Mary Stockburger


Mary Ida Stockburger, 94, died on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at her home, where she had been cared for many years by her daughter, Sherry Stockburger.

She was born on Dec. 13, 1924, near Samson, Ala., to William Lester Pinckard and Ida Eliza (Patterson) Pinckard. She had eight siblings: Margaret Teressa Pinckard, William Henry Pinckard, Wendell Lamar Pinckard, Gwennie Beatrice Pinckard, Joel Daniel Pinckard, William Bunyon Pinckard, James Fred Pinckard and Oscar Patterson Pinckard.

Having graduated from Troy High School in Troy, Ala., she received her teaching certificate. She taught at many elementary schools in Bradley and Polk counties, including Michigan Avenue, Ocoee, Ducktown, Old Fort, Flint Springs, Big Springs and Waterville. She loved teaching and cherished her students, and years later former students continue to comment on the difference she made.

On Nov. 18, 1956, she married Jacob Donald Stockburger. They made their home in the Flint Springs area of Bradley County. Mary and Donald had two daughters, Donna Marie (Robert) Heflin and Sherry Stockburger.

She was a member of the Flint Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where she was actively involved in what is today the Cumberland Presbyterian Women’s Ministry. She was also a member of what was the Home Demonstration Club.

Some of her interests included reading, gardening, tending her violets, sitting outside, cooking, and projects for her students. She enjoyed visits with her grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, husband and granddaughter, Mary Ruth Heflin.

Left to honor and remember her are her two daughters, Donna and Sherry; son-in-law, Robert Heflin; two granddaughters, Laura Heflin and Leanah Heflin; three sisters-in-law, Amy Dean Pinckard, Jo Pinckard and Cassandra Stockburger; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and students.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in the chapel of Fike-Randolph & Son Funeral Home, with the Rev. Robert Hefling officiating.

Interment will be in Hilcrest Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. Kevin Wilson performing the committal. Honorary pallbearers are former Flint Springs students Breck Helms, David Conley Sr., Paul Holmes, John Malcolm Hannah and Janice Hannah Parker.

The family will receive friends today, Feb. 11, 2019, from  5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Stockburger family guestbook at


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