CERRO GORDO, N.C. | A graveside service for the Rev. Elmore Strickland, 88, was held Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in the Cherry Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Cerro Gordo, N.C., directed by Inman Ward Funeral Home.

He died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in the Liberty Commons Nursing Center in Whiteville, N.C.

Born Oct. 2, 1928, in Columbus County, he was the son of the late Tomp and Mollie Strickland and the widower of Elizabeth “Libby” Turner Strickland.

Surviving are one daughter: Polly Coleman (Reno) of Tabor City, N.C.; one brother: Danny Strickland of Cerro Gordo; one sister: Nellie Mae Richardson of Tabor City, N.C.; one grandchild: John Coleman; and three great grandchildren: Christopher, Lucas and Tanner.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by a grandson: Ryan Coleman; and five brothers: Rudolph Strickland, Reginald Strickland, Thomas Strickland, F. B. Strickland and Robert Strickland.

Memorials may be made to Liberty Hospice Services, 44 McNeil Plaza, Whiteville, NC 28472.

A guest register is available at inmanwardfuneralhome.com.

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