Dr. Clyde E. Strickland
October 28, 1928-June 13, 2014
Dr. Clyde E. Strickland, 85, of Perkinston, MS, died June 13, 2014 at The Veterans' Home in Collins, MS. He is preceded in death by his father, Wilson Strickland; mother, Vera Strickland; and sister, Johnny V. Mills. He was a member of Perkinston Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was a 50 year member of the Strengthford Masonic Lodge #568.
Dr. Strickland was born on October 28, 1928 in Wayne County, MS. He graduated from Strengthford High School in May, 1945. He began his teaching career at Progress School in Wayne County after just a summer session at Jones Junior College. After a year of teaching he returned to college to continue his education.
Strickland taught at Strengthford High School for a year before becoming Principal at Landrum School in Jones County. He married Doris Walters on February 6, 1951. In August, 1952 he was drafted into the U.S. Army for service during the Korean War. He was discharged in May, 1954 and attended Mississippi Southern School (now The University of Southern Mississippi) on the G.I. Bill.
He earned a Bachelor of a Science degree in Chemistry and a Master of Education degree. He taught at high schools in Washington, Clara, Broome, and Beaumont, MS.
In 1960, Strickland began teaching at Perkinston Junior College (MGCCC). Shortly afterwards, he earned a Master of Science degree in Biology. In 1965, he was named Chair of the Science Department.
He earned his Ph.D. in Biology in 1968. The following year, Dr. Strickland was named Director of Instruction in addition to his duties as science instructor. He became the first full time Director of Instruction in 1970. He remained in that position until 1977 when he became Executive Dean of the Perkinston Campus, Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College (MGCCC). In 1983, the title was changed to Vice President of Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College (MGCCC). He carried out the duties of that office until his retirement on December 31, 1990. After his retirement he taught Biology as an adjunct professor.
Strickland was appointed to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Board of Trustees in 1999. He served as first Vice President and Chair until July, 2011.
On October 22, 2011 the Clyde E. Strickland Science Complex at the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College was dedicated in recognition of his leadership, devoted service and commitment to academic excellence for more than half a century as an instructional leader.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Doris Walters Strickland of Perkinston; daughter, Kathy Hart and her husband, Tracy of Ocean Springs; son, Greg Strickland of Perkinston; grandson Dustin Batson and his wife, Cindy Greenberg of New Orleans and great granddaughter, Michelle of New Orleans; sister Sundial Knight and her husband Robert of Waynesboro; brother-in-law Cecil Mills of Buckatunna; and his nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Sunday, June 15th 2014, 6:00-8:00 PM at Moore Funeral Home in Wiggins, MS and Monday, June 16th 2014, 9:00-11:00 AM at Perkinston Baptist Church with the service to begin at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Charley Rempel officiating. Burial will be in Perkinston Cemetery.
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Published in The Sun Herald on June 14, 2014
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