Debra Strickland, 54

Debra “D.J.” Strickland, 54, of Ripley, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

She was born March 24, 1959, in Tennessee to Lester and Calburdia Strickland. She was a member of Gates of Praise Church. She was a prayer warrior. She loved to cook and work with children.

Services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany. Minister Calvin Gillard officiated.

She is survived by her father, Lester Strickland; four sisters, Josephine Martin of New Albany, Brenda Braddock of Myrtle, Diane Strickland and Sondra Shelby, both of Ripley; a great-nephew she helped rear, Kadarrius; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother.