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Words of Encouragement For Phyllis

Phyllis, you are in our thoughts and prayers daily.  We are here for you at any time should you need us, just give us a call.  We love you!

Regenia, Michael, and Tia Barber



Friday, July 19th, 2013, marked one year that Ed has been gone.  We miss your laugh, your kindness, your smile, your big heart, we miss YOU.  Our love is still there for you and will never fade away.  May you rest in peace.

Regenia & Michael, and Tia Barber


Update on Ed

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 2:237 PM  Per Gary Smith and Jim Spohn

I have just spoke with Phyllis.  She wanted me to thank everyone for all the heartfelt concern and your prayers.  He is going to have a lot of mail when he gets home.  Phyllis had to spend some time in the office so Ed’s niece Janet is at the hospital watching over him.  His condition remains the same.  Depending on his medication, he can be semi-conscious and aware of what is being said to him.  He laughs and responds by nodding.  He gets a pain shot and it puts him under.  Your prayers are working.  Lets all have a goal of praying that he is out of ICU in 2 days.  Jim Spohn and I are going to see him tonight and we hope to bring back further good news.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 04:28 PM Per Gary Smith

I spoke with Kay (Phyllis’ sister) about 1/2 hour ago.  Ed is resting and appears to be more comfortable.  The Dr told Phyllis that Ed is doing better.  Three friends, Gene, Larry and Chris went to see him and thought he looked better.  Keep the prayers up folks!  When was the last time you got down on your knees in prayer?  Now is the time.   I am going out of town on a planned trip with several members of my family.  I will try to keep everyone aware of what’s going on plus I have given Kay my email addresses.  Between her and my wife Pat, we should be able to keep everyone in the loop.  Please hold the emails until Monday, July 16th and please pray for my Buddy.           GARY

Friday, July 13, 2012 10:00 AM Per Jim Spohn

Update on Ed.  Hi Jim, it was good to see you and Gary.  Gary is out in the middle of the bay fishing so I thought I would update you, so you could update others.  Ed is not doing as well as expected and doctors said they would make a decision on Monday on what else they can do to help him.  So, still one day at a time.  Thanks to everyone for their cards and letters.               PHYLLIS  STRICKLAND

Monday, July 16, 2012 10:30 AM Per Gary Smith

Per Phyllis and Kay yesterday, no visitors as this time.  Please hold all communication with Phyllis.  Please respect Phyllis’ wishes in regards to visitation and phone calls.  Not much change today.  He hasn’t gotten extremely worse but he isn’t getting extremely better.  Due to medication there is no communication going on.  Hopefully, more test results will be in tomorrow.   Thanks for all your well wishes!       PHYLLIS & KAY

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 8:44 PM Per Gary Smith

Finally!  We were meeting with doctors til about 6;30, luckily several of them showed up.  Trach is in and they are giving him pain medication because of surgery, so he is still out.  They are going to try to wake him in the morning and see how he responds.  We are waiting for the results of echo on his heart.  Pulmonary doctor did say he thinks he will pull through this, but it is going to take a long time.  It is in GOD’S HANDS.          FROM  KAY & PHYLLIS

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 1:30 PM Per Gary Smith

Ed is really going thru a tough time as is Phyllis and Kay.  Please keep the 3 of them and Ed’s doctors in your prayers.

We have different doctors coming in during 10-2 shift.  He is still agitated and they had to increase his diprivan again.  They have him off of all medications that will have sedating side effects and will try again later.  We are still waiting for the results of echo on his heart.  They will be inserting a feeding tube into his stomach so the tube will not be in his nose.  Once he is what they consider “stable” and off of the dirprivan, they are going to transfer him to a facility.  The facility would be in Brooksville or Tampa for long term rehabilitation. (Could be 48 hours, could be a week.)  This is going to be a day at a time to see how much he can improve.             KAY AND PHYLLIS

Thursday, July 19, 2012  2:40 PM

It is with GREAT SADNESS and REGRET to announce the loss of our loved one “Ed Strickland” today!  He will be so missed by so many friends, family members, and acquaintances. 

Per Gary Smith:  At approx. 1:45 pm, Thursday, July 19th, our good friend and co-worker was called home.  Ed passed away in Citrus Memorial Hospital with his wife Phyllis, and (sister-in-law) Kay by his side.  Arrangements are pending, however burial in Busnell National Cemetery is likely.  Please NO CALLS at this time.  Let’s all continue to keep Phyllis in our prayers!

For those of you wanting to send Phyllis Strickland a card or letter, here is her address below: (Her email is

Address:               6644  S. Duval Island Drive,  Floral City,  Florida   34436

Blog site:    

Monday, July 23, 2012 4:36 PM., per Gary Smith and Phyllis Strickland, the funeral has been set for:

Friday, August 3, 2012

Florida National Cemetery

 6502 SW 102nd Avenue

           Bushnell, Florida  33513         

(Phone: 352-793-7740) 

Funeral services are set for 10:00 AM, however they ask for you to arrive by 9:30 AM.  Otherwise, you might end up in the wrong line/wrong service.  Thanks!

Note:    For those who might be coming and staying over night, these two motels are the most centrally located:

Central Motel-   352-726-4515

Holiday Inn-     352-341-3515

Ginny Gipe lives in Inverness/Floral City, and can give directions for these areas.  You can contact her at:


Phone:         352-419-4415


……….NOTE  08/09/12……….

Many of us attended a beautiful and memorable Military Funeral for Ed at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida, on Friday, August 3, 2012.  After the ceremony we went to Ed & Phyllis’ home and celebrated together as friends and family, Ed’s life and the wonderful person he was.  We all shared stories, photo’s, video’s, etc.  of all the great and funny memories with Ed.  We had a great time with Phyllis and others sharing this wonderful Celebration of Life of Ed.  Thanks to all that came and don’t forget to keep in touch with Phyllis, and keep her in your prayers daily.  Let’s don’t wait for something like this again to get us all together.  As each of us noted that we would like to get together more often, don’t forget to add your email address to this blog (under comments for Ed) and state in the blog your email and how you would like us all to get together.  Maybe we could even give it a group name????  Let us know what you think!

New photo’s of the “Celebration of Life” and other photo’s will be posted soon!  Check the blog often for upcoming events and plans.


Please continue to write into the blog as all the comments will be submitted into a book  format for Phyllis and her family.  The blog will continue to be open where everyone can put their feelings and condolences.  Please be sure to leave your messages in the blog so your comments can be included in the book.  Thanks!

PLEASE  KEEP  ON  BLOGGING  YOUR COMMENTS !!!!!!   If you would like to leave a comment please read below:

To leave a comment for Phyllis and Family:    Click on “Words of Encouragement” at the top right side. Go to the end of that page and type in your message in the comment section at the bottom.

Thanks,  Regenia Barber  (Administrator)




Words of encouragement for Ed Strickland for a quick recovery from his surgery!

Ed at the Lake House

Please share your thoughts/prayers for Ed Strickland as he recovers from surgery.  You may like to share this blog with others so they may send their well wishes to Ed as he is recovering.  A book will be compiled of all the comments sent to this blog   Feel free to comment as often as you wish.  Thanks!

July 19, 2012,  Please leave your condolences and prayers for Phyllis and family as they go forward in their daily lives.  Phyllis, we ALL  love you and will be there for you any time you need us,  “just give any of us a call”!



Thanks,  Regenia Barber (Administrator)

Hello world!

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Happy Birthday Today “Phyllis” 07/19/12

Relaxing on his lake!

Ed with Debbie

                                                                                                   Ed Enjoying His Boat!

At The “Golden Boot Awards”