WILMINGTON — Clarence Odell Stanley, 74, was called home Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, after a long battle with cancer.
He was born June 17, 1946, in Durham to the late Ezekiel “Zeke” Thomas Stanley and Lucille (Tevapaugh) Stanley.
He was employed by Durham Coca-Cola in special events for 17 years and received several special recognition awards from the fraternities and sororities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. Before digital technology, Odell was a courier for the Dean Smith UNC Basketball Show and the Bill Dooley UNC Football Show. He would take the reels of film from the WTVD T.V. station in Durham to Little Washington or New Bern, then to Wilmington every Sunday — rain, sleet or snow!
Odell was also a top sales producer for Carpenter Chevrolet, Coggin Pontiac, Rippy Cadillac, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, general manager for and received the prestigious SME Distinguished Sales Award for the Eastern District.
He loved working with his hands, working in the yard and restoring furniture and antiques for his shops, Trash to Treasure and Rocky Point Resale Mall.
Odell was a good loving husband, father, papa and friend to many. He will be missed every day until we are all together again.
In addition to his parents, Odell was also preceded in death by his brother, E.T. Stanley Jr.; and sister, Ina Mae Phillips.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Julia Piner Stanley; children, C.O. “Del” Stanley Jr., and his wife, Tina, (grandson, Jaeden Parrish) of Timberlake, Damon Scott Stanley, and his wife, Carlette, of Burgaw, and Dana Juling Valle, and her husband, Zhariff, of McSherrystown, Pennsylvania. He was also blessed with granddaughters, Jessica Lynn Stanley and Dylan Jayde Valle; grandsons, First Lieutenant Jeremy T. Stanley and his wife, Hunter, and Elder Zebastyan Jacob Valle; one great-granddaughter, Magnolia Joe Stanley; sister, Marie S. Buck; and many nieces and nephew. He loved them all and told them every chance he had.
A celebration of Odell’s life will be held at a later date this coming summer.
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