Stanley Eugene Reid, 96, of Stanton passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011. A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church of Stanton at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, following a private burial service. Visitation is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at Gilbreath Funeral Home in Stanton.
Stanley was born at home Feb. 3, 1915, to William P. and Lillian Short Reid in Rule, Haskell County, Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, June R. Reid; four brothers, Aubrey, Wilburly, Jack and Willie Joe Reid; and one sister, Evelyn Reid Haynes.
Survivors include a sister, Elenia Reid Haynes of Rogers, Ark.; a daughter, Glen Reid Baker of Stanton; a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Ruth Lewis Reid of Stanton; four grandchildren, Amy Baker of San Bruno, Calif., Anna Baker of Rockwall, Casey Reid of Stanton and Jacob Reid of Hill AFB, Utah. Also surviving are 12 great-grandchildren, Duncan Baker, Elliott and Brennan Dwire, Jonah-Kai Baker, Myka and Kiley Reid, Leslie Popham, Zach and Nathan Tryson, Delaney Thames, and Caitlin and Elliot Reid; grandsons-in-law, Gary Landis and Jason Dwire; granddaughters-in-law, Dylana Provancha Reid and Sharon Henson Reid; sister-in-law, Jean Reid of Midland; and many cousins, nieces and nephews to three generations.
Stanley married June Redford Reid on Jan. 16, 1938, at her parentsâ€™ home in Llano County and they made their first home in Midland, where he was employed as a barber and she did private nursing. The couple moved to Martin County, where he barbered part-time while working with the family farming business for several years. Stanley established and owned The Clip Joint in downtown Stanton and was Stantonâ€™s primary barber for more than a half-century. He retired in 1988 to his home east of Stanton.
Stanley moved to Martin Countyâ€™s Valley View community in 1924, graduating from Stanton High School and joining the Civilian Conservation Corps in Lamesa at 18. He taught barbering, taxidermy and woodworking and drove the ambulance. He sent wages home, which his parents saved to finance his barber training at Burton Barber College in Fort Worth.
June was doing a nurseâ€™s training rotation at Fort Worth Childrenâ€™s Hospital and they did most of their courting at the Fort Worth Zoo in Forest Park or during window shopping downtown.
In the relationship, Stanley was the quiet, steady base and June was the outgoing motivator. Stanley was always deeply involved with Stanton activities, including membership in First United Methodist Church, Chamber of Commerce, Stanton Buffalo Booster Club, Rotary Club and Optimist Club.
He served on Stanton Schoolâ€™s Board of Trustees for seven years â€” including a term as president â€” during the planning and building of the new high school, which opened in 1956. Behind the scenes, he provided the innovation and man-power to make many of Juneâ€™s historical preservation efforts a reality.
Stanley was a family and community man who will be sorely missed in Martin County. He was widely known as part of the bedrock in the community: a loving Christian, a man of his word, a constant friend and the best barber anywhere. Family and friends rejoice that he is reunited with loved ones in Heaven.
Memorials may be made to the Martin County Community Fund, c/o First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1193, Stanton, Texas 79782.
Arrangements under the direction of Gilbreath Funeral Home of Stanton. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com