Robert (Bob) Gilbert Stanley, 88, of Whiteville died Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Robert was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was a man of principle and stood up for what he believed in.
Robert was an avid outdoorsman. He grew up on Lake Waccamaw where he loved to hunt and fish. It was at Hallsboro High School (class of ’47) where his love of baseball started. He would later go on to play baseball at Campbell and East Carolina University. His love of the game wouldn’t end there as he would eventually serve as baseball coach at Louisburg College for three years.
Robert joined the Navy after graduating high school. He attended Campbell and later transferred to East Carolina University, where he received his Bachelor and Master’s Degree. Robert started his career in Cerro Gordo, NC as a Business Education teacher. In 1954, he accepted a position at Louisburg College as Dean of Men. He spent 16 years at Louisburg College and held many roles there. In 1970, he moved his family to Whiteville to accept a position at Southeastern Community College as Business Manager. He retired from Southeastern Community College 17 years later.
Robert was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Ann; his parents, J.P. and Becky Stanley; sister, Louise Tidwell; brothers, Jason, Ralph, and Hubert.
Survivors include sons, Mark Stanley (Lisa) of Whiteville, Craig Stanley (Elizabeth) of Greenville, and Art Stanley (Martha Jo) of Wilson; grandsons, Zachary Stanley (Taylor), Fisher Stanley and Clay Stanley; granddaughters, Sarah Stanley, Katie Stanley, and Emily Stanley; great grandson, Jensen Stanley.
A graveside service will be held at 11am on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Whiteville Memorial Cemetery.
The family would like to thank neighbor and friend, Vickie Parker, for her kindness and generosity given to them over the years.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 412 N. Madison Street, Whiteville, NC 28472.