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Eugene Howard Stallings

Posted By Hall-Wynne On January 4, 2016 @ 12:11 pm In Durham,Obituaries,Oxford | 13 Comments

Eugene Howard Stallings, Sr., 90, began his eternal rest on Sunday, January 3, 2016. Howard, the oldest son of the late Eugene Wheless and Ruby C. Stallings was born December 6, 1925, in Franklin County where he resided until moving to Oxford in 1965.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 68 years Emma Leigh Strange; three sons: Howard, Jr. and wife Kay of N Myrtle Beach SC, Eddie and wife Gay of Oxford, and Kip and wife Lounell of Oxford; grandsons: Chip and wife Haven, Walter and wife Chris, Brian, and Lance Stallings; two granddaughters: Shannon Carmack and husband Keith, and Natalie Sweeley and husband Josh; great-grandsons: Cody, Cole, and Gavin Carmack, Hogan and Noah Stallings and great-granddaughters Emma Kate Sweeley and Kenna Stallings. He is also survived by brothers M.L. and wife Annette of Roanoke Rapids, and Graham and wife Anna of Youngsville; and sisters Marie Williams and husband Walter of Greenville and Jayne Simpkins of Raleigh and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by daughter-in-law Debbie Stallings.
He was a member of Oxford Baptist Church where he served on several committees, was a Deacon, Deacon Emeritus and taught Sunday School.
He received a BS and Masters degrees from East Carolina University. He taught and coached at W. R. Mills School, Louisburg NC five years and was principal there for eight years. He then moved to Oxford to become principal of J. F. Webb High School and later became Associate Superintendent of Granville County Schools where he remained until his retirement in 1985. In 2002, he was inducted into the East Carolina Educators Hall of Fame.
He was President of the Louisburg and Oxford Lions Clubs, President of the NC Lions Foundation, Director of the NC Eye and Human Tissue Bank, Director of Boys and Girls Home, and NC White Cane Chairman. In 1991, in Brisbane Australia, he was elected to a two-year term on the Lions International Board of Directors. For his devoted service to Lions International Howard became a Melvin Jones and Jack Stickley Fellow and a William L Woolard Partner in Service, received four International President’s Awards, and the Ambassador of Goodwill (the highest award presented by Lions International).
He served as an Infantryman in the European Theater during World War II. Howard was an avid sports fan and played baseball and basketball in high school.
Friends may visit family members in the Oxford Baptist Church Family Life Center, from 9:45-10:45 AM prior to a Memorial Service, which will be held in the church sanctuary Wednesday, January 6, 2015 at 11:00 AM.
Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the following: Oxford Baptist Church Music Ministry, PO BOX 398, Oxford NC; Oxford Lions Club, PO BOX 327, Oxford NC; or The North Carolina Lions Foundation, PO BOX 39, Sherrill Fords, NC 28673.
A private interment will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements by Gentry-Newell and Vaughan, Oxford NC.

Condolences for the family of “Eugene Howard Stallings”

Condolence from Helen Allen Garrison on January 4th, 2016 12:52 pm

What an influence and impact Howard had on so many students at Mills High School. He was first my 8th grade teacher, then my basketball coach, then my principal, and always my friend for life. My brother Jim and I always enjoyed visiting with Howard and Emma Leigh and laughing about old times. Even as adults, we still had something to learn from him. He will be greatly missed by all of us. My condolences and prayers go out to his many family members.

Condolence from Billy Dement on January 4th, 2016 4:27 pm

Mrs. Stallings, Howard, Jr., Eddie and Kip, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember “Big Howard” well while growing up and from LHS and remember that, although a little stern, he was always kind and friendly to me. I have enjoyed running into him and Mrs. Stallings over the years at different places in and around Louisburg and even at Holden’s Barbecue in Youngsville and catching up on old times. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers and I hope to see you all in the future.

Condolence from Chigger and Cookie Woods on January 4th, 2016 7:53 pm

Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with all the family during this time and the days ahead. May the memories, the legacy of love, bring comfort and peace. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

Condolence from Mike Johnson, Secretary, Archdale-Trinity Lions on January 4th, 2016 8:50 pm

On behalf of the Archdale-Trinity Lions Club, I would like to offer our condolences. The thoughts and prayers of our club are with Mr. Stalling’s family and friends.

Condolence from Danny and Vickie Boyd on January 4th, 2016 9:19 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Sandy Troutman on January 5th, 2016 9:14 am

Dear Natalie and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Treasure all those beautiful memories you have of him and remember how much he loved you. Much love. Sandy Troutman

Condolence from Louise Hensgen on January 5th, 2016 9:29 am

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Condolence from Martha Allen Furst on January 5th, 2016 11:00 am

My deepest condolences on the loss of of your loved one. He was my 8th grade home room teacher his first year teaching at W. R. Mill school, also my coach on the girls basketball team and then the principal of my 1957 graduating class. He was such a positive influence on all our lives growing up and mentor to many. He leaves an incredible legacy. I smile as I look back on my memories. He will not be forgotten.

Condolence from Kati Baker Hobson on January 5th, 2016 11:43 am

Kip and Family, my heart goes out to you with the passing of your patriarch, our principal and a guiding hand to many. I had a few encounters with your dad while helping in the school office . Those small interactions were always encouraging, kind and uplifting. They made a huge impact in my life. … May you remember his grace, continue to feel his support and guidance. And may the Lord give you peace during this difficult time! jFWebb class of 82

Condolence from Paul R. Bledsoe on January 5th, 2016 12:18 pm

What an honor to have know PID Howard Stallings. We will miss him with his kindness and most importantly his mission of serving those in need.

He made an impact as Past President of the NC Lions Foundation and every day his passion for Lions Clubs members worldwide and in our state of North Carolina will always be remembered. His legacy will live on forever.

Paul R. Bledsoe, President of the NC Lions, Inc.

Condolence from Glenda Henley Baker on January 5th, 2016 3:48 pm

With deepest sympathy,
Glenda Henley Baker

Condolence from Betty Hobgood Eidenier on January 5th, 2016 4:51 pm

Mr. Stallings said at our high school Class of 62 reunion that his most favorite thing to reflect upon was his international travel and work with Lions Club. My most favorite thing about him to remember, other than he gave me my first teaching job at J F Webb , was his enthusiastic basketball coaching when he took some little girls and gave us the guts for victory. He expected us to be as feisty as he was. Please accept our sympathy at his passing.

Condolence from Robert Poole on January 5th, 2016 4:52 pm

On behalf of Louisburg College and the Allen de Hart Concert Series, please allow me to take a moment to express my deepest condolences to all the family of Howard Stallings. He was a loyal and long time member of our concert series, and his presence will be deeply missed.
Robert Poole
Director, Jones Performing Arts Center

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