ASHEBORO — Judy Spence Strickland was born Aug. 3, 1941, to George Broughton Spence and Lillie Patterson Spence. She was raised in Lillington, N.C. Judy was one of nine children. They were brought up on a farm in Harnett County, N.C.
Judy taught elementary school for five years and was a Dropout Prevention Counselor. Judy was active in her church, First Presbyterian Church, and a former member of First Assembly Church and C-4 Church. She was very active in her community, volunteering with Hospice of Randolph and CUOC and was the previous chairperson with Big Sweep of Randolph County. Judy loved hiking and being outdoors.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents, George Broughton Spence Sr. and Lillie Patterson Spence formerly of Lillington, N.C.; son, Preston Strickland formerly of Asheboro; brothers, James Robert Spence and wife Marilyn Younce Spence formerly of Orlando, Fla., George Broughton Spence Jr. and wife Carol Todd Spence formerly of Owings, Md.; sisters, Madge Spence Ayscue and husband Austin Ayscue formerly of Henderson, N.C., Faye Spence Powell and husband Leon Max Powell formerly of Raleigh, N.C., Lottie Spence Newton formerly of Washington, W.Va.; and a brother-in-law Charlie Cain Jr. formerly of Fayetteville, N.C.
Judy is survived by her husband, Graham Kent Strickland; son, Barry Strickland and wife Erin of Greensboro, N.C.; daughter-in-law, Keri Strickland-Ward of Apex, N.C.; and grandchildren, Pierce Strickland of Greensboro, N.C., and Lori Strickland and Nathan Strickland, both of Apex, N.C.
Judy’s surviving siblings are Ruth Spence Cain of Fayetteville, Betty Sue Spence Stephens and husband John Tommy Stephens of Raleigh, Philip Spence and wife Betty West Spence of Lillington, N.C.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 420 West Walker Ave. in Asheboro with the Rev. Brian Gawf officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Randolph, P.O. Box 9, Asheboro, NC 27204-0009; or the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 4600 Park Road, Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209.
Pugh Funeral Home in Asheboro is serving the Strickland family. Please share remembrances and condolences at www.pughfuneralhome.com.