June 6, 2027 ~ August 7, 2007
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.