Politicians, dignitaries visit Stallings family

The governor of Texas, Alabama’s current football coach and the University of Alabama president all were among the many dignitaries, friends and family paying tribute to the late John Mark Stallings, son of former Alabama football coach Gene Stallings.

John Mark’s funeral was held Tuesday evening at 5 p.m. at Lamar Avenue Church of Christ.

The Alabama delegation attend the visitation at Starrett Funeral Home Monday evening. The delegation was led by University president Dr. Robert Witt and football coach Nick Saban.

Saban said he went to show support for the Stallings family during this time. He also praised the Stallings family for the life of their son.

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“One thing I would like to say about the Stallings family, I do not know how anyone could do a better job of raising someone with a more positive spirit that impacted so many in his life,” Saban said.

Others attending the visitation included Texas Governor Rick Perry, representatives of Texas A&M, Southern Methodist University, Oklahoma State and Clemson, according to the Paris News.

“Some people might think people came because they know me and Ruth Ann, but the real truth is they know Johnny,” Coach Gene Stallings told the Paris News.