Our precious father, Thomas Whitney Strickland, 82, died Saturday January 12 at Rex Medical Hospital. He was dearly loved and cared for by his family. He was the son of the late Ernest and Annie Strickland. He loved the Lord and was ready to meet Jesus and be reunited with his loved ones who’ve gone on before him.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Phyllis Strickland, his son, Thomas Whitney Strickland Jr., and his grandson Eddie Thomas Strickland Jr. as well as all of his siblings.
Funeral services for Thomas will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Beulah Christian Baptist Church, 8225 Mitchell Mill Rd, Zebulon.
Entombment with military honors will follow at the church cemetery.
He is survived by his children, Eddie Thomas Strickland Sr., and Rose Marie Branam both of Georgia, Donna Melton and husband, Jeff of Wake Forest, Marsha Zobel and husband, Chris of Louisburg; step-children, Debra Scarboro (Mike) and Rhonda Langston (Jerry) both of Zebulon; grandchildren Serena Jenkins, Sean Strickland (Jamie), Jeremy Strickland, Paige Cashwell (Aaron), Tyler Melton, Alexis Watt; step-grandchild Bridget Cusumano (Mike).
Pallbearers will be Alan Greer, Ricky Wadford, Kevin Parks, Parker Woebke, Billy Harris and Ron Cox.
Visitation will be held 6:00 – 8:00 pm Monday, January 14, 2019 at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest. (919) 556-5811