Shelby Jean Strickland was born February 16, 1940 in Robeson County, one of fifteen children of the late Stanton Strickland and Annie Ruth Locklear Strickland. Shelby retired from her work in the textile industry from Waverly Mills and served as a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. Throughout her lifetime, she enjoyed dressing up to go out, having a good time, and dancing. Shelby enjoyed traveling, visiting friends and family, loved children, telling stories, and was known for her good cooking. She will be missed by her extended family and friends. Shelby passed away at the age of 81 on January 9, 2022.
Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her longtime companion, J.W. Rowell; brothers, J.C. “Buddy” Strickland, Robert Neal Strickland, Sr., and sister, Virginia Bates.
Shelby is survived by brothers, Stanton "June" Strickland, Jr., Glen “David” Strickland, Charles Jeffrey Strickland, all of Maxton, Mitchell Strickland of Laurinburg; sisters, Margaret Simpson of Vass, Victoria Jackson, Delois Clark, both of Laurinburg, Louise Emanuel of Maxton, Barbara Locklear of Laurinburg, Patricia Strickland, Brenda Butler, both of Maxton; special nephew, Travis Strickland of Chattanooga, TN; a host of loving nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 15, 2022 at the Richard Boles Funeral Service Chapel, officiated by Rev. Johnny Emanuel. Burial will follow in Stanton & Annie Ruth Strickland Cemetery in Maxton. The family will receive friends prior to the service on Saturday from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Due to the current COVID-19 status, facial masks with social distancing are required for all services.