Stanley was 79 years old, born on August 17, 1938, in Wharton County, Texas to Wendell Vernon Burke and Callie Joyce Weaver Burke. Stanley grew up in Brazoria, Texas and attended high school in West Columbia, Texas, graduating high school in 1956. Stanley worked as a welder and pipefitter his entire adult life and was a member of the Local 211-Union of Pipefitters and Plumbers. He retired in 2001. Stanley raised his family in Freeport, Texas. After he retired he moved to Athens, Texas where he raised chickens and grew vegetables in his garden. He was a member of Living for The Brand Cowboy Church in Athens, Texas and attended weekly meetings of the Bible Study International Fellowship. He was a faithful servant of the Children’s Church at the Living for the Brand Cowboy Church. Stanley had two loves, his God and his family.
He is survived by his loving wife, Nannie Louise Hunter Burke (wife of 58 years); his children, Lori Leigh Meadows (husband Ron), Toby Wade Burke (wife Rebecca), Lester Hunter Burke, and Stan Lee Burke (wife Diane); six grandchildren, Katie Elizabeth Meadows, Tyler Wendell Burke, Callie Meagan Burke, Randall Timothy Meadows, Josephine Nicole Burke, and Colby Alexander Burke; his siblings, Vernon Burke (aged 82) and Karen West (aged 72); and many nieces and nephews, other family, and a host of friends.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 2, 2018 at Autry’s Carrol-Lehr Funeral Home, located at 1910 E. Tyler, Athens, Texas 75751. A viewing will be held at 9:00a.m. on July 2, 2018 followed by a service at 10:00am.
If you prefer, in lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to the following: Samaritan’s Purse (samaritanspurse.org); Paine Springs Cemetery (9692 St. Hwy 198, Unit 3, Mabank Texas 75156); or Living For the Brand Cowboy Church Children’s Ministry (902 NE Loop 7, Athens, Texas 75751).