william stroud

January 23, 1937 ~ December 13, 2019

William “Royce” Stroud of Atlanta, Georgia passed away peacefully on December 13, 2019 surrounded by his family.
Royce was born January 23, 1937 in Belleville, Illinois to Bill and Freda (Woods) Stroud. Royce graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, with distinction. While at Purdue, Royce played baseball for Purdue University and, in his senior year, was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor, which is one “of the most prestigious conference awards in college athletics.” The Big Ten Medal of Honor is awarded to one student-athlete who had “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.” In college, he was also a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. Later, Royce attended the Program for Management Development at Harvard University Graduate School of Business.
After graduation from Purdue, Royce served in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps and then worked at Exxon (then Esso) in Baton Rouge where he met his future wife. Royce married Elayne Prados on December 16, 1960. Together they had three children, William Randall Stroud, Holly Elizabeth Stroud and Cynthia Stroud Harris. After several transfers with his company, the couple moved to Houston, Texas in 1970, which is where they raised their children. Starting in 1986, Royce and Elayne then traveled the world for his work, living in New Jersey, St. Croix, Raleigh, Romania, London, Antigua, Antwerp and Atlanta.
Royce held several patents in the oil & gas field. He worked for Exxon, Conoco and Hess Oil and also owned two engineering firms, Stroud Engineering and RefTech. He traveled to Romania and Russia to upgrade certain of their oil refineries to western standards. He was President of the West Indies Oil Company in Antigua where he was instrumental in the construction of a new oil refinery on the island of Antigua.
Royce was a very loving and dedicated husband and father. He was always there for his children, volunteering at their school activities and just being an overall great dad. He and his daughter Holly had a tradition of going to Houston Astros games together where he taught her his love of baseball. Royce also volunteered in the community extensively, especially through his church. In Houston, he was Chairman of the Vestry at Christ Church Cathedral. In Atlanta, he served as Treasurer of the Cathedral of St. Philip’s. He also served for many years as a Marshall at the PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta and other local golf tournaments.
Although he didn’t live in the past, two accomplishments from high school stand out. As a lifeguard, Royce saved the life of a drowning boy. He also pitched a no-hitter to help his baseball team win the state high school championship
Royce was preceded in death by his wife, Elayne, and his sister, Patricia Evans. He is survived by his three children, Randall (and his wife, Jorgelina Araneda), Holly (and her husband, Robert Sinos) & Cynthia (and her husband, Greg Harris). He is also survived by his three grandchildren, Rachel Corvin (and her husband, Alex Corvin), William Harris and McIver Harris, and one great grandchild, Claire Corvin. Also surviving him are his niece, Jeri Evans, his nephews, Richard Evans and John Evans, and many relatives on his wife’s side of the family.
A Memorial Service for Royce will be held at the Chapel at Canterbury Court in Atlanta on Thursday, December 19 at 3:00pm.
Royce was a wonderful man who was very much loved and will be greatly missed.
His family expresses their deepest thanks and gratitude to the staff at Canterbury Court and the loving caregivers at Homewell for their service to Royce in his final months

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  1. Pam Davis says:

    What a nice write up about your father! He sounded like a wonderful man. I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

  2. Kris & Thearon Helton says:

    What a amazing man. Sending love…

  3. Lyn Richards Hughes says:

    You’re dad was an incredible man. May God bless your whole family with peace and healing.

  4. Anne Marie Begley says:

    Wishing you contentment with the wonderful memories of your father, grandfather, friend. He lived an extraordinary life with so many accomplishments but it is evident that his greatest accomplishment was his family and three children. May he rest in peace. Anne Marie

  5. Helena and Tom says:

    Dear Randall and Jorgelina,
    Tom and I send our deepest sympathies. Your father, Randall sounds like a very accomplished, nice guy. In Greece, we wish those who have lost a family member, that they may have a long life to remember their loved one. Mat your Dad rest in peace and may you cherish your memories of him.

  6. Laura Driscoll says:

    What an amazing man, and exceptional father. Peace be with you, Holly and your family at this time.

  7. Christi Ratliff says:

    Hugs and prayers to you and your family. You were blessed with an amazing father.

  8. Joan Virmbaum says:

    Thinking of you and your family, Holly. Sending love and heartfelt condolences.

  9. Nancy Theis says:

    Holly, Your father was an amazing man in every way. I know you were there for him as he obviously was for you throughout your life. The world was a better place because of your father and I’m glad he passed his genes on to you!

  10. Judi Bigg says:

    Heaven has been recently blessed with a very special man, and sadly, the blessing of having him in your life has passed on to having him in your heart. The relationship you had with him sounds like a memory to cherish forever. I’m deeply sorry for your loss

  11. Judi Bigg says:

    Heaven has recently been blessed with a very special man. Sadly, the amazing relationship you shared with that same man has been removed from your life & placed in your heart where he will live forever. I’m deeply sorry for your loss, Holly.

  12. Judi Bigg says:

    Heaven has recently been blessed with a very special man. Sadly, the special relationship you were blessed to have with him in life has passed to be held in your heart where he will live forever. I’m deeply sorry for your loss, Holly.

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