Danielle Lewis Strickland, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend of so many, passed away Friday, May 1, 2015 at her home in Middlesex surrounded by her family. She was born in Nash County on May 6, 1939. She was the daughter of the late Phillip Lewis and Mary Daniel.
Surviving are her lifetime husband, Johnnie D. Strickland; sons, John (Michele) of Panama City Beach, Florida, Jeffrey (Sherry) of Winterville and Mark (Deanna) of Wilson; her grandchildren, Jesse (Mick), Jenna Brooke, Kaitlyn, Jeffrey Jr., Jerri Danielle and Allison; her great-granddaughter, Kinsleigh, and her sister-in-law, Verla Capps Lewis.
She also leaves her loving nieces, Mary Edwards Pyck (Jeff), Forrest Lewis Bullard (Archie), Twyla Lewis Elliott (Herb); her favorite nephew, Exum “Pooh” Lewis (Tammy); two special cousins, Kim Morgan and Robin Morgan Damewood (Jim) and sisters-in-law, Katie Strickland and Beulah Strickland Parker and her Jack Russell, “LuLu”.
In addition to her parent’s death, she was preceded in death by her sister, Janie Lewis Edwards and husband, W.H. “Bill”; her brother, Isaac “Ike” Lewis, her nephew, Phil Edwards, and her step-mother, Pearl Faison Lewis.
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The family expresses appreciation to the neighbors; Carlton and Debra Lewis, Tom and Carolyn Faulkenberry, Wayne and Carolyn Hopkins; the many relatives and friends and Amy Perryman, RN, with Hospice for their everyday assistance during our weeks of Danielle’s homebound battle with cancer.
The joys of her life in addition to her family involved church, music, homemaking, friends, flower designing and rendering her many talents to others.
Danielle’s employment consisted of twenty-two years with Southern Seed Company in Middlesex as a secretary and bookkeeper, assisting Johnnie with Christmas tree and wreath sales, and partnership of Raleigh Road Garden Center of Wilson. She will be long remembered for her beautiful floral designs and decorative bows.
Danielle’s most enjoyable times were during the many years she devoted to church activities, including directing the youth and adult choirs, pianist, and furnishing flowers for the sanctuary.
The family will receive friends Monday from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 Raleigh Road Parkway, Wilson and other times at their residence in Middlesex. Funeral services will be held Tuesday 11 a.m. at Middlesex Baptist Church, 11490 W. Stewart Street, Middlesex of her own planning; “A Homecoming” program of music and praise by some of the many she held close to her heart since they sang for the Lord as teens in the mid-seventies. Burial will follow in Hollywood Cemetery, Middlesex.
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be directed to the Middlesex Baptist Church, PO Box 369, Middlesex, NC 27557, or Campbell University Class of ’57 “Polecat” Endowment, PO Box 116, Buie’s Creek, NC 27506 or the 3HC Hospice, 2402 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534. www.joyners.net