Stan Stanford answered the Master’s call in the early hours of Monday morning. He was larger than life, had a heart of gold, and would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. Stan was fiercely protective of his family and loyal to his many, many friends. He was an excellent cook, a cowboy, a businessman, a vivid storyteller, and a keeper of secrets. One of Stan’s many passions was smoking barbecue for the people he loved. He loved fishing and was known to tell a fish tale or two, and the fish got bigger with each tale.
On November 13, 1954, Stan was born to William and Elsie Stanford in Bailey County, TX. He attended Coronado High School and graduated in 1972. He excelled in agriculture, welding, and rodeo. Stan was also heavily involved with the Future Farmers of America. After high school, Stan traveled and worked as a butcher in his younger years.
Stan started Stanford Auto Sales in 1978; the business expanded to become USA Trucks in 1990 and is still in service today. Stan loved with his whole heart, and even when his heart was broken, he continued to give his love to those who stayed close to him. He was the proud father of two amazing men, Jack and Jerrod Stanford. Jack met and married the love of his life, Roxy, and they quickly gave him two beautiful grandchildren, Arya and Jaxon Stanford. Everyone knew without a doubt that Stan loved his grandbabies; they brought a renewed joy to his life.
Stan got up every day, facing his challenges head-on; he made his rounds to work and his favorite places, specifically Gary and Sanita’s house, the tree, and to see his son and grandchildren. These things made him happy, but they also made him tired. Creeping up on the age of 68 in November, he realized that he couldn’t “roll” like he used to, so after tending to his business, he was glad to go home and sit in his easy chair and watch television or read a book. That is exactly where he was when the Master called him home.
Stan’s unexpected departure has left a hole in the hearts of all those who love him and boots that can’t be filled. He will be missed beyond measure.
Survivors include his son, Jack (Roxanna) Stanford, grandchildren, Arya and Jaxon Stanford; Lexi Mack Stanford and Billy Joe Baker; aunts, Bobbie Simmons and Janette Cunningham; and cousins, Sanita (Gary) West, Trace Tankersley, and Sherry Lumpkin Gee.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Elsie Jane Stanford; son, Jerrod Ray Stanford; brother, Tommy Stanford; maternal grandparents, Jack (Juanita) Cunningham; paternal grandparents, Leland (Myrtle) Stanford; aunt, JoAnn Jeter; uncle, Larry Mack Cunningham, nephew, Dusty Don Stanford; cousins, Dennis Jack Simmons, Jack Jeter, Michelle Cunningham, and Joe Jeter.
The family of Stanley Stanford will celebrate his life of 67 years at 10:00 AM on Monday, August 8, 2022, at the Chapel at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Following his celebration of life, Stan will be laid to rest at Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock, Texas. His family will host a time of fellowship and remembrance from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday, August 7, 2022, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers.
Following the service at the graveside, the family will be hosting a reception at Stan’s home, 8214 Bangor Avenue, Lubbock, TX, 79424.