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Charles Lindbergh Stallings

Charles Lindbergh Stallings was born on December 14, 1927 to Ida and John W. Stallings. John passed away when Lindbergh was about one year old and his mother’s family bonded together to raise him, just as they did through the years for many other family members. Taking a village to raise a child was commonplace during that time. Lindbergh’s first job was at the age of thirteen years old when he stamped peaches in Yatesville for seven cents per hour. He then became an entrepreneur and started a shoe shine business where he charged customers ten cents per pair of shoes. Although the school in Yatesville had eleven grades, Lindbergh quit after the tenth year to work full time. He worked at Martha Mills for forty cents per hour inspecting yarn. Lindbergh moved to work at the Bleachery in Thomaston until World War II was over. Shortly thereafter, he was drafted due to the Korean War and served 23 months in the Army in Korea, in L Company – 45th Infantry. He made life-long friends in service who got together every year; on even years, they would meet in Calhoun, Georgia and in odd years they would meet somewhere in the west. He continued this tradition of sharing time with his brothers in arms until 2012. For many years of his life, Lindbergh lived an exciting life playing cards with his buddies and renting out pool tables and other games. He married Verna Conley Howard and had an instant family with his two step children. Lindbergh also was a father of many in Yatesville in that he adopted and loved all of the children in town as they adopted and loved him. He would have cookouts and have all of the children playing on pool tables and video games in his basement. He hosted many birthday parties, gatherings for the Georgia Baptist Children’s home, the youth of Yatesville Baptist Church, and other spontaneous events. He took the “village raising the child” concept from his childhood to heart and took it upon himself to continue that tradition. Lindbergh joined Yatesville Baptist Church and believed that God loves us all and forgives us of our sins. He loved to laugh and play cards or checkers with anyone who had time to sit a while. The stories of his life would certainly fill a book. He helped people behind the scenes, not ever wanting credit for it. He will be missed by so many. Just ask anyone who knew him. Charles Lindbergh Stallings went to meet his heavenly Father on March 17, 2015. He is preceded in death by his wife. He is survived by his two step children, four grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, a great-great grandchild, several nieces and nephews, several great nieces and great nephews and many dear friends. Funeral services for Mr. Stallings were held on Friday, March 20th, 2015 at 2 pm at the Yatesville Baptist Church. Rev. John Wesley Long and Rev. Steve Maguire officiated and burial followed in the New Hope Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. Fletcher-Day Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.fletcherdayfuneralhome.com

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