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Irving, TX 75061
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John Stanley

John Stanley

Wednesday, March 11th, 1931 Friday, March 29th, 2019

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Obituary for John Edwin Stanley

John Stanley of Irving passed away March 29, 2019 in Irving. He was born on March 11, 1931 in Leonard, Texas to John Emmitt Stanley and Ethel (Yowell) Stanley. John was a member of Christ Church in Irving, he loved God, loved his church. John served his country in the United States Air Force serving during the Korean War. He regularly shared his war stories with others. John was an excellent carpenter by trade and was a self-taught guitar player. He built and sold fiddles after getting bored with retirement from his carpentry career. He was known as a strict father but was softened by his grandchildren. John took pleasure in telling jokes and made jigsaw puzzles a part of his daily routine. He loved being outdoors hunting, fishing and working with his bird dogs. He was a devout Democrat and did not care who it offended. John would give his last dollar to anyone in need. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Jack and James Stanley and sisters Betty Brown and Jean Gregory. He leaves behind loving wife Bessie Merle Stanley of Irving; son Garry Stanley also of Irving; daughters Marci Gillen of Benton, Arkansas; Virginia Stanley, Mary Stanley Austin; Alice St. Amand and husband Dean and Wanda Yarborough all of Irving; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; sisters Nancy Stanley; Joanne Armstrong and husband J. C.; brother Darrell Stanley and wife Birdie all of Leonard, Texas and numerous other family members and friends. The family will receive friends from 11:00 am to Noon on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Christ Church 1750 E. Airport Freeway, Irving with a funeral service to follow at the church at Noon. Internment with military honors will follow the funeral service at 2:00 pm on Thursday at The Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas. Memorial donations may be made to The National Kidney Foundation at or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 4th, 2019 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Christ Church Irving
    1750 E. Airport Freeway
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    Thursday, April 4th, 2019
    11:00am - 12:00pm
    Prior to funeral service
  • Service

    Thursday, April 4th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Christ Church
    1750 E. Airport Freeway
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    Thursday, April 4th, 2019
    Greg Beauchamp
  • Interment

    Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery
    2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
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    2:00 pm Thursday Please be in lane 1 at 1:45

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Penni bilyeu jones

Merle, you probably don't remembere, my parents were Tommy and Cathy bilyeu...I'm so sorry to hear about John's passing
I have tons of fun memories with your family from my childhood...
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