Betty has a depth of experience and knowledge in the insurance business that few people have or ever will have. Starting in the agency at the young age of 17, she has worked with three generations of Hackneys, learning from them at times and more often teaching them as well. Through all those generations and years, she has been the backbone of the agency watching it grow from an office with four co-workers to over thirty-five in two offices today.
She is the go-to person for any difficult insurance question and can help with any type of insurance risk one can imagine. Born and raised in Elm City to Vernon and Josie Smith, she learned from her parents that hard work and strong Christian values would lead to great success and that foundation continues to serve her well today. She is married to Dean Strickland and still lives in Elm City but spends most of her weekends at her home away from home in Atlantic Beach, NC.
Betty enjoys spending time with her family and friends, walking on the beach, reading, and relaxing. Betty and Dean have one daughter, Susan, who is also in the insurance business and she is married to Eric Reed, and they are the parents of two beautiful children, Sarah and Ben. Betty is a very active member of First Baptist Church in Wilson as well as all aspects of the community, including outreach to the elderly and shut-ins in nursing homes.