Robert Lynn Stanley, 86, of Ft. Smith, AR (formerly of Poteau, OK) passed away Thursday, October 22, 2015 in Ft. Smith. Robert was born February 25, 1929 in Denton, TX to Harvey Lakey & Ida Elnora (Pritchard) Stanley. Robert was a veteran of the US Navy and served in Korea. Robert taught journalism at North Texas State University. He married his favorite student, Nora Belle Blan. He served as a missionary in the Philippines. Robert retired as Director of News & Information from the Southern Baptist International Mission Board. He was a deacon at the First Baptist Church in Poteau. He loved people, his family and Jesus his Savior most of all. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Allie, Eva Joe and brother, H.L.
Survivors include his wife, Nora Blan Stanley; son, Robert Stanley of Oklahoma City; daughter, Autumn Stanley Lew and husband Greg of Stillwater, OK; granddaughters, Allie & Ellyn; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and friends.
Services will be 2 pm, Saturday, October 24, at the First Baptist Church in Poteau with Rev. Phil McGehee officiating. Interment will follow in Milton Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ed Abernathy, Greg Lew, Robert Stanley, Joe Smith, Mike Pritchett & Jim Mixon.
The family will be at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with relatives & friends.