Euell Thomas “Tom” Stroud, of St. Simons Island, Ga., passed on to eternal life Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.
Tom was born March 31, 1931, to Mayde Heath and Euell Taylor Stroud in Douglas, Ga. After high school Tom attended and graduated from Valdosta State College and earned a Masters of Divinity degree from The Chandler School of Theology at Emory University.
Tom married Betty Ann Bishop from Alma, Ga., in 1955. While serving as pastor for several churches within the United Methodist South Georgia Conference, he and Betty Ann became the parents of a daughter and three sons, Beth, Tommy, Freddy, and Brad.
St. Simons United Methodist Church was a great and significant transition for Tom. This was to become his last full-time pulpit and the beginning of establishing Island roots for his family. While Tom may have been called to change his career from full-time ministry, he continued to minister to everyone he knew.
Tom seemed to live to serve and serve to live. Family, friends, community, and congregation members looked to him for a receptive ear and his always-comforting guidance. Everyone who dealt with Tom came away walking straighter, taller, and more confident. Tom blessed those he came into contact with.
Tom was also a large part of the driving force that founded The Gathering Place and Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica.
Whether as a member of Rotary, Jekyll Island Authority, Golden Isles Masonic Lodge, or a host of other organizations, Tom was there to be a part of improvement and service.
Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Ann Stroud; his mother Mayde Heath Stroud, his father Euell Taylor Stroud, and his sister and brother-in-law, Kitty and Bob Tobey.
Tom is survived by his children: Elizabeth Ann Knittel (Wayne), Thomas B. Stroud (Sally), R. Frederick Stroud (Anna), J. Bradley Stroud (Melissa); grand-children; Elizabeth Knittel, Tommy Stroud, Jr. (Leigh Ann), Ansley Stroud (Ken Sellers), Katherine Knittel, Mary Bernard Knittel, Wes Stroud, John B. Stroud, Jr., Rob Knittel, , Frederick Stroud, Larkin Stroud, Emily Ann Stroud, Elliott Stroud, Bennett Stroud, Carson Stroud, Maddox Stroud, great grand-children: Kaplan and Sawyer LaFountain. Tom's brothers-in-law; Henry and Jimmy Bishop.
Visitation was held at Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.
A funeral service was held on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica, with Dr. Wright Culpepper, Rev. Steve Patton, and Rev. Marcia Cochran officiating. Entombment followed at Oglethorpe Memorial Gardens.
Serving as pallbearers were Tommy Stroud, Jr., Wes Stroud, John B. Stroud, Rob Knittel, Frederick Stroud, Elliott Stroud, Bennett Stroud, Carson Stroud, Maddox Stroud, and Kaplan LaFountain
Family request memorials contributions to be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, St. Simons United Methodist Church, FaithWorks, Magnolia Manor/St. Simons, or the Hospice of the Golden Isles.