Our Valued Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our Valued Staff

  • J. Arnold  Strickland

    J. Arnold Strickland Owner / Managing Funeral Director

    Born and raised in Hartwell, Arnold started working at Strickland Funeral Home at the age of 10. After graduating from Hart County High School in 1983, Emmanuel College in 1985 and Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 1986, he returned to work at the family business. He is a member of the Georgia Academy of Graduate Embalmers, the National Funeral Directors Association, the Georgia Funeral Directors Association and Nancy Hart Masonic Lodge. Arnold and his wife Tammy have two children: Abbie and Matthew.

  • Nell B. Strickland

    Nell B. Strickland Co-Founder / Funeral Director

    A native of Bowersville GA, Nell is co-founder of Strickland Funeral Home. She is a licensed funeral director. Nell is active in a number of civic clubs and is a member of the Hartwell First Baptist Church.

  • Courtney  Umbehant

    Courtney Umbehant Managing Funeral Director

    A resident of Lavonia, Courtney and his wife, Natalie, have two children Noah and Olivia, and are active members of the Lavonia Church of God. Courtney is an ordained bishop with the Church of God. He is also active with the local community, where he serves as council member with the City of Lavonia. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer and is a member of the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia, the National Funeral Directors Association, and the Georgia Funeral Directors Association. Courtney is the manager of the Lavonia Chapel of Strickland Funeral Home.

  • Mickey  Umbehant

    Mickey Umbehant Funeral Director

    A native of Habersham County, Mickey has worked in the funeral industry for more than thirty years. Mickey is a former pastor, having served in that capacity for more than thirty years. He and his wife, Teresa, have one son, Courtney, and two grandchildren, Noah and Olivia. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer and is a member of the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia, the National Funeral Directors Association, and the Georgia Funeral Directors Association.

  • Jamie  Johnson

    Jamie Johnson Funeral Director

    A native of Hart Co, Jamie is a licensed funeral director & embalmer. He graduated from Hart Co. High School in 1991. He is a member of Bethany Baptist Church. Jamie is also a volunteer fire fighter and a member of the Bowersville Masonic Lodge.

  • Terrell Floyd

    Terrell Floyd Funeral Director

    Terrell is a native of Lavonia. He is the son of Terry Floyd and the late Brenda (Lankford) Floyd. He is a maintenance technician with the US Postal Service. He and his wife, Melanie, have two daughters, Taylor and Maylee and one granddaughter, Kambrey. They are members of Lavonia First Baptist Church. Terrell is a licensed funeral service director.

  • Patsy Bartlett

    Patsy Bartlett Hartwell Office Manager

    A resident of Hartwell, Patsy retired from the Georgia Department of Corrections before joining our staff as a secretary. Patsy and her husband Jeff are members of the Bethesda United Methodist Church. They have two children, Nathan Bartlett and Medley B. McIntosh and three grandchildren Grady, Bailey and Brinley Bartlett.

  • Michael  O'Barr

    Michael O'Barr Assistant Funeral Director

    A native of Lavonia, Michael worked for Weldon Funeral Home part time prior to his graduation from Lavonia High School in 1964. After serving four years in the US Navy, Mike attended and graduated from Piedmont College in Demorest Ga. After employment in the precast concrete and injection plastic molding industries he retired in 2007. Mike and his wife, Sally, have two sons and daughters-in-law Scott & Hollie and Ryan & Cindy and four grandchildren who live in Lavonia.

  • Frankie Teasley

    Frankie Teasley Assistant Funeral Director

    A resident of Hartwell, Frankie retired from Georgia Department of Corrections before joining our staff as a funeral home director assistant. Frankie and his wife Crystal attend Sardis Baptist Church. He has two children Hillary and Hannah Teasley.

  • Terry Floyd

    Terry Floyd Assistant Funeral Director

    A Lavonia native, Terry retired from the US Post Office in Lavonia after many years of service.He and his wife, Lori, are members of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, where he serves as deacon. Terry has a son: Terrell Floyd; step-daughter: Lindsey Bruce; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

  • Howard and Marlene  Sheriff

    Howard and Marlene Sheriff Visitation Attendants

    Residents of Bowersville, Howard retired from Aerial Fabrics and Marlene is retired from Northeast Georgia Bank. They are active at Lavonia First Baptist Church, where Howard is a member of the church choir. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.

  • Byron  Toney

    Byron Toney Assistant Funeral Director

    A native of Lavonia, Byron is a veteran of the US Air Force. He retired from Adams Motor Express in 2001. He is the brother of the late Jeanette Weldon, former owner of Weldon Funeral Home. He is married to Diane Haley Toney and they have two children: Chuck and Martha, and six grandchildren.

  • George Garriss

    George Garriss Assistant Funeral Director

    A resident of Lavonia, George was born in Marietta, where he served on various boards, including the Marietta City Council and the Marietta City Board of Education. He is a veteran of the U. S. Navy. George retired from Southern Bell (Bell South) at the age of 52. He began working with the Boy Scouts when his sons were members, and continues to be involved with Troop 51 in Lavonia. George and his wife, Marvella, are active members of the Lavonia United Methodist Church.

  • Earl  Sayer

    Earl Sayer Assistant Funeral Director

    A native of Hart Co, Earl retired from Westinghouse of Athens before joining the staff of Strickland Funeral Home as an assistant funeral director. Earl and his wife, Carol, are members of the Holly Springs Baptist Church.

  • Doug  Hilley

    Doug Hilley Assistant Funeral Director

    A native of Hart Co, Doug is retired from Owens-Corning Fiberglass and serves as an assistant funeral director. He and his wife, June Cordell Hilley, have two sons. He is a Court Bailiff for the Hart Co. Superior Court and an active member of the Sardis Baptist Church.

  • Jerry  Brown

    Jerry Brown Assistant Funeral Director

    A native of Hart County, Jerry is retired from the Division of Public Health, Georgia DHR and from the Georgia Army National Guard. He is a graduate of Hart County High School and Clemson University. He and his wife, Carolyn Holland Brown returned to Hartwell after living in Snellville, Georgia for 28 years. They have two children, Melanie and John and are active in the First Baptist Church of Hartwell.

  • Alton  Johnson

    Alton Johnson Assistant Funeral Director

    A native of Hartwell, Alton is retired from Johnson & Johnson. Alton is a graduate of Hart County High School and is married to Rachelene Bailey Johnson. He has two children. He is an active member of the Hartwell First United Methodist Church and serves as an assistant Funeral Director.

  • Martha  Dorsey

    Martha Dorsey Chapel Pianist

    A native of Hartwell, Martha serves as Chapel Musician. She is a licensed Cosmetologist and is married to Tommy Dorsey. She has three children. She is a member of the Flat Shoals Baptist Church where she serves as church organist.