Laura Mae Coats Stallings died on September 26, 2014 at the age of 96. She was born in Johnston County on June 6, 1918, the daughter of Sam David Thomas Coats, Sr. and Mamie Williams Coats.
Laura was raised on a farm in the Cleveland Community, Johnston County. She continued farm life in the early years of her marriage. In later years, she cared for the sick and elderly. A faithful Christian, she read her Bible daily, prayed for others, rang the Salvation Army bell at Christmas and attended worship/Bible study at Sir Walter Apartments, Oliver House and Hillside Nursing and Rehab Center. She loved and enjoyed her family and relished each gathering with them. A gentle and loving person, she was loved by all who knew her.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Preston G. Stallings; son Louis Stallings, sisters; Maxine Coats and Magdalene C. Johnson; brothers; Sam, Parker, Babe, Lonnie, and James Coats.
Funeral services will be held at 2 pm on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, Strickland Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery.
She is survived by daughters, Jo Ann Horton (Donald) of Zebulon, Tillie Turlington (Bob) of Wendell, and Rebecca Pettway of Williamsburg, VA; sons, David Stallings (Susie) of Raleigh and Lawson Stallings of Louisburg and daughter in law Debbie Stallings of Raleigh; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; sisters; Cleo Beasley of Lumberton, Gala Hogg of Clayton and Shirley West of Clayton.
The family expresses their grateful appreciation to the staff of Hillside Nursing and Rehab of Wake Forest for their loving and dedicated care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church, 3414 N. Shiloh Rd., Garner, NC 27529 or to the charity of your choice.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 7:30 pm Monday, September 29, 2014, Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St., Wendell. www.stricklandfuneralhomes.net