|Birth: ||Jan. 28, 1908|
|Death: ||Mar. 13, 2012|
Col. Joseph Bynum Stanley, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), 104, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died March 13, 2012, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
He was born in Memphis on Jan. 28, 1908, to Dr. Joseph B. Stanley and Lillian Lang Stanley and had been a resident of Fort Walton Beach since 1968.
He was predeceased in death by his beloved wife, Alice Elizabeth Ohnstad Stanley, who died Oct. 17, 2003, on her 100th birthday.
Joe, then called Bynum, dropped out of the University of Tennessee when he discovered that the Air Corps would not only teach him to fly for free, but that they would actually pay him for learning. His first station, after graduating from the Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field, Texas, was at Luke Field, in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii. After a year as a bombardment pilot in the Fifth Composite Group, he became the Assistant Engineering Officer and then the Test Pilot of the Hawaiian Air Depot.
During his career of over 36 years he flew more than 60 types of aircraft, from early designs such as the DH-4, NBS-1, LB-2, PW-9, P-1, O-1, OA-1, A-3, andC-1 to jet aircraft. He was active during the transition from biplanes to monoplanes, from wood, wire and cloth construction to all metal, and from propeller driven to jet powered. His assignments included being a Headquarters Air Corps Inspector General, and in World War II, Commander of the 483rd Bombardment Group (H) a B-17 group in Italy. He also commanded Hickman AFB, Hawaii, and Eglin AFB in Florida. He retired in 1965.
After retirement, he returned to college at the University of Florida in Gainesville and often joked that it took him 40 years to obtain a college degree. In 1968 he returned to Fort Walton Beach and was a past president of the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society, Vice Commodore of the Fort Walton Yacht Club, Commodore of Station 30 of the Midget Ocean Racing Club, Vice Commodore of the Bayou Sailing Club and a volunteer at the Crisis Line. He was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, the Daedalians and the Quiet Birdmen.
Burial services will commence at 11 a.m. at Beal Memorial Cemetery on April 28. Later, at 1 p.m. a memorial celebration of his life will be held at the Westwood Retirement Community, 1001 Mar Walt Drive, Fort Walton Beach.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a favorite charity .
Joe's ashes will be placed next to the "best thing that ever happened to me," his wife, Alice Elizabeth Ohnstad Stanley, and scattered into the air over Choctawhatchee Bay combining his over 30 years of flying with another 30 years of sailing. With respect to those ashes blown over the bay, he hopes that they will enjoy being in it as much as he enjoyed sailing on it for some 30 years.
He had an extraordinary enthusiasm for life and epitomized a commitment to life-long learning. He leaves in his afterglow cousins, a nephew, son, two grandchildren and their spouses, and three great-grandchildren, Chuck IV, Elan and Brogan.
I'd like the memory of me
To be a happy one
I'd like to leave an afterglow
Of smiles when life is done
I'd like to leave an echo
Whispering softly down the ways
Of happy times and laughing times
And bright and sunny days
I'd like the tears of those who grieve
To dry before the sun
Of happy memories that I leave
When life on earth's done
(Northwest Florida Daily News April 7, 2012)
Alice Elizabeth Ohnstad Stanley (1903 - 2003)
Note: Section - Hope
Beal Memorial Cemetery
Fort Walton Beach
Created by: Michelle Woodham
Record added: May 19, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14334252
Added: Sep. 21, 2013
A grateful Nation remembers, we are the Home of the Free BECAUSE of the Brave!! We thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice.|
Kathy (McPhaul) Cather
Added: Oct. 17, 2012
Thank you for your military service Mr.Stanley,God bless you.|
Added: Oct. 17, 2012
|There is 1 more note not showing...|
Click here to view all notes...