Howard Mattox Stroud
Howard Mattox Stroud, 86, of Hattiesburg, passed away suddenly at his home in Hattiesburg on Friday, December 11, 2020. As a member of the “5:00 A.M. Club” at Merit Health, Howard had gotten up to go exercise when Heaven called him home.
Born in Fulton, MS in 1934 to Douglas and Christine Stroud, Howard was reared in Hattiesburg and was a graduate of the Demonstration School. He attended Mississippi Southern College (now USM) where he served as Student Body President and was Vice President of Kappa Alpha fraternity. He received his accounting degree and then joined the U.S. Army, serving as an Infantry Lieutenant.
Following his military service, Howard discovered a love of exploring new places while he worked with Standard Oil of New Jersey covering Canada, the Caribbean and Central America. It was this love of discovery that would later lead him to visiting all 50 United States capitols with his wife and children.
Deciding it was time to “settle down”, he returned to Mississippi to enter law school at the University of Mississippi. During this time, he also met and began a long range courtship with Suzanne Norton, a red head from New Orleans.
After marrying Suzanne and graduating with his law degree, the couple moved to New York City, NY where Howard earned his Master Of Laws Degree in Taxation as well as a lot of material for his future storytelling. Eventually, they made their way back to Hattiesburg where Howard practiced law emphasizing tax planning, finding that he had a gift for helping others plan their estates. He served in a variety of professional roles, including his time as a founding member and two term President of the South Mississippi Estate Planning Council.
Retiring from full time practice in 2014, Howard joined and enjoyed his time as a part of the Senior Quest men’s group, the Jolly Boys men’s group and the OLLI program at USM. He was also very interested in his family’s history and throughly enjoyed researching and sharing stories with both immediate and ‘distant’ family members.
Devoted to his LORD, Howard was a member of The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Hattiesburg, where he served in a variety of roles for both the local parish and the Diocese of Mississippi. He would want us to encourage you to go get some of their famous gumbo soon.
An avid storyteller with a big voice and a bigger heart, Howard lived his life in a way that his family will do their best to emulate.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Willam Allen Stroud and Miriam Christine Stroud.
Howard is survived by his wife of 56 years, Suzanne Stroud; their children, Sarah N. Stroud of Hattiesburg and Howard M. Stroud, Jr. (Kathy) of Lewisville, TX; two grandchildren, Katelyn and Sydney, also of Lewisville. Howard valued family above all else and is survived by many other family members whom he loved dearly.
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, a private service will be held for the family at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, followed by inurnment in the Church of the Ascension Columbarium.
Memorials may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Ascension (http://ascension.ms) or to The Children’s Center For Communication And Development at the University of Southern Mississippi (https://www.usm.edu/childrens-center-communication-development/index.php).