Obituary: Bobby Ray Stanfill 1933-2017

Bobby Ray Stanfill

Bobby Ray Stanfill

Bobby Ray Stanfill, 83, of Cottonwood passed away Saturday, February 11, 2017. He was born September 16, 1933 in Enville, Tennessee.

He served his country in both Korea and Vietnam, obtaining the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.

Mr. Stanfill worked as a Glendale Police Officer, a security guard, a seasonal National Park ranger and did maintenance for Circle W rentals.

He was an avid reader who loved westerns and antiques.

He will be remembered as a Marine through and through who loved and took care of his family. A generous man, always willing to put others needs before his own; A man of great integrity who treated everyone with respect. He had a positive impact on the lives of everyone who knew him. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Evelyn Stanfill and his mother Willie Stanfill.

His survivors include sons Thomas Wamsley of Cottonwood and Rodney Wamsley of Jacksboro, Tennessee; daughters Zana Lauer of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, Rebecca Shumway of Prescott Valley, AZ, Laura Wamsley of Cottonwood, AZ; two brothers, Lea Stahr (Raquel) of Huntley, Illinois and Jerry Stahr (Judy) of Hoffman Estates, Illinois; a sister Wanda Brooks of Ellensboro, North Carolina; twelve grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Private family services will be held.

Contributions may be made to Valley View Care, 195 N. Willard St., Cottonwood, AZ 86326

An online guestbook is available to sign at

Information provided by survivors.


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sonamsenge 2 years, 1 month ago

Thank you to Valley View Care and AZ Northern Hospice for their care and help during this traumatic time. Bob found out he had cancer and two weeks later he was gone. I`ve been trying to come to terms with that, looking at photos and seeing Him sitting in his chair guiding me in making decisions. I was so fortunate to have had such a kind, generous accepting and compassionate man in my life. A true Father figure I could admire and look up to. His favorite restaurant, Hacienda will miss him. He always had Chile Rellano and refried beans with chips and guacomole. He also liked Annies, great service and welcoming atmosphere, respectful. They were part of his good by tour as was Candy and Conchi at One AZ credit union. He appreciated the help and courtesy, friendlinesss and compassion. They all brought him Happiness in his fiinal days. I Loved him very much and miss him terribly,