On Tuesday, May 30, 2023, Patricia “Pat’ Hill Stroud, 78, passed away at her home with her daughter and family by her side. Now, she’s walking healthy and whole along the streets of gold – with her Savior, loved ones, and brother Ronald showing her around with a smile.
Pat was born in Lenoir County to the late Ernest Nathan “Jack” Hill and Katie Duff Hill. She was preceded in heaven by her husband Lawrence “Frog” Stroud; parents, brother Ronald Hugh Hill and his twin infant brother Donald Hill.
Throughout her walk on this earth, Pat’s love of the Lord was always made known to others. She’d ask if you knew Jesus and if not, she’d tell you how much you need Him in your life. She attended Turning Point Assembly Church in Pink Hill. And not surprisingly, a great passion of hers was gospel music!
She and her best friends – aka the 5 Musketeers- Jay Murphy, Dennis Howard, Dolly Andrews and Sue Grady would travel to hear their favorite gospel groups perform and grab a bite to eat afterward. In fact, they went so often the gospel singers got to know them by name. From then on, she would say she just had to get a hug from her gospel-singing friends.
For many years, Pat worked as a cashier at Teachey’s Grocery Store in Deep Run. Later she and her husband started their own business cleaning houses. And eventually they retired due to his health. Along with a kind heart and hard-working nature, Pat was a fantastic cook- anyone that knew her well knows this truth! If you entered her kitchen, she would correct your way of cooking without a second blink… often telling you to move over so she could show you how it’s done.
Pat and Frog had one child – Tammie Jo- who brought such joy and happiness to them both. Her family was her heart, always speaking of them fondly. She’d tell you she has the best daughter in the world and her grandsons Jared and Brandon Tyndall, and great-grandsons, Brayden and Brendan Tyndall are the most handsome in the world!
Family gatherings at Tammie and son-in-law Billy’s home were her favorite times. She especially enjoyed anything Billy grilled and would let everyone know how wonderful the food was. On Thursdays, Pat always looked forward to girls' night with her granddaughter-in-law Izet, who would bring over supper. And if Pat ever needed anything, Izet was there to help. Pat also loved going out to eat with Tammie and Sue one of her best friends.
Pat loved her siblings Julie (Judy), Tony, and Ronald. As a child, she always told them she was in charge because she was the oldest…not that they listened Since she dreamed of being an only child, she even told them they were adopted! And at one point, she decided not to use the’L word” (love) with Judy so no one would know they actually loved each other. Instead, they came up with a code word for “love You” – ditto.
When their mama passed, Pat became a second mother to Ronald, looking after each other. She always made Tony his favorite dessert, banana pudding, for his birthday every year, and when Ronald passed, she decided to use the “L word” with Judy again.
Two ladies very dear and close to Pat were her cousin, Marie Smith, and longtime friend and neighbor, Sue Grady. Marie and Pat shared a passion for reading a certain series and would exchange books. Sue and Pat loved going out to eat together, especially at Pat’s favorite restaurant, Johnny’s Seafood. Both Marie and Sue were like sisters to Pat, and she loved them very much.
Pat is survived by her daughter Tammie Stroud Tyndall and son-in-law Billy, grandson Jared Tyndall and grand daughter-in-law Izet, grandson Brandon Tyndall, great-grandsons Brayden and Brendan Tyndall, sister Julie (Judy) Jackson, brother Tony Hill Sr. and sister-in-law Bertha, along with several nieces and nephews.
Dear Pat was loved by many as she never met a stranger - she will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 from 6pm until 8 pm at Pink Hill Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 11 am on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Kinston