Milestone: Barbara and Lawrence Stallworth

Barbara and Lawrence Stallworth have been married 25 years and have six children, 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They are excited about the arrival of two more grandchildren this summer. — PHOTO: Craig Walker

Lawrence Stallworth Jr. shared, “For 30 years, following my graduation from Cheyney State Teachers’ College, I wondered where Barbara Ann Brickus was.”

While students at Cheyney, they sat next to each other in one of their classes. Years later, a mutual friend attended Barbara’s surprise birthday party that was held in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. Remembering that Lawrence had an interest in Barbara, this good friend shared her contact information with him. Following phone conversations, Lawrence and Barbara met at the King of Prussia Houlihan’s for lunch. After a pleasant afternoon of much conversation and reminiscing, the two agreed to see each other again. Barbara accepted his invitation to attend the Kappa Alpha Psi New Year’s Eve Dance. This led to more dates and a marriage proposal. On July 14, 1994, a very rainy day, Lawrence’s childhood friend and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Brother, Judge Ronald B. Merriweather, married the couple.

Lawrence has a rich and varied employment history. In 1962, he began his career as a teacher with the School District of Philadelphia. He moved to Palo Alto, California, in 1966, to become senior employment representative with Philco-Ford Corp.’s Western Development Laboratories. On a fast track and moving through the Ford Motor Co., at 35 years of age Lawrence was promoted to personnel department manager. While in Willow Gove, Pennsylvania, Ford sold its electronics business and Lawrence was tasked with managing the closure, relocating personnel and making personnel placements in other Ford and local businesses. For personal and family reasons, Lawrence decided not to relocate to Detroit, Michigan. He left Ford and accepted the position of personnel manager at GE Aerospace Business Group. Later, Lawrence returned to the School District of Philadelphia and then went on to another position at Cheyney University where eventually retired in 2001, as its director of human resources.

He is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. (Philadelphia Alumni Chapter) and belongs to Alpha Phi Beta Alumni Association and the Commissioners.

Barbara is a retired Coatesville Area School District teacher. As an outstanding educator, she is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. During her long career in Coatesville’s elementary schools, she developed several programs that improved the quality of education for the underserved students in her community. Barbara is a life member of many organizations including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Rho Theta Omega Chapter), The Links Inc. and The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs. She also holds memberships in the Philadelphia Kappa Silhouettes, Phi Delta Kappa Sorority and ASALH. Barbara and friend, Linda Wormley Meade, were the organizers of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Chapter of Continental Societies Inc.

The Stallworths are proud members of Salem Baptist Church where the Rev. Marshall Mitchell is senior pastor. They thank God for their union and have been blessed with six children, 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They are excited about the arrival of two more grandchildren this summer.

Lawrence and Barbara enjoy spending summers in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. While there, they meet friends to eat crabs and travel to Mrs. Wilkes, in Savannah, Georgia, for a delectable family-style meal. They have enjoyed traveling to Africa (Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Nigeria), London, The Mediterranean, Panama Canal, Turkey, Columbia, Italy, Venezuela, Mexico, Canada, Spain, Iran, Japan, Hawaii and Guam.

Congratulations and very best wishes to Lawrence and Barbara who have been blessed to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary!

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