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Harold Edwin Stroud, Jr
January 27, 1954 ~ October 27, 2023 (age 69) 69 Years Old
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Harold Edwin Stroud, Jr., of Pink Hill, a skilled craftsman, sportsman, and devoted family man, passed away at 69 on October 27, 2023, at Carolina Rivers Nursing and Rehab Center in Jacksonville, NC, after a valiant and courageous battle with cancer.
A steadfast Christian, Harold was a member of Silo Christian Church, where he found great comfort in his faith.
In his youth, he was an expert pool player and enjoyed shooting and collecting guns. With his enthusiasm for the outdoors, Harold cherished the times spent boating and fishing with his father and relatives, as well as hunting with his lifelong friend, William Graham Turner Jr. His passion for motorcycling was evident as he braved all weather to ride his beloved Harley Davidson, a testament to his adventurous spirit.
He was a master mechanic who could work on anything from sewing machines to automobiles and took pride in restoring classic cars in his younger years.
Harold's professional life began in the family business, where he was the namesake of Har-Scott, Co. Inc., a women's wear manufacturer based in Pink Hill, and later contributed to his father's venture, Amadeus Neckwear, Inc., a neckwear manufacturer based in Kinston, NC. He wore many hats in his family business, working as a truck driver, mechanic and supervisor. As an entrepreneur, he did whatever it took to get the job done. His career path led him to supervisory roles at Allside Windows and Masterbrand Cabinets in Kinston, where he stayed until he retired.
Even in retirement, Harold continued to work, lending his time to R-Mart in Pink Hill, demonstrating his enduring work ethic.
Predeceased by his parents, Harold E. Stroud, Sr. and Violet C. Stroud, Harold leaves behind his wife, Amelita Stroud, and daughter, Amedith Stroud, of the home. His legacy continues through his adult children, Kriston Thompson, with spouse SFC Michael J. Thompson of Grafenwoehr, Germany, and Joseph Stroud, with partner Rachel Backels of Bolivia, NC. His joy was multiplied by his grandchildren, Kylie and Ayden Thompson of Grafenwoehr, Germany.
Harold is also survived by his siblings, Patricia Strange with husband Johnny Strange of Deep Run, NC, Yvonne Deatherage of Pink Hill, and Douglas Stroud with spouse Charlene Stroud of Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
The Stroud family will welcome visitors to Harold's childhood home at 303 Park Circle, Pink Hill, on Monday, October 30, from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Further visitation will be held at Pink Hill Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 31, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, November 1, at 11:00 a.m. at Pink Hill Funeral Home, with interment to follow nearby at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
Harold's life was marked by his dedication to his passions and his love for his family, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.