William Dale Talbert

July 13, 1949July 14, 2012

William Dale Talbert, 63, of Cary, NC, passed away Saturday, July 14th 2012 while at his family home in Mooresville.

Dale was born on July 13th 1949 in Concord, NC to the late Reginald William and Mildred Mae Talbert. He was the first born of their five children. As the eldest son from a family with a powerful work ethic, Dale was able to accomplish many things throughout his life.

A 1969 graduate of Mooresville High School, Dale attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he joined the Air Force ROTC program and also contributed to the Daily Tar Heel as a photographer. In 1971, he received his B.A. in English. He continued his education at the North Carolina School of Law, earning his J.D. in 1974.

Following graduation, Dale completed his active duty obligations to the Air Force by serving in the Judge Advocate General Corps at Pope Air Force Base in Fayetteville from 1974 - 78. He continued on with the Air Force Reserves as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate at Pope AFB until 2000. He served in the same capacity for USAF Central Command at Shaw AFB until 2003. Dale returned to Pope for a couple years before retiring in 2005 as a Lt Col.

In 1978, Dale began a two year stint in the Cumberland County DA's office. In 1980, his career path led him to Raleigh and the Attorney General's Office, where he spent over thirty years serving the state of North Carolina. He began his work in the Crime Control & Motor Vehicles division, later moving to the Corrections section and finally to Special Litigation, where he retired in 2009.

Not one to be content retired, Dale has spent the last several years working in Sanford at the Lee County Attorney's Office, first as Deputy County Attorney and was named County Attorney this past year.

Mr. Talbert was preceded in death by his father, Reggie Talbert, his mother, Mildred, his brother Dave, and granddaughter Ansley.

He is survived by his wife, Julia Lohman, his "former spouse", Kathy Talbert, his son, Justin Talbert, daughters Lindsay Addison and Danielle Lohman, his brother, Regan Talbert, his sisters, Regina Byers, Sarah Halstead, and Michelle Westmoreland, also by his three grandsons, Evan, Gavin, and Bryce Addison and two granddaughters, Lauren and Ella Talbert.

A Celebration of Dale's Life will be held Saturday, July 21st at 2pm in the Upper Club of the Loudermilk Center for Excellence at Kenan Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the North Carolina School of Law, Campus Box 3382, Suite 235, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 21, 2012

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Pam Britt

January 17, 2013

Dear Julia,

I just now found out that Dale had passed away, and I think part of my heart broke. I worked with Dale when I joined the AG's office as a paralegal in 2003, and I immediately liked him.

Some time later, Dale and I were proofreading and editing something he had written, and he was sitting beside me as we both stared at the computer. I realized that I was humming and apologized to him, noting that I know it drives everyone crazy but that I did it unconsciously when I was concentrating. I will never, ever forget his response, as it endeared him to me forever. He said, "No. I like it. It reminds me of my wife. And it lets me know that you are happy with what you are doing." Dale is the only person who ever said that to me.

I am so sorry that I didn't know earlier that my friend, your beloved husband, had passed away. I hope my favorite memory of him makes you smile, as it does me.

My prayers are with you and your family.

Pam Britt
Retired from NCDOJ on 04/01/2012

Terry Shinn

August 26, 2012

Dale, you have been my best friend since 3rd grade. Even though the miles separated us I always knew I could rely on you if I needed someone to listen to the good, the bad, and the stupid of my life. You never judged - you just listened and cared. You are one of those special people. I miss you my friend.

Benjamin Byers

August 10, 2012

Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Byers & family: goodbye Uncle Dale. Thank you for everything you've done for the family. You will be missed and remembered.

Karen Hahn

August 9, 2012

Catching up on my NCBA news, I have just read of Dale's departure from this world. I was fortunate to know Dale, as both a fellow Supra owner and a fellow attorney. He was a wonderful human-being and I'm saddened to hear he has departed.

Larry Overby

July 30, 2012

I am honored to have worked with Dale during my career with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He was a true gentleman, excellent attorney and gifted instructor. He leaves a great legacy of service to his country and the state of North Carolina.

Pamela Laughon

July 30, 2012

Heart-felt condolences to the family of Dale Talbert. I had occasion to be involved in a death row appeal in which Dale was the Attorney General, and without doubt he was one of the most professional, balanced, kind, and careful AGs with whom I have ever worked. He represented the state with vigor yet felt no need to villify my client, a wrongfully convicted death row inmate. Glen Edward Chapman and I will never forget Dale, and we are grateful to have known him at all. His family and friends will be in our prayers and thoughts.

Michael Hamden

July 25, 2012

Dale was one of the best lawyers I've known: a man of impeccable integrity and a person who made it a priority to fairly resolve conflict in a way that was consistent with the interests of his client. I was sorry to hear of his passing and send his family belated, but heart-felt condolences. Best wishes. - Michael Hamden

Robert Whitt

July 25, 2012

Dale and I were friends a long time ago when we were both in Air Force ROTC and in law school together. Dale, Fred Stann and myself were the only law students in the Air Force ROTC program at the time which was in the early 1970s. We bonded together during this experience. Dale surprised me by coming by my law office here in Mount Holly North Carolina a few years ago. I will never forget that visit and the fact that Dale took the time to come by and see me when he was passing through. I want to express my condolences to all of his family members.

Phyllis Stubbins

July 24, 2012

May you find strength in the love you have experienced in family. May your ties with family continue to strengthen you. Mama Mildred will be so proud to know how family is staying together.
Today I learned of Dales passing. My sympathy to everyone. Dale was such a stong man for his family. They all looked to him for advice and support!
Just remember God is there for you!

Frank Goldsmith

July 24, 2012

Dale was a consummate gentleman, a true professional who was a pleasure to work with. I had the privilege of appearing on the opposite side of cases with him, including, not long ago, a high-profile case involving a former Death Row inmate who had been wrongly accused and convicted. That case would have been one in which tensions could have arisen between counsel, but needless to say that was not the case with Dale. He was a man of absolute integrity, and if he told you something, you could rely on it without question. Our profession is the poorer for his loss, and I will sincerely miss him. May his memory be for a blessing to his family, and his life an inspiration to all.