Margaret Jones Stallings, age 90, of Surf City, formerly of Wallace, died on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at her home on Topsail Island.
She was born to the late Joe and Alma Jones in Fountaintown, on March 14, 1931. She graduated from Chinquapin High School in 1949 and lived on the family farm until September 20, 1950, when she married William Allen "Billy" Stallings and moved to Wallace. Together for over 60 years, they worked at J. P. Stevens, raised two sons, visited Topsail Beach most weekends, traveled frequently, and were active members of their church. Their marriage was admired by all who knew them.
After they retired, they cruised the Caribbean, to Alaska, to Hawaii, and traveled to many states. They loved Topsail Beach: the area, the neighbors who were also friends, LifeWalk Church, the fishing, the floundering, the occasional alligator encounter, and having family and friends to visit.
After her husband died in 2012, Margaret relocated to Topsail to be closer to her church and to where she and Billy had spent so many happy times. Her next-door neighbors Portia Poole, Alvin Batts, and Jenny Grubb remained steadfast friends and attentive neighbors. Pastor Glenn Batts and Mrs. Katheryn Batts along with other neighbors, relatives, and friends visited often. In the last months of her life, Margaret received excellent care and friendship from Sherry, Carmel, Tamara, and Kelsey, with a view of the inland waterway and sunsets over the Surf City bridge from her bedside.
Margaret was predeceased by her husband, Billy Stallings, her sons, Allen Joel Stallings and William Timothy “Timmy” Stallings, and her brother, Gerald Jones. She is survived by her granddaughter, Amy J. Hawkins of Salt Lake City, Utah; sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Jack Bean, of Clover, South Carolina, brother and sister-in-law, Landon and Martha Jones of Greensboro, North Carolina; sister Hilma Mills, of Richlands, North Carolina; brother-in-law John Stallings and sister-in-law Peggy Stallings, both of Wallace; an attentive niece, Oralia Judge of Wallace, as well as cousins, other nieces and nephews, numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 17 at Padgett Funeral Chapel in Wallace, conducted by Pastor Glenn Batts with music provided by Scott and Amy Bartnett. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the service, on Saturday, July 17 at Padgett Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Rockfish Memorial Cemetery, Wallace.
Memorial gifts may be made to LifeWalk church at P.O. Box 4249, Surf City, NC 28445.
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