Stanford Johnson Darsey
Stanford Johnson Darsey, of Tallahassee, was born April 29, 1922 in Quincy, Florida. He was the oldest son of the late Daniel Raymond Darsey and Julia Johnson Darsey. He is survived by two siblings Leon Palmer Darsey and Auby Dunnigan Darsey. He was pre deceased by his wife Elvira Cole Darsey in 2007, sisters Olive Darsey and Roselyn Darsey Rawls.
Stan, as he was lovingly called, was a graduate of the University of Florida. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942 in the middle of WWII in order to serve his county. After the war he returned home and re-entered the UF where he graduated with a degree in chemistry, became the President of the Kappa Alpha Order and met the love of his life, Elvie Cole. He was recalled during the Korean Conflict and later retired as Major in the Marine Corps, of which he was so proud. His devotion to his country was unparalleled.
Stan was employed by the State Department of Agriculture for 38 years first as an inspector, in South Florida, then as the Chief of the Bureau of Standards, in Tallahassee. He retired in 1986. He and Elvie moved to Westminster Oaks, where they spent their remaining years. They enjoyed their retirement years, with travel, taking care of their grandchildren and devoted their time to volunteering in their Christian Community. Stanford was an elder in the Presbyterian Church, superintendant of Sunday school and served his Lord loyally throughout his life.
Stan is a member of a long family legacy. The Darsey's are well known in South Georgia and North Florida area for their Christian leadership and American values and Stan was a leader to this cause. He will be buried beside his loving wife and other family members in the Shelfer Cemetery in Havana, Florida.
His family would like to thank the employees at Westminster Oaks for their loving care.
Stanford is survived by his devoted children Debi Jones (Fred )Tallahassee; Perry Darsey (Pat)Flowery Branch, Ga., and Rita Curtis(Terry)Durango, Co. and his grandchildren who adored him Brent Jones(Jennifer), Jason Jones, Tonya Herrington (Bruce) and great grandsons Chase and Caden Jones as well as his many loving nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Friday, February 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM, in the Maguire Center at Westminster Oaks, with the internment at 3:00 PM, at Shelfer Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the United States Marine Corps. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Presbyterian Foundation, Faith Presbyterian Church or to the
. Bevis Funeral Home (850) 385-2193, www.bevisfh.com, is in charge of the arrangements
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Feb. 7, 2013