Dan Stanford

dan stanford
LINDEN-- Dan Moody Stanford Sr. heard the master's call on Tuesday August 7, 2007 at home in Linden, TX. Dan was born on June 6, 1927 to W. T. and Mary Elizabeth Stanford in Linden, TX. He was the youngest of fourteen children. Dan graduated high school in 1945 from Linden. He enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as a Navy chef and a gunner's mate. He served four years receiving the Victory Medal, American Area Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. In 1949, Dan was honorably discharged from the United States Navy as a Petty Officer 2nd Class where upon he entered Texas A&M University. Dan was a proud member of the Fighting Texas Aggie Class of 1953, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education. However, due to the lengthy illness of his father, he came home to help care for him until his death in 1956. Dan continued his education receiving his Master's Degree in Education from East Texas State University at Commerce. Dan was a Charter member of the ETSU-Texarkana Phi Delta Kappa. Dan began his teaching career at Bloomburg High School, where he taught two years. He was High School Principal, Counselor, math and science teacher, and bus driver at McLeod ISD for seven years. In 1967, Dan joined the teaching staff of Linden-Kildare ISD where he served as principal, taught math and was a bus driver. Dan taught nineteen years in the Linden-Kildare ISD. He was an educator for twenty-nine years, a life member of Texas State Teachers Association. He served as President of the Cass County TSTA for two years. Upon retirement, he became a life member of Texas Retired Teacher Association. He served as President of the local unit, Cass County Retired School Employees Association for two years. During his presidency the CCRSEA Scholarship Fund was established which has benefited many Cass County students. Dan was active in the fellowship of the First Baptist Church of Linden where he was saved as a child. He was a Sunday School teacher, deacon, and served as the Sunday School director for over twenty years. He was an active member in his community. He served on the Cass County Child Protective Services Board, a member of the Association for Children with Learning Disabilities, a member of the Lions Club and the American Legion. Dan served many years as Democratic County Chairman before a lengthy illness forced him to resign. Dan is survived by Violet Allene Thornburg Stanford, his bride of 50 years. Dan and Violet were blessed with three children, two sons and a daughter, Dan Jr. (Danny) and Roy S. of Linden, and Danelle Allene who met her Daddy at heaven's gate to welcome him to his eternal home. He is also survived by a daughter-in-law Melissa Stanford of Linden, God blessed Dan with two grandsons, Scott Beall and wife Ruth and Daniel Vaughn of Kilgore, and three granddaughters Annella, Marissa, and Carolyn Stanford of Linden. Dan also has two great-grandchildren Justice and Liberty Beall of Kilgore. Dan is survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Dr. C Cooper Stanford and wife Jean of Memphis, TN and DVM Edward T Stanford and wife Fern of Little Rock, AR and a special sister-in-law Madeleine Stanford of Crosbyton, TX. Dan is also survived by many nieces and nephews and other family members and friends. Dan's funeral will be held at First Baptist Church of Linden on Friday Aug. 10, 2007. Burial will be in the Linden Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Cass County Retired Teacher Assoc. Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 1462 Linden, TX 75563 or L-K Ag Booster Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 564 Linden, TX 75563.

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  1. Violet I hope you remember me. I am the daughter of Ila Tate. You and Dan did so much for her and I really did appreciate it. Whem I was walking to school as a child Dan would ride by on his bicycle and get my hat. Ha. You have my sympathy in your great loss. May the Lord bless you as you adjust your life without him.

  2. I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Dan's passing. I always enjoyed my visits with him when Danelle and I visited. God bless and sustain you during this time.

  3. Aunt Violet,Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I will always cherish the memories of our family gatherings in Texas.

  4. Mr. Stanford was one of my favorite teachers and I'll always cherish the memories of his classes. It has been a pleasure to serve your family this week. Call if you need help with anything.Patti

  5. I graduated from Linden-Kildare in 1975, but Mr. Stanford was one my favorite teachers in school. My prayers are with you.

  6. Mrs. Stanford, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mate after 50 years. I was one of your bookkeeping students in Daingerfield and graduated in 1973. My pray you will have peace in knowing that Mr Stanford in is his final home, a much better place than here on earth. I just wanted you to know, you were one of my teachers that I still remember, after 34 years after graduation, with many fond and great memories from High School. Much peace and love to you, Billy John

  7. Mrs. Stanford,I don't know if you remember me, but I had you for Record Keeping in 1980 at D'field High School. You were one of my favorite teachers, and I will always remember you. So sorry to hear of your loss. I know you will miss him greatly, but just know that one day….you will see him again. I am praying for you.

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