Well, less than a year since Dad passed, Mom just passed last Wednesday, too. Since folks aren’t reading the newspapers as much as in the past, I figured I’d post the following here so any friends of Mom and Dad that might not be reading the newspaper these days would know. She was a special lady. She will be missed.
Rachel L Strickland, devoted mother of two, grandmother of 6, and widow of the late George C Strickland, laid down her burdens on the morning of Wednesday, July 25, 2018 and went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ and God The Father, whose peace surpasses all understanding. She is survived by her two children, Brandy Keener (John) and Lee Strickland (Nicole), her brother John D Long, her sister Beverly McCain, and her six grandchildren, Kendall, Austin, Cary Ellis, Jacob, Ty, and EliYah, whom she loved dearly.
Rachel was born on January 3, 1946 in Loris, SC to Venoy and Esper Long and was raised in the small town of Longs, SC, which was founded by her grandfather. After farming for some years, Rachelle’s mother operated the general store in Longs while Venoy provided mechanic services to the town’s folk. Rachelle was a believer in Jesus, raised a Methodist, and played piano in her small-town church growing up. Later, she was a cheerleader at Loris High School before meeting the handsome Citadel graduate who married her and moved her to Charleston not long after his 1961 graduation from the historic military college of South Carolina. Rachel’s marriage to George endured for 54 years.
A true “girly girl” with childlike charm and deep compassion for people and animals, Rachel was a traditional Southern lady whose “bubbly” personality radiated an endearing femininity and a true sense of caring. She made many friends in her younger years and kept an immaculate home for her children, despite having raised several pets along the way, including no less than 5 German Shepherds and several cats. Rachel knew the love of beautiful things and passed it on to others. To say that she loved to