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Austin Ray Stanford passed away May 21, 2012 with his wife of 37 years by his side. He had a wonderful life for 95 years. Ray was born in Winter Haven, FL to Evelyn Knox and Austin Stanford. He is survived by his wife Susan Morris Stanford; a son Austin Lee Stanford of Atlanta, GA; two daughters Jayne Morillo of Pharr, TX and Patti Shaffer of Celebration, FL; several grand and great grandchildren. Ray was an avid athlete. He raced motorcycles in Daytona Beach when they were still racing on the beach. He enjoyed swimming, sailing, and tennis where he won medals at the senior olympics. He could also barefoot waterski. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Force where he became a 1st Lieutenant and piloted a B24 bomber that flew several missions in Europe. He was even shot down and was able to crash land in France, saving his entire crew earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross and several other air medals. After the war, Ray worked for the National Cash Register Company and was in charge of the entire downtown area of Miami, FL. He then became an ordained minister and received his doctorate. Ray was the founder and president of the Christian Youth Ranch, as well as Grace Community Church, Florida Bible Church and Florida Bible College. Dr. Stanford has traveled the globe preaching the gospel as well as helping to start Bible Colleges in India and Egypt. He even debated the famous athiest Madalyn Murray O'Hair. The family will be receiving friends Wednesday May 23 from 6pm-8pm at Shannon Maloney Funeral Home, 4084 Halifax Dr. Port Orange, FL. Funeral services will be held at Oaklawn Cemetery in Winter Haven, Florida on Thursday May 24 at 10am.

Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from May 22 to May 24, 2012
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