Owen David Stanford, 87, of Selma, died at his home on March 4, 2018.
He was born on September 12, 1930 at McGehee to the late Charlie Glen Stanford and Lillian Beatrice Hossfeld Stanford.
Mr. Stanford served four years in the United States Air Force, and just a few days after returning home he met Gwendolyn Haisty, who would later become his wife. They were married on June 17, 1956 and had two daughters, Phyllis and Lesley. They built their family home in Selma (Drew County).
He was a brick mason for many years, and in 1971, he joined the University of Arkansas at Monticello as a carpenter. After 25 years, he retired as the director of UAM’s Physical Plant. He was a Methodist, and served through the years in different capacities such as chairman of the board, Sunday school teacher, and a member of the United Methodist Men. He always looked forward to the Laymen’s Retreat at Camp Tanako.
His most enjoyable hobby was woodcraft and design. Many people, including his family, benefited throughout the years from his creative talent and enjoyed the various gifts they received from him.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Standford was preceded him in death were three brothers, Glen Stanford and wife Marion, Carol Stanford, Roy Stanford and wife Corinna; one sister, Doris Taylor and husband Norton; his father and mother-in-law, Jessie Brooks Haisty and Inez Barrett Haisty; two brothers-in-law; Kelly Henderson and Bill Grant; a sister-in-law, Barbara Haisty; and a niece, Donna Massanelli.
Survivors are his wife, Gwendolyn Haisty Stanford; daughter, Phyllis Mosley and husband Towny, daughter, Lesley Robertson and husband James; four grandchildren, Stan Mosley and wife Courtney, Kaitlyn Walthall, Kristen Weigand and husband Matthew, and Lainey Walthall; two great-grandsons, Lleyton Weigand and Tate Mosley; one brother, Paul Stanford and wife Betty Lee; one sister, Florence Henderson; sister-in-law, Betty Stanford; brother-in-law, Barry Haisty; sister-in-law, Linda Wisdom; and a host of nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 7, at 2 p.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel with burial to follow in Selma Cemetery.