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Graveside Service

Greenwood Memorial Gardens
Saturday June 26th, 2021

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Memorial Service

First Baptist Church
Saturday June 26th, 2021

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Celita Strickland

Celita Thomas Strickland, 62, wife of Dr. Billy R. Strickland of Laurens, SC passed away Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at Hospice of Laurens County Hospice House.

Born in Greenwood on April 30, 1959, she was the daughter of Albert and Jean Bagwell Thomas of Ware Shoals.  She was a 1977 graduate of Ware Shoals High School and a 1981 graduate of Lander College.   She also received a Master’s degree from Winthrop University.  She was a lifelong educator, starting her career in Chester County Schools and retiring from Laurens School District 55 after a combined 40 years of service.  

In addition to her parents and husband of 40 years of the home, she is survived by: two sons, Matthew Thomas Strickland and his wife Brandi of Hickory Tavern, and William Seth Strickland of Albany, GA; two grandsons Tucker William Strickland and Brooks Thomas Strickland of Hickory Tavern 

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at Greenwood Memorial Gardens conducted by Rev. Tommy Cox. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on June 26, 2021, at First Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Rickey Letson. 

The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the memorial service.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Laurens Children’s Ministry at 300 West Main Street, Laurens, SC 29360.  

The family would like to express its gratitude to Dr. Larry Puls and his staff at Prisma Health Cancer Institute Greenville.  

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.thekennedymortuary.com.

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I am so sorry to just be learning about this. Celita meant so much to me working next to her for several years at Laurens Elementary. I am thinking of your family during this difficult time.

Rachel Traynham

Rachel Traynham Jun 29 2021 12:00 AM

Dr. Strickland, we are so sorry for your loss. You and the boys will be held in our prayers today and in the coming days. Russell and Tara Scott

Russell Scott Jun 28 2021 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Seth and your whole family. God bless you all.

Bob and Frances Kesler Jun 28 2021 12:00 AM

We are so sorry and send our love and prayers! We had no idea this was happening in your life. We love you and our prayers are with you! We will be making a donation to The Laurens Childrens Ministry in Celtias honor. We loved her so much! Love, Sherry and Fred Gilreath and Glenna and Jim Bailey

Sherry Gilreath Jun 27 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Celita Strickland

Sherry Gilreath Jun 27 2021 12:00 AM

All of you will be in my prayers.I got to know Celita when she and I were in band and she was a good friend to me during those years. Whenever our paths crossed after high school it was good to reconnect and catch up. I know God's love and your many happy memories will sustain you.

Elizabeth M Cann Jun 27 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Celita Strickland

Lynne Rhodes Jun 26 2021 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for the heartache that you & your family are going through. You are all in my thoughts.

Shannon Hill Jun 26 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Celita. Have a lot of fond memories being with you two in our much younger days! I know you made lots of precious memories together. You are in my thoughts and prayers!
Brenda Coleman Cothran

Brenda Cothran Jun 26 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Celita Strickland

JACKIE WILLIAMS Jun 25 2021 12:00 AM

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