Ms. Stella Mae Dial Chavis resided at 942 Melinda Rd, Pembroke, NC and was born November 27, 1926 in Robeson County, NC. She passed on Friday, September 9, 2022 and was preceded in death by her father: Mr. Dennis Dial; mother: Mrs. Irene Dial; one daughter: Ms. Gloria Ann Dial; six brothers: Mr. Arthur Dial, Mr. Arnold Dial, Mr. Tommie Dial, Mr. William Dial, Mr. Archie Dial and Mr. Benjamin Dial; six sisters: Ms. Katherine Dial Lowery, Ms. Sarah Dial Lowery, Ms. Edith Locklear, Ms. Sallie Dial-Nance, Ms. Carrie Dial-Goode and Ms. Alice Faye Jones; three grand-children: Marcus Locklear, Gloria Ann Dial and Allen Locklear and one great grandson: Cameron Dial.
The funeral will be 4 p.m. Monday, September 12, 2022, at Prospect United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Sam Wynn officiating. Burial will follow in the Prospect UMC Cemetery.
Ms. Stella is survived by her children: Mr. William Freddie Dial, Sr. (Kathy) of Warren, MI, Mr. Furman Dial (Eleate) of Pembroke, Mrs. Fayelene Dial Locklear (Milton) of Taylor, MI, Mr. Ronald Dial of Pembroke, Ms. Wanda Dial of Palm Coast, FL, Ms. Elizabeth Renee Chavis of Rowland, Ms. Sandy Chavis of Pembroke, Mr. Randy Chavis of Pembroke and Mr. Lejordan Chavis of Warren, MI. Mrs. Stella also leaves twenty-five grandchildren, forty-eight great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and a host of friends and relatives.
She was the Valedictorian of the Class of 1944 at Prospect High School. She later went on to attend Robeson Community College and Pembroke State University and was a farmer, educator and an advocate for many seniors in the community to get benefits that were denied to them.
As an integral pillar of the community, she was very involved in church and school. She taught Sunday School for decades while teaching everyone how to skip during the May Day programs at school. Everybody knew her as the historian of the area – if you wanted to know anything, ask her and she would tell you. She would always tell you the truth even when you didn’t want to hear it.
She was all about family – her passion was to be involved with all of her kids, grandkids, great grandkids and even great great grandkids including reciting every single one of their birthdays. She attended almost every single graduation and was not only active but was also depended on by so many of them. She made it her purpose to be present at the highest and lowest moments of their lives. THIS IS HER LEGACY.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. Monday, September 12, 2022, at Prospect United Methodist Church.