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Merle Jackson Strickland


Merle Jackson Strickland, 65, a longtime resident of Granville County passed away Thursday, April 9, 2020 at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.

A native of Granville County she was the daughter of the late Mark Jackson and Eula Woodlief. She was a member of Providence Baptist Church and worked with the Granville County school system.

Graveside services will be held Monday, April 13, 2020 at Providence Baptist Church Cemetery by Dr. Randy Pittman. You may access the graveside service by clicking on the following link:
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Surviving are her husband of twenty-six years, Vernon Lee Strickland of the home; two sons, Chris Huff of Stem and Jason Huff of Cary; two stepchildren, Jennifer Adcock (Keith) of Oxford and Scott Strickland (Lisa) of Stem, four grandchildren, four sisters; Eunice Keith of Creedmoor, Sylvia Roberson of Kittrell, Linda Gooch of Bullock and Peggy Bracy of Oxford, one brother; Donald Jackson of Oxford and her special canine companion Charlie Brown.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Providence Baptist Church or the Providence Volunteer Fire Department.


  • Rhonda Wilkins Posted April 10, 2020 8:33 pm

    R.I.P. My Friend. My heart broke when I heard of your passing. When you would call me your first words would be hey lady bug. We had many many laughs together. I am going to miss talking to you . I always told you were the toughest lady I knew. You can have your garden in Heaven Love and Miss you My Friend

  • Dot and Wayne Watson Posted April 10, 2020 9:15 pm

    Vernon, I am so sorry to learn of your wife’s passing away. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Dorothy Roberts Watson

  • Vickie and Danny Boyd Posted April 10, 2020 9:55 pm

    So sorry for your loss. We will be praying for you all.

  • Peggy Bracy Posted April 11, 2020 12:35 am

    Merle your pain and suffering is over. May you rest in peace. Our hearts are broken that you were taken from us so soon. I know you are now happy in heaven. We will always love you. Miss you already.

  • Cindy Boyd Posted April 11, 2020 2:52 am

    I’m going to miss Merle, she called me to check on my mother-in-law almost everyday. I am going to miss hearing her voice.

  • Chrystal Aviles Posted April 11, 2020 1:52 pm

    I am so so sorry her sweet woman and her laugh I can I am so sorry you lost a good person

    • Chrystal Aviles Posted April 11, 2020 2:11 pm

      I am so sorry for your loss, I am not able to come to her funeral. She was a good person,Friend and she was funny. Prayers for her family and friends

  • Walter (Martin) Moore Posted April 11, 2020 5:58 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Merle’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. May you rest in peace and love with our Heavenly Father and Savior!

  • Wanda Currin Hancock Posted April 12, 2020 12:22 pm

    Peace be with the family at this time when Merle is at peace and beyond a broken body as Jesus did on this very day. May God bless each and every one of the family members and friends as they suffer her loss.

  • Vickie Sossamon Posted April 12, 2020 1:08 pm

    Please know that Frank and I are praying for you and your family and may the lord give you the strength that you need during this time

  • Gerry Watson Compton Posted April 12, 2020 2:30 pm

    Vernon, I’m sorry to learn that your wife, Merle, died. I know we haven’t communicated during later years, but I still think of you in Stem. May exceptional grace be given you and your family by Our Lord Jesus Christ during the coming days of grief and transition.

  • Angela Preddy Posted April 14, 2020 2:43 am


    I love the pictures and special memories you both shared! Continue to hold those close. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and also with Chris and Jason during this time.

    Take care.

  • Tonya Keith Posted April 14, 2020 4:25 pm

    I wish to express my sincere condolences to Merle’s family. I pray God’s loving arms around you as you face your separation from Merle. We all know she is with the Lord, but still we grieve and miss her presence with us. I did not get to see her often but I thought a lot of her. She was always kind to me. .

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