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Paul Waples Stanley (1915 - 2012)

Paul Waples Stanley
Born in Knox City, Knox, Texas, United Statesmap
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Son of and [mother unknown]
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Husband of — married 1 Apr 1945 in Haskell, Texas, United Statesmap
Died in Brady, Shelby, Texas, United Statesmap
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Paul was born in 1915. He passed away in 2012.

s/o Cosby Howard STANLEY & Mary Margaret SCOTT

Purple Heart
Bronze Star
Silver Star
Distinguished Service Cross


Paul Waples Stanley went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at the age of 96. Funeral service with full military honors was held Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at Sunset Ridge Church of Christ in Brady, Texas. Interment followed in Rest Haven Cemetery. Church minister Virgil Webb officiated and Lonnie Jameson led the congregation in singing some of Paul's favorite hymns.

Paul was born July 11, 1915, in Knox City, Texas, to Cosby Howard and Mary Margaret (Scott) Stanley. The family later moved to Stamford where Paul graduated from Stamford High School in 1933.

From 1933 to March 1941, Paul drove a truck for Waples Platter Company and Kimbell Grocery Company. During this time he began dating Signa W. Young, his future bride.

Paul W. Stanley was 25 years old when he entered the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss, Texas, on March 11, 1941. He served his country for 13 and 1/2 years; four and a half years, active duty and nine years in the Reserves. His overseas conflicts included the European Theater and five amphibious invasions (to North Africa, Sicily and Italy-Anzio) with the 3rd Division. At the beginning of the war, Lt. Stanley was in command of 60 men and later became a captain in command of a company of 200 men. Paul's honors include the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart with two Clusters, nine Battle Stars and the Combat Infantry Badge. Paul was inducted into the Officer Candidate School's Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, Ga., on September 1994.

Two weeks after Capt. Stanley returned stateside he married Signa Young April 1, 1945, (Easter Sunday) in Abilene, Texas. Paul and Signa lived in Stamford for 17 years where he was a salesman for Kimbell Grocery Company. The wholesale grocery business led his family to Tyler in 1962. For the next 35 years he was a salesman and registered investment banker with IDS.

Paul was a member of the Church of Christ. He served in Stamford as a deacon and in Tyler as an elder.

Paul and Signa moved to Brady in 2002, due to declining health and to be close to their daughter and her family. He was devoted to his wife Signa for 60 years until her passing Dec. 1, 2005.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary Beth Lewis and husband Royce of Brady; two grandchildren, Lauren Reichenau and husband Justin and Stanley Lewis, all of Houston; two great-grandsons, Rylan and Landry Reichenau, also of Houston; one sister-in-law, Fern and husband David Ballard of Stamford; one brother-in-law, John Farnsworth of Anson; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Signa; parents; three sisters, Oleta, Ruth and Alta Myrtle; and two brothers, C.H. Jr. and Virgil. Pallbearers were Stanley Lewis, Justin Reichenau, John Dagen, Travis Murray Jr., Cole Holubec and Ryan Coffman.


  1. GoSanAngelo, February 29 to March 1, 2012
  • "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 20 July 2019), Paul W Stanley in household of Howard Stanley, Rochester, Haskell, Texas, United States; citing ED 136, sheet 11B, line 82, family 145, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1816; FHL microfilm 1,821,816.
  • "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 20 July 2019), Paul Stanley in household of C Howard Stanley, Stamford, Jones, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 5, sheet 1A, line 10, family 3, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2365; FHL microfilm 2,342,099.
  • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 14 March 2018), Paul Stanley in household of C H Stanley, Stamford, Justice Precinct 2, Jones, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 127-5, sheet 12B, line 63, family 276, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 4083.
  • "United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946," database, FamilySearch ( : 5 December 2014), Paul W Stanley, enlisted 18 Mar 1941, Ft Bliss, El Paso, Texas, United States; citing "Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946," database, The National Archives: Access to Archival Databases (AAD) ( : National Archives and Records Administration, 2002); NARA NAID 1263923, National Archives at College Park, Maryland.
  • "Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 December 2017), Paul W Stanley and Signa Young, 01 Apr 1945; citing Marriage, citing Haskell, Texas, United States, Texas State Library, Archives Division, and various Texas county clerks; FHL microfilm 1,575,591.
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #85091788

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