April 3, 1935 – March 17, 2020
Raye Earl Stanley, 84, passed away at home Tuesday, March 17, 2020. He was born on April 3, 1935 in Memphis, Tennessee to Earl and Gertrude Stanley. He grew up in Memphis, attending Treadwell High School, and went on to graduate as an engineer from The University of Tennessee.
Raye served in the U.S. Army at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, as well as Fort Rucker, Alabama before coming to Huntsville to begin a 25-year aerospace engineering career as a civil servant at the Army Missile Command, Targets Management Office. Upon retirement from the Army Missile Command, Raye continued his ærospace career for another 10 years as an engineering consultant to a number of aerospace firms in the U.S., Canada, and France.
Along the way he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Helen White, and they became parents to Susan, in El Paso; Carol, in Memphis; and Neal, in Huntsville. Raye enjoyed his work at Redstone Arsenal and found Huntsville a great place to raise his family. He stayed busy outside the job keeping a beautiful lawn and garden, as well as helping coach little league sports, and working with the youth at Weatherly Heights Baptist Church. Raye enjoyed golf trips with work friends, as well as with his son. He and Mary began travelling with church friends and old high school buddies as time rolled by. Family reunions were favorites as were high school and college graduations. After retirement, Raye resumed old interests in coin and stamp collecting, and took up genealogy, which he loved.
Then came the grandchildren! They became his favorite pastime: Susan and Max Gurgew’s daughter, Danielle; Carol and Wayne Wright’s two sons, Sam and Josh; and Neal and Misarys Stanley’s daughter, Ilenia, and son, Eli. How they all loved their GrandRaye!
Raye had a Christian upbringing, and enjoyed his friends and family. His eternal optimism was an inspiration to all who knew him. He had a lifetime enjoyment of music, frequenting the Memphis quartet concerts in his youth. His favorite groups were The Statesmen Quartet and The Blackwood Brothers, and would show up if ever they came to town. Raye was preceded in death by his parents; and his son, Neal.
Because of virus concerns, the funeral will be a private family service, and he will be laid to rest next to his parents at Valhalla Memory Gardens. Any memorials to the Alzheimer’s Foundation will be appreciated.
To may sign the guestbook at www.valhallafunerals.com.
- Mary Helen Stanley, Wife
- Susan Gurgew (Max), Daughter
- Carol Wright (Wayne), Daughter
- Neal Stanley (Misarys), Son
- Danielle Gurgew, Granddaughter
- Sam Wright, Grandson
- Josh Wright, Grandson
- Ilenia Stanley, Granddaughter
- Eli Stanley, Grandson
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
April 1, 2020
Mrs. Stanley, Susan and Carol,
I’m So Sorry to hear about Mr. Stanley’s passing. I remember what a kind and sweet person he was whenever I would come over to your house. He always made me feel very welcome.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family. May happy memories sustain you in the days ahead and may you feel God’s peace and comfort during this time.
Linda and Mike Maynard
March 20, 2020
My heart goes out to you Mary.
We will be here to support you.
March 20, 2020
The pictures were a vivid reminder of the good times shared with Raye and Mary over the past ~70 years-high school, college, weddings, our children, and our grandchildren. Charlene and I will always cherish the memories of those times together. From an old Irish Blessing: "There are iron ships, there are wood ships, there are ships that sail the sea,but the best ships are friendships, may it always be." Rest in peace old friend.
March 20, 2020
So sorry for your loss. It was so nice to see you and Raye recently. I have a lot of great memories from growing up with your family both from church and the neighborhood. The entire family sends our love.
March 20, 2020
Susan & Max,
So sorry to hear about Raye. Although it probably been 15 or 20 years since our paths crossed, Raye often crosses my mind. As Chief Engineer for US Army TMO back in the 80s, Raye hired me into TMO in 1987........where I ended up spending my entire career. Though I had no skills in targets, Raye and I had a rapport from our first meeting, and he hired me right away. I remember you could always see him thinking about something intently before he would speak. Since he retired from Missile Command at an early age, he was only my boss for a couple years, but, he was the best........always professional, always understanding, never riled up, always interested the home lives of the people who worked for him..........a truly sweet, kind man. After he retired from TMO, our paths continued to cross for several more years during his consultant days. I always had a soft spot for Raye and I think he had one for me too. When he retired, I somehow ended up with his gray government stapler..........his name written boldly on the side........it would make me think of him whenever i used it.
I know he will be sorely missed. I'm proud to have known him. Your family is my prayers.
Tony Still Sr