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R. Stanley Baxley

Merritt Island, FL

R. Stanley Baxley, 89, of Merritt Island, FL went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 16, 2014. His loving wife of 69 years, Juanita Ezell Baxley, preceded him in death on April 13, 2014.

He is survived by one son, Wayne S. Baxley, Granite Bay, CA; one daughter, Bonnie Hope (Tom) Gonzalez, Roseville, CA; two grandsons, David (Jennene) Baxley, Benjamin (Stephanie) Gonzalez; two granddaughters; Nissa Baxley Hopkins and Yonah Enita Gonzalez; three great granddaughters; one great grandson, and a brother, Vernon (Dixie) Baxley.

Stanley, former co-owner of Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home, 'retired' in 2000 continuing to work part time until April 2014. His career spanned some 70 years.

Stanley was an active 33rd degree Mason holding plural membership in Madison, FL and Merritt Island, FL. He was a Past Master and Instructor mentoring many younger Masons. He is credited with starting the Merritt Island Masonic Lodge.

Stanley was a devout Christian serving as an active deacon in Madison First Baptist Church and Cocoa First Baptist Church. He was active in the Gideon ministry in Cocoa as well as a number of other organizations including the Kiwanis Club of Merritt Island.

Calling hours are 5 - 8 p.m., Thursday August 21, 2014 at the Wylie-Baxley Merritt Island Funeral Home. Services will be held 3 p.m., Saturday August 23, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Cocoa. A Committal service will be at 11 a.m., Monday August 25, 2014 at Lee Memorial, Lee, FL.

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Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Aug. 21, 2014
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