City of Bushnell staff and council mourn over the loss of Councilman Joe P. Strickland Jr.

Joseph Pickett Strickland, Jr. 79, of Bushnell, Florida passed away in Zephyrhills, Florida on October 6, 2021. He was born in Eustis, Florida on March 2, 1942 to Joseph and Margaret Strickland. He was a member of Grace Tabernacle Church in Wildwood, Florida and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Joe was the Mayor for the City of Bushnell, Florida for 28 years where he also served as a council member. He was an electrician by trade and business owner for over 45 years. Joe also worked with the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority for 23 years. In 2010 the City of Bushnell honored his service to the community by naming the street located in front of the new City Hall - Joe P. Strickland, Jr. Avenue. He is survived by his wife of 57 years: Doretha Strickland of Bushnell, Florida; Son: Travis D. Strickland of Bushnell, Florida; Daughter: Ashlee Jo Strickland of Olympia, Washington; Sisters: Sue Nell Fort (Joe) of Holly Springs, North Carolina; Betty Jean Moffett of Apopka Florida; Grandchildren: Kehlsey, Evin, Kristen, and Elijah; Great-Grandchildren: Greyson, Brynn, Baylor, and Adeline. Pastor Gary Washburn will officiate. All arrangements handled by Purcell Funeral Home Chapel in Bushnell, Florida. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Bushnell Evergreen Cemetery.