Edna Dorris Strickland, 97, of the Weldon Community near Bernice passed away Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at Bernice Nursing Home and Rehab Center in Bernice. She was born on Oct. 2, 1919 to Josephus (Zeaf) and Minnie Thurmon.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, D.C. Strickland; her parents, J. S. and Minnie Thurman; one sister, Marcelle McGuire and husband, Ervin; one brother, Max Edward Thurmon and wife, Media Jane (sister); two brothers-in-law, Jimmy Lee Strickland and Bobby Grafton; sister-in-law, Beatrice Strickland Marly; and niece, Reba Grafton.

She is survived by one sister, Patsy Grafton of Minden, LA; one sister-in-law, Bobbie Dayle Strickland Smith and husband, Bill of Bernice, LA; several nieces and nephews and a host of great- nieces, great-nephews, great-great nieces, great-great nephews and many friends.

Mrs. Strickland loved her Lord and enjoyed worshiping with her brothers and sisters in Christ. She became a member of Weldon Baptist Church in Bernice at the age of four and was also a member of the W.M.U. Her yard was a testimony of her love for flowers and gardening. She had a life filled with lots of adventures, being the wife of a Naval Officer, who traveled many places in the United States as well as Japan during World War II. She was a beautician who worked in Shreveport and Ruston and then out of her home.

Visitation was held at Weldon Baptist Church Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 prior to the funeral service at 3 p.m. Burial was in the Weldon Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Henry Arant, Freddie Boyett, Huies Gilbert, Phillip Grafton, Donny Lee, Eddy Lee, Jimmy Hammons and Ricky Rea.

Bro. Scott Arant, Bro. Harvey Hoffman and Bro. Phillip Farris officiated.

In lieu of flowers, it was Mrs. Strickland’s desire that any memorials or donations be given to Boys’ Town, The Gideons,
St. Jude Hospital or Weldon Baptist Church.

Online messages for the family may be left at farrarfuneralhomeonline.com.

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