Billie Burke BB Stanley, 87, of Buna, Texas, passed away Friday morning, August 3, 2012, at Silsbee Oaks nursing facility in Silsbee, Texas. Born in Jasper County, Texas, on June 5, 1925, Billie was the son of Paul A. Stanley and Ola Richardson Stanley. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U. S. Army with the Cannon Company 163rd Infantry as Gun Crewman, Light Artillery in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, achieving the rank of Sergeant. He was a member of Pipefitters Local 195 and retired from Texas US Rubber as a pipefitter and from The Litwin Corporation as a pipe supervisor working several years on the island of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, and various other locations across the United States. He was also a long time Mason, earning a 50 year pin and the Golden Trowel Award for Exceptional Service while attending Masonic Lodge 1095 in Buna. Billie was a believer of the Primitive Baptist faith and attended services at Antioch Primitive Baptist Church in Buna. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Jasper Paul Stanley and Lamerle Pete Stanley. Billie is survived by his wife of 60 years, Syble Marie Singletary Stanley; daughter, Paula Stanley Girolamo and husband, Kerry; grandson, Brian Girolamo and wife, Krisi, all of Groves, Texas; granddaughter, Karla Girolamo Hayes and husband, Tony of Lumberton, Texas; great grandchildren, Kylun and Madelyn Girolamo and Drew, Reid, and Brynn Hayes; sisters, Fae Stanley Denman and Dorothy Stanley Smith and husband, JC; brothers, Pat Stanley and wife, Mary; Don Stanley and wife, Roanne, all of Buna, Texas; and sister-in-law, RoAnne Stanley of Anderson, Texas. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Saturday, at Adams EE Stringer Funeral home in Buna, Texas. Services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, at Central Baptist Church in Buna, with interment following at Antioch Cemetery, where a Masonic Lodge service will be performed. The family would like to offer a special thank you to the friendly and caring staff of Silsbee Oaks Nursing Facility in Silsbee.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Aug. 4, 2012