LUMBERTON — Mr. Willie ("Bill") Eugin Stanley, 84, passed away peacefully into the arms of his Lord on April 6, 2014, at Southeastern Hospice House in Lumberton.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Centerville Baptist Church in Lumberton, the Rev. Ed Wilcox officiating. Burial will follow in Fairmont Cemetery.
Bill was one of two children born to Carlos (deceased) and Pearl Stanley of Fairmont. He was very close to his sister, Ann, and they grew up on a farm where they learned the value of hard work and Christian principles. Bill was a lifelong member of Centerville Baptist Church.
After high school, Bill attended Campbell College and State University and later married June Floyd in 1951 and they had two children. They resided in Raeford, N.C., where Bill was employed as a supervisor at Burlington Industries for 34 years before retiring in 1985. Although their marriage ended, he and June maintained a close family connection and respect for each other right up to her death on March 25, 2014. Bill's fiancée, Betty Lawson, has been the light of his life and devoted companion for 46 years. They have shared a wonderful and full life together enjoying various activities, which included church, square dancing, fishing, traveling with the Winnebago Motor Home Club and spending time with beloved family and friends.
Bill was known for working tirelessly in his garden and he loved to give away the fruits of his labor. Bill was also a compassionate person that had tenderness for animals. He rescued stray animals that seemed to find their way to him, the latest one being "Susie Q" which he loved spending quiet time with, petting and reassuring her. Bill had a strong character and was known as a man of great integrity and honesty. He loved his family and friends and will be missed by all.
He is survived by his mother, Pearl Stanley (104) of Wesley Pines; his sister, Ann (Jimmy) Casey of Florence, S.C.; fiancée, Betty Lawson of Lumberton; his daughter, Terri (Lou) Cunningham of Charlotte; a son, Sidney Floyd Stanley of Charlotte; his niece, Kelvie (Michael) Reese of Florence; a nephew, Cliff (Cindy) Casey of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; numerous stepnieces and stepnephews; brother and sister-in-laws; and a special friend, Annie Ruth Leggett.
The time of visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday one hour before the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Southeastern Hospice House, 1100 Pine Run Drive, Lumberton, N.C., 28358, or to: Centerville Baptist Church, 3428 N.C. 41, Lumberton, N.C., 28358.
On-line condolences may be made by visiting: www.floydmortuary.net.