2006-08-04 / Society

Mrs. Thomasena Lee Strickland

Services for Mrs. Thomasena Lee Strickland, wife of the late Joseph C. Strickland, were held at 2 pm Wednesday, August 2, 2006, at Greenview First Baptist Church with burial in Crescent Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation was 6-8 pm Monday, July 31, at Palmer Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be made to Greenview First Baptist Church, 101 Isaac St., Columbia, SC 29203.

Mrs. Strickland died Friday, July 28, 2006. Born in McCormick County, she was the daughter of the late James and Azalee Lee of Abbeville, South Carolina. Mrs. Strickland graduated from the Abbeville County Training School as valedictorian and the Poro School of Beauty Culture. She was the first member of her family to attend College. A graduate of Friendship Junior College, Rock Hill, S.C., she earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Hampton Institute in Hampton, Va. There, she was active in Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. She also earned a master's degree from S.C. State College, Orangeburg, S.C.

A devoted public school teacher, Mrs. Strickland retired after 34 years of teaching. She taught in Abbeville County and several schools in Richland County. She spent 24 years teaching at Gadsden Elementary School in Lower Richland County, SC. She had a love of learning and helped make it possible for many of her relatives to attend college, including all three of her sons. She was a member of the Richland County Education Association, Richland County Retired Educators, South Carolina Education Association, National Education Association, and South Carolina Retired Educators Associations. She was also a loyal member of the Mid-Carolina Chapter of the Hampton University Alumni Association.

Mrs. Strickland was raised in Glover's Chapel Baptist Church, McCormick County, where she was baptized at an early age. During her adult life, she maintained ties to her home church. She and her late husband joined Greenview First Baptist Church in 1960 and were faithful members. She was a Deaconess and a member of the Missionary Circle for many years.

She is survived by her three sons, Judge Joseph M. (Karen Grogan), James A. and Kelvin M. Strickland all of Columbia; a granddaughter, Helen Monroe Strickland; sister, Louise (David) Bishop, Ann (John) Bennett and Minnie Goka; nieces; nephews; cousins and friends. Three sisters preceded her in death.

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