On a cold snowy day, December 23, 1963, Edward David Stroud, Jr was born in Atlanta, Georgia at 5:08am. He was full of artistic energy and ready to take on the world. He weighed 6 pounds 12 ounces. He was the eldest child of Edward David Stroud, Sr and the late Helen Wade Stroud. Edward transitioned on January 25, 2020.
Edward was a very talented and smart person. He constantly reminded his sisters that he was the smartest of the bunch. He was a self taught musical genius. He had the ability to listen to a song and play it by ear on his guitar. He always had perfect pitch! Many people in his neighborhood (Magna Carta Drive), were constantly entertained as he blasted his loud music on his amplifier that was placed in his bedroom window.
Edward was educated in the Atlanta Public Schools System. He attended Collier Heights Elementary School and was a proud graduate in the class of 1981 from Frederick Douglass High School. While at Douglass, he participated in the Astro Stage Band. He studied Music at Georgia State University.
Edward loved many things and had a deep love for animals. His best companion was his dog Gracie (named after his late grandmothers Grace Bolton, Grace Stroud and his younger sister Tracie). He loved animals so much that he would try to take care of any animal that he came in contact with.
During his musical career, he performed with a variety of artists and bands. His crowning achievements were his performances on the platinum albums TLC Crazy, Sexy Cool (Waterfalls) and Outkast, ATLiens.
Edward was a professional guitarist, music promoter, comedian, music journalist, passionate social activist, music technician and guitar repair man.
He was proceeded in death by his mother Helen Wade Stroud, grandmothers Grace Bolton and Grace Stroud and his grandfathers Lilman Stroud, Sr and James Bolton.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his father Edward David Stroud, Sr ( Delores), sisters Sabrina Stroud Toney and Tracie Brown (Andrew), two step- sisters Shawndra Williams and Kaila Walker, five nieces Jade Stroud, Halen Toney, Kalen Toney, Shiri Walker and Mahogani Brown, three nephews Christopher Williams, Jalen Williams and Caleb Brown, a devoted and loving uncle Gregory Bolton, uncle Lilman Stroud, Jr. ( Joyce), two aunts Vivian Ray and Patricia Stroud, wonderful cousins Jessica Powers and Porshia McFarland, and a host of cousins, family and friends.
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