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AAFA #0334

1945 NC – 2006 NC





Raleigh, Wake Co., NC—31 August 2006


ELIZABETH CITY—Susan Stone Herring, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother died on Monday, August 28, 2006 after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. Never one to shy away from a challenge, she faced her illness with a courage, grace and poise that was beyond extraordinary.

            Susan was born February 15, 1945 to Nellie Waldo Adams Stone and the late Edward C. Stone, Jr. in Durham, NC. After graduating from Durham High School in 1963, she attended and graduated from East Carolina University in 1967. It was while she was at East Carolina that she met the love of her life, her husband of thirty nine years, Charles Michael Herring. After their marriage on September 23, 1967, they moved to Elizabeth City to pursue their careers and raise their family.

            Upon arriving in Elizabeth City, Susan began teaching in the Elizabeth City Pasquotank County School System. She spent many years in the EMH/TMH classroom working with handicapped students. Susan then switched to the academically gifted programs in multiple schools in the district. In was in this area that she truly excelled. She was as gifted and talented as the students she so joyously taught. It brought her pleasure to know she touched a student’s life and there were many through the years that have told her how much she meant to them. One of her greatest strengths was getting the best out of all students, no matter their abilities. Even if a child was not in her classroom, they knew they could always visit “Mrs. Herring’s Room”. She had an innate ability to reach all students that was almost magical. One of her most personally satisfying professional accomplishments was achieving her National Board Certification in 1998.

            After 32 years of dedicated service to the public schools, she retired from teaching kids and began sharing her vast knowledge with teachers around the states of NC, VA and TN. Susan spent five years tirelessly traveling and spreading her love of teaching. Her work with The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning allowed her to touch hundreds of teachers and those teachers will continue to share her love of learning with their students for many years to come. Those teachers whose lives she touched will be forever blessed because of their relationship with Susan.

            Although Susan dearly loved her professional life, her true center was her family. She was constantly talking about her husband, children and grandchildren to everyone she met. She would go anywhere, anytime to see her son Jon compete in a truck pull or watch her grandchildren, Steven and BethAnne ride in a horse show. No matter how poorly she may have felt, she was always able to play with her Tater, little Logan. She took immense pride in all her family’s accomplishments and will still be rooting for them among the angels.

            Susan is survived by her husband, Mike; her mother, Waldo Stone; her daughter and son-in-law, Michaelle and Nicky Overman, their children, Steven, BethAnne and Logan; her son and daughter-in-law, Jon and Shelly Herring all of Elizabeth City. She is also survived by her brother Frank Stone and his special friend Wanda Halsey of Southern Shores, NC; sister-in-law Sybil Stone of Norfolk, Va.; brothers-in-law Roy and Thelma Herring, Mel and Vivian Herring both of Whiteville, NC, Stevie and Jennifer Herring of Santa Maria, CA and sister-in-law Karen and Ron Bauman of Wisconsin. She also has many nieces and nephews that she dearly loved.

            She was predeceased by her father, Edward C. Stone, Jr.; her bother Edward C. Stone III and her nephew Allen Stone.

            A memorial service to celebrate Susan's life will be held Sunday, September 3, 2006, 3:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church on Road St. in Elizabeth City with the Rev. Charles McKenzie, Rev. Mike Frese and Rev. Toni Wood officiating. The family will receive visitors immediately following the service in the Asbury Room of the church and at other times at the home.

            In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 404 Jessup Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909.

Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Herring Family. To sign the online guest register please visit


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Susan A. Herring (SS# issued in NC), last residence not listed.

            Susan and her mother, Waldo Stone, attended the 1990 meeting in Raleigh, where she and then-AAFA President Lodwick Alford had a spirited discussion about their shared lineage.

            Her Alford lineage, starting with her maternal grandmother: Nellie Mae 1885 NC3, William Dallas 1845 NC4, William R. 1818 NC5, Green 1787 NC6.