SAVANNAH, Ga. — Mrs. Geneva Denning Strickland, 92, passed away Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at Hospice House in Savannah, Ga.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11341 N. U.S. Hwy. 421. with the Rev. L.E. Williamson, III officiating, assisted by the Rev. W.H. Calcutt. Interment will follow at Grandview Memorial Park in Clinton.
Mrs. Strickland, born June 11, 1920, in Wayne County, was the daughter of the late Martin and Minnie Keen Denning. She married the late Lumis Wright Strickland on Dec. 21, 1941, and they made their home on the Strickland family farm in Sampson County. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Thelma Denning Warren and Leola Denning Johnson, and three brothers, Thurman, George, and Martin Denning. Mrs. Strickland graduated from East Carolina Teacher’s College with a teaching certificate and received her Bachelor of Science in Education with honors from Atlantic Christian College. She retired from teaching elementary school in the Sampson County School District after 45 years of service. Mrs. Strickland was an active member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church. She taught the Adult Men’s Sunday School class for 59 years, served as principal of Vacation Bible School, sang in the Adult Choir, and was in the Women’s Missionary Union. Mrs. Strickland also participated in the Herring Community Grange and Delta Kappa Gamma, as well as the Eastern Star with her sisters, Thelma and Leola.
Mrs. Strickland is survived by daughters, Betty Strickland Heard (Keith Heard) of Savannah, Ga., and Jenny Strickland Williamson (Rev. L.E. Williamson) of Laurens, S.C.; grandchildren, Dr. Joanna Heard Suarez (Dr. Adalfo Suarez) of Commerce, Ga., Marsha Heard (David Greenebaum) of Macon, Ga., and Elizabeth and Maria Williamson of Laurens, S.C.; great-grandchildren Abigail and Sam Suarez and Aaron and Rebecca Greenebaum; sister-in-law, Blanche Strickland Shipp of Clinton; and 10 nieces and nephews.
The family remembers her for her wisdom, her warmth, and her biscuits.
The family will receive friends at 5060 Mt. Moriah Church Road, Clinton, the Strickland home place on Friday, Sept. 21, 6 - 8 p.m.
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.crumpler-honeycutt.com.
The family suggests memorial donations to the scholarship fund of the Delta Mu chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. Donations should be sent to Mariam White, treasurer Delta Kappa Gamma, 4844 Fayetteville Hwy., Godwin, NC, 28344.
Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home, 118 Fayetteville St., Clinton, is in charge of arrangements.