Hubert Edward Stroud

Published 2:27 pm Monday, September 2, 2019

Hubert Edward Stroud, 92, passed away on Aug. 31, 2019 in Murray, Ky. Visitation will be 9-11 am on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg, MS. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. at Glenwood, followed by interment at Greenlawn Gardens.

Mr. Stroud is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Clara Stroud; sisters, Versie Stroud, Bertie (Freeman) Townsend, Lessie (Burris) Griffith, Beatrice (Howard) Straughan; brother, Earl (Gladys) Stroud; and wife of 67 years, Hazel Cupit Stroud. Mr. Stroud is also preceded in death by sisters-in-law, Lorraine (Robert) Geary, Betty (Ray) Evans and Joanne (Jimmy) Goodman; and brothers-in-law John Rundell, Ray Evans and Melvin Oswalt.

He is survived by his two sons, Robin (Cathy) and Randy (Gloria); grandchildren, Lacey (William) Childress, Joel Stroud and Shannon (William) Brister; and great-grandchildren, William and Manny Childress, and Thomas and Will Major Brister, and Zayne Iglesias; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Glennie Oswalt and Dorothy Rundell, and by brother-in-law Rev. Jimmy Goodman; and their children and grandchildren.

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Hubert Stroud was born and raised near Crowville, La. He grew up on a small family farm during the Great Depression.

During World War II, he volunteered and served honorably in the US Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, now anchored in New York harbor.

In 1945, Hubert Stroud left Winnsboro, La. with his lifelong friend, Richard “Bud” Gauldin. They served together on the same ship, and they returned home together.

Upon returning home from the war, Hubert married his sweetheart, Hazel Cupit, and they had two sons, Randy and Robin.

Soon afterward, Mr. Stroud accepted a job at R.G. LeTourneau, Inc. and moved his family to Vicksburg. Mr. Stroud became a master machinist, working in the Gear Department for the duration of his career at LeTourneau.

Mr. Stroud was an outstanding pitcher in the Vicksburg fastpitch softball league, leading his LeTourneau team to a league championship. In later years, he later coached boys baseball, and both men’s and women’s softball teams. He was also an umpire in the city recreational softball league for many years.

After retiring from LeTourneau Company, Mr. Stroud operated and maintained a lawn service well into his 80s. Mr. Stroud was an avid outdoorsman and hunter, and he especially enjoyed hunting wild turkeys.

Hubert and Hazel Stroud were the first members to join Immanuel Baptist Church during the ministry of Rev. Tom Rayburn. The church became an integral part in the lives of the Stroud family. Hubert was ordained a deacon, and Hazel worked as church secretary for many years. In later years, Hubert Stroud served as Music Minister at Immanuel Baptist Church, Bovina Baptist Church and Grace Baptist Church, as well as other churches as interim music minister. Hubert and Hazel Stroud often sang for special occasions upon request. They sang together at nursing and retirement homes, as well as weddings and funerals through the years. The Strouds recorded two gospel albums, The Last Mile and One More Mile. They gave several hundred copies to their friends and relatives, and anyone who requested one.

Mr. Stroud later recorded a third album of his favorite gospel quartet songs, The Stroud (One-Man) Quartet, on which he sang all four parts of the harmony.

Mr. Stroud retired from church ministry when he and Ms. Stroud moved to Murray, Ky. in 2012.

Hubert and Hazel continued to sing at their local church as well as for services at their residence, Hickory Woods Retirement Center. It was at Hickory Woods that Mr. Stroud met and befriended Mr. Eugene Waggoner, a fellow Navy veteran, who remained his dear and valued friend thereafter. After Ms. Stroud passed away in 2014, Mr. Stroud continued to sing for the worship services.

The life journey of Hubert and Hazel Stroud was a labor of love in service to Christ. They both used their gifts of voice to glorify God and point others to the truth of the gospel. Memorials may be given to Grace Baptist Church.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, at Glenwood Funeral home from 9- 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Darryl Peniek, Dusty Peniek, Robbie Peniek, Larry Hargill, Mike Mathews and John Iglesias.