With hearts full of gratitude and sorrow, we celebrate the life of Curtis Lee Stallings, SGM, US Army (Retired), who departed this life on May 24, 2018, at age 90 at the St. Francis Nursing Center in Newport News, VA. Born March of 1928 in Disputanta, VA, to Letcher Lee Stallings and Minnie Overman Stallings. Graduated from Suffolk High School in 1946, then entered the U.S. Army in September 1946, retiring from the Army in April 1972 at the rank of Sergeant Major, Military Police Corps.
Assignments during his 25-year career included tours in Tokyo; occupied Japan (1946-1949); Richmond, VA; occupied Germany’s region of Bavaria (1952-1955); later Stuttgart, Germany; Fort Lee, VA; West Virginia; Fort Monroe; Korea; and finally Fort Meade, MD. He served with the Corps of Engineers, Military Police, Quartermaster’s Corps, and Army Chaplains Corps.
Following his Army career, he joined the National Park Service for 21 years as a park ranger, interpreting the history of Jamestown and Yorktown Battlefield for park visitors and dignitaries. Once he retired from the NPS in 1993, he tended the graves of Civil War Veterans at the National Cemetery, Yorktown, for 10 years. In addition for 25 years as an active member, he maintained the grounds of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Newport News, creating beauty in an urban landscape. His other passion was caring for the needs of his neighbors who were elderly or sick. Curtis had the ability to see a need and take care of it without asking. He loved working in his back yard to create a natural habitat for all of God’s creatures, big and small, but especially wild birds who gave him so much joy to watch.
He was also a faithful Masonic Mason, member of the Army and Navy Lodges, achieving a 50-year pin, and serving in Germany as a Master Mason of a lodge.
He was preceded in death by his parents, L.L. and Minnie Stallings, brother Robert Stallings, brothers-in-law William “Bucky” Hay and Bernard Hofler, and his former wife Sara R. Stallings.
His is survived by his son Anthony Stallings (Elizabeth), his daughter Wanda Cote’ (Robert), his brother Letcher Ray Stallings, sister Marjorie Hofler, beloved wife Diane G. Stallings of 42 years, sisters-in-law Stefanie Giangrande and Gilda G. Hay, four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Curtis’ life will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 221 34th Street, Newport News, VA, followed by a reception in the parish hall. Interment will be held at a later date at the family cemetery in North Carolina.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Army Emergency Relief, 2530 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 221 34th Street, Newport News, VA, 23607; or a charity of your choice.
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