On Feb. 7, 2014, Lieutenant Dana C. Strickland of Midway lost a nine month battle with pancreatic cancer. His valiant effort to overcome this illness will forever be remembered to those close to him. Lt. Strickland was 52 years old.
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Dana was born in Savannah to Mrs. Jowanna Kicklighter Strickland and the late Mr. Carroll H. Strickland.
Dana started out bagging groceries at M&M Grocery and transitioned into an auto service technician. 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, 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.
Dana is survived by his loving wife, Bernadette "Bernie" Cole Strickland; his stepchildren, Stacy Michelle Ward Weis and Michael Kelly Ward (Sonya Carter Ward). He was a proud "Papa" to eight granddaughters, Brittany, Lauren, Hannah, Alyssa, Kara, Hayley, Taylor and Jenna. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Jowanna Kicklighter Strickland; sister, Cheri Dorondo (David Dorondo); niece, India; uncles, Warren Kicklighter (Pam), Elliot Kicklighter (Elaine) and Darrell Kicklighter (Debbye); aunt, Gloria Bishop (Charles); sister-in-law, Frances Cole Black and brother-in-Law, James L. Cole III. His dear friends, Mike, Rex and Tim will forever remember the good times they shared with Dana.
Dana was preceded in death by his father, Carroll H. Strickland; and dear friends, Wesley Spivey and Terry Nielsen.
Dana had a love for fast cars, fast motorcycles, and fast boats. He enjoyed the majestic mountains and mighty oceans.
The family would like to express gratitude to the support given from 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.
The visitation is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Richmond Hill Funeral Home. A celebration of life ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at St. Anne's Catholic Church's Holy Family Hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances be sent to The Nancy and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, the 200 Club, or the First Freewill Baptist Church in Savannah.
Richmond Hill Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Published in Coastal Courier from Feb. 10 to Feb. 17, 2014
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