|Birth: ||Aug. 5, 1929|
|Death: ||Jan. 6, 1998|
She is the oldest child of six children of Lewis Holden Strickland and Odie Ollie Tabor. She is buried next to him. She was the wife of Clyde Levon Bentley and the mother of Don Bentley and Allan Bentley (me).
My mother and father met through my father's sisters, PAULINE and LILLIAN BENTLEY. My grandmother, ODIE TABOR STRICKLAND, was working at the cotton mill in Lindale, Georgia. My Aunt MATTIE BENTLEY had married CLARENCE FULLER (who also worked at the cotton mill). MATTIE moved back home to Moultrie, Georgia while her husband CLARENCE was in the army during World War II. MATTIE told her two sisters (PAULINE and LILLIAN) about the work at the cotton mill when she was at home in Moultrie, Georgia. Both sisters found work at the mill and moved to Lindale to work. My grandmother, ODIE, trained both sisters to work at the mill and because the sisters did not know anyone in Lindale, my grandmother would invite them to her home to visit. It was at this time that my father was working at the laundry or citrus canning plant at Lake Wales, Florida. My grandfather, BENNIE DEXTER BENTLEY, asked my father to come home and help him harvest the tobacco crop. So while my mother was visiting with my Aunt's PAULINE and LILLIAN my father came home to harvest the tobacco and met my mother..
Mother and father lived for a short time in Lake Wales and then moved back to Lindale, Georgia to work at the cotton mill. Then they moved a short distance north to a town called Shannon, Georgia. My brother and I were both born in Rome, Georgia and lived at Shannon until my brother was six years old. During this time in Shannon, Georgia my father and mother were working at the cotton mill in Shannon named Brighton Mills, while my father was taking a correspondence course in electricity. Mother worked in the spinning room while dad worked in the card department. When my father successfully completed the electrical correspondence course he was promoted to an electrician at the mill. After working as an electrician there for a couple of years, the mill refused to give him a raise so his brother-in-law, DOUG REYNOLDS (married to dad's sister Pauline) persuaded him to try to get a job at Lockheed in Marietta, Georgia where he was working. At first he was turned down for having a hernia (he was also turned down for military service, after being drafted for service in World War II, for this same hernia), but he had a successful operation so that when he reapplied for employment at Lockheed he was hired. So the family packed up and left our small town in the Georgia foothills in 1955 and moved to Marietta so father could be close to work. My father continued to work at Lockheed off and on (there were several layoffs where father had to find other work; selling welders, and doing appliance repairs for Hotpoint) until he injured his back in an accident at Lockheed. Mother went to work part time for the Smyrna Post Office for a while and then went to work for the Dairy Queen full time on South Cobb Dr. In Smyrna, Georgia.
My mother was always known for her beautiful red hair. I can remember when I was a child looking at old photos of her and thinking that she must have been a movie star. She has always had a great love of horses. Before she married she trained horses and still adores horses to this day. I can recall a trip our family took to a park that offered horseback riding. Mother had a broken arm at the time and we didn't expect her to ride, but to our surprise she picked out a large horse to both our protest and the owners! She convinced the owner she knew what she was doing and proceeded to climb onto the horse. To our utter horror the horse reared back on it's two back legs and I think my heart stopped. Mother was not the least bit shaken. She readily stayed on the horse and galloped off easily toward an open field with all of us stunned to silence with our mouths hanging open
Mother died in the nursing home (Pine Ridge) in Rockmart, Georgia, January 6, 1998, after a year long bought with lung cancer that had spread to her liver. She was not a smoker.
The funeral was at Winkenhofer Pine Ridge, 2950 North Cobb Parkway, Kennesaw, Georgia.
Lewis Olden Strickland (1905 - 1986)
Odie Ollie Tabor Strickland (1908 - 1985)
Clyde Levon Bentley (1924 - 2008)
Bascomb Methodist Cemetery
Created by: Allan L. Bentley
Record added: Nov 07, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31205518