The late Dennis Strickland, former Glennville City Council Member of Ward 2, died January 13, 2022, and his death has been a loss to his family, church, business, and community.
At the Glennville City Council meeting of May 3, Glennville Mayor Bernie Weaver presented a proclamation from the City of Glennville in recognition of Strickland’s many years of dedicated service, and State Representative Bill Werkheiser presented one from the House of Representatives.
Sindy, the widow of Dennis, and their sons, Jack and Clint, accepted the proclamations. Their daughter, Sydney Anne, was not able to attend.
Strickland, who died at age 56, was the son of the late William "Billy" Arlie Strickland and Annette Thrift Strickland. Werkheiser noted that the proclamation acknowledged that Dennis, a University of Georgia graduate and ardent Dawgs fan, was recognized in the UGA Bulldog 100 in 2011.
"He was a man of deep and abiding faith and was an active member of First Baptist Church of Glennville, where he served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, choir member, and more," the House of Representatives proclamation reads. “He was a person of magnanimous strengths with an unimpeachable reputation for integrity, intelligence, fairness, and kindness, and by the example he made of his life, he made this world a better place in which to live.”
The proclamation noted that Strickand was a devoted member of his community in many ways, serving as a Glennville City Council member, a member of the Glennville Lions Club, Glennville Downtown Development Authority member, and past president of the Glennville Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow.
“He gave inspiration to many through his high ideals, morals, and deep concern for his fellow citizens, and the devotion, patience, and understanding he demonstrated to his family and friends were admired by others," Mayor Weaver said.
Mayor Weaver added that Strickland was known as a compassionate and generous man and will long be remembered for his love of family, friendship, and kindness that will be missed by all who knew him.
Mayor Weaver also noted in the City's proclamation the valuable contributions of Strickland to Glennville and the community in his achievements and career endeavors.
"Dennis Strickland served the citizens of Glennville as a Council Member for 18 years, first serving from January 1, 1998, through December 31, 2005, as a Ward 3 Council Member. After he moved to Ward 2, he was elected as a Council Member of that ward, serving from January 1, 2012, until the time of his death in 2022. His service to the City also included 14 years as a member of the Glennville Downtown Development Authority," Mayor Weaver said.
The City's proclamation noted that he served the City faithfully and fairly, despite the demands of his own business, Strickland's Pharmacy. It further pointed out that these demands of his time were supported by his wife and their three children, who admired his unselfish service to his church, family, community, and customers.