Athens – Calvin Ferb Stansell, Jr., 83, of 110 Dellwood Drive died Wednesday, February 15, 2006, at Athens Regional Medical Center, following a stroke suffered on February 2. Born February 21, 1922, he was the son of the late C.F. Stansell, Sr. and the late Moena Williams Stansell, both formerly of Greenville, SC. He was well-known in civic circles in Athens, having been highly active during his retirement years. A devoted member of Kiwanis, he served as President of the Athens Area Golden K and was instrumental in starting four new Kiwanis clubs in northeast Georgia. He was a Kiwanis International Accredited Representative (KIAR) for several years, assisting various Kiwanis club presidents as needed. He served as an officer in several area Kiwanis clubs and was the current Secretary/Treasurer of the Athens Area Golden K. He had a special place in his heart for the Special Olympics and worked tirelessly for many years in Kiwanis activities that supported this program. A lifetime member of the Elks Lodge, he joined the Elks in Auburn, Alabama in 1949 and had been active in the Athens Elks Lodge for more than 50 years. He was especially well-known for preparing spaghetti suppers every month for several years for Elks and their wives, an activity he continued until nine years ago, when a stroke left him physically unable to continue this work except in an assisting role. He was also a Masonic lodge member. Following his career as a textile chemical salesman, he worked at Vend Food Services and Orkin Exterminating Company, before becoming stockroom manager for the Chemistry Department at the University of Georgia. He attended Emory University, Furman University, and The Citadel before joining the U.S. Army, serving in Germany during WWII. After the end of WWII, he was part of the army of occupation in Germany. He proudly maintained his affiliation with The Citadelfs alumni association. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and previously a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Grace Stansell Walsh of Greenville, SC. Survivors include his wife of nearly 59 years, Toni Stansell; a son, Calvin F. Stansell III and his wife Patti Stansell of Watkinsville; a daughter, Sharyn S. Williams and her husband Randy Williams of Oxford; a daughter, Carol S. Nobles and her husband Wayne Nobles of Evans; and a son, Richard C. Stansell and his wife Cathy Stansell of Bogart; eleven grandchildren: Shannon Stansell and Bo Stansell of Watkinsville, Keith Williams and Amy Williams of Oxford, Michael Williams of Conyers, Cari Nobles, Ron Nobles, Lauren Nobles, and Shelby Nobles of Evans, and Christina Stansell and Carsten Stansell of Bogart; a sister, Evelyn Stansell Greer of Vancouver, Washington; a granddaughter-in-law, Katie Williams of Conyers; two great-granddaughters, Autymn Williams and Ashleigh Williams of Conyers, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 18, 2006 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, with the Reverend Scott E. Heitshusen officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park. Pallbearers will include sons-in-law Randy Williams and Wayne Nobles and grandsons Keith Williams, Michael Williams, Bo Stansell, Ron Nobles, and Carsten Stansell. Honorary pallbearers will include members of the Athens Area Golden K. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2006 at Bridges Funeral Home in Athens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 2535 Jefferson Road, Athens, Georgia 30607. Bridges Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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