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1930 Hershel 2021

Hershel Stanley

July 28, 1930 — June 3, 2021

Hershel Ely Stanley was born July 28, 1930 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and passed June 3, 2021 in Ash Flat, Arkansas. His parents were Mary E. (Mathews) and Andrew C. Stanley, both of whom predeceased him. His siblings included Eddie, Darrel, Nadine, and Sharon. He is survived by three sons: Andrew, Philip, and Robert. His fourth son, David, passed away in 2018. Hershel was blessed with 12 wonderful grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He began his first career in the U.S. Navy and served his country for four years. During this time he met and married his wife of 37 years: Gertie Lou Cagle; they lived in California for all of their married lives. He began working at Railbird Sprinkler Company in Glendora and was maintenance manager until he retired. Hershel's favorite things to do were camping and fishing with family. He loved carpentry and even built the family's first camper at home. Fond memories of family time include trips to various campgrounds in the California Sierras. He taught the boys how to have a strong work ethic and be responsible family men and always showed them love and kindness. He loved all of his grandchildren, singing and dancing with them around the house. His greatest passion was singing with his wife. In 2004 Hershel moved to Williford, Arkansas where he loved being close to the lakes so he could fish and enjoy the sunshine. He enjoyed singing so much that he would visit Hardy Junction Music Hall every possible weekend to sing with the band. There he met his honey, Hilda Peck. They enjoyed dancing and fellowship with friends as they loved and cared for each other. He attended Lighthouse Baptist Church and was given many opportunities to sing for the congregation which he adored. While he was in EagleCrest Nursing Home, where he had performed previously, he sang old country songs to the nurses. Hershel loved the Lord and his family. He will be remembered for his caring and kind soul. He never met a stranger. The family is so proud of the son, father, and friend that he was to all. "Well done, good and faithful servant." ~Matthew 25:21 His favorite saying was "Every day is a good day." Each one he lived fully for more than 90 years. A graveside service will be Friday, June 11, at 2 p.m. in Bronaugh Cemetery north of Hardy on U.S. Hwy. 63 with Bro. Jackie Pickett officiating.
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