07 LC 96 2721
House Resolution 785
By: Representatives Heard of the 114th, McKillip of the 115th, and Smith of the 113th




Honoring and remembering the life of educator Howard Burnette Stroud; and for other purposes.


WHEREAS, Howard Burnette Stroud was born in Athens, Georgia, to the late George Edward and Emma Mae Flanigan Stroud on March 31, 1930; and


WHEREAS, after his honorable service in the United States army, Mr. Stroud earned his master's degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta and taught in Clarke County Schools before attaining further degrees at Atlanta University; and


WHEREAS, in addition to teaching, Howard served Clarke County Schools in such administrative capacities as counselor, principal, associate superintendent, acting superintendent, and middle school and high school coordinator; and


WHEREAS, he carried himself with the utmost dignity and compassion and lived according to the personal motto, "There's nothing greater for me than to serve my fellow man. I feel compelled to make my community the best it can be"; and


WHEREAS, he became a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church at an early age and served faithfully as a deacon and chairman of the Deacon Board; and


WHEREAS, as a result of his passion for community involvement, he served as a board member of Athens Regional Medical Center for 20 years, presiding as chairman for several years, and was an active participant of such civic organizations as the Classic City Center Authority, the Athens Technical Institute Board of Directors, the East Athens Development Corporation, the Clarke County NAACP, Kappa Alpha Psi, the Morton Theatre Corporation, the Athens Symphony, and the Athens Area Retired Teachers Association; and


WHEREAS, his professional skills led him to serve various boards beyond his local community, including the National Association of Educators, the National Alliance of Black School Educators, the National Association of Middle School Principals, and the United Way of Northeast Georgia; and


WHEREAS, Mr. Stroud's leadership was instrumental in carrying Clarke County Schools through the tense period of integration, and he is credited with bringing the Academic Decathlon to the State of Georgia; and


WHEREAS, he was the first recipient of the Howard B. Stroud Leadership Award, which was named in his honor, and his numerous accolades include the Community Service Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership and many selfless contributions to his fellow man; and


WHEREAS, his immense dedication to his community was surpassed only by his loving devotion to his family, and he is survived by his loving wife, Bettye; son, Howard, Jr.; daughter, Kesha; brothers, George, Jr., Charles, and Melvin; sisters, Erma Martin and Barbara Benton; brother-in-law, Ronald Baker; aunt, Matilda Watson; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous other relatives, students, colleagues, and friends; and


WHEREAS, in life he was an immeasurable source of strength and encouragement for several generations of Georgians; at his death it is fitting and proper that we offer our sympathies to his family and friends.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES that the members of this body honor the life of this distinguished Georgia educator and servant of the community, Howard Burnette Stroud, express their deepest regret at his passing, and extend their most sincere condolences to his family.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of Representatives is authorized and directed to transmit an appropriate copy of this resolution to the family of Howard Burnette Stroud.