Billy StandridgeLAKE WYLIE - William "Billy" Gerald Standridge, 60, died Saturday, April 12, 2014, at his home. Born on Nov. 27, 1953, in Cleveland County, he was the son of Gerald Standridge and wife, Shirley of Shelby and the late Josephine Conley Standridge. Billy started out his very first business while in high school, which was an auto body shop. This was the foundation to owning and operating three successful salvage yard companies. At a young age, Billy had a love for racing. He would race lawn mowers for fun and the love that he had for cars led into a long, challenging career in stock car racing and NASCAR. He began stock car racing in the early 80s with much success, running small tracks and gaining driving experience. He began running the NASCAR Busch Series in 1986, when he finished 14th at the All Pro 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in his own Pontiac. After that, he began running a limited schedule in the Busch Series, posting five top-ten finishes in 84 starts, the last of which came in 1993. In 1994, he began running a limited schedule in Winston Cup, making his debut at North Carolina Speedway but finishing 42nd after a crash. He ran seven more races that year, his best finish being 24th at the Southern 500 as well as picking up sponsorship from the WCW and Dura Lube. He followed that up with a 14th place finish at Darlington the following year. After an unsuccessful stint with Triad Motorsports being sponsored by Hanes and Diamond Rio in 1996 and 1997, Standridge began running his own team, the #47 Ford Thunderbird, picking up sponsorship from Jayski and also from fan-sponsored donations. He even picked up sponsorship from Phillips after Geoffrey Bodine failed to qualify for a 1998 Talladega race. Standridge was one of the last drivers to run in NASCAR using a Thunderbird after other teams switched to the Taurus for the 1998 season. His last career start was the Pepsi 400 in 1998, where his engine expired 19 laps into the race. In addition to his father, Billy is survived by his wife, Becky Adkison Standridge; three daughters, Stacey Walker and husband, Travis, Deedra Dimsdale and husband, Jason and Jody Standridge, all of Shelby; two sons, Ethan McDaniel and Matt McDaniel, both of the home; a grandson, Alex Moore of the home; a brother, Bobby Standridge and wife, Vicki of Little River, S.C.; and grandchildren, Taylor Walker, Melana Walker, Izabel Moore, Eliza Dimsdale, Alyssa Turner, Mackenzie Turner and Gracie Beam. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at New Beginnings Church, 4317 Fallston Road, Shelby, NC 28150, with Dr. Johnny Ware officiating. Burial will follow at Cleveland Memorial Park. The family will receive friends two hours before the service from12 to 2 p.m. and after the burial the family will be at Billy's home in Shelby for visitors (1521 Sulphur Springs Road). Memorials can be made to the Billy Standridge Memorial Scholarship Fund, Automotive Recyclers Association, 9113 Church St., Manassas, VA 20110. Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Mr. Standridge.
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CECIL M. BURTON FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY
106 CHERRYVILLE RD. SHELBY, NC 28150-4208
Published in The Herald on Apr. 14, 2014