Stephen Talmadge Brock

June 13, 1934 - January 28, 2015
Stephen Talmadge Brock


Stephen Talmadge Brock, age 80, known to many as “Tally” and to his many children, as “PawPaw” passed away Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

He was born June 13, 1934 in Wilmington, NC to the late William Amos Brock and Mary Sneeden Brock.

Tally grew up in Wilmington and was a graduate of New Hanover High School, he was a proud veteran of the US Navy and had retired from the NC DOT after 35 years of service. He was a member of College Acres Baptist Church and a member of Orient Lodge #395 A.F. & A.M. He was a Pioneer Partner for BellSouth and helped with the Beep Ball softball team, bowling, miniature golf for the blind and supported a social club for special needs teenagers.

PawPaw was a foster parent for over 50 years and treated all of them like his own children and grandchildren.

He collected CocaCola memorabilia that he cherished, antique bottles, and coins.

Tally is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sylvia Griffith Brock; daughters, Missy Reynolds and Amanda Hood; sons, Matt Burkie and Charlie Brock; two grandsons, Kris Brock and Tyler Chance; two granddaughters, Dorothy and Sydney Reynolds; and his special black toy poodle “Emma Lou” who was his shadow and loved him very much. He is also survived by his many (over 50) foster children. He was preceded in death by his son, Steve Brock and brother, William “JuneBug” Brock.

A Celebration of Life ceremony held 4 pm Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel officiated by Rev. Billy Batten. The family will visit with friends and neighbors an hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, join Tally and his family by donating to the woundedwarriorproject.org in his name.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • January 30, 2015
    Pam Brock Huff says:
    Tally was such a wonderful person who loved his family very much. What great memories I will treasure working with him at the N.C.D.O.T.. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. He will truly be missed. May god bless you and comfort you now and the days to come.

  • January 31, 2015
    Elan Luby says:
    Much love and prayers from the Luby family.

  • January 30, 2015
    Sandra Brock Armstrong says:
    I have loved Tally and Sylvia since I was a child. You are my dear Aunt and Uncle. I am so sorry for his passing. Even though I can't be there tomorrow, my heart is with you all. Sylvia, I have walked this road and my thoughts are with you. My love to you all- Love, Sandy

  • January 30, 2015
    Alisa Coble says:
    My condolences to the family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. With Love, Alisa

  • January 30, 2015
    Doris Rodgers says:
    Sylvia, Missy and Amanda...I am so sorry for your loss. I've loved your family for a long time. I know you will miss him terribly. You have so many wonderful memories, may God bless you and give you peace during this time. Love, Doris