Mary (Lee) Stanfield

Born: Sun., Jul. 17, 1927
Died: Mon., May 14, 2018


3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Fri., May 18, 2018
Location: First Baptist Church

Funeral Service

4:00 PM Fri., May 18, 2018
Location: First Baptist Church

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Mrs. Mary Lee Stanfield, age 90, of Blackshear died Monday morning (5/14/18) at the Garden View Retirement Assisted Living in Blackshear following an extended illness.

Born July 17, 1927 in Patterson, GA, she was a daughter of the late John Davis and Carrie Griner Lee. She was a 1944 graduate of Patterson High School and then attended the Florida Barber and Beauty College. She married her high school sweetheart, James Troy Stanfield in 1948 and they moved to St. Marys, GA where they lived for 23 years. She owned a beauty shop for 3 years, was employed as a bookkeeper for the St. Marys Railroad and for a few years, they owned a diner across the street from the local paper mill, where she was well known for her cakes.   

They returned to Pierce County in 1971 where she was a housewife for several years before becoming employed by the Pierce County Board of Education as a Librarian Aide.  She transferred to the Board of Education Office where she worked for many years before retiring as the Receptionist/Administrative Assistant for the Superintendent.

Being raised in Patterson, her parents and family were active members at Patterson Baptist Church. Joining in 1949, she became an active member of the First Baptist Church in St. Marys.  She then became a member of First Baptist Church in Blackshear in 1971. A faithful member, she was active in the JOY group, the WMU, and was also very active with the Bereavement Committee, often times rushing to the homes of those who had passed to take care of any immediate needs the family may have. She would also be in attendance at most funerals at the church to oversee or assist with the meal for the family.  She was also a member of the Followers Sunday School Class for many years, where she was the longtime class treasurer. 

She loved volunteering her time at the Pierce County Nursing Home with the Ladies Auxiliary, helping out in the beauty shop with all of their needs. She also volunteered with the Heart Association and the Southeast Cancer Unit. She was awarded the Blackshear Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds in 2013 for her many hours as a devoted volunteer in the Pierce County community. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, James Troy Stanfield; and all of her brothers, and sisters, Elsie Lee Dowling, J. D. Lee, Ivey Lee, Robert Lee, George Lee, and Echols Lee. 

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Paige Stanfield of Tucker, GA; 3 grandsons, Harper Troy Stanfield of Norman, OK, John Harville Stanfield of Tuscaloosa, AL, and James Gibson Stanfield of Tucker, GA; 5 sisters-in-law, Lillian Lee of Patterson; Mina Griner of Patterson, Laverne Griffis of Patterson, Iris Cobb (husband Floy) of Cuthbert, GA; and Mary Lou Tatum (husband George) of Alma; 1 brother-in-law, Lewis Stanfield (wife Latrelle) of Patterson; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

A funeral service will take place on Friday (5/18/18) at 4 PM at First Baptist Church in Blackshear. Burial will follow in the Patterson Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Friday at the church one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the First Baptist Church Bereavement Committee Fund, 670 Main Street, Blackshear, GA 31516 or to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA 31501.

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Joyce Blocker
   Posted Tue May 15, 2018
She will be missed by many

Randy and Marc Hall
   Posted Fri May 18, 2018
A true angel has gone home. Rest In Peace.

Lorrie Lovell
   Posted Mon May 21, 2018
Jimmy and entire family...I wanted to let you know you have all been in my thoughts with the recent passing of your sweet mother. She was always so kind to me each time I had the privilege to see her, sweet sweet soul. I know she will be missed dearly. Prayers of strength and peace for you all in the days ahead.

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