Mr. Fred Stallings, Jr., was born in Augusta, Georgia, on December 20, 1936, to the parents of Fred Stallings, Sr., and Eva Ida Banks, during an era of southern segregation. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior at an early age. God graciously called him home on Saturday, January 30, 2021. He was an active member of Moses Baptist Church and served in various leadership positions throughout his spiritual life.
Fred Stallings, Jr., of Augusta, Georgia married Lucy Johnson (deceased). The marriage produced three children, Antonio “Tim” Stallings, Sonya Stallings, and Valerie Stallings. Later in life, Fred married Frederick Ann DeWalt and their marriage produced one child, Dorinda Stallings. Fred and Frederick Ann Stallings remained married for forty-eight years, until his earthly transition to paradise.
Fred graduated from Immaculate Conception, Catholic School. After graduation he attended and graduated from Paine College with a teaching degree in history. Pursuing his love of education, Fred went on to attend South Carolina State College, Orangeburg, SC and obtained a master’s degree. His pursuit of education continued, and he enrolled and completed an advanced teacher certification in education from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama.
Fred worked in various roles with the Richmond County Board of Education such as: History teacher, assistant principal, principal, football, and basketball coach. He was a mentor to all who met him. After retirement from the Richmond County Board of Education, Fred embarked on a new career with the Augusta-Richmond County Board of Assessor’s Office and served as a resource for citizens of Richmond County in tax related matters.
Fred Stallings was a son, friend, father, mentor, leader, husband, political activist, a man of GOD, and a true believer. An excerpt from a poem composed by the poet Langston Hughes best summarizes his journey of life. I’ll tell you: Life for me ain’t been no crystal staircase… And sometimes required goin’ in the dark, Where there ain’t been no light… Working as an educator in the segregated south was difficult but Fred Stallings and a legion of black educators educated our youth and prepared them for a productive future.
Fred leaves to cherish his memories, his wife Frederick Ann Stallings, and a blended family to include:
The Stallings Family: son Antonio (Tim) Stallings, daughter-in-law, Dr. Monica Stallings, granddaughter La Tosha Salem and husband Garland Salem; daughter, Dorinda Stallings, grandson, Zavier Stallings.
The Love-Smith Family: daughter, Sonya Love-Smith, son-in-law, Dr. Wendell Smith, granddaughter, Misha Love; grandson Christopher Love (deceased); grandson Andre Saint Paul Love; grandson, Jason Smith; and granddaughter Kyana Smith.
The Tubman Family: daughter, Valerie Stallings Tubman; son-in-law, Anthony Tubman; grandson, Thomas Stallings; granddaughter, Tanisha Anderson; son-in-law; Jerry Anderson, and grandson; Calvin Jackson. Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews: La Mario Love; Dominique Love; Jacquez Love; Madison Love; Chance Love; Chase Love; Andrez Javier Love; Jace Love; Malcom Dismuke; Dominique Paul Love; K’ceon Borum and Kennedy R. Chaney; Myles and Camille Salem; Leigh and Logan Stallings; Christopher, Cayden and Cameron Stallings; Jayda, Layla, Carter and Journi Jackson; and Taraji Anderson; Taylor and Taynia Cooper.
Public viewing will be Sunday, February 7, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the mortuary.
Graveside services will be held Monday, February 8, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Mount Olive Memorial Gardens, 3666 Deans Bridge Road, Hephzibah, Georgia; Reverend J. Witcher, eulogist.
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