Larry Ashley Stroud died on Wednesday, March 23, after a long and valiant struggle with a brain tumor. Ashley was born on October 10, 1964, in Charlotte, to Larry and Barbara Stroud.
Ashley graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and with distinction from Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. After a residency at University of Alabama Hospitals and a cardiology fellowship at Wake Forest University Medical Center, Ashley and his family moved to New Bern and he became one the founders of The Heart Center of Eastern Carolina. His many honors and achievements included election to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, fellowships in the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians, and board certifications in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Echocardiography.
Ashley was passionate about his patients and worked tirelessly and selflessly to build the Heart Center. He had a razor sharp wit, which he delivered with unique dryness and timing; he usually only smiled at his humor while his audience laughed out loud. Ashley was not demonstrative about his affections, but his great kindness showed in his eyes and in his deeds. He was devoted to the college sweetheart he married. He was passionate about UNC and the Tar Heels, but patiently donned a Demon Deacons sweatshirt when his daughter chose to go to Wake Forest. Ashley loved playing golf, and was proud to see his son beat him at the game. He had a large capacity for friendship and enjoyed and made time for many friends. Ashley will be sorely missed in many places and by many people.
The family will receive visitors on Sunday, March 27, from 6:00 until 8:00 at Pollock~Best Funeral Home. Funeral services will be on Monday, March 28, at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of New Bern. Burial will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park.
Ashley is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Howerton Stroud; his daughter Rachel Ann; his son James Walter; his parents Larry and Barbara Stroud; his grandmother Doris Stroud; his sister Shelley Kinsey and her husband Mark; brothers-in-law Walter Howerton and wife Karen, and John Howerton and wife Beth; his mother-in-law Sharon Howerton; and one niece and five nephews. He was predeceased by his grandparents Bill and Rachel Hough, and Wayne Stroud.
Those wishing to do so, may make memorials to the Carolina East Foundation for the L. Ashley Stroud, M.D. Inpatient Hospice Unit, PO Box 1576 New Bern, NC 28563, or to the charity of their choice.
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March 27, 2011
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Pollock Best Funerals & Cremations
2015 Neuse Blvd
New Bern, NC 28560
252 637 5111
March 28, 2011
First Presbyterian Church
418 New Street
New Bern, NC
Monday March 28 2011
Greenleaf Memorial Park
900 River Rd.
Trent Woods, NC 28562
252 633 1440
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I am so very sorry to learn about Ashley's death. I know special you were to each other! I ran into the article while searching for your information on the Internet. I had been thinking about you lately. My heart goes out to you and your children. God bless to you and your family.
Please accept my deepest sympathy to your family for the loss of Ashley. Sorry I couldn't be there.
DanPosted by: Daniel Cook - Byhalia, MS - cousin by marriage Apr 16, 2011
We were very sorry to hear about Ashley. We knew he had been ill for quite awhile. Our thoughts and prayers are of his wife, children, Larry and Barbara and Mrs Stroud, his grandmother. Have many memories of Ashley in our church, our scout troop and our neighborhood.Posted by: John A. Burch - Charlotte, NC - Family Friend Mar 29, 2011
Mom told me about Ashley and then I saw the writeup in Raleigh paper Sunday. Just wanted to say how sorry I was to hear this news. It sounds like Ashley was a blessing to his community and will be greatly missed. God bless you all.Posted by: Melinda Burch Rossi - Cary, NC - family friend years ago Mar 29, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family . I have often thought of you all . I will miss you greatlyPosted by: Rick Ruhland - Monroe, NC - a friend Mar 28, 2011
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I was one of Dr.Stroud's patients for six years until he couldn't see any more people, i really loved him, he always had the biggest smile when he entered the room.He told me he was so proud of me i was going once a week then every other week and so on until it got once a year. i will miss by buddy!!!! My heart goes out to you!!!! Julietta Murphy