Born November 24, 1925, in Laurinburg, N.C., he was the son of the late James Lonnie and Mattie Mae Newton Stricklin. After the death of his father, Ernest spent time in the Presbyterian Children’s Home in Barium Springs N.C. He was a Pacific Navy veteran of World War II and graduated from Davison College. He was an ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church, from Louisville Theological Seminary. He served churches in South Carolina; Louisville Ky.; New Albany IN; Hazard Ky. and Wooster, Mass. where he earned his Doctorate in Theology at Boston College.
He then served at the Presbyterian Board of Education in Richmond, Va. where he edited materials for church school and materials for leaders of the Church.
Ernest then brought his family to Athens in 1969 where he taught in the Department of Family Life and Human Ecology at Ohio University. While at OU he served in the Alexander Presbyterian Church in Albany and at the Harrisonville Church as well as briefly at Amesville and New England Presbyterian Churches. He also was a supply preacher at other churches and was very active in the Athens Reading Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen Burnett Stricklin and his daughter, Dr. Rebecca Ellen Stricklin of Cincinnati. He was the last of his siblings to pass. He is survived by his youngest daughter, Martha Elizabeth Stricklin of Hilliard.
Services will be held in Cincinnati at Llanfair on Thursday January 8th and then a service in Athens at Jagers and Sons Funeral Home on Saturday January 10th at 1 PM, visiting hours from noon to 1 PM. Then Ernest will be buried in the family plot at Rose Hill Cemetery in York S.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Presbyterian Board of Pensions, Assistance Program, Room 3024, 2000 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103 or to Barium Springs Home for Children in Barium Springs, N.C. 28010.
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