Elizabeth White Stroup

May 1, 2020

CHARLOTTE – Elizabeth White Stroup, died May 1, 2020, of complications from a fall in her home at The Cypress. A Charlotte native, Lib was born on November 23, 1924 at St. Peter’s Hospital. She was the only child of David Abernathy White and Nettie Jane Jones White. She grew up in the Wesley Heights neighborhood and graduated from Harding High School in 1942 and from the Women’s College of North Carolina (WC, now UNC Greensboro) in 1946. Lib then worked at American Trust Company until 1949, when she married Dr. Paul Archibald Stroup, Jr., a dentist from Newell, NC. Lib & Paul participated in many civic activities and raised their four boys in Charlotte. Later they traveled extensively and made many friends along the way. She and Paul were happily married for 68 years until his death in 2017. Lib provided devoted care for him over his last years.

Lib made and maintained many wonderful friendships throughout her life—from Wesley Heights, WC, Newell, the North Laurel Avenue apartments, the Foxcroft neighborhood, Myers Park Country Club, and the Cypress of Charlotte. She was active in the Charlotte Dental Auxiliary and at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. At the church she served as a Stephen Minister and circle chairperson, tutored children, and was awarded an Honorary Life Membership in Presbyterian Women. She enjoyed golf, bridge, books, Wild Dunes, traveling, discussing current events, and most of all, spending time with family and friends. Lib said her greatest joy was raising her sons and seeing them marry wonderful wives. She also loved being a part of her grandchildren's lives. Devotion to her family shined through her entire life, and her family will always cherish her generous and unconditional love.

Lib is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law Paul Stroup III (Melissa), Dr. David Stroup (Mandy), Steve Stroup (Page), and Dr. Scott Stroup (Dr.Thelma Mielenz); grandchildren (Caroline, Paul IV, Bonnie, Ramsay, and Meg); and the extended Stroup family.

A family service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, May 11, 2020 at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. The family invites you to join them virtually at https://myersparkpres.org/funerals

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC 28207 or to the charity of your choice..

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • Alan Shaw

    The Shaw family sends their deepest condolences to all of the Stroup family. Our prayers and thoughts go out to all of you.


    Heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Lib's family as we remember a life well lived. I have fond memories of a few bridge games at the Cypress. Thank you for sharing the beautiful family service with us.

  • Patti Brooks McManus

    Lib was a very, very special lady! She has been in my life as long as I can remember, like a second mother. Dr. Stroup and Lib were my parents best friends and lived down the street. We have a life time of memories of "Brooks-Stroup" parties and trips. I'm with you all in my heart and if there's anything I can do, please let me know. Wish I could be with you now!

  • David Yandle

    Your mother was a gracious lady and wonderful friend to my mother. Thank you for remembering their friendship in the memorial service. That meant a lot to Mom. I’m sure it was a little odd to have so few people with you in the sanctuary, but there are countless friends whose lives your mother touched who would have joined you under normal circumstances. Enjoy your family time together. She always did.

  • Steve and Nancy Benton

    Steve and I were so saddened by your Mom’s passing! She was a very special lady and will be missed by so many. Lib was loved and was an amazing lady who did for so many. She was a second Mom to each of the Brooks kid and Steve. Hate we can’t be there to express to each of you our condolences. Just know we loved your Mom and will miss her but glad she joined Dr. Stroup and also my parents. We will all miss her cheerfulness. We are here if we can help you in any way.

  • Joe baker

    My prayers are with the family.

  • Nadine and Charles Newell

    Dr. David so sorry to hear about your Mother. We know what it is like loosing your Mother (parents). We pray for Gods grace for you and your family. Just hold the memories close to your heart. Our love is extended to you always. She is with Dr. Paul what a precious reunion.

  • Vicki Baker

    We are so saddened with the passing of Lib Stroup. She was a fine Christian and a beloved friend of our mother. We loved to hear our mother talk about the good times she had with Lib as they played golf and worked together in the Dental Auxiliary. We always remember Lib Stroup with a beautiful smile on her face. She will be truly missed.
    Vicki Peeler Baker and Jacki Peeler Chapman

  • Susan Bilon

    I was saddened to hear the news of your mother's death. I always enjoyed seeing your mother and father at the Cypress. A lovely couple that can now be together! Please know we are thinking of you during this difficult time. Truly a lovely lady!

  • Deanie Tiddy

    Please accept my expression of sympathy on the passing of your mother. She was a beautiful and SPECIAL lady and I admired her very much. She was proud of her sons and you can take comfort in that you made her proud of you. Sincerely

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