Richard Morgan Strickland, age 64, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 25, 2013, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He demonstrated great will power and determination till the very end. He was a loving brother and will forever remain in our hearts. Ricky was a great fan of Nascar and always pulled for Jeff Gordon. He was honorably discharged after serving 6 years in the United States Air Force.
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I'd Like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways.
Of happy times and laughing times and bright sunny days.
I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun. Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.
Ricky was preceded in death by his parents, Morgan and Janie Strickland, grandparents, Lee and Pearl Eller, Tommy and Myrtle Strickland, 6 uncles and aunts and many cousins.
Ricky leaves behind brother, Tommy Strickland of Conyers, GA., sister Debbie and Dennis Hicks of Lawrenceville, GA., brother, Buck Chris Strickland of Lake City, FL., a special niece Janie Halstead and her children Lindsey, Logan and Josh, Aunt Estelle and Uncle Jerry Murray of Cartersville, GA., and Aunt Loretta Entrekin of Tallapoosa, GA.
Ricky's wish was to have a private family ceremony at Sanibel Island, Florida.
Day by day we'll think of you. How can all of this be true? We can't believe you're really gone. We will always truly love you. We are and will forever be proud to call you "our big brother".
Published in Lake City Reporter on Apr. 28, 2013