Roslyn Strickland

Roslyn Strickland

Saturday, September 22nd, 1923 - Friday, August 7th, 2020
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Roslyn Bynum Strickland died on August 7, 2020. She was born on September 22, 1923 to the late Thad L. Bynum and Irene Powell Bynum. She married the late Ronald Brand Strickland on October 28, 1951.

In addition to her parents and husband, Roslyn was preceded in death by her two brothers and their wives, Knox and Armede Bynum and James and Barbara Bynum. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Emily Bynum Albright. She is survived by many special nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and great great nieces and nephews of which she loved and was loved by all.

After graduation from Georgia State College for Women in 1945, Roslyn was manager of the Bynum House Hotel during the summer months, and worked as a legal secretary for her father and later her brother, both attorneys in Clayton during the winter months.

Roslyn was a member of the Clayton Baptist Church where she served on various committees and as a Trustee for a period of time. She was active in the Women’s Missionary Society for many years and a former member of Philathea Sunday School Class.

Her participation in community activities included being a former member of Clayton Woman’s Club, The Clayton Pilot Club, the Rabun County Chamber of Commerce, Rabun County Hospital Auxillary, and on the Board of Directors of Northeast Georgia Regional Library.

A special thank you to the many caregivers that looked after her and also to Sherrie Crone, Martha McCutcheon and Corrine Wilkerson who were with her at the end.

It is asked that in lieu of flowers, that donations may be made to the Clayton Baptist Church, Rabun Cross Society, Inc, or the charity of your choice.

A memorial service will be held at Clayton Baptist Church on Sunday August 30th at 3:00 PM with the Reverend Joey Thompson officiating. The service will be live-streamed to allow extended family the ability of participating.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at

Habersham Crematory (678-617-2210) of Cornelia is in charge of arrangements.
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Julie Phillips

Posted at 12:35pm
Julie Phillips
I want to express my deepest sympathy to the family of Roslyn Bynum Strickland. As part of the “extended family” of old summer regulars at the Bynum House, I am so very saddened by the loss of this strong, vibrant woman whose generous spirit made such a difference in the world.
Although it’s been 50 years since our families spent our last summer together there in Clayton, we’ve kept these precious experiences alive in our hearts.
It was always Roslyn who would greet us with open arms and a big smile as we drove up to the Big House each July. The children would swing open the screen door to the office and run in to see her – a favorite ritual.
Each morning at breakfast (nobody missed it), Roslyn would walk around the dining room with the coffee pot in her hands, checking on us at our tables. We loved her presence, so calm and reassuring.
We never missed the meals served three times a day in that dining room with its windows looking out on the mountains. The food was melt-in-your mouth delicious, freshly cooked by Roslyn’s mother, “Mrs. Bynum” in abundant portions. (I can’t possibly do it justice – trust me, the best!) She expertly managed the kitchen staff and it was said she checked each plate as it went out the door to make sure it was “just right”.
We could not have realized then how hard Roslyn and her mother worked, running this busy vacation house and its enormous sprawling grounds and fully furnished cabins. We were always having such a good time and Roslyn made it look easy, encouraging us to play and explore. We found endless hiking trails, waterfalls and creeks. We discovered the old railroad tunnel, a cemetery on Screamer Mountain and a mysterious “bat cave” along the path to our cabins.
Wherever our adventures took us, we always made it back for dinner.
When Mrs. Bynum could no longer manage the kitchen and Roslyn knew there’d be no one else to take her mother’s place, she made the heartbreaking decision to close the Bynum House for good. As in any transformative moment in life, we all remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we received Roslyn’s letter with the news in the mail.
There’d be plenty of return trips to those beautiful mountains, but there would never be another Bynum House. No other place has even come close.
We knew it then and we know it now – more than ever.
Through Roslyn’s devoted nieces and nephews, and Thad’s facebook page, we’ve kept up with Roslyn’s life through the years. Just five years ago, my sister, Gaylen, and I paid her a visit.
She greeted us at the door of her Clayton apartment with the same lively enthusiasm and rich voice we remembered, dear Roslyn!
We sat together for two hours, exchanging stories and eager questions. She shared current news of Clayton and talked about her attentive family and friends.
She was 91 then, and as sharp as ever, wise, and still curious about the world.
Her parting words on that day to Gaylen and me were classic Roslyn:
“I’m happy, very happy.”
Chuckling, she added, “Why wouldn’t I be?”

Julie Phillips

Jay Hanley

Posted at 08:02pm
My Great-Aunt Roslyn...We always visited her on trips to the mountains, at least once a year until the last couple of years, due to health reasons. We always took her peaches and Brunswick stew from Zeb’s BBQ.

One of my special memories of her was when my great-uncle Ronald passed away, I was 9 or 10 and told her I’d never ridden in a limousine before. She made sure I rode beside her in the limousine to his memorial service.

She was the epitome of a Southern lady and hostess and I will miss her.

The photo is of our visit in July 2014 that I took of my Grandma Docia Strickland, my Mama, Jane Strickland Hanley and her.


Posted at 10:58am
For all the summers of an unforgettable piece of paradise. For all the food and comfort and care; for a place to grow and laugh and sing. For first loves and wisdom earned; for meadows and lakes - and for the love of shuffleboard on a summer evening. You gave us everything, Roslyn. We gathered on the front porch and sang, and now we sing for you.

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