Jean Arledge Stratford

Published 8:36 pm Tuesday, December 1, 2020

TRYON, NC – Jean Arledge Stratford passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, November 23, 2020. Jean was born in Tryon, NC to the late Robert Ernest and Julia Arledge of Tryon.

She was a graduate of Tryon High School and attended Wofford College and graduated from General

Hospital School of Nursing with a R.N. degree from the State of South Carolina and North Carolina.

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While living in Spartanburg, she was active in her community and church.

She taught a Junior Sunday School Class at St. James United Methodist Church in Spartanburg where

she was a charter member of the Camelia Garden Club and its first President.

She was a member of the Jaycettes and past President and was voted by her division and also her local

club as outstanding President for Division I. After she and her family moved to Tryon, she joined Tryon United Methodist Church. She served as chair of the Administrative Council for a 2-year term and was a member of several other committees. She was named Outstanding Lay Leader for the church.

She was a member of the Daffy Jills Garden Club serving 2 terms as President and chaired many other

committees. For outstanding service, she was given a Life Membership to the Daffy Jills Garden Club

and to the Garden Club of N. C. Jean was a Bronze Life Master Bridge Player.

Her professional career was as a plant nurse at Reeves Brothers Industries Plant in Spartanburg and at

Milliken and Company Hatch Plant in Tryon. She also served as Executive Director of the Red Cross in

Tryon for ten years. During retirement she volunteered at the Red Cross and Habitat.

She is survived by her husband, Charles C. “Charlie” Stratford, Jr.; children, Deborah “Debbie”

Langston (Cliff) of Burlington and Judy Gamble (Mark) of Charlotte; grandchildren, Heather Kimbro

(Chandler) of Burlington, Jordan Stratford of Charlotte, David Gamble of Charlotte and John Gamble

of Charlotte; great-grandchildren, Langston Kimbro and Ford Kimbro of Burlington, sister, Joan

Rikard of Port Royal, SC and niece, Tracy Cheshire, of Seabrook, SC. She was preceded in death by a

son, Bo Stratford.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private memorial service for family only will be conducted at Tryon

United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 6 at 2:00. You can view the service through the Tryon

United Methodist Facebook page on Facebook live or through the church’s website.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Tryon United Methodist Church, Tryon, NC.

Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington is assisting the family.

Condolences can be offered online at


Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Services

Burlington,  NC