William James Stancill, 90, passed away Monday, December 31, 2012 at his home surrounded by his wife and children.
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The funeral service will be conducted Wednesday at 1:30 pm in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Pinewood Memorial Park.
A native of Pitt County, he was born on June 24, 1922 to Willie Jennings and Mamie Teel Stancill. A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he was a quiet spirit who stood tall in his love for the Lord and his family.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Navy aboard the destroyer USS Strong DD-467, and was among the survivors when the Strong was torpedoed and sunk on July 5, 1943. He served the remainder of his tour aboard another destroyer, the USS Porterfield. After his service in the Navy, he returned home and farmed the family farm for many years. He then worked 10 years with the American Red Cross before retiring at the age of 75.
Always active, he loved being outdoors, hunting, fishing and working in his garden. Most of all, he enjoyed going to church. He was a devoted Christian and member of Grindle Creek Church of God, where he taught the Adult Sunday school class for 33 years. Later he became a member of Greenville Church of God.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Hazel Stancill Ward; and a grandson, Brian Edwards.
He is survived by his: wife of 66 years, Louise Sumerlin Stancill; daughters, Gayle Stancill, of the home and Maxine Stancill Edwards and husband, Kelly, of Winterville; sons, William Jennings Stancill and wife, Nancy and A.J. Stancill and wife, Sherry, all of Greenville; grandchildren, Edwin Stancill and wife, Crystal, of Emerald Isle, Jennifer Stancill McKeel, and Wendy Stancill Gaskins, all of Greenville, and Alan Stancill and wife, Carole, of Roanoke, VA; great-grandchildren, Dylan Stancill, Jonathan R. Stancill, all of Greenville, Deanna Stancill, of Emerald Isle, Bryce McKeel, Joshua McKeel, Paige McKeel and Abby Gaskins, all of Greenville, Jonathan K. Stancill and Elizabeth Stancill, of Roanoke, VA; sister, Nora Stancill Sutton, of Greenville; and a niece, Marlene Sutton Dory and husband, Bill, of Greenville.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 8 pm at Wilkerson Funeral Home.
Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to VFW Post Home 7032, 1108 Mumford Rd., Greenville, NC 27834.
Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com
Published in The Daily Reflector on Jan. 1, 2013