William H. Sr. Stanley © Cherokee Messenger and Republican 11-1995 Submitted by: Glenn
Jet - The funeral for William Herbert Stanley Sr., 92, was at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Jet United Methodist Church. The Rev. Allen Gharet officiated. Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery north of Jet, directed by Kenny Lanman Funeral Home, Helena. He died Nov 9, 1995, at Helena Care Center.
He was born Oct. 25, 1903, in Gainsville, Mo., to John Clark and Olive Belle Brown Stanley. At the age of three, he moved with the family in an "immigrant car" of a train to Goltry in 1907. He attended grade school at Golden Valley rural school and later moved in a covered wagon to Campo, Colo. He lived in a dugout and survived a prairie fire and two tornadoes.
On March 8, 1923, he married Frances Letitia Nelson in Enid. In 1935, he began work for the State Highway Department, helping to build U.S. 64 from Cherokee to Buffalo. In 1936, he met First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt when he pulled her car through bad roads east of Alva. He continued to work for the highway department until 1939 when he moved to a farm two miles north of Jet.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Pleasant Valley School Board, the Jet Board of Education and the local fair board.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Lilybel Gates of Tucson, Ariz.; three sons, Albert and William H. Jr., both of Jet, and Jerry of El Paso, Texas; a sister, Juanita Maypole of Jet; nine grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, a daughter, four brothers and a sister.
Memorials may be made to Jet Fire Department through the funeral home.
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