Mr. Billy Joe Strickland, age 77, of Athens, GA and formerly of Dacula, GA passed away on Friday, October 12, 2012. He was preceded in death by his sons, Johnny Strickland and David Strickland. He is survived by his wife, Josephine Lewis Strickland, Athens, GA; daughter and son-in-law, Terri and Dana Guy, Athens, GA; granddaughter, Danielle Guy, Athens, GA; sister, Delores Strickland Gaddis, Dacula, GA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Roger and Gay Strickland, Lawrenceville, GA and Doug and Martha Strickland, Auburn, GA; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Strickland was a native of Gwinnett County, GA. He was a 1951 graduate of Dacula High School in Dacula, GA where he played basketball. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Athens, GA. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Athens, GA. The family will receive friends at Bernstein Funeral Home in Athens, GA on Sunday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Notice submitted by Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory in Buford, GA at the request of the family.