Douglas Steven Strickler

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COLUMBIA - A celebration of life for Douglas “Doug” Steven Strickler, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Mr. Strickler passed away Friday, April 13, 2018. Born in Bethesda, Maryland, he was a son of the late Marshall Handy Strickler and Marian Louise Castle Strickler. Doug was a graduate of Dennison University in Ohio, where he received a National Merit Scholarship, and a graduate of the University of South Carolina Law School. He was a 5th Judicial Circuit Public Defender for South Carolina. Doug was a crossword puzzle aficionado, Civil War historian and a Grateful Dead fan. He was a longtime patron of Goats Coffee and Wine Bar and he loved a good glass of wine. Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Jean Gray Strickler of Columbia; brothers, Scott Strickler (Claudia) of Brevard, N.C. and Robert Strickler of Spartanburg; nephews, Gordon Strickler (Maria), Allan Strickler (Lauren) and Warren Strickler (Kristen). In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Gordon Marshall Stricker. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Doug’s honor may be made to any animal rescue organization. Please sign the online guestbook at


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Joseph Meyer

October 20, 2018

Out there on the Internet there is a group of us called The American Civil War Game Club, whose members compete with each other in the electronic, simulated battlefields of that great historical event. In order for us to do so, someone has to first design the game. Doug Strickler spent five years in his pastime fashioning the flagship game of the John Tiller Software Campaign Civil War series, Campaign Gettysburg, a remarkable achievement for it's historicity, depth of play and challenge. He was largely and only known to most of us by his name, although he was a member of the club for a number of years and engaged himself in a number of contests. I was impelled to make his acquaintance after marveling over the sheer amount of work and thought that went into his Gettysburg game design, an urge that resulted in a very enjoyable and illuminating E-mail correspondence with him around the end of 2015. During those exchanges, which were principally centered upon his design work, I came to appreciate the fact that Doug was possessed of an extraordinarily focused and brilliant mind. He acknowledged, however, that none of it could have been done had it not been for " a saint of a wife!" We, of the ACWGC, will be enjoying the fruits of his labor for a long while to come, while bemoaning the fact that he is with us no more. I must acknowledge the fact it is my great, personal misfortune for not having known him better, and that I envy those who did.

Brett Mehalic

July 24, 2018

I just found out about Doug and I wanted to offer my condolences to his family. I worked with Doug for several years at the Public Defender's office and I have to say that he was a big part of making it one of the best experiences of my life. Doug was smart and tough, funny and kind. He was the best boss I ever had, and the lawyer I most respected out of any that I have met in my 20 years in the bar. I used to tell people that if I got in trouble for anything, Doug was the one lawyer I wanted in my corner because he cared about his clients and he never missed a trick. He also made a mean London Broil. I am sad that I never got a chance to become reacquainted with him after leaving Columbia.

Tiffany West

April 23, 2018

I am one of the privileged paralegal students that Mr. Doug Strickler gave the opportunity to serve in the Office of the Public Defender. He was passionate about his work, encouraging, and one of the best superiors that I have worked for. I only wish I had the opportunity to thank him once again for how he changed my life. I also wish I had the opportunity to serve under his command once again however, in my future endeavors, the discipline which he exhibited and expected will be what I operate under. Rest In Peace Mr. Strickler; You have left an awesome legacy!

Annie Andrews

April 23, 2018

Doug was an important mentor to me and someone who I knew always had my back. He never yielded to the worst tendencies or distractions so common in the legal profession. He did not intellectualize discussions of human suffering; he was not impressed by wealth or status; he did not aspire to power or to see his name in print. Doug brought a grounded humanity to the practice of law. He has only ever wanted to help those who need it and to quietly inspire young lawyers to do the same. -Annie Andrews

Susan Shaw

April 22, 2018

Thinking of you as you celebrate Doug's remarkable life. My sincere condolences.
Love, Sue

Mike and Cassie Chambers

April 20, 2018

We were shocked and saddened to learn of Doug's passing. We cherish the memories of Doug's warmth, humor and big heart. Jean, please accept our condolences, prayers and support, and please let us know if there is anything that we can ever do for you.

Joyce English

April 19, 2018

Such as loss for the whole community, but especially for Doug's family. My prayers are with you Jean. May the God of peace bring you comfort at this very sad time. There's never enough time with those we love.
Joyce Kinney English

Nancy Ahrens

April 18, 2018

I have known Doug since he started the practice of law and thought so very much of him. He was a wonderful person and will be missed. I was so happy when he became "THE" Public Defender for the 5th Circuit. As a court reporter for the circuit, I worked with Doug many times. He truly exhibited his compassion for his clients no matter the charge. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family.

Lenora Brighthop

April 17, 2018

Our sincere sympathy goes out to the Strickler family. I thank God for the difference Doug has made in the lives of so many as well as my daughter, Cheslyne "Shea" Brighthop. She has told us numerous stories reflecting the love he had for his job, clients, and co-workers. I don't know whether he knew this or not, but he has set such high standards for the law. He was able to share the grace and mercy that God has given to all which causes our family to grieve along with your family
With Love, "The Brighthops"

Pete Banco

April 16, 2018

My sincere sympathy is extended to the Strickler family. I was saddened to read of his passing. As an investigator with Columbia Police Department, I had the privilege of having criminal cases with Doug for many years. He was always polite, professional, and projected a strong work ethic to represent his many clients to the very best of his ability. He was very dedicated to his job. I was on the police department for 42 years and had nothing but great respect for Doug. He was truly a nice guy.