CHARLIE STROUP HAS DIED - A Village Of Hur Mainstay 1929-2001

Charlie Stroup, a Hur mainstay and leader in the Mt. Olive United Methodist Church and Calhoun's Christian community, died early Sunday morning from his bout with cancer. He was 71.

Intercepted Letter From His Daughter:

Dad passed away at 1:00 a.m. March 11, 2001. Chuck left yesterday morning and Leo got up at 6 a.m. to fix him a good-bye omelet and of course my coffee, piping hot.

Helen arrived about 3:00 and she got to say her good-byes and of course was shocked by my father's deteriorating appearance.

Witold and Victoria arrived about 9:00 p.m. and said their good-byes. Victoria went into the room by herself and sang him Amazing Grace and told him she loved him and came back smiling feeling that she said good-bye.

Then it was the wait and he wouldn't grip and hold your hand nor respond to any words and we knew it was a matter of time. We all went to bed at 11:00 p.m. and then Witold and I came down and again held his hand and said good-bye.

Witold told him he loved him greatly and that he lead a great life. Mom woke up couldn't sleep and checked on dad and knew he passed on and got us all up.

We all stood around in a circle in the kitchen area and prayed and thanked the Lord for taking him so quickly and knowing that he is now with Jesus.

The memorial service will be in Mt. Olive on March 25 around 2:00 p.m. The plan is that we will take care of things up here and then Witold will take Mom down to W. Va. sometime next week and help with the issues of the getting ready a true Blatt at heart. Thank you all for your emotional and prayerful support.

May God bless this family of believers.