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Brenda Ward Stocks Strickland: Tabor City

1939 – 2020

     Brenda Ward Stocks Strickland of Tabor City went to meet her Lord and Savior Friday May 22, in McLeod Loris hospital. She was 81.

     She was born April 26, 1939 in Columbus County, the daughter of the late John H. Ward and Erma Harrelson Ward.

     Brenda was a long time member of Lebanon United Methodist Church. She retired after 30 years from the NC Housing and Urban Development, Inc. (HUD) where she served as director. She was previously employed at The News Reporter and Tabor City Chamber of Commerce.

     Brenda was a compassionate and giving lady. She was always willing to help others that were in need and was very persistent in getting them assistance. Her desire was for everyone to know Jesus as their personal Savior and be a witness for Christ.

     She loved and cherished her family, especially all seven of her grandchildren and enjoyed long and endless telephone conversations with them. She was a dear prayer warrior and will be greatly missed by her many friends and loving family.

     She is survived by a son, Ward Stocks and wife, Toni of Tabor City; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Stocks of Lumberton; two brothers, John Howard Ward and wife, Gail of Clarendon and William (Bill) Ward and wife, Janice of Loris; grandchildren Lindsey (Bryan) Bourke, Jenny Stocks, Allison Stocks, Stephanie Stocks, Landon Stocks, Luke Stocks, Levi Stocks.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Darrell (DJ) Stocks, Jr.; and a long time best friend, Cameron Norris.

     Memorials may be made to Lebanon United Methodist Church, c/o John Ward, 3035 Lebanon Church Rd., Clarendon NC 28432 or Gideon’s International, PO Box 93, Loris, SC 29569.

     A small graveside service was planned at the Lebanon United Methodist Church Cemetery at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 26.

     A live Facebook Feed of Brenda’s service will be on the Peacock Funeral Home & Crematory Official Facebook page here.

     A guest register is available here.