Blanch Flemister Strickland passed away Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.She was preceded in death by her son, Johnnie Washington Strickland Jr.; parents, Bill and Pearl Flemister; brothers, Marvin, Edward, Willie B., Bill and Willie Floyd; sisters, Fannie Milner, Ethel Kate Smith; granddaughter, Tanecia Reed.She is survived by her devoted husband, the Rev. J.W. Strickland; sons, Donald R. Strickland and Douglas (Linda) Strickland; daughters, Vaseline (Rev. William) Reed and Johnnie Mae Strickland; and a host of other relatives and friends. Special thanks to Alexian Brothers Pace Program and Healthcenter at Standifer Place for their outstanding care and support.Funeral services will be held at noon Wednesday, Aug.29, 2012, at New Hope Baptist Church.Interment: Greenwood Cemetery.The body will lie in state from noon until 5 p.m. and the family will receive friends at First Corinthians Missionary Baptist Church from 7-8 p.m. today.Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.