Annie "Betty" Strickland

January 6, 1937May 5, 2018
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A Wife of Noble Character Annie Ruth Strickland, known by most as "Betty," was born in the Cumberland mountains in 1937. She was part of the greatest Generation. Enduring hard times in the mountains as a child of the depression. She came to Nashville in 1955 where she met Jimmy Strickland, and they married in 1960. They raised 3 children and contributed to the community, owning several businesses, including Speedy's Grill and Strickland Produce. She was known for her hospitality, her cooking, and a listening ear. Her love of family and God is her everlasting legacy. She touched many lives, but was generally quiet and reserved. Please join us as we celebrate and share the stories of her life. It would honor us to hear your favorite Betty story. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Jimmy E. Strickland; 3 children, Walter (Trish) Strickland, Charles Strickland, and Teresa Strickland (Danny) Bishop; 7 grandchildren, Sabrina (James) Richey, Alicia (Lucas) Lampkin, Lauren Strickland, Amanda Strickland, Matthew Strickland, Heather (Steve) Cantalupi, and Justin (Tiffany) Bishop; and 5 great grandchildren, Avery, Charlotte, Harper, Laela, and Ethan. The Celebration of Life Service will be on Saturday, May 12, at Gateway Community Church, 584 Franklin Road, Franklin, Tennessee, at 12:00 pm with Senior Pastor Alan Clark and Pastoral Care Pastor Tommy Todd officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time of the service. Entombment at Hermitage Memorial Gardens. Serving as active pallbearers are Matthew Strickland, James Richey, Lucas Lampkin, Tristan Burt, Justin Bishop, Danny Bishop, and Phillip Baxter. Honorary pallbearers are members of the BUMC Acts 2:42 Sunday School Class and Grace Walk Sunday School Class. In lieu of flowers, take a gift in memory of Betty to a shut-in.


  • Matthew Strickland, Active
  • James Richey, Active
  • Lucas Lampkin, Active
  • Tristan Burt, Active
  • Justin Bishop, Active
  • Danny Bishop, Active
  • Phillip Baxter, Active
  • BUMC Acts 2:42 Sunday School Class, Honorary
  • Grace Walk Sunday School Class, Honorary

  • In lieu of flowers, please take a gift in memory of Betty to a shut-in.


  • Gathering of Family & Friends Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, May 12, 2018

Annie "Betty" Strickland

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Rodney and Sue Adkins

May 12, 2018

To the Strickland family, we know that you are all rejoicing that your loved one is finally out of pain and is with her Savior in heaven. Our prayers are that you will find comfort and peace!
Our love to all!

George & Charlene Metzger

May 11, 2018

We never had the honor of getting to know Betty, but we do know Teresa. We believe that children provides a window into the character, beliefs and the capacity for unconditional love of the parents. Betty, has gone to be with Jesus, but Betty and Jimmy can both rejoice in their love for their children. The children have all grown to be loving, caring, and faithful adults - a true reflection of their parents.

Jimmy, God is Good, be comforted in the knowledge that Betty loved you. That love is never ending, but rather has been perfected, now that Betty has seen the face of God.

Carolyn Gentry Vice

May 10, 2018

When I think of Betty, I remember the strong, hard working, loving person she was. A woman that loved Jim and her children unconditionally!
She was one of my Dad & Mom's favorite niece's. She and Jim were the two you could count on to visit and lift their spirits.
In some of the black & white pictures you see me and Betty standing with a cow --REALLY ! No idea why! LOL
I do remember she cut that boxy haircut I'm wearing. After she left Mom said "we won't ask her to do that again" LOL
God Blessed me to be able to spend some quality time with her this last year. I am praying for strength in the days to come for this wonderful loving family.
Our Loss is Heaven's gain ...until we meet again !

Peggy Raines

May 9, 2018

My love and prayers are with you all today and in the days to come . Betty was such a kind, loving and generous person . As a cousin she rates at the top !
I am so glad we decided we were going to be "sisters". We are cousins by birth but "sisters by choice and of the heart . I will miss my big "sister" but my heart is greatly warmed when I think of her being with Jesus !
I am filled with heartfelt thanks for being a part of Betty's life and her family .
God bless you Jimmy , Walter , Charles , Teresa and your families .

Gaston and Murrell family Dentistry The girls

May 9, 2018

We truly love them, they make us smile..Mr. Strickland and his jokes of course , Mrs. Strickland sitting there listening to his every word. She would light up as he told his stories and roll an eye or two when he asked us "did you miss me girls"? Ha Ha.. She would always tell us about the garden they had planted for the year and how many tomato plants they had put out. Canning,cooking and gardening were our favorite topics as we talked with her. They always invited us to come take a look at their garden some time and just visit. It's special when you love someone, have a friendship, and share your life together no matter what comes your way. That is truly the two of them. We love you both.

Angela Burns

May 6, 2018

Aunt Betty will be sadly Missed But I know she in our new body and Walking the street of Gold just waiting till we all meet again,Aunt Betty was one of a kind she was very special to me When my Mother passed I will never forget Her and Uncle jimmy they drove to Knox to be bye our side she said Where are my girls she was talking about me and my sister Jennifer she was always there for us if she wasn’t able to travel she would always give us a call or send a sweet card .I will always love her Dearly when we came to visit she would say what can I cook you all to eat I would say please Aunt Betty make me a home made Biscuits and a nice cup of hot coffee we would sit at her table and talk for hours I loved to hear her talk about plants and flowers and she was the best cook I will never forget one time she made me a apple cake it had nuts and all kinds of good stuff in it and she said I made that special for you it was so good and it also made me feel special she told me when I got Married she wished she had more time she would had made me that cake for my wedding cause she knew I loved it.But I was so glad she was able to make it to my wedding that meant a lot to me to have there.she holds a very special place in my Heart and I will never forget her I love you Aunt Betty and can’t wait till the day we will meet again.