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William Sumter Strickland III

September 18, 1948January 13, 2021

William Sumter Strickland III (Sump), 72, of Longs, entered fully into the presence of his Lord and Savior on January 13, 2021.

Sump was born September 18, 1948 to Bill and Minnie Lee Strickland in Columbia. He was a proud graduate of Brookland Casey High School and Coastal Carolina College. Sump served our country in the Army during the Vietnam War from which he was awarded the Bronze Star. He was a general contractor and business owner. Sump was a public servant who previously served on the NMB City Council and the SC Coastal Council. His heart was as wide as the Atlantic Ocean in which he loved to fish and as high as the Smoky Mountains in which he loved to visit.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ricky Strickland and nephew Brannen Bryan. Survivors include the love of his life, his wife of 48 years, Earline “Punkin” Strickland; daughter and “doll”, Amber Strickland (Jeff); son and best friend, Will Strickland (Brandi); granddaughter, Jordan Lewis; two sisters, Ann Bryan (Bill) and Cindy Reynolds (Bryan); Nieces and Nephews: Tanner Reynolds, Jarrott Strickland, Brendan Reynolds, Pam Galvan, Brad Bryan, Brooks Bryan, Kim Hardwick, Mason Livingston, Chris Campbell, and Robin Gutierrez; many other family members including: Rickey Poppell, Wayne Temples, Wayne Beam, Logan Murrell, Taylor Murrell, and Barbara Campbell and many close friends that were more like brothers.

Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Phillips and Rev. Matthews on Saturday, January 16th 11am at Chesterfield Missionary Baptist Church. (Outdoors in your vehicle)

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Sea Haven for Youth (

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Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.


  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

  • Burial

    Saturday, January 16, 2021


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Simon Percival

January 16, 2021

I have known Sump for many years and have enjoyed both a great friendship and a convivial working relationship with him. Sump has always been the kind of man who would give people the shirt off his back to help where he could. I never heard him complain even when he had obviously been let down.

My heart breaks for his family and I pray they find comfort in the certainty that Sump enjoys God's favor and is now free of mortal challenges. God Bless you all!

Patrick Boulter

January 16, 2021

So many memories. From fixing my bathroom to sell my first piece of real estate so we could close. To catching more dolphin in three hours than I’ve ever caught in my life 480 pounds. And He always was there if I needed Anything. He was literally an older brother and father to me when I first got on the beach. I am going to miss you buddy. Patrick Boulter

Amanda Phillips

January 15, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers to the family of Mr. Strickland from all of us at Carolina Country Homes. Donation made to Sea Haven in his honor.

Johnny Annette Stephens

January 15, 2021

Cindy and Punkin we are so sorry to hear that Sump had pass alway He has a been so nice of a person to me

Gail Osborne

January 15, 2021

Sweet family, my love and prayers are with you. Sump will be in my heart along with many happy memories. He loved his family and his community and will be missed by many that you won’t be able to see during this time, but don’t forget how respected he was.
If you need anything at all, please call. Debbie has my number.
Love to you all.
Gail Osborne

Lynda Hardee

January 14, 2021

Punkin my heart breaks for you, Amber, and Will and all of Sump’s family. He was a good friend to many and always willing to help where he could. Hang on to your sweet memories and each other cause Sump is at rest! Jesus is taking care of him just like we asked Him to. He will be missed. Love you all, Til me meet again Sump!
Love always, Lynda Hardee

Julie Murrell

January 14, 2021

All the memories we made with Sump will live in our hearts forever. Happy times with lots of smiles and laughter. Keeping Punkin, Amber, Will (and family) and all that knew and loved this sweet man in our prayers. Our lives have all been blessed to have called him friend. ❤️

Bob Murrell

January 14, 2021

We all prayed that the Lord would watch over Sump and He answered our prayers. And now, Sump is in his presence.
We have known Sump for many years and he has always been a dear friend, along with Punkin, Amber, and Will.
Sump will be missed greatly but he will never be forgotten. For even as Julie and I grow old and leave this world, his memories will live on in our two daughter’s lives too. He was always especially kind to both Logan and Taylor and the Murrell family is forever grateful for being able to call Sump Strickland our friend.

Nancy Moore

January 14, 2021

Punkin, I am so very sorry about Sump. I hope all the wonderful memories will bring you some peace in the days to come.

Peggy Ginn

January 14, 2021

May God wrap his arms around you and your family . May you find peace and comfort in Gods arms. We thought the world of you Sump. We will miss you dearly. Love
Peggy & Roy Ginn