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Erline Shearouse Strode, 84, of Savannah, Georgia, and widow of Major Marvin Grigsby Strode, Savannah Police Department (Ret.), died Tuesday morning, October 19, 2021, at her home.

Born in Marlow, Georgia she was a daughter of the late Hubert T. Shearouse and the late Emma Lee Colson. A 1954 graduate of Savannah High School, Erline was also a talented seamstress for over thirty-five years at Tailor Made Draperies, where she helped make custom draperies for the White House Oval Office, several movie stars and fortune five hundred companies. She was known for her beautiful handwriting and how well she raised her four children. Erline was a lifetime member of Life Church at Ardsley Park. Most of all, Erline loved spending time with her family and friends. 

Survivors include her children, Sammy Strode (Maria), Greg Strode (Twila), Suzanne Schuman (Drew), and Randy Strode; grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; siblings, John Shearouse, Charles Shearouse, and Emma Watts.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 Thursday evening, October 21, 2021, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 11 o’clock Friday morning, October 22, 2021, at Life Church at Ardsley Park – 3802 Bull Street, conducted by the Reverend Dr. Jon Tillman, and the Reverend Barry Giddens. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Life Church at Ardsley Park – 3802 Bull Street, Savannah, Georgia 31405.

Online Condolences

  1. Butch Willis says:

    My condolences to all of the strode family

  2. Diane Sasser says:

    Heartfelt condolences to the Strode family. I was privileged to work with Marvin for many years at the Sheriff’s Office – Courthouse Security – and subsequently met Mrs. Erline. She was a quiet, soft-spoken soul married to a man who never met a stranger. Marvin and Erline are together once again after nearly 5 years apart. I was blessed to have known both of these wonderful people. We have lost a beautiful lady, but Heaven has gained an angel. Rest in peace, Mrs. Erline.

  3. Keelie Reed says:

    Suzanne, Sammy, Greg, and Randy,

    Just heard of your Mother’s passing. I’m deeply saddened. Sending Love and prayers to my Ardsley Park Baptist Church. My Mama spoke of Mrs Strode’s drape making.

  4. Joyce A Fore says:

    Erline and Marvin’s children –
    I graduated with your Mother in 1954, was in her wedding and she in mine. We always sent Christmas cards and I loved your Dad’s message each year.
    I wish I had known you all, but we were in separate places so many years.

    She was a wonderful woman and I loved her.

    She really loved her children and greats.

    I know you are missing her greatly and also your da.

    Joyce Fore, Slidell, LA

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