TRUDIE — John Ancil Strickland, 70, went to be with The Lord May 22, 2021, at his home, surrounded by family and friends after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Screven, and grew up in Trudie, Brantley County. Strickland moved to Darien in his late teens and was a resident for 53 years. He learned butchering from Pete Carter while working at Butler’s IGA. Strickland became a master butcher by trade. He then went to work at Bluestein’s Supermarket in his early 20s and made many lifelong friends. Upon the closing of Bluestein’s in 2000, he opened his own butchering shop at his home where he processed venison. Strickland was known for his venison and pork sausage from Juneau, Alaska to Lake Okeechobee, Fla., to Boston, Mass. Upon the closing of his processing shop, he enjoyed tinkering around the house. Strickland’s favorite leisure activity was fishing with family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Gilford “Bud” and Myrtice Strickland; his son, Kevin Ray Strickland; a sister, Barbara Wright; and three brothers, Jo Bud Strickland, Jerry Strickland and James Henry Strickland. Strickland is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Debbie Strickland; his children, John G. Strickland (Jeanie) of Darien, Michelle L. Perkins (Doug) of Hortense, Selena Strickland (Albie) of Darien and James Strickland (Amanda) of Darien; a very special aunt, Hazel Rogers; two sisters, Shirley Duggan of Trudie and Marylee Oliver (John) of Hortense; a brother, Robert Strickland (Bert) of Darien; 18 grandchildren; 34 greatgrandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; two special adopted brothers, Julius Shaw (Caroline) of Darien and Pat Howard (Susan) of Jesup; three brothers-inlaw, Johnny Harrison (Kim) of Darien, Charles Harrison (Wendy) of Darien and Derek Harrison (Dallas) of Glennville. A graveside service was held Tuesday morning, May 25, 2021, at Whispering Pines Cemetery in Darien, with the Rev. Tommy Whaley and the Rev. Freddie Shaw officiating. Active pallbearers were his grandsons, Kevin Perkins, Travis Perkins, Josh Hatton, David Perkins, Michael Moore, Chris Hatton and C.J. Strickland. Honorary pallbearers were Body Wimberly, and A.C. and Sue Deloach, along with the members of the Eastside Hunting and Fishing Club, Cole and Seth Maxwell, Lee Foskey and Jimbo Kelly, along with the members of the Fort Barrington Hunting and Fishing Club, Matt Coulliette, David Bluestein, Ronnie Howard, Greg Amerson, Larry Horn, Tony Hall, Bruce Kennedy, Bobby Dicks, Craig Parker, Charlie Mitchell, Laurie Luteran (Lewis Cancer Center Nurse Navigator), Dr. Christopher Haberman and Ginger Cain (nurse), Dr. Mark Taylor and the chemo room nurses at Summit Cancer Center, and Dr. Michael Hesselle and the nurses of Anderson Cancer Center. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in honor of his name to one of the three cancer centers in Savannah, Ga., that John was a patient of, Lewis Cancer Center, Summit Cancer Center, or Anderson Cancer Center. Darien Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.