Stallings mourns loss of Councilman Harry Stokes

STALLINGS – Councilman Harry Stokes, who served Stallings for nearly four years, died this weekend at the age of 54.

Police are investigating his death, but as of this time have not said they believe foul play was involved. Police and emergency medical services officials responded to a medical call for service Sunday, Aug. 18, at 8 a.m., according to a Stallings Police Department report. Few other details have been released.

Stokes’s colleagues on the town board say they’ll miss their fellow Stallings advocate.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Harry,” a release from the town said.  “The town is a better place because of his contribution to this community. He will be greatly missed as a husband, father, friend and community leader.”

Although she did not want to discuss details of the case, Mayor Lynda Paxton spoke highly of Stokes’s time on council and his contribution for the past four years, after being elected as a write-in candidate in 2009.

“I am very saddened by his death, and feel tremendously for his wife and children,” she told Union County Weekly.  “… He is very dedicated to his family, and I am blown away really about what has happened.”

Others spoke out online regarding Stokes death. “Harry was a loving, very generous man,” Janet Beck Ricketts posted online after the release of the town’s statement, “and his loss will be felt by many for a long time.”

Stokes is survived by his wife, Sherri; daughters Heather, Mattie and Coble; father, Norman; brother, Lindsay; and sisters Julie, Norma and Ann.

A service in celebration of Stokes’s life will take place on Friday, Aug. 23, at 3 p.m. at Lee Park Baptist Church, 2505 Morgan Mill Road in Monroe.  Visitation will follow.

The family is asking for donations to be made to the Attack 2013 Fund in lieu of flowers.  Donations can be sent to Lee Park Baptist Church.  Online condolences can be offered at www.gaskinservices.com.

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