Feb 22, 1930 - Nov 14, 2016
Don Edward Strickland, husband, father, musician, gardener and college administrator, passed away Nov 14th at the Pavilion of Bermuda Village in Bermuda Run, NC. He was 86. Born in Dothan, Alabama, he moved to Tallahassee, FL at a young age. There he received his elementary education at FSU Developmental Research School and graduated from Leon High School. Further education included a bachelor’s degree in accounting as well as Master’s and Ph.D degrees in higher education, all from Florida State University.
He began his career in college administration at FSU, where he was head of the auditing department. He then accepted the position of Vice President for Business Affairs at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. He finished his professional career at Brevard College, again as Vice President of Business Affairs, in Brevard, North Carolina.
Don married his childhood sweetheart, Betty Gibson Brown and they enjoyed 64 years of matrimony. He was an active Presbyterian serving both as deacon and then elder for many years in Tallahassee, Florida and Jackson, Mississippi. His baritone voice blessed the ears of many as he sang in the church choirs, Christmas masses and SPBSQSA (Society for the Preservation of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America).
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Bonnie Ruth Strickland and his parents, LM and Myrtle Riley Strickland. Surviving him are his wife, Betty of Winston Salem, North Carolina, his daughter, Rebekah Gibson Strickland of Atlanta, Georgia and daughter, Melanie Anne Strickland Renfroe (Wm O Renfroe Jr.) of Mocksville, North Carolina. Two grandsons, Daniel O’Brien Renfroe and Edward O’Brien Renfroe, survive as well as a brother, Roy Strickland (Marie) of Tallahassee, Florida. Nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Don’s sweet smile, witty humor and gentle disposition will be missed by many – from close family members to those that barely knew him. Even when ill he would smile and say thank you.
A graveside service will be held at a later date at Roselawn Cemetery in Tallahassee, Florida.
Online condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com.
Hi my name is Kayla and I am a local bible teacher. I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. There is a very comforting scripture at Isaiah 25:8. It says that soon Jehovah will swallow up death forever and that he will wipe away all of the tears. So we can all look forward to a time when death will be no more. I hope that this scripture can bring some true comfort during these difficult times.
I was shocked to see the Transylvania Times notice that Don and Betty had both passed away.....
I first knew Betty through the PEO group....enjoying her knack for entertaining and our shared love for Southern writers.
Don served on our Transylvania 4-H Advisory Council several years - giving sound advice and consistent encouragement.
My parents got to meet them when they moved to College Walk and we were all sad when they left Brevard for Winston.
They both gave so much of themselves to our community.
My own mother died in September.....so I feel deeply for all you've been through and pray that the love of friends will bring you comfort and the love of God will bring you peace.
Bob and Sharon McLendon
We just read in the Transylvania Times the notices of Don and Betty's deaths. Bob worked with Don at Brevard College for many years. Betty volunteered at the hospital where I worked. Such a devoted couple to each other, sweethearts always. Truly a nice couple to know. I recall a dinner at their house on Evergreen where I couldn't get enough of Betty's green beans, they had such a unique taste. Her poppyseed bread was always a treat, luckily I have her recipe. Never did learn the secret of the green beans though! Our sympathy in your loss.
Bob and Sharon McLendon
Tim and Cheryl Coker
Don and Betty have a very special place in our lives. When they were at Millsaps, Tim and I truly enjoyed their friendship and missed them greatly when they made the move to Brevard. We were able to visit them there and attended the Brevard Festival together, a delightful trip. We are grateful for the times we were able to spend with them and pray that many wonderful memories and the care of friends may help bring you comfort in your loss.
Cheryl and Tim Coker
Dr. Cheryl Coker
Associate Professor of Music
Regional Registrar – NATS
Jackson, MS 39210
Margarette Francis Kennerly
Ike and I were saddened to see the obituaries for your parents when we returned from a visit at St. George Island and Tallahassee. We have such long time memories of them at Faith and again here in Brevard. I can still remember you girls as children. Do know of our love and concern for you at this time of loss. Betty and I were sorority sisters as well. Blessings and love, Margarette