Lester Edward Stanley
A Friend to Everyone
Leicester-Lester Edward Stanley, age 75, of Surrett Cove Road, passed away Friday, July 24, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Stanley was born December 17, 1939 in Buncombe County to the late Horace Stanley and the late Allie Reemes Frisbee. He had resided in Madison County most of his life before making his home in Leicester for the past three years. He was a self-employed farmer and logger. Mr. Stanley was a member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church. He was a true outdoorsman who loved the mountains where he made his home and he could often be found fishing, coon hunting and digging ginseng. Lester was truly a friend to everyone, he was a source of steadfast knowledge and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone that might need his help or advice. The precious memories of Lester Edward Stanley will remain in the hearts of his family and the many friends that he touched throughout his lifetime. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles “Sonny” Stanley; sisters, Catherine Barnes and Pauline Frisbee; Vernie and Oliver King, his aunt and uncle who were also like parents, and his best friend, Roger Dale Surrett. Surviving are his loving wife of 52 years, Wilma Turner Stanley; his sons, Bruce Stanley and his wife, Lisa Stanley of Leicester, Bobby “Bob” Stanley and his wife, Brenda Stanley of Leicester and Christopher Michael Stanley of Leicester; grandchildren, Jessica English and her husband, Justin English of Mars Hill, Shannon Brazil and her husband, Justin Brazil of Alexander, Joseph Lee Stanley of Canton, Kyle Campbell of Leicester and Kendra Campbell of Leicester, great-grandchildren, Joshua and Joanna English and Caden and Jordan Brazil. The Stanley family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to caregivers, Virginia Clemmons and Amy Turner for their special love and care given to Lester, Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 27, 2015 at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church. Officiating will be Reverend Bill Brown, Reverend Gene Turner and Reverend Dewayne Brown. The family will be receiving friends Sunday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Canton. Burial will be at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Madison Home Care and Hospice, P.O. Box 69, Marshall, NC 28753. Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Services is honored to be caring for the Stanley family.