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On Wednesday, Jan.17, 2018, John Graham Stallings, 77, passed away peacefully to the great ballfield in heaven. John, also known as Johnny to his sisters, "Ox" to his friends and Mr. Stallings to the many students he taught, was "Bigger than Life".
John was born in Cumberland, Maryland, Aug. 2, 1940 to Robert E. and Mary G. Stallings. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jane Babb Stallings Delaney (2011) and is survived by many; loving wife Belkis Mezquita-Stallings, Berlin; caring daughter, Rebecca Stallings, Brooklyn, NY; devoted kid sister, Barbara Stallings Crowell, Alexandria, VA; nieces and nephews; and friends around the world.
Raised in Cumberland, he attended Center Street Elementary School, Allegany High School (Class of 1957) and Frostburg State College (Class of 1961). After college he became a teacher in the Prince George's County School System. His first teaching position was at Charles Carrol Junior High School (1962-1968). In 1968 he moved to Francis Scott Key Junior High to an administrative position (1968-1974), and later promoted to Vice Principal at Suitland High School (1974-1986). In 1986 he moved to Friendly High School (1986-1987) and then culminated his career as a Vice Principal at Bowie High School (1987-1992).
John married his beloved wife Belkis, Dec. 4, 1987, both worked for PG County Schools. In 1996 Belkis took a job overseas working for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools. From 1996 to 2001 they lived in Tokyo, Japan. As Belkis was teaching American students on base, Johnny taught English at the Japanese Military Academy. Often he would bring in American Magazines, like Sports Illustrated to instruct the students. In 2002, John and Belkis moved to the United Kingdom where Belkis taught at the American High School on RAF Lakenheath. John thoroughly enjoyed all the UK had to offer; he joined a Porsche club and was well known in the local community. When Belkis retired in 2016, they decided to settle down in the quaint and beautiful town of Berlin.
John was a member of Bowie Elks Club and Ocean City Elks Club for many years. His fellowship within this organization displayed his true charitable nature.
A "Celebration of Life" is being organized May 5, 2018 in Bowie. His friends can contact his sister Barbara for information at bacrowell8477@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers or cards, donations in John's name can be made to the Cancer Centers at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Maryland; PRMC Foundation, 100 east Carroll Street, Salisbury, Maryland or The Richard Hanson Cancer Institute, Ocean Pines, Maryland.
Published on February 3, 2018
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