Many of us are the people we are because of teachers and administrators like Mr. Stokes. I encountered him at a time when teachers cared whether or not students learned and the village raised the child. My family lived on the same street as the Stokes, when he was employed in the Indianola School District. The Stokes were always friendly, and like family.
His life touched many in various ways, and he will be greatly missed.
To his family, time will take away the edge of your pain. Hold fast to his memories, and thank you for sharing him with us.