James Howard Stanley, Sr.

December 11, 1945 - September 27, 2019
James Howard Stanley, Sr.


James Howard Stanley, Sr. age 73, of Wilmington, passed away on Friday, September 27, 2019, at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Kannapolis, NC, on December 11, 1945, the son of Hurbert Duprie Stanley and Edith Lucinda Lindsay Stanley.

Howard was a member of the Una Free Baptist Church in Spartanburg, SC. Many Carolina Beach residents knew and loved him. He helped so many, just the mention of his name would bring a smile to their face. Howard was the owner and driver of a Taxi Business that served the Carolina Beach area for over 15 years. He was loved and will be missed by all who knew him.

Howard is survived by his wife Wanda; son James Howard Stanley, Jr. of Carolina Beach, NC and daughter Joyce Kimberley Stanley of Providence, RI.; grandchildren Taylor Stanley, Marley Stanley, Bryanna Stanley, Mitchell Medeiros, Arnie Butler, Jamie Peck, Heidi Ward, Sheena Ward and Chad McDowell. He is also survived by  his sister Thelma Stanley of Spartanburg, SC. and his brothers David Stanley of Spartanburg, SC and Albert Stanley of Spartanburg, SC.

Together with his parents Howard was predeceased by his daughter Denise Stanley; brothers Robert Stanley and Dan Smith of GA and sister Shirley Rankin of NC.

A Service to Celebrate Howard’s life is being planned and will be announced.

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  • September 29, 2019
    Curtis & Nancy Bolton says:
    We always loved to hear Howard stories and he always shared his wisdom we will remember his smile always. We love you all very much

  • October 02, 2019
    Terry Bartlett says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. It’s been a very long time but I have fond memories of growing up with all the Stanley boys. Prayers for the family.

  • October 03, 2019
    Chris Perry says:
    Thanks for being a great friend and mentor for me and many others. You will definitely be missed by many, both far and wide. Thanks for all the good memories that you have brought to both the community and to your family. Farewell my friend and i hope there is at least one pool table in heaven so you may continue to dish out lessons...

  • October 21, 2019
    Cyndy and the Nakamotos lit a candle:
    Lit since October 21, 2019 at 10:56:18 AM

  • November 15, 2019
    Mark & Susan Wethington, Pat & Terri Joyner says:
    We just now stopped by Bud & Joe’s to check on Howard and found out his earthly life has ended. He was a great friend and OUR taxi driver every time we were at Carolina Beach. He was a wonderful person, a friend to all, and we greatly miss him! Prayers for all of you, his family! ❤️