Stallings, Eunice Mary

Eunice Mary Stallings in her wedding dress, 22 Dec 1924. Image courtesy of granddaughter Donna Cline.

Attended, date unknown

Birth: 25 Mar 1902, Cabarrus County, North Carolina
Death: 6 Jun 1985, Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina

William H. Stallings (1858-1918)
Virginia M. Bost Stallings (1868-1944)

Leitch William Stallings (1890-1918)
Hiram Mathew Burwell Stallings (1894-1934)
Nina Black Stallings Layton (1892-1919)
John Lowe Stallings (1896-1925)
Cordell T. Stallings (1900-1934)

Spouse: Franklin Ralph Ikerd (1893-1983)
Marriage: 22 Dec 1924, Cabarrus County, North Carolina

Dorothy Coulter Ikerd Moyle (1926-2011)
William Franklin Ikerd (1930-1989)

Burial: Carolina Memorial Park, Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina
Source:, #75551614


From granddaughter Donna Cline (printed in the event program from “Memorable Ladies of Mount Pleasant,” 8 Aug 2013):

I believe my maternal grandmother, Eunice Mary Stallings Ikerd, is one of the memorable women who graduated from Mont Amoena Seminary.

Eunice was born in Cabarrus County on 3/23/1902 [sic] (died 6/6/1985), daughter of William Hiram and Virgie (Virginia) Bost Stallings. She finished her elementary education at the one room Litaker School that was located near the exchange of Hwy 601 and Hwy 49.

She graduated from Mont Amoena Seminary in Mt. Pleasant and then attended and graduated from Smithdeal Business College in Richmond, Va.

She married Franklin Ralph “Jack” Ikerd on December 22, 1924. They raised two children, William Franklin Ikerd and Dorothy Ikerd Willis Moyle (my mother).

Eunice was an entrepreneur who independently managed a successful florist out of her home basement, growing most of her flowers in the fields beside and behind the Ikerd home on South Union Street [Concord]. She was the florist of choice for many years for social events, bridge club gatherings and parties in Concord. Her eye for arranging beautiful bouquets – her specialty was chrysanthemums – may be attributed to her “ladies tea” experiences at Mont Amoena.

At a time when most women voiced their husbands’ opinions, she closely followed the political scene and formed her own ideas which she articulately debated with family and neighbors, another characteristic I would attribute to her early education. She was an ardent supporter of Dwight Eisenhower and kept a large box of “I Like Ike” buttons in her florist shop. As a child, I remember asking her customers if they would like an Ike button before they left the shop.

One of her most cherished moments was the day Ike and Mamie came through Concord in an open motorcade traveling from Charlotte to the VA hospital in Salisbury. She carefully prepared a large bouquet of her prettiest, freshest flowers and wrapped them in green tissue paper. When the motorcade passed Cabarrus Memorial Hospital, it slowed just enough for her to hand the flowers to Mamie.

In the 1960s, Eunice and her husband, Jack, sold their farm. The road running through the Towncreek development off of South Union Street SE is named Ikerd in their memory.