Linda Stricklin Dykes, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away on Saturday, July 16, 2022. Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at Green Hills Funeral Home with visitation at 1:00pm. A chapel service will begin at 2:00pm with Rev. Steve Winton officiating. Burial will follow the service at Green Hills Memorial Cemetery with Chandler Beck, Austin Black, Jason Hall, Will Starling, Josh Starling and Drew Starling serving as pallbearers.
Linda taught many years in the Troy City Schools as a high school math teacher and she loved her students as her own. A lover of all things beautiful, she enjoyed gardening and growing her own flowers for bouquets around her home, as well as sewing beautiful items for her family. She was a fantastic cook who made the best pecan pie muffins and chocolate pies. Her family was loved and her grandchildren were loved even more. She was a devoted Christian who served prominently in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and later attended the First United Methodist Church in Troy, AL. Linda was a smart, talented, loving lady who will be missed by her family and friends.
Survivors include her two daughters, Elizabeth Starling (David) and Angela Beck (Tony); grandchildren, Courtney Beck Black (Austin), Chandler Beck, Mary Margaret Starling May (LC), Anna Starling; sister-in-law, Shirley Silverman; and many beloved cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Dykes; parents, Emmett and Mary Elizabeth Stricklin; grandson, Hunter Russell Starling; and brother, Curtis Stricklin.
The family would like to extend a word of gratitude to her caregivers, Fannie Croswell, Earlene Copeland, Carol Lee and the staff of Compassus Hospice, as well as Dr. Eric Law. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, American Heart Association, or to PEO, Philanthropic Education Organization, at peointernational.org of which Linda was a founding member of the local chapter.