of which included tinkering with and fixing anything that was broken and worth working on. Lavon was most assuredly a man of character, well respected in the community for his integrity and will be missed by everyone in the community and surrounding counties that knew him.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Patricia Jones Strickland of Statenville; one son, Kenneth L. Strickland and his wife Jennifer of Hahira; one daughter, Donna Kay Maine of Statenville; one sister, Jewell Carter and her husband Garland also of Statenville; seven grandchildren, Casey Herndon (Dennis), Eric Bolesta (Jessica), Chance Maine, Brandy Maine, Helen Strickland, Brad Glisson and Malissa Glisson; and one great-granddaughter on the way.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, April 11, 2014, at Statenville Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Sassers Landing Cemetery near Jennings, Fla.
The family will receive friends on Thursday between the hours of 5-7 p.m. at Harry T. Reid Funeral Home in Jasper, Fla. — Harry T. Reid Funeral Home, Jasper, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.