David Wayne Stallard Sr.

May 13, 1941 ~ May 2, 2022

David Wayne Stallard, Sr. of Buford, Georgia passed peacefully to his heavenly home on May 2, 2022 at the age of 80, after a long life full of rich experiences and deeply treasured relationships. He was born May 13, 1941, in Fayette County, Boomer, WV. Following the tragic loss of his parents Elmer Wayne and Ida Lee (Peyton) Miller to cancer, he became the grateful adopted son of Dr. Clinton Wolfe Stallard, Jr. and his wife Virginia Lee (Cord) Stallard. David is survived by his beautiful wife Patricia Grey (Keen) Stallard whom he adored and wed October 26th, 1963. David and Pat began their college years at West Virginia Institute of Technology in Montgomery, WV where they played romantic lead roles in the play “Bell, Book and Candle”. They stayed in love for the duration of their marriage of nearly 60 years. David and Pat lived in Ishpeming MI, Pittsburgh PA, Buffalo NY, Chicago IL, Cleveland OH, Ann Arbor MI, Grand Rapids MI, Dallas TX, and finally in the Atlanta GA area. They also traveled widely, to destinations throughout the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, the Caribbean, and Japan. David and Patricia had two children they enjoyed greatly and were extremely proud of, Jennifer Grey and David Wayne Stallard, Jr. Their son passed away unexpectedly in 2012 at the age of 45 which broke their hearts for the remainder of their lives. David is survived by his daughter Jennifer Grey (Stallard) Dennis and husband Denny, and grandchildren Benjamin Wayne Dennis and Sarah Lynn Dennis of Grand Rapids MI. He is also survived by his brother Clinton W. Stallard III, sisters Robin (Louis) Ripley, Marcy (Jim) Whitlock, Paige (Mickey) Taylor, Laurie (Dale) Kramer, sister-in-law Betty Keen Potts, brothers-in law Stephen (Donna) Keen and Rev. Bob (Barbara) Keen, and nephews, nieces, cousins and friends across the United States and world. David served in the United States Air Force Reserve. He graduated from Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. In Houghton, MI, he joined Theta Tau fraternity, led the Carnival Queen competition at the Michigan Tech Winter Carnival, taught skiing, and studied hard. After graduation, a dear mentor Howard Zollinger provided opportunities at Otis Elevator. Over the course of his distinguished career, he designed materials management systems for companies such as Texas Instruments, Sara Lee, Spartan Foods, and Coca-Cola. He was an internationally respected logistics and materials management consultant with The Progress Group. At Georgia Institute of Technology, he was a guest lecturer. He had a brilliant analytical mind and excellent presentation and decision-making skills. Together with his business associates, he enjoyed achieving the highest quality outcomes, and developed treasured lifelong friendships. David loved to golf, sail, swim, fish, hike, play guitar and sing, dance, ski, read, and dine with family and friends. He enjoyed classic cars, sports, museums, concerts, movies, feeding birds, playing with dogs, farm work, Coca-Cola, hot dogs and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. He always helped the homeless given the opportunity. His humor kept people laughing every day. He loved to talk about the holy scriptures with anyone he could find to share it with. His favorite verse was John 5:24 which says, “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.”

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