October 27, 1920 – September 15, 2016
Willie (Bill) Benton Stallings, 95, of O’Fallon, Illinois, born October 27, 1920, in Angus, Texas, died peacefully at home with family on September 15, 2016.
He married his loving wife, Suzuko “Suzie,” on February 1, 1957, in Kobe, Japan. He was the greatest man we have ever known and he was a decorated veteran. He served his country in World War II and dedicated 20 years of his life before retiring from U.S. Army. He enjoyed his cigars, apple fritters, and telling jokes all the way until the end. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He loved his devoted wife, Suzie, and never wanted her to leave his side.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Frances Bolam; parents, Henry Stallings and Laura Davis; brothers, Louis, Homer, J. Rufus, and Oscar Stallings; sisters, Rosie Bewley, Clara Carver, and Bethel Wingo.
Surviving are his sons, George (Teresa) Stallings and Jeremy (Cherie) Stallings; daughters, Patty Stallings and Nancy Stallings; grandchildren, Jonathan (Lindsey) Stallings, Joey (fiancé, Jes Blazewicz) Miner, Kayah (Corey) Billups, Chelsey (fiancé, Scotty Strake) Stallings, Rachel Boaz, Owen and Carter Stallings; great grandchildren, Stephen Knupp, Khali and Carsynn Billups, and Sterling Eskra; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends; and special friends, Dr. Harry Maue and Ron Brawley.
A special thank you to the team with Hospice of Southern Illinois for their superior care and compassion and especially to Rachel, Nicole, Danielle, and Amy. In lieu of flowers, donations to this foundation are appreciated. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.valhallagardensandfuneralhome.com
Visitation was held on Monday, September 19, 2016 at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral home, with funeral services following.
Interment will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. in Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, Illinois
Arrangements entrusted to Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home.