Wilda S. Hargett
June 9, 1927 – October 8, 2020
Wilda S. Hargett 93 of Bunnell went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 8,2020. She was born in Trudy GA on June 9, 1927 a daughter of the late Marcus C. and Sadie S. Strickland. Her parents moved to Favoretta in southern Flagler County when she was six months old. The Strickland Family raised cattle, produced turpentine, and became one of the pioneering large landholders in Florida. Her siblings include Christine (the late Don) Deal of Flagler Beach, the late Odell Clegg and her husband Frank Clegg of Flagler Beach, M.C. Strickland Jr. and his wife Susan of Favoretta and Marvin Strickland and his wife Betty Jo of Favoretta. She attended school in Flagler County and graduated Valedictorian of Bunnell High School Class of l945. Wilda attended the University of Tennessee and completed her college studies in elementary education at Stetson University. She taught school at Bunnell Elementary for many years. She had a love for her students and a desire to see them succeed. She was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority (a national organization of college women). Sigma Kappa has many philanthropic endeavors with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Sigma Kappa sisters have a commitment to seek intellectual, spiritual and social enlightenment. Mrs. Hargett was a resident of Bunnell almost 60 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bunnell, at the original location. She loved music and played the piano and organ for the church services. She also taught Sunday School for children and adults and sang in the choir. She remembers being asked to play for Sunday Services at the age of thirteen, when the regular pianist injured her hand. Later she became a charter member of the Community Baptist Church in Korona; where the member initially held services in the fire station and taught Sunday School in a nearby school bus. Again, she spent many years playing instruments, teaching bible study and singing in the church choir. Wilda was preceded in death by her husband of 26 years Jimmie T. Hargett in March 1972. He was a veteran of World War IIserving in the Army. She is survived by two daughters, Sherry Reavis (the late Mike) of Orlando and Nancy Collins and her husband Fred of Ormond Beach, one son, Tom Hargett of Bunnell, two grandchildren, Chris Miller and his wife Gail and Nicole Squires and her husband Vinton of Orlando; four great grandchildren, Chase and Jared Miller and Alyssa and Megan Squires. Very dear to her heart were many nieces and nephews as well. Her large family was most important to her. Wilda was a lovely, beautiful, and wise woman for she chose Christ early in her life as her center, her home, her purpose, her example, and her vision. She passed that teaching and wisdom down to her children and they know she had a great reception in heaven. The family expresses heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Princeton Village for their kind and compassionate care during Wilda’s stay. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Community Baptist Church, 956 South Old Dixie Hwy., Bunnell 32110 or Samaritans Purse, PO Bix 3000, Boone NC 28607. A small family Celebration of Life will be held graveside at the Strickland Memorial Cemetery on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Cliff Smith officiating.. For online condolences go to: www.craigflaglerpalms.com “Online Obituaries. Arrangements are in the care and trust of Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home.
Celebration of Life Graveside Wednesday, Strickland Memorial Cemetery
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Wilda S. Hargett
October 17, 2020
to the hargett family I am so sorry for your loss she was my kindergarten teacher she will truly be missed.
Sonji Johnson-Jackson 1971
Janelle Revels- Barbour
October 16, 2020
I am so very sorry to hear of Wilda's passing. She was always there for me my entire life. She was not only my Kindergarten Teacher but my Sunday School Teacher . She encouraged me in Music and spent many hours practicing with me. She was never too busy if you needed her and she would stop and pray for you anytime. I now pray for you all peace and Comfort until we meet again. Love, Janelle and family
Clif and Debbie Sheffield
October 14, 2020
Clif and I have such wonderful memories of Ms Wilda. Clif loves his kindergarten teacher Ms Wilda and I adored this precious Woman of God that I learned so much from. Ms Wilda was a prayer warrior with a deep love for God and His Word, which she could nearly quote word from word; she knew Him personally and glowed when she spoke of her Jesus. We will miss Ms Wilda but rejoice in the fact that we will see her again!!
Mary Jo Mitchell-Mckay
October 11, 2020
I’m forever grateful to God for allowing Mrs. Hargett to be of my life during my most important developmental stages. As my kindergarten teacher, she made me feel loved and oh so smart. When I got accepted to UF in 1984, I asked my mother to please tell her. My mother knew how much I loved Mrs. Hargett and credited her, Mrs. Giddens and others for my love of school. My mother promised to keep her informed of my successes as I progressed through life. As an African American girl growing up in the South, I thank God for allowing me to be raised in Bunnell with loving caucasians like Mrs. Hargett, Mr. Hunter, Mr. Mercer, Buddy Taylor, etc. My sincere condolences to Mrs. Hargett’s family. Thank you for sharing her with all Bunnellians.
October 11, 2020
The world has lost another true Southern lady. Aunt Wilda was always so kind, demur, and friendly. I never heard her utter an unkind word about anybody. I always admired what a loving mother she was to her children, most particularly Tommy, who needed her so much. Although I was not truly family, being her nephew's sister-in-law, she always treated me and my daughter as if we were. However, we were Sigma Kappa sisters. My heartfelt sympathy to her family. May her very sweet soul rest in eternal peace, as she lives on in beloved memories.