Paul Clay Stallard, 90, died April 23 in Pass Christian, Miss.
Born in Jeff to the late Harvey Watson Stallard and Carma Banks Stallard Malone, he was preceded in death by his son, Phillip, and two sisters, Vivian and Beulah.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Rosa; his daughters and sons-in-law, Amy and Bob Ramsak; Paula and Craig Whitehead, and Heather and David Anderson; grandchildren, Melissa Davidson and husband Justin; Katie Anderson and fiancé Brent Charles Alexander; Carrie, Landrum, and Brendan Anderson; his brother and sisters; step-grandchildren and their spouses, Rob, Ronda, Derek, Rachel, Seth, Kelly, Matt and Wendy Ramsak and Megan and Shane Dickerson; several step great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; Stallard and Israel family members; and other extended family and friends; special “adopted” sons, Robert Steele and Steve Rowland.
After graduating from Whitesburg High School, Mr. Stallard attended Berea College, where he met his future wife, Rosa Lee Israel Stallard. He also held a master’s degree in geology from the University of Kentucky. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to1955 and worked for Texaco for almost 30 years as a geophysicist.
Mr. Stallard visited all 50 states and was a fan of the University of Kentucky Wildcats. He loved to read, especially books about the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln, and had an extensive collection of Lincoln memorabilia. He collected rocks, walking sticks, caps and mugs and liked to take pictures, especially of his family. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family, giving them the precious gifts of his time, love and attention. He attended many Boy Scout activities, piano and dance recitals, church events, school programs, parties, reunions, and graduations. He had a dry sense of humor and especially enjoyed visiting and talking over a cup of tea or coffee.
The family wishes to thank his caregivers for their compassion and loving care. Due to current circumstances, services will be planned for a later time. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a library or literacy charity of your choice.
Riemann Family Funeral Home, Gulfport, Miss., has charge of arrangements. Online tributes may be offered at www.riemannfamily.com.