On Friday, November 13th, 2020, Billy Joe “BJ” Strickland, 31, was welcomed into the everlasting arms of our Lord. He was the beloved son of Sheila and Donald Strickland. BJ is preceded in death by an uncle, Lester “Junior” Strickland; aunts: Melissa Aries and Arlene Cantrell; and several children lost in pregnancy.
A native of Henderson County, BJ was a past employee of the Walmart in Arden. He was a cart pusher who also helped people load their vehicles. He did several odd jobs around the store and helped customers the best he knew how. Aside from that, he also did odd jobs or volunteered for friends and family over the years. He is remembered most for the time he gave freely to us all.
BJ was a beloved son, sibling, husband, uncle, and friend. Communing with everyone often offered him great pleasure in life. His ambition to put others before himself was priceless. His family and friends could always depend on him. He truly listened and paid attention to detail. He was emotionally available day or night and would talk on the phone for hours if you needed him to. He would speak the truth even if it wasn’t what you wanted to hear. Out of kindness he opened not only physical doors, but those of his heart to people whenever or however he could. He trusted people at face value. He was likeable because he kept his word. He could keep secrets, he was deeply committed. A bit rough on the outside, he was a big teddy bear on the inside. If there was ever such a thing as giving 110% of yourself, he was the perfect example. His loyalty to those he considered family and friends had no rival. He expressed himself fully and gave ethically upright advice about life, love, the universe, or what to cook for dinner. His willingness to bring others happiness will forever live on in our memories.
He is survived by his parents; wife of 7 years, Brandy Anders; siblings: Donald Strickland II (Tabitha), Dellnour Sunshine Atkins (Johnny), Aaron Strickland and Summer Orihuela (Pedro); aunt, Teresa Mayfield; uncle, Mark Mayfield; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews: Alex Atkins, Major Byrnside, Dalton Atkins, Jordan Lee, Jacob Atkins, Lisa Brockwell, Skyla Strickland, Kady Atkins, Shylaa Clark, and Anna Orihuela.
He was the sunrise over the Blue Ridge – a living reminder of God’s grace. He had a breathtaking spirit that was bright and colorful. His nurturing eyes were like a crystal sky on a summer afternoon. Though time has now sunset on his life he was a firm believer in our Lord and Savior. He enjoyed Gospel music and listening to the Bible. He knew God, and though we may feel he was taken too soon, God is always on time, so it is with absolute certainty that he’s abiding above and will dwell in the eternal house of our Lord forever.
In Remembrance of BJ please do not be afraid to perform unexpected and unsolicited acts of kindness for some unfortunate or unexpecting person(s). Amen.
In Lieu of flowers please donate to BJ’s Treasured Memories fundraiser to help with the cost of services via: https://www.tmcfunding.com/funds/billy-joe-bj-strickland/5059/