Lura S. Tally was a life-long leadership contributor as a mentor to students in the Leadership Program at Methodist University. Senator Tally was the first woman elected to the North Carolina legislature from Cumberland County. She served 22 years in the North Carolina House and Senate, where she emphasized programs to serve education and young people, as well as to protect North Carolina’s environment. A recipient of numerous awards and commendations for her leadership, she initiated and supported growth of significant components of community life, such as the county’s Mental Health Center and scouting. During her retirement, she held a Gubernatorial appointment with the North Carolina Museum of Science. Senator Tally died on August 28, 2012 at the age of 90.
Clearly, Lura S. Tally was one of Fayetteville’s special treasures, and Methodist University is proud to honor her and her leadership by naming the Leadership Program for her.