George "Kelley" Strickland, 101, of Athens, passed away Thursday morning, March 4, 2021at his residence.
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He was a native of McMinn County, and was a long time resident of Nashville, TN and was a son of the late George Washington and Edith Gertrude Underdown Strickland. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Polly Walters Strickland two brothers, Hoover and Wayne Strickland.
He was a member of 1st United Methodist Church in Columbia, TN. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was a self-employed CPA for 40 years in Columbia, TN until his retirement.
He is survived by nieces, Faye Choat of Athens, Mary White of Columbia, Betty Jo Bookout of Visalia, California, and Sandra Strickland of Nashville; and a host of friends and other relatives.
A funeral service will be conducted, 2:00 pm, Sunday, March 7, 2021 in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Dunn officiating. Entombment will follow in McMinn Memory Gardens Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 1:00-2:00pm prior to the service.
Pallbearers will be Russell Cooper, Kevin Choat, Ken Lovett, Mike White and Stephen Brown.