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Richmond Police Lt. Dana C. Strickland, 52, lost a nine-month battle with pancreatic cancer Friday, Feb. 2014. His valiant effort to overcome this illness will forever be remembered to those close to him.
He was born in Savannah to Mrs. Jowanna Kicklighter Strickland and the late Mr. Carroll H. Strickland. He started out bagging groceries at M&M Grocery and transitioned into an auto service tech. He then put himself through the Georgia Basic Law Enforcement Course and began a very successful career as a police officer. He began his law enforcement career with the Chatham County Sheriff's Department and then at the Bryan County Sheriff's Department. He spent the later part and majority years of service at the Richmond Hill Police Department, where he worked his way up to lead the Criminal Investigations Division until the time he fell ill. He is described by co-workers as a man of integrity, honesty and responsibility and a devoted individual who provided a positive example of what every law enforcement officer strives to be. He will be sadly missed by all. He had a love for fast cars, fast motorcycles and fast boats. He enjoyed the majestic mountains and mighty oceans.
He was preceded in death by his father, Carroll H. Strickland; an aunt, Thelma Speir; and dear friends, Wesley Spivey and Terry Nielsen.
He is survived by his loving wife, Bernadette (Bernie) Cole Strickland; his stepchildren, Stacy Michelle Ward Weis and Michael Kelly Ward (Sonya Carter Ward); eight granddaughters, Brittany, Lauren, Hannah, Alyssa, Kara, Hayley, Taylor and Jenna; his mother, Jowanna Kicklighter Strickland; sister, Cheri Dorondo (David Dorondo); niece, India; uncles, Warren Kicklighter (Pam), Elliot Kicklighter (Elaine) and Darrell Kicklighter (Debbye); an aunt, Gloria Bishop (Charles); sister-in-law, Frances Cole Black; brother-in-law, James L. Cole III; and dear friends, Mike, Rex and Tim, who will forever remember the good times they shared.
The family would like to express its gratitude to the support given by the Richmond Hill Police Department, the city of Richmond Hill and the volunteers/contributors for the "Run For Dana." The overwhelming support was given in the beginning and remains in effect today.
A Celebration of Life ceremony is at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at St. Anne Catholic Church Holy Family Hall in Richmond Hill.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Richmond Hill Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to The Nancy and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, the 200 Club, or the First Freewill Baptist Church in Savannah.
Arrangements are by Richmond Hill Funeral Home.
Richmond Hill Funeral Home - Richmond Hill
8901 Ford Ave. P.O. Box 999
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
Published in BryanCountyNews from Feb. 10 to Feb. 17, 2014