Williamson has lost one of its most beloved citizens. Mae Stallard, who passed away recently, was indeed a local icon. Community leader, teacher, mentor, columnist, friend, sister and mother – Mae wore many hats – but perhaps the most important one was as a child of God. She possessed enormous faith and was a loyal member of the Williamson First Baptist Church.
As most of you know, for many years, Mae wrote an extremely popular column for the Williamson Daily News entitled “An Upward Look.” The column was spiritual and uplifting and provided comfort and inspiration for several generations throughout the years. Mae’s late husband, Howard, was also a long time employee of the Williamson Daily News as a press foreman.
Mae was a tireless worker for the betterment of this area and strived to help everyone she met. And I don’t think she ever met a stranger. Her warm and sunny disposition welcomed all who entered her orbit.
She embraced life and was a strong advocate for improving the quality of life for the community she loved so dearly. Mae had a keen sense of responsibility and dedication to her fellow man. She was actively involved in the AIM Group (Action in Mingo), which started the King Coal Festival. She was also enthusiastically involved in the annual Christmas celebration “The Great White Way.” And Mae’s enthusiasm was contagious.
Her tiny frame had the energy of ten people and she seemed to never grow weary of helping others. Mae was a woman of great strength, wisdom and depth. She was an excellent teacher (she taught all three of my children), a caring and supportive friend and an inspirational community leader.
She taught us, she inspired us, she cared for us. She was a dear soul who will be greatly missed.
Goodbye my friend.