August 6, 1954 - July 25, 2019
Tessie Jane Brabham Strickland was born on August 6, 1954 in Marrero, Louisiana. Being born on her daddy’s birthday, she was his birthday present. Tessie was a quiet child that always managed to win the hearts of those around her.
She was a member of New Zion Baptist Church for most of her life. In fact, she met the love of her life while attending a Sunday School party. She and Tommy were married for almost 48 years. They raised their four sons in the New Zion community of the sixth ward of St. Helena Parish. They have 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Tessie loved to travel with her family, especially to the town of Silverton. One of her favorite things to do was riding trails through the mountains. She and Tommy were always the life of the party when they stepped on the dance floor. They won several contests, including a grand prize for a dance off.
Tessie attended college at Southeastern Louisiana University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts at Baptist Christian College in Shreveport, Louisiana (while raising her four sons). For a total of 27 years, Tessie demonstrated her love for teaching and made a positive impact in lives of students at ASC, Mt. Hermon, Kentwood Elementary, and Spring Creek Elementary.
As an active member of the St. Helena Sixth Ward fire department, Tessie served as both the secretary of the board and a firefighter. Her patriotism was evident since Tessie always flew an American flag in their yard, often over a flower bed of red, white, and blue flowers. By just looking at her beautiful yard, everyone knew that Tessie had inherited her mother’s green thumb. As a life-time member of the Kentwood Garden Club Tessie served as an officer many times. She proudly won Yard of the Month and Yard of the Year several times.
Tessie is survived by husband, Tommy Strickland; sons, Joseph Strickland, wife Paula; Timothy Strickland, wife Becky; Charlie Strickland, wife Jessica; Trenton Strickland; brother, Jessie Reed; sisters, Ruth Blackmon, Theresa Blackmon, and Thelma Schenk.
She went to her heavenly home to join her mother, Carmelita Barrios Brabham; her father, Thomas Joseph Brabham; her brothers, Edgar Joseph Reed and Timothy Brabham; and her brothers-in-law, Hugh Wayne Blackmon, Bobby Strickland, Eddie Earl Strickland.
To know Tessie was to love her, and no amount of time would have ever been enough to have had her with us. But we praise God for her life and her love and we wait for the day when we will see her again. In the sweet bye and bye. . . our spirits will sorrow no more.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 6:00 Pm at New Zion Baptist Church. The Funeral Service will be on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM at New Zion Baptist Church, 3841 Hwy. 38, Kentwood, Louisiana.
Cross Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.