Henry Barnett Stroup went home to be with Jesus on February 4, 2019, at the age of 88. Rarely did anyone know his actual name because he was always known as H.B.
He was married to Louise Pinkerton Stroup for 65 years. He was the son of the late Henry Barnett Stroup, Sr., and Annie Ward Stroup, of Asheville, and brother to the late Frances Keffer, of Concord.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Dick Stroup (Sandra), of Greer, SC, and daughter, Shan Rose (Dan), of Asheville.
He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Kevin Kane (Jeri), of San Diego, CA; C.J. Davis, of Dallas,TX; Laura Clark (Brad), of Hendersonville; Sandy Rose (Sarah), of Gastonia; and Lacey Arocha (Cesar), of Soddy Daisy, TN; and great-grandchildren: Chris, Sarah and Kaden Kane, of San Diego, Catherine, Rachel and Bradley Clark, of Hendersonville, Grayson and Camden Rose, of Gastonia, and Koli, Kasynn and Knoxen Arocha of Soddy Daisy.
He was a man of God and showed the love of Jesus to all he met. He had a passion for missions and sharing Jesus with everyone he met. He greeted everyone with his smile on his face, love in his heart and words of affirmation. He loved the Lord, his family, and his church, which motivated his lifestyle. He was a charter member of West Asheville Baptist Church.
He graduated Lee Edwards High School in 1948 and attended Small Business classes at NC State. He coached Babe Ruth Little League Baseball for 10 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a lifetime member of the Asheville Optimist Club. He served as President of that club, as well as Lt. Governor and then Governor of NC. He also served as an Optimist International Vice President.
He served on the board of the Boy Scouts, YMCA, Camp Bethel (VA), and as chairman of the board at Boys & Girls Homes at Lake Waccamaw, NC.
He was CEO and 3rd generation owner of Stroup Sheet Metal until his retirement at age 85.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to DEEP Ministries, 24 Carrier Place, Asheville, N.C. 28806
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Green Hills Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Thursday, prior to the service.