Mr. Thomas Stanley, age 66, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. He was born Jan. 18, 1947 in DeFuniak Springs to Walker and Roberta Rhodes Stanley. Mr. Stanley was a resident of Holmes County. He was Baptist by faith and a member of the Bridge Creek Baptist Church in Ponce De Leon where he served as a Deacon; he also served as Deacon at Northside Baptist Church for many years. He worked as an educator / administrator for over 30 years, working for the Holmes County School District. He was an avid outdoorsman during his healthy years. He also enjoyed watching his grandson Ethan in sporting events being involved in every way possible. He also had a strong love for his family. A special thanks to the Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for their love and care over the past eight years.
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Mr. Stanley was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Alfred Stanley.
Mr. Stanley is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Juanita Monk Stanley of Ponce De Leon; one daughter, Lisa Marie Merchant and husband Monty all of Ponce De Leon; two grandchildren, Ethan and Erik Merchant; one brother-in-law, Robert Monk and wife Betty and family; two sister-in-laws, Helen Rhogean Ward and family and Doris Todd and family; one niece, Spring Stanley Loving and family and one nephew Skye Stanley and family.
Visitation services were held from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home Chapel; 230 Park Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32435. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oc. 8, 2013 at Northside Baptist Church, 2835 North Highway 81, Ponce De Leon, Florida 32455 with the Rev. Rodd Jones, the Rev. Stacy Stafford and the Rev. Kenneth Harrison and Terry Smith officiating. Burial followed at the New Ponce De Leon Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jack Jones, Glade Haas, Houston McCormick, Greg Friend, Danny Enfinger and Larry Sweat. Honorary pallbearers will be David Hicks, Lonzo Hornsby, Gerald Commander, Ed Hammond, Ray Fox and Herbert Rushing. Floral arrangements are being accepted. You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign guest book at www.clary-glenn.com.Clary-Glenn Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
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Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Oct. 9, 2013