In memory of
William Day Bill Stanford - FLEMINGTON - William Day Bill Stanford, 67, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents Christopher Robert Stanford and Fleta Day Stanford and brother Christopher Robert Stanford, III. Left to mourn his passing are his daughters Lara Stanford Jordan (Brian), Victoria Stanford Hamilton, and his grandchildren Liam and Violet Jordan and Henry Hamilton. He also leaves behind his sisters Christine Kit Stanford Wiese (Joe) and Kathy Stanford Wilkinson (Robert), nieces and nephews Julie De Leon (Chris), Josh Wiese (Erika), Audrey Wilburn (Doug), Emily Wilkinson, Christopher Robert Stanford IV and Gina Brown, as well as great nieces and great nephews, devoted friends and the many that remember Bill for his talent, determination and strength of will. Bill was born and raised in Hinesville, Georgia. He spent his youth on his family's farm, hunting, fishing and caring for livestock which would cement his later appreciation of nature. Coupled with his strong Christian upbringing, it was Bill's belief that God provides. Bill will be best remembered for his accomplishments here in Hinesville as a Bradwell Institute football player and later an inspiring football and track coach garnering the respect of both the young and seasoned members of the community. He committed early to his love of sports with midget football, which later led to a co-captainship on Bradwell Institute's 1965 State Championship-winning high school football team. He was the second-leading scorer in the state for that year in the position of fullback and special teams. Bill was considered a well-rounded athlete, playing baseball and running track as well. Among his teammates he was considered as hardnosed and tough a football player as there ever was but more importantly a teammate in the true sense of the word who made everyone else better for having played alongside him. After graduating from Bradwell Institute, he played football at Memphis State University and Lees McRae College and finally completed his college career at Georgia Southern University. Bill also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves during the Vietnam War Era. Bill's family and closest friends are best acquainted with his personal struggles. We all hold him in high regard for his ability to cull lessons he learned on the field, from his family and in church to overcome the difficulties he faced. When praised for turning his life around, he gave God all the credit. He was loved and supported by special friends who never lost faith in him, who were there as brothers throughout his life, and who grieve the loss of their beloved friend. In the spirit of his continued inspiration to the youth of our community, Ali Sikes will be running track this season in memory of Coach Bill. He will be missed. Visitation services will be held on Friday, August 14, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Thomas L. Carter Funeral Home in Flemington. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Flemington Presbyterian Church with Rev. Greg Loskoski and Rev. Bobby Brinkley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers: Clay Sikes, Steve Sikes, Candler Boyd, Michael Stanford, Lin Stanford, Kelly Stanford, Kenny Stanford and Kelvin Stanford. Remembrances: Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes, Attn: Development Division, PO Box 1000, Stockbridge, Georgia 30281. Thomas L. Carter Funeral Home 1822 E. Oglethorpe Highway Hinesville, GA 912-876-5095 Savannah Morning News August 14, 2015 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries .
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