OBITUARY

Pauline R. Stroud

May 28, 1932July 7, 2019

Pauline R Stroud, age 87, of Dandridge, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center. She was a member of Grace Point Baptist Church. Preceding her in death was her husband, Paul Stroud; and daughter, Elaine Letchford. Survivors include her children, Beverly (Kenneth) Kinder and Gary (PJ) Stroud; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Stubblefield Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 8:00 p.m. with Rev. George Miller officiating. Family and friends will meet in Hamblen Memory Gardens on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 10:45 a.m. for an 11:00 a.m. graveside service. Arrangements by Stubblefield Funeral Home, Morristown, TN

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, July 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 11, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, July 12, 2019

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Biography

When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Pauline R. Stroud who was indeed a born manager. She will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. She was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with her throughout her life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Pauline was an individual who clearly communicated to those around her just who she was and what she was all about. Everyone acquainted with Pauline knew her as a well-respected woman who was a stable force in her community.

Pauline was born on May 28, 1932 at home in Morristown, Tennessee. Her parents were Walter and Maude Reinhardt. Pauline was raised in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Even as a youngster, Pauline learned to be objective and decisive. Her faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that she carried with her throughout her life.

In school, Pauline was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. She sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of her classes. She would eagerly complete her homework, and often put in extra study time when she felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Pauline was always good at following directions and meeting her schedules, whether they were set by her teachers or were self-imposed. Pauline’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.

Pauline’s practical work ethic carried over into her college years. Her logical mind permitted her to work hard without succumbing to the usual distractions of college life. She would tackle an assignment and work through it before moving onto the next project. Pauline’s orderly nature gave way to establishing personal study habits and procedures that not only helped her stay on track but often put her ahead of schedule. When Pauline saw the need or benefit, she would willingly take on the extra assignment or even attend extra classes in order to learn more and become a better student. She earned her BS degree in education from Carson Newman College.

An objective and conscientious individual, Pauline reveled in the security of her family. On July 2, 1955, Pauline exchanged wedding vows with Paul Stroud at the Hamblen County Courthouse of Morristown, Tennessee. One of Pauline’s most endearing qualities was her uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and her unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for her family and friends.

Pauline was ever watchful of her children. She worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. She maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Pauline would give her stamp of approval to their requests, as long as she could see how they might benefit. She also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that her children were properly raised. Pauline was blessed with three children, one son, Gary, and two daughters, Elaine and Beverly. They were also blessed with six grandchildren, Heath, Heather, Micah, Keenan, Tami, and Andrew; and nine great-grandchildren, Rayven, David, Courtney, Jonathan, Morgan, Logan, Gavin, Lucas and Jacob.

Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Pauline was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. She was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Pauline was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. She worked cooperatively and expected the same from her colleagues. In both her personal and professional environments, Pauline upheld her standards. Her primary occupation was a teacher. She was employed for 33 years by the Hamblen County Board of Education. Pauline was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

Pauline approached her leisure time in the same manner that she approached her life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, she appreciated the hours she was able to devote to her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits was crocheting. Pauline was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Pauline to do in life and that carried over to her enjoyment of sports. She also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were football, basketball, and NASCAR racing.

Being generous with her time and energy, Pauline liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. She was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. Her desire to uphold traditions and her ability to take charge of any type of project made her a tremendous asset. Throughout her later years, Pauline was an active member of Alpha Delta Kappa.

Faith was important to Pauline. She held high moral standards and was worried about the moral decay she saw around her. For that reason, she held deep spiritual beliefs that she was willing to share. She was a member Grace Point Baptist Church for 10 years.

When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Pauline used her scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that she made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Pauline had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included the beach, Grand Canyon, and the Rio Grande Valley.

Pauline was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Pauline’s favorites was Olive, a cat. They were best friends for nine years. Her two cats, Pepper and Tinker, rounded out her family.

She used her critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. In retirement, she found new pleasure in traveling to the west coast and Texas. In many ways, Pauline loved retirement. It provided her with the opportunity to catch up with her friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

Pauline passed away on July 7, 2019 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. COPD and Congestive Heart Failure. She is survived by her children, Beverly (Kenneth) Kinder and Gary (PJ) Stroud; six grandchildren, Heath, Heather, Andrew, Tami, Micah and Keenan; and nine great-grandchildren, Rayven, David, Courtney, Jonathan, Morgan, Logan, Gavin, Lucas and Jacob. Services were held at Stubblefield Funeral Home. Pauline was laid to rest in Hamblen Memory Gardens in Morristown, Tennessee.

All who knew her would agree that Pauline was a pillar of the community. She lived her life with her feet firmly on the ground. She had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in her thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. She was willing to share her ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Pauline R. Stroud did her best to ensure that her family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life she touched was given the chance to become a better person.