Donald Ray Strickland son of the late Matthew and Lillie Strickland was born on April 19,1964 in Rocky Mount, NC. He departed this life on August 9, 2021 at home in Lake City, South Carolina. Donald attended Nash County Schools. He worked with Billy's Home Service until he moved to Charlotte where he was a carpenter. He Knew Christ for the pardon of his sin. He was known to people by Ray or his nickname "Old Dog", he always have had the spirit of a Old Man. You would always see him with A smile on his face and something funny to say and ready to dance. He will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by one sister Carolyn Dean Mitchell and one brother Matthew Strickand Jr.
He leaves to cherish his precious memories his wife Joann Applewhite, Strickland of Charlotte NC.Two sons: Jamond (Jack) Speight and Preston Applewhite of Charlotte NC. One daughter: Rayshanda Applewhite of Lake City SC. Eight sisters: Evelyn Carter (Alford) of Omaha NE., Elizabeth Strickland, Brenda Tillman (Allan) of Clayton NC., Betty Strickland of Princeville NC., Lillie Avent, Theresa Marshall (Brian) of Rocky Mount NC., Dorothy Lee and Marilyn Edmonds (Carlos) of Nashville NC. One brother: James Strickland (Katherine) of Chesapeake Va. Eighteen Grand Children along with a host of nieces, nephews,and other relatives and a special friend Jasper Smith (Man).