Darlean Stroman Landy, the daughter of the late Oscar Daniel Stroman, Sr. and the late Dorothy (Doris) McKie Stroman, was born on July 23, 1952 in Salley, South Carolina. At age 68, Darlean passed away peacefully on January 15, 2021 at Aiken Regional Medical Center.
Darlean loved people, had a sense of humor, and offered a timely word of advice to all who sought her counsel. Darlean held several jobs during her lifetime, but her proudest and most rewarding job was being mother to Erica, Kenyauti, Adam, and Jason. She loved spending time with her children, their spouses, and her grandchildren on various vacations and outings.
Darlean attended Aiken County Public Schools and was a proud graduate of the Class of 1970 of A.L. Corbett High School, Wagener, South Carolina. Being a driven and passionate individual as she was, Darlean earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina at Aiken in 1993. She continued her education to earn a Master’s Degree in Education from Columbia College in 2005, and a Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Cambridge University in 2006.
Darlean began her education career as a Teacher’s Assistant at Pinecrest School in Aiken from August 1987 through December 1992 and teaching students of the academy at Second Baptist Church. Upon completing her degree, Darlean had the privilege of educating fourth grade students at Chukker Creek Elementary School in Aiken from August 1994 through May 2012. She continued her teaching career as a second-grade teacher at Condor Elementary School in Columbia. Darlean retired from full-time teaching in May 2015, but she continued to serve as a substitute teacher and literacy tutor in Aiken County and Richmond County (GA) Public Schools.
Darlean was a member of Antioch Bible Way Church in Wagener, South Carolina where she served faithfully. Darlean served as a Field Missionary, Vacation Bible School Coordinator and Teacher, Church Assistant Treasurer, Choir Member and Mother of the Church. She also was the founder of the 100 Women in White Program held annually in June beginning in 1993. Darlean always took the time to anoint and pray for people seeking direction, guidance or healing from the Lord. She definitely could get a prayer through to the Lord!
Darlean was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved sisters, Frances Carolyn Stroman Brown and Jessie Mae Stroman Waymyers. We can only imagine the reunion that took place in Heaven when Darlean saw Doris, Carolyn, and Jessie Mae!
Darlean leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 50 years, Robert Landy, Aiken, South Carolina; one beautiful daughter, Erica Landy (Dannie) Chavous, Aiken, South Carolina; three handsome sons, Marcus Kenyauti (Destiny) Landy, Elgin, South Carolina; Adam Brooks (Courtney) Landy, Baltimore, Maryland; and Emanuel Jason (Jamie) Landy, Elgin, South Carolina; six grandchildren, Ryan Chavous, Ciara Gibson, Ashtyn Landy, Jordin Landy, Jamison Landy, and Adam Brooks Landy, Jr.; three godsons, Tojuan D. (Toni) Peyton, Karel Levine Williams, and Christopher Kinard; three goddaughters, Regina Thomas Broadwater, Crystal Wiley Berry, and Shantia Monique Wheeler; three brothers, Oscar Daniel (Janet) Stroman, Jr., Blythewood, South Carolina; Paul Edward (Frazella) Stroman, Columbia, South Carolina; and Kenneth Heyward McKie, Columbia, South Carolina; two brothers-in-law, Lucious Ellison Landy and Seymour Brooks Landy, both of Birmingham, Alabama; an uncle, Joe Louis (Earlene) McKie, Columbia, South Carolina; a great aunt, Dollie D. Merchant, Aiken, South Carolina and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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