She was born in Cordova on Feb. 28, 1939, the first-born child of Margene Roberts Vickery and Luchie Vickery. She attended Cordova High School and the University of Alabama. She was a longtime resident and former city councilperson in her hometown of Cordova. Throughout her lifetime, she was a dedicated English teacher and world traveler. In her early years, she made her home in Huntsville with her late husband, William Stricklen, where she taught at St. Joseph’s School, joined the Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) program, volunteered at Girls Incorporated and the Community Action Center (CAC). After the passing of her father, she moved back to her hometown, where she spent her career teaching in the Walker County School System at Dora High School and Curry High School. While at Dora, she sponsored the Beta Club, Jr. Beta Club, Drama Club, Scholar’s Bowl and Miss Dora High Pageant. Mrs. Stricklen, as she was affectionately known, also taught college classes at Bevill State Community College. She enjoyed playing cards with her family and friends, gardening around the house and loved decorating for Christmas. She also enjoyed following the lives of her classmates and students, and contributing to the betterment of her community.
Sandra is survived by her brother, Lanny Vickery and his wife, Barbara, of Gardendale; a son, Phillip Underwood of Cordova and his sons, Stephen and Evan; a daughter, Jeanna Underwood Blicker of Cordova and her sons, Kevin and Joseph; a son, Michael Stricklen and his wife, Rhonda, of Manchester, N.H., and their daughter, Tempie. She was preceeded in death by her husband, William Housel Stricklen; mother, Margene Roberts Vickery; and father, Luchie Vickery.
In lieu of flowers, Sandra requested that memorial contributions be made to the Mount Carmel Cemetery Association or the Southern Poverty Law Center.
In keeping with her wishes and following a cremation, her memorial service will be held at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Cordova on Thursday, August 15, 2013, at 6 p.m. All friends and family are invited and welcome to attend.
Wilson Brothers Funeral Home, Carbon Hill; 205-924-4147