Joy Rowe Strickland

 

Funeral for Joy Rowe Strickland, 91, of Hartselle, was Tues., Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church Hartselle with Bro. David Askins officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.

Burial was in Hartselle City Cemetery.

Mrs. Strickland died Fri., Nov. 25, 2016, at Decatur Morgan Hospital. She was born May 24, 1925, and raised in Falkville, where she worked on the family farm. After graduation from Falkville High School, she attended Auburn University where she starred on the tennis team.  She married Buck Strickland on April 19, 1946, after he returned from WWll.  She worked as a housewife raising four children and supported her husband in his business as a pharmacist at Strickland Drugs.  She was a member of First Baptist Church in Hartselle where she sang in the choir, taught children’s Sunday school, helped with vacation Bible school and worked in the nursery.  She loved to play and watch sports.  She enjoyed tennis, softball, water skiing, bowling (300 game) and golf (hole in one at Terri Pines Country Club).  Bridge and Rook were her favorite pastime games.  Her favorite teams were Auburn and whatever teams her children and grandchildren played for.  But, her real lifelong passion was fishing.  She enjoyed taking all her children fishing and teaching all her grandchildren how to bait a hook. She loved her family dearly and everyone loved her. She was known for her fried okra, turkey and dressing at Thanksgiving, chocolate and coconut pies and teaching her children, grandchildren and many friends to water ski.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 70 years, Buck Strickland; son, Mike Strickland (Debbie) of Hartselle and their four children, Rowe Marler and her children, Haden and Vay of Buhl, Stacy Drake (Brad) and their children, Brantley and Jack, Ashley Wood (Steve) and their children Carter and William  and Peyton Strickland all of Hartselle; two daughters Jenny Cunningham (Mike) and their four children, John Cunningham, (Morgan) and their children Victoria and Everett, Ranae Garner (Kaleb) and their children, Kinley, Zoey and Declan, Jeff Cunningham (Jenna) and Brian Cunningham (Anna) all of Tulsa, Okla. and Susan McKee (Steve) of Hartselle and their two children, Case McKee (Beverly) and their daughter Carly of Vestavia and Kelly Meadows and her children Jace and Kate and her son, Joey Strickland, all of Hartselle; her twin brother, Joe Rowe and brother-in-law, Tom Drinkard, both of Birmingham and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Special thanks to Aleshia Dobbins, Jan Holt, Sue Wales, Sandra Morgan and Carolyn Burns for their loving care and undivided attention to our Mom and family.

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