KNOXVILLE — Jennings Stroud, 80, of Knoxville, entered into Heaven Saturday, April 28, 2012, after suffering a heart attack.
Jennings lived a full life of family and friends. He attended Big Springs, Mount Olive and Sevier Heights Baptist churches. He was passionate about his law enforcement career that included attending the FBI Academy and Northwestern University for Criminal Law studies; a passion that he continued to enjoy in retirement as an off-duty police officer.
Jennings always enjoyed being on the lake and many days were filled with fishing, water skiing and taking family and friends down the river on the houseboat. Jennings was an excellent marksman and remained an avid hunter throughout his life. During Jennings’ childhood in North Carolina and adulthood in East Tennessee, he endeared himself to his family and many friends with his outgoing and mischievous manner. Jennings was a friend to many and could routinely be found helping neighbors and those in need.
Jennings was preceded in death by his parents, Worth Jefferson and Blanche Mae (Daves) Stroud; sister Sara Darcus (Stroud) Hobby; and, son Joseph Randall Stroud.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Lota (Borden) Stroud; sons and daughters-in-law: Dusty Deland and Susan Stroud, Brian Scott and Melissa Stroud; son Russell Allen Stroud; grandchildren: Venessa Finely-Stroud, Zekiel Zuniga, Tiffany, Joseph, Cory, Jessica, Joshua, Logan and Caleb Stroud; and, great-grandchildren: Trenton and Shyan Finley; brothers-in-law, Harold Hobby and David (Pat) Borden; sister-in-law, Lois Kerr; daughter-in-law, Debbie (Holder) Stroud; nieces, Cindy Ammons and husband, Martin and Dr. Jill Meyette and husband, Dr. Phil; special relative, Kimberly Kleppe-Stroud.
Family will receive friends 5:30 –7:30 PM Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home, with the service to follow at 7:30 PM, with Rev. Bob Kerr, Dr. Doug White and Rev. David Harkins officiating. Family and friends will meet Thursday at Big Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, for a 12 Noon interment service. Pallbearers will be Rusty, Dusty, Scott, Joey, Corey, Josh, Logan, Caleb and Zekiel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Big Springs Baptist Church, 534 Big Springs Church Rd. Elleboro, NC 28040.
Condolences may be offered at www.berryfuneralhome.com