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Stallings, Diana Poteat

Stallings, Diana Poteat

Female 1931 - 2014  (83 years)

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  • Name Stallings, Diana Poteat  [1
    Born 22 Apr 1931  New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Reference Number 3637 
    Died 4 Jul 2014  Houston, Harris County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3594  Caswell County
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2022 

    Father Stallings, Lieutenant Colonel Laurence Tucker,   b. 25 Nov 1894, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1968, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Poteat, Helen Purefoy,   b. 6 Apr 1896, Wake Forest, Wake County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1980, Southern Pines, Moore County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 6 Mar 1919  Wake County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Reference Number 27630 
    Notes 
    • Marriage date also seen as 6 March 1919.

      "Divorced. Laurence Stallings, 42, one legged Manhattan author & playwright (The Big Parade, What Price Glory?) by Mrs. Helen Poteat Stallings; in Reno Nev. Grounds: mental cruelty." Source: Time magazine 14 December 1936.

      Divorce Date: 1 December 1936
    Family ID F1916  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hobby, William Pettus Jr.,   b. 19 Jan 1932, Houston, Harris County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 10 Sep 1954  Forest Home, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Reference Number 208768 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Living
     4. Living
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2022 
    Family ID F1920  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Apr 1931 - New York, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Sep 1954 - Forest Home, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Jul 2014 - Houston, Harris County, Texas Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Diana Poteat Stallings Hobby
    Diana Stallings Hobby and William Pettus Hobby Jr.
    William Pettus Hobby, Jr., and Diana Stallings Hobby

    Newspapers
    Diana Poteat Stallings Wedding 1954
    Diana Poteat Stallings Wedding 1954

  • Notes 
    • Diana Poteat Stallings (1931-2014)

      Diana Poteat Stallings Marriage

      Diana Poteat Stallings Hobby (1931-2014)

      Diana Poteat Stallings Hobby

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      Wedding Photograph: Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington), 10 September 1954.
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      Diana Poteat Stallings passed away the 4th of July 2014 in Houston, with her family by her side. She was born on the 22nd of April 1931, in New York City to Helen Poteat and Laurence Tucker Stallings. She graduated from Chatham Hall School in 1948 and Radcliffe College in 1952 (Phi Beta Kappa). She was working for Chatham Hall when she married Ensign William P. Hobby, Jr., on the 11th of September, 1954. The wedding took place at Forest Home, the Poteat family home near Yanceyville, NC. She and Bill lived in Washington, D.C. where he was stationed until 1957. While in Washington she earned an M.A. in English Literature from Georgetown University and worked for the Experiment in International Living and the Central Intelligence Agency. In Houston, she was book editor of the Houston Post in the 1950s and 1960s. She earned her Ph.D. in English Literature from Rice University in 1981. She was a William Butler Yeats scholar and wrote her dissertation on his work. She was associate editor of Studies in English Literature from 1979-1991, and associate editor emerita thereafter. She had a great love of the English language, a passion for literature, was a supporter of libraries, and a lifelong patron of the humanities in Texas.

      Diana served on the boards of St. John's School, Memorial Park Conservancy, Friends of Hermann Park, Harry Ransom Center, Texas Institute of Letters, Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute in Alpine, and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Virginia, among others. She was a founding board member of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and was on the selection committee for the Lady Bird Johnson Highway Beautification Awards that honored people working to restore and preserve Texas's natural treasures. Diana was committed to the conservation of air, water, and wildlife in addition to natural beauty.

      Many of her happiest times were spent at Forest Home in North Carolina. She loved riding horses and walking in the woods with her family, her friends, and her dogs. Diana is survived by her husband of 60 years, Bill Hobby, their children and their spouses, Laura and John Beckworth, Paul and Janet Hobby, Andrew and Teresa Hobby, Kate and Steve Gibson, and their grandchildren Will, Carter, and John Beckworth, Grace, Walker and Eric Hobby, Caroline, Carson, and Wheeler Gibson, and Spencer Gourley. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Sylvia and Will Lowe of Alexandria, VA. Services handled in Houston are under the direction of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, the Funeral Directors Since 1936, 713-789-3005, geohlewis.com.

      The funeral service is to be conducted at half-past ten o'clock in the morning on Tuesday, the 8th of July, at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, 6221 Main Street in Houston, where the Rev'd Neil Alan Willard, Rector, the Rev'd Sam R. Todd, Jr., Assisting Priest, and the Rev'd Kit Wallingford, Assisting Priest, are to officiate. The family will gather for a private interment at Glenwood Cemetery.

      Published in The New York Times on July 8, 2014
      See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=171648090#s thash.lTro053J.dpuf

      Arrangements under the direction of:
      Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors
      1010 Bering Drive | Houston, TX 77057 | (713) 789-3005 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=171648090#s thash.lTro053J.dpuf
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      Diana Poteat Stallings Hobby, the wife of William P. Hobby Jr., died Friday at the age of 83 according to a statement from her family.

      She is survived by her husband, their four children and their spouses, and numerous grandchildren. She was suffering the effects of Alzheimer's disease and more recently cancer.

      Diana Hobby was born April 22, 1931 in New York City to Helen Poteat and Laurence Tucker Stallings. She graduated from Chatham Hall School in 1948, and later from Radcliffe College in 1952.

      She and future Texas Lt. Gov. William Hobby married on Sept. 11, 1954 while he was serving as an officer in the United States Navy. They lived together in Washington, D.C. while William Hobby was stationed there, and his wife earned an M.A. in English literature at nearby Georgetown University during this time.

      The couple later moved to Houston where Diana Hobby was the book editor at the Houston Post in the 50s and 60s. Later she would earn a doctorate in English literature from Rice University, writing her dissertation on William Butler Yeats, of whom she was a great fan. She stayed on at Rice until 1991 and retained an emerita role at the school in the years after.

      Owing to her great love of the English language, she dedicated her time in support of Texas's public libraries and was a champion of the humanities in the state. She served on the boards of many noted Houston institutions, including the St. John's School, the Memorial Park Conservancy, Friends of Hermann Park, and the Texas Institute of Letters among many others. She also made time for the conservation of Texas air, water, and wildlife, and was a founding board member of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. She also sat on the selection committee for the Lady Bird Johnson Highway Beautification Awards, which honored Texans who worked to preserve and protect the state's natural resources.

      She loved spending her spare time in nature, especially in her native North Carolina where she could be found exploring forests with her family, friends and beloved dogs.

      She was suffering the effects of Alzheimer's disease and more recently cancer.

      Services for will be held Tuesday at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church off Main Street. The family asks that in lieu of flowers and other remembrances that memorial donations be made to the charity of their choice.

      Source: Houston Chronicle, 4 July 2014.
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      Diana Poteat Stallings Hobby passed away the 4th of July 2014 in Houston, with her family by her side. She was born on the 22nd of April 1931 in New York City to Helen Poteat and Laurence Tucker Stallings. She graduated from Chatham Hall School in 1948 and Radcliffe College in 1952 (Phi Beta Kappa). She was working for Chatham Hall when she married Ensign William P. Hobby, Jr., on the 11th of September, 1954. The wedding took place at Forest Home, the Poteat family home near Yanceyville, N.C.

      She and Bill lived in Washington, D.C. where he was stationed until 1957. While in Washington she earned an M.A. in English Literature from Georgetown University and worked for the Experiment in International Living and the Central Intelligence Agency. In Houston, she was book editor of the Houston Post in the 1950s and 1960s. She earned her Ph.D. in English Literature from Rice University in 1981. She was a William Butler Yeats scholar and wrote her dissertation on his work. She was associate editor of Studies in English Literature from 1979-1991, and associate editor emerita thereafter.

      She had a great love of the English language, a passion for literature, was a supporter of libraries, and a lifelong patron of the humanities in Texas. Diana served on the boards of St. John's School, Memorial Park Conservancy, Friends of Hermann Park, Harry Ransom Center, Texas Institute of Letters, Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute in Alpine, and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Virginia, among others. She was a founding board member of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and was on the selection committee for the Lady Bird Johnson Highway Beautification Awards that honored people working to restore and preserve Texas' natural treasures. Diana was committed to the conservation of air, water, and wildlife in addition to natural beauty.

      Many of her happiest times were spent at Forest Home in North Carolina. She loved riding horses and walking in the woods with her family, her friends, and her dogs.

      Diana is survived by her husband of 60 years, Bill Hobby, their children and their spouses, Laura and John Beckworth, Paul and Janet Hobby, Andrew and Teresa Hobby, Kate and Steve Gibson, and their grandchildren Will, Carter, and John Beckworth, Grace, Walker and Eric Hobby, Caroline, Carson, and Wheeler Gibson, and Spencer Gourley. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Sylvia and Will Lowe of Alexandria, VA.

      The funeral service is to be conducted at half-past ten o'clock in the morning on Tuesday, the 8th of July, at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, 6221 Main Street in Houston, where The Rev. Sam Todd, Assistant Priest, is to officiate. The family will gather for a private interment at Glenwood Cemetery. In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in Diana's memory may be directed to the charity of one's choice.

      Published in Houston Chronicle from July 5 to July 8, 2014
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      Diana Hobby
      1317 NC Highway 62 North
      Blanch, North Carolina 27212
      (336) 694-6170
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  • Sources 
    1. Details: Thomas McNeill of Caswell County, North Carolina, His Forebears & Descendants, Ben L. Rose (1984) at 51.

    2. Details: Thomas McNeill of Caswell County, North Carolina, His Forebears & Descendants, Ben L. Rose (1984) at 50.

    3. Details: William Louis Poteat: A Leader in the Progressive-Era South , Randall L. Hall (2000).