Alma Poole Stalls
July 30, 1934 - January 09, 2017
Born in Rougemont, NC
Resided in ,
Saturday January 14, 2017, 11 AM
New Bethel United Methodist Church
9022 New Bethel Church Rd.
Rougemont, NC 27572
Alma Poole Stalls, lovingly known as “Scrumpy” by friends and family, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 9, 2017, after a difficult battle with lung cancer.
A graveside service will take place at 11:00 AM Saturday, January 14, 2017 at New Bethel United Methodist Church in Rougemont, NC. Family and friends will gather at the home of her sister, Karen Kerrick, after the service, and it is hoped that all who come to the funeral will come to the gathering.
Alma was born July 30, 1934, in Rougemont, NC, in northern Durham County where she grew up on a tobacco and dairy farm and worked in her father’s general store. She attended Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC, where she earned an Associate Degree in Medical Library Science in 1953. After a one-year internship at Baptist Hospital in Charlotte, she held positions as Director of Medical Records at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, NC, and later at Person County Hospital in Roxboro, NC. In 1968, she and her family moved to Southern Pines. She became Director of Medical Records at Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, a position she held for over 25 years.
Alma is survived by three children, seven grandchildren, one great grandchild, and two sisters; Daughter and son-in-law, Jeannie and Ray Westbrook, and granddaughters, Morgan, Elizabeth, and Shelby Westbrook of Asheboro, NC. Son and daughter-in-law, Don and Sonya Stalls of Vass, NC; grandchildren Sam Stalls, wife Rebecca, and great grandchild Easton of Charlotte, NC; Lydia Stalls of Vass, NC; and Jay Stalls of Raleigh, NC. Son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Lynn Stalls, and grandson, Aran Stalls, of Carthage, NC. Sisters Patricia Poole Russell of Rougemont, NC, and Karen Poole Kerrick of Roxboro, NC.
Alma’s greatest happiness and greatest source of pride was her family, both immediate and extended. It meant a great deal to her that all of her children and grandchildren—each and every one--learned the cherished Poole values of kindness, generosity, and friendship-to-all on the one hand and the values of hard work, discipline, and unyielding determination on the other hand. A quiet, soft spoken woman, Alma had a quiet love for her extended family of sisters and brothers and their children and grandchildren, all of whom she loved deeply. She will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, since Alma battled both breast and lung cancer during her life, her children hope friends and family will make donations in her name to the American Cancer Society through its signature fundraiser, Relay for Life, in the hope of one day finding a cure for cancer; or to First Health Hospice in Pinehurst, NC, for the wonderful care and friendship they provided her.