Tonya was born in Roanoke Rapids, March 27, 1967, to the late James Strickland and her mother, Johnnie Hale Turner. In addition to her father, Tonya was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Aleise Hale and her daddy, Raymond “Puddin” Turner, Jr., and many Strickland aunts and uncles.
Surviving are her mother, Johnnie Turner; son, Nicholas Garner, both of Jackson; brother, Gray Turner and wife, Michelle, of Gaston, sister, Tammy Strickland, of Roanoke Rapids; William Cook, fiancé of Gaston; special sisters, Marsha Collier and the Collier family and Pam Hudson; niece, Ashley Park and nephew, Brian Vick and wife, Kelsey; aunt & uncle, Doris and Frankie Strickland, cousins, Tony and Jamie Strickland; special aunts & uncles, Patricia and Billy Taylor of Orlando and George & Elaine Hale of Gaston and her special cousins, John Turner and Terri Bethel, both of Jackson. Also surviving are many aunts and uncles, her Union Mission family and her church family at Doors of Praise of Worship, whom she loved dearly.
Pastor Russ Collins will conduct a service of remembrance Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at 7:00 pm at Doors of Praise and Worship in Gaston.
Online condolences may be sent to www.hockadayfs.com