Mr. Claude Coleman Strickland, age 95, passedaway on the morning of Friday, December 14th, 2018 at his home inKingsland, Ga. with his beloved wife, daughter, and two granddaughters by hisside.
Mr. Strickland was born December 2nd, 1923 in Blackshear, Ga. to the late Clarence and Oner Crews.
His family said of him, “Claude Coleman Strickland was a gentle, loving, and kind spirit. He always had a smile on his face and lived to make those around him happy. He had a protector’s heart and a giving hand. Mr. Strickland was an entrepreneur and succeeded in building a loving and safe home for his family with hard work and the companionship of his pride and joy, Ruth L. Strickland. Mr. Strickland was proud of many things, but he’d agree that his bride was his greatest accomplishment. He was always bragging on her and wanted the whole world to know that he was the luckiest man alive. He cherished her and he built his kingdom around their love. Together, they established a loving foundation for those in their life to walk upon. Ruth was a widow from WWII with two young boys, Carl and Jerry. Claude’s first thought when he heard that Carl and Jerry’s father had been killed in the war was who would help to raise the children. He made up his mind that when he got back from the war he would look Ruth up and ask her to marry him. They were married on Oct. 30th 1947. He carried a photo in his wallet to this day of a picture that she had sent to him while he was stationed with the Navy. Their love was pure, honest, and true. They worked together as a team and never had a fight. They truly were the wind beneath each other’s wings and they raised their family with the same love and kindness. They were blessed with two more children, Dennis and Cathy. Music and nature were two important themes running through the veins of his life. He grew up a farmer that learned to live off the land, making a living out of what he had. He would entertain himself with music and have gatherings of his closest friends to come over and pick and play. A homemade meal from the garden, a night full of pickin’ and grinnin’, and hugs from those he loved would always leave him bursting with joy. He was no stranger to hardship, yet always had a hopeful and faith filled heart. He never let life drag him down and together, he and his wife, always looked to the sunny side. He lived a life of gratitude, grace, and celebration. Claude left some steady footprints for the rest of us to follow. He will always be remembered with a warm heart and a smile.”
Mr. Strickland is survived by his beloved wife, Ruth Strickland of Kingsland, Ga.; his son, Jim (Sara) O’Neal of McDonough, Ga.; his daughter, Cathy S. Passarella of Kingsland, Ga.; his sister, Kathleen Holloway of Fernandina Beach, Fl.; his brothers, Alvin (Peggy) Strickland of Patterson, Ga. and Jimmy Strickland of Fernandina Beach, Fl.; his grandchildren, Shannon, Deanna, Claudia, Carla, Todd, Brian, and Jody; his 15 great grandchildren, his 3 great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Calling hours for the family will be from 2 pm – 3 pm Sunday, December 16th, 2018 at Coastal Camden Funeral Home. Funeral Services will follow at 3 pm in the Woods-Wainwright Chapel of the funeral home with Pastor Vernon Dillingham presiding. Interment will follow at Lawnwood Cemetery in Kingsland, Ga. Pallbearers will be Trevor Readdick, Ryan Kenton, Frank Kenton, Gary Byrd, Jerry Foster, and Danny Mobbs. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Sunday School Class of the Kingsland First Baptist Church.
December 2, 1923 – December 14, 2018