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 Warren Klayer Stanford

Warren Klayer Stanford

Death 29 Nov 2006 (aged 91)
Conway, Faulkner County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Conway, Faulkner County, Arkansas, USA
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Warren Klayer Stanford, age 91 of Conway, Arkansas died Wednesday, November 29th, 2006. He was born November 23, 1915 in Nicaragua to the late George Warren Stanford & Felicia Dorothy Klayer

Warren lived in various cities including New Orleans, Jackson, Mississippi, Camden, Arkansas, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, Little Rock and Conway, Arkansas. He graduated from Arkansas A&M and had met and married Edna Eveline Herring of Fort Mitchell, Kentucky 64 years ago on August 19, 1942.

He is survived by his wife of the home, two daughters, Eveline Rivers & her husband Wayne of Amarillo, Texas and Marilyn Lewallen & her husband Tim of Little Rock, Arkansas. They have been blessed with 5 grandchildren, Todd Rivers and his wife Dawn of Conway, Arkansas, Allison Rivers Floyd and her husband Quintin, of Amarillo, Texas and Rusty Rivers, formerly of Amarillo, now deceased, Reed Lewallen and Whitney Lewallen both of Little Rock, Arkansas and 7 great grand children. They are Lauren, Austin & Tanner Rivers of Conway and Quinci, Linzi, Logan & Braxton Floyd of Amarillo, Texas.

Warren was an engineer for the Arkansas Highway Department on 2 different occasions. Between those stints, he was a builder in Covington, Kentucky. Warren and Edna moved to Conway, Arkansas in 1964 and Warren accepted the position of Engineer for the City of Conway Street Department in June of 1966. At the age of 90, he was still working as a consultant for the Street Department. He received his 40 year Service Pin on March 16, 2006 for his second career.

Warren is a very faithful and dedicated member of St Joseph Catholic Church in Conway, Arkansas for the last 42 years. His hobbies include gardening, raising prize-winning roses, any activity of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, fishing and all outdoor activities.

He is most proud of his 2 beautiful daughters, Eveline and Marilyn and accepts his Sons-In-Law. Also surviving Warren is his long time family friend, Tommy Fowlkes.

Mass of Christian Burial will be said Saturday, 11:00 a.m., December 2nd at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Conway officiated by Father Tom Byrne C.S.Sp. with burial in Crestlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday with Rosary following at 7:00 pm. at Roller McNutt Funeral Home of Conway (501.327.7727).

Pallbearers will be: His two grandsons: Todd Rivers and Reed Lewallen; Tommy Fowlkes, Ronnie Hall, Randy Evans, Steve Martin and Quintin Floyd.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1315 College Ave., Conway, AR. 72034 or the Eveline Rivers Christmas Project, 6104 Gainsborough Rd., Amarillo, Texas 79106

In the past 40 years, Warren Stanford has seen the population of Conway grow five times its size and the city limits expand miles in every direction.
Currently a part-time supervisor for contractors, Stanford was presented with the Employee Service Award for 40 years with the street department at a recent city council meeting. Mayor Tab Townsell also declared March 16 to be Warren Stanford Day.
"If a person is in a line of work they have been doing for so long, like me, it's not really work anymore," Stanford said. "I really look forward to the days I go to work."
Originally hired underformer Mayor Walter Dunaway, Stanford has worked under five different mayors and said he has seen a phenomenal amount of change since then.
"If I'm not mistaken, when I drove into Conway looking for a house, the sign said the population was about 11,000," Stanford said. "And it has grown ever since."
He also said if you took a map of Conway in 1966 and compared it to a current-day map, the difference would be tremendous.
"I have seen every bit of Conway grow - people today just wouldn't even realize what this town used to be," Stanford said. "It's just grown leaps and bounds."
Stanford said he obtained his current position by "kind of an odd situation."
After doing construction work for several years in Conway, he was asked to retire by former Mayor David Kinley in 1998.
Stanford said at this time he was heading up the street department and he knew Ronnie Hall would soon take over as city engineer. However, Stanford said even though this was how it was to be legally done, he was happy to see Hall enter into the position.
He didn't remain out of the job for long, he said.
"In the next breath he said he wanted to hire me back to help Hall with some of his problems," Stanford said. "I thought that was pretty cute how he did that, you know."
After working this position for a few years, Stanford said he thought it was time to hang it up once more and retired from his job. Again, this retirement didn't last too long.
"I was sitting around the house one day and said 'What am I going to do with myself?'" Stanford said.
Stanford had roots in street work even before changing his employee status from the state to city level in 1966.
"When I got out of college, I was very fortunate to be placed in the bridge department," Stanford said.
He said he did survey work for bridges while working for the state, as well. Once he got into construction work in Little Rock, he said he was transferred to Conway.
He was moved to town to widen Harkrider Street from College Avenue toward Mayflower, he said.
"That's when I met Mayor Dunaway, and in talking with him as he went by to go to Lake Conway to go fishing, he said he always wanted me to go," Stanford said. "He said he wanted me to leave the state department and come to work for the city on streets."
When Stanford started out at the street department, he said the city really didn't have anything but a small maintenance crew.
'The equipment was in really poor shape and the people they had knew nothing about construction," Stanford said. "And the city didn't have much money to buy equipment."
Through the help of Conway Corp., the city was able to purchase more trucks and equipment, allowing the department to clean ditches in a more efficient manner, he said.
"Drainage was the biggest problem Conway had at that time," Stanford said. "The bigger we got, the more everybody wanted and the more we had to expand and build."
City Engineer Ronnie Hall had nothing but good things to say about what Stanford has done for Conway.
"He has done an outstanding job of improving the drainage system with very little money," Hall said. "He scrounged what material he could and put together some pretty good drainage projects at a minimal cost."
Hall added, after all these years, Stanford is still very good at what he does.
"He's still very observant when it comes to watching construction and pretty critical of the contractors' work," Hall said. "I would hope to have that alertness when I'm that age."

This article was originally published on March 25, 2006
by The Cabin Democrat

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