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Lawrence Stallworth, Jr.

August 10, 1938 October 15, 2022
Lawrence  Stallworth, Jr.
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Obituary for Lawrence Stallworth, Jr.

A celebration of Lawrence life will occur on

Monday, October 24, 2022

Salem Baptist Church

2741 Woodland Road

Abington, Pa. 19001

Salem Baptist Church of Abington YouTube for live streaming 

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Service 10:00 a.m.

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Life Story 

The youngest child of the late Mabel and Lawrence H. Stallworth, Sr. Lawrence Hudson Stallworth, Jr. (Larry) was born in Bryn Mawr, PA and lived his pre-school years in Ardmore. His older siblings were Horace Evans, Lucille Evans, and Sara Wing. Near the end of World War II, the family moved to West Philadelphia where he attended Dunlap Elementary School and Sayre Junior High School. Then he went on to graduate with an Academic Diploma from West Philadelphia High in 1956. 

Larry pursued college education at Temple University prior to attending Cheyney University where he earned a B.S. in Education, Class of 1962. As a twelve year appointed teacher in the Philadelphia Public School System, Larry taught at Hannah and Spruance Elementary Schools, and supervised voc-ed students at M.L. King High school. He also enjoyed a twenty-five year career in the field of Human Resources Management at Ford Aerospace/Ford Motor Company, General Electric Aerospace Business Group (GE ABG) and Cheyney University. For five years he owned and operated a small printing business in Philadelphia. 

Larry was successful in racially integrating the professional staff of the Industrial Relations Office of the Western Development Laboratories, Ford Aerospace, in Palo Alto, CA in 1966. He had staffing responsibility for the major business operation there, and planned and organized the largest college-recruiting program within Ford Aerospace for three years. Larry opened pathways for other minorities in upward mobility channels in major private sector corporations. At Ford, he progressed to the management role in three years, and Sr. management role (Department Manager) before age thirty-two. While at Ford, he successfully planned and managed the orderly phase-out of a major electronics Division (4,500 employees) with minimum interruptions to contract completions and labor lawsuits. While at ABG Larry, for two years, organized and led the largest college recruiting program of all GE businesses and was the first Black management liaison at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He managed minority and female college graduates, and managed the improvement of minority and female graduate rates of turnover at GE ABG. Larry was responsible for hiring, training, and professional development at Ford and GE. His functions required very extensive travel, domestically and internationally, negotiating labor contracts and worldwide hiring of a multinational workforce; visits and management liaisons with many major colleges and universities, and served on the Advisory Board to the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). 

Larry established Ford college recruiting programs at Cheyney, Morgan State and Lincoln Universities for the first time in early 1970's, and initiated college relations programs at those schools, and was GE liaison to Howard University's Engineering College. Larry was the first African-American supplemental compensation manager at GE-ABG, and the first Cheyney graduate hired as a professional at Ford.

In 1955, Larry was initiated into Alpha Phi Beta High School Fraternity, the Guide Right Program of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. In 1958 at Temple University, he was a Scroller in Lambda Chapter and was initiated into the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter in 1979. Since initiation, Larry consistently maintained full financial status. His major fraternity participation included Board Member, Chairman of Membership, and Chairman of various committees. 

 Larry also was a member of the Commissioners Club. While at Cheyney University, Larry met his future wife Barbara. Thirty years later he was reintroduced to her by his close friend and Kappa brother, Steve. They began dating and became a couple. The two married on July 15, 1994. A blended family was formed with Larry*s children (Karen, Mark, and Lawrence), and Barbara*s children (Lennie, Stacy, and Todd). Larry and Barbara shared a love for the Lord and were faithful members of Salem Baptist Church. Both enjoyed traveling the world far and wide. They visited Zimbabwe, South Africa, England, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Canada, and cruised the Caribbean Islands. They vacationed at Hilton Head Island, SC, Ocean City, MD with the O. C. Gang, and Florida. Larry and Barbara shared many interests such as jazz, family activities, and good times with friends.

He leaves a legacy of love and excellence to his beloved wife Barbara Brickus Stallworth, his children Karen P. Dean (Jerome), John Mark Stallworth (Lovely). Lawrence H. Stallworth, IlI, Leonard S. Closson, Stacy L. Lawton (Michael), and Todd M. Closson (Berrilisa); nineteen grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; sister-in-law Irene Brickus Chikaka; brother-in-law Robert Wing; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, God-children, Kappa brothers, and longtime friends.

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Cemetery Details


Rolling Green Memorial Park Final Resting Place

1008 West Chester Pike
West Chester, PA 19382

1008 West Chester Pike West Chester 19382 PA
United States

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