WALLACE A. STANBERRY
SHREVEPORT, LA - Wallace A. Stanberry, 88, passed into the full presence of his Lord on March 16, 2013, following five months behind his beloved wife of 68 years, "My Sweetie" Dorothy.
Born on February 20, 1925 "in the front bedroom of Grandmother Burney's home in Vivian," he met his future bride while both attended Vivian High School, but the war intervened. Although underage, Wallace volunteered to enlist in the U. S. Navy and served in North Africa, and the Pacific Theater, on the U.S.S. Savannah, and U.S.S. Baltimore ("Big B"). During his service in the Navy, he developed a love of flying that lasted throughout his life, for pleasure, business and humanitarian purposes. Wallace and Dorothy were married in 1944 and settled into a new life at LSU in Baton Rouge where he earned his Petroleum Engineering degree.
Following ten years' employment with Gulf Oil Company, new business plans were made with partner, Coster Gerard—a partnership that was to last 52 years. During the 1960's they, with a third partner, Jim Ritchie, became involved in an enhanced oil recovery method of producing more oil from depleted wells, through injection of carbon dioxide, CO2 EOR. Their group pioneered the technique and received the Hearst Award recognizing their accomplishments. Multiple similar projects followed, along with installation and operation of CO2 pipelines to serve them.
Throughout his life, he held three loves. First and most important was his love for the Lord. Those who knew Wallace, or had just a chance encounter with him, were aware of his desire to find a new Brother- or Sister-in-Christ, for he never met a stranger. Besides supporting his home church, he believed deeply in mission work. Beginning in the late 1960's he made himself and his plane available to ferry medical crews and supplies to remote Indian villages in the mountains of Mexico which were inaccessible by roads. This work remains a part of the Mexican Indian Training Center in Cordoba, Mexico, which mainly educates new pastors to serve their countrymen, often in MITC-built churches. Then 30 years ago, a new work was begun in Honduras, encouraged and supported by Wallace, serving on its Board of Directors, as its President. Students are accepted from across the country, housed, fed and trained as pastor so they may return to minister to their own villages. Over 100 churches have been built and are functioning with Honduran pastors teaching others the Word. Expansion of Abundant Life Ministries in Honduras now includes a children's cancer-care institute in the capital city of Tegucigalpa and a weekly play and learn gathering of over 300 children at the La Esperanza facility—some of whom walk long distances to participate.
Wallace's second love was his family. He and Dorothy raised their two sons to respect the Lord and their parents. There was never a question about his love for Mike and Lynn, nor theirs for him. Many other family members, too, received the benefit of his encouragement, counsel and support—always with the reminder that God is sovereign.
Third among his loves was his business world. He dearly enjoyed the challenge of connecting all the necessary pieces to consummate a project, and the CO2 EOR concept was his favorite. Taking an oilfield which was thought to be depleted and making it produce again—possibly even more than before—was his dream to alleviate our dependence on imported oil.
This remarkable man was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy; his angel mother, Asilee Burney Brown; and his revered in-laws, Tommy and Alma Howell. Left to continue his legacy are sons, Mike Stanberry, Owner of Metro Aviation; and Lynn Stanberry, Vice President of Stanberry Oil Company. His grandchildren are: Todd Stanberry and wife, Michaela; DeLynn and husband, Marcus Fairless; Leslie and husband Don Jones. The great-grandchildren in whom he took much pleasure are Mathis and Quinn Stanberry and Cohen Jones. Wallace also leaves sisters, Joanne and husband Randy Middleton, and Jean Williams.
Wallace recently announced, "I've had a long, successful life, two wonderful sons, and I've accomplished most everything I set out to do. I had a wonderful wife for 68 years and I'm ready to join her at Home."
We all knew he was referring to their Heavenly Home, so we invite you to celebrate his life. Visitation will be at Rose-Neath's Southside Chapel on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Services will be held at the same location on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., officiated by Rev. Herb Prince and Bro. Don Moseley. Interment will follow in Vivian Cemetery in Vivian, Louisiana.
Should you wish to remember Wallace with a memorial, the family suggests a gift to Abundant Life Ministries in Honduras, P. O. Box 6241, N. Little Rock, AR 72124.
Published by Shreveport Times from Mar. 19 to Mar. 21, 2013.