Marvin C. Strickland, Sr. (Strick) was involved in funeral
services for most of his life. He began in 1930 at the age of 16 by assisting
his uncle, Edward Grissom, in his funeral home in Kissimmee, Florida. When he
graduated from high school he began working in the business full time. In 1940
he moved to Roxboro and worked for Woody Funeral Home on South Main Street
until late 1945. In 1946 he and Kelly Brewer bought the Spencer Funeral Home
which was located on Court Street and operated it together until 1952.
On March 15, 1954, Strickland Funeral Home, Inc. was founded
by Marvin C. Strickland, Sr. at 600 North Main Street where he served the needs
of Person and surrounding counties. Strickland Funeral Home moved to it's
current location in 1981 at 1314 North Main Street which is the former location
of North Roxboro Baptist Church. Marvin C. Strickland, Sr. passed away in 1988
and his sons, M. C., Jr. and Charles continued the business. When Charles died
in 1995, M. C., Jr. assumed leadership of the business until his death in 2001
at which time his son, Marvin, III took over the business and continues to
emphasize quality and personal service for you and your family that his
Funeral service seems to be a family tradition with the Strickland’s.
Marvin C. Strickland, Sr. is related by marriage to the Brown family of
Raleigh, whose ancestors opened the first funeral home in North Carolina. The
Strickland family has begun a tradition of their own, having served the needs
of Roxboro and Person County residents since 1940 and is the oldest established
funeral home in the city of Roxboro. Strickland’s is now in its third
generation of Strickland Family ownership.
Strickland Funeral Home is continuing to serve the families
of Roxboro and Person County by expanding his current funeral home with Robby
W. Jones. They have partnered to establish Strickland & Jones Funeral
Services. They have built a state of the art funeral home located
at 1810 Durham Rd in Roxboro. They will continue to offer the same friendly and
compassionate service just as they have done in the past but at a different
location. They believe in “Celebrating Life… One Family at a Time”.