Family-Placed Death Notice
STANLEY, Agnes Piper STANLEY AGNES PIPER Agnes (Polly) Piper Stanley, age 88 of Ferrum, Virginia and Jekyll Island, Georgia, passed away peacefully Sunday, September 22nd 2013, at Roanoke Carilion Hospital Roanoke, Virginia. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, active member of her community, and for her clever wit. She was born in Clarkston Georgia, of the late Marvin O. and Lessie Bea Piper of Atlanta. Mrs. Stanley is survived by her husband of 63 years, Air Force Lt. Col. (Ret) James L. Stanley of Ferrum, Virginia. Mrs. Stanley was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings: James Piper and Blanche Piper Hanes. Survivors include her husband; her children: James L. Stanley, Jr. and his wife Terri Parenti Stanley; Marsha Stanley Fay and her husband, Clifford Charles Fay; Brian R. Stanley and his wife Linda Lee Stanley; her sister, Betty Piper Buice; six grandchildren, five great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Stanley was raised in Avondale Estates, Georgia and graduated from Avondale High School. She graduated from the Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1948 and was one of the first four students of the University of Georgia, Atlanta (now Georgia State University). As a nurse at Grady, she was chosen to care for Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind. Mrs. Stanley began her professional nursing career as an Army Cadet Nurse and upon graduation was commissioned a Second Lieutenant into the Army Nurses Corp. Second Lieutenant Agnes Piper married Air Force Second Lieutenant James Stanley on October 14, 1950 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Mrs. Stanley bore her eldest child, Air Force Col. (Ret) James L. Stanley, Jr. while her husband was missing in action (POW) during the Korean War. After her husband returned from Korea, they were blessed with two more children and Mrs. Stanley stayed at home and raised her children as she strongly believed being a wife and mother were her most important roles in life. While being very involved in her children's lives, and supportive of her husband's career, she also was an active member and past president of an Air Force Officers Wives Club. Mrs. Stanley returned to her professional career as Director of a healthcare related foundation after her children left home. A memorial service will be held at Flora Funeral Home, 665 South Main Street, Rocky Mount, Virginia at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, 2013. The family will receive friends just prior to the service beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials to the St. James Methodist Church, Ferrum, Virginia. Final interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 24, 2013