H. Stanley Thames, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully and joined our Lord on April 16, 2013.
Stan was born on December 29, 1925 in Pachuta, Mississippi, to Howard Davis Thames and Nell Boykin Green. Upon his graduation from Jackson Central High in 1944, he joined the Marines, serving for 2 years in the Pacific and China. After World War II ended, Stan received his Masters degree from the University of Mississippi in 1950, and earned his doctorate in Political Science from Duke University in 1955.
While at Duke, Stan met his wife, Esther Easley, and they married in 1954.
He taught Copiah-Lincoln Junior college for 2 years, the University of the South for 1 year, and 7 years at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, where his 3 children were born.
Stan and Esther moved the family to Denton in 1963, where he joined the Political Science faculty at the University of North Texas, specializing in Middle East relations until he retired in 1993. Stan was a member of the International Studies Association, and helped found the Southwest branch of that Association.
Stan led a life of service. He was ordained as a deacon at First Baptist Church in Ada in 1959, and also served there as Training Union Director and Sunday School teacher. During his years of membership at First Baptist Church in Denton, he served as a Deacon, and Sunday School teacher. Stan was an Eagle Scout, and was on the Scouting Committee for Troup 140 in Denton. He was a 25 year member of Kiwanis, serving on the board of their Children's Clinic, and was also a lifetime board member of the United Way of Denton County.
In his younger years Stan enjoyed playing golf and bird watching, and throughout his life enjoyed classical music.
Stan is survived by his wife of 58 years, Esther, their children, Katherine Heather and her husband Mark of Guildford, England, Mark Thames and his wife Dawn of Dallas, and Rachel Gay and her husband Hunter, of Denton, as well as 4 grandchildren: Jonathan, Elizabeth, Lauren and Alyssa.
A service will be held in the Cindy Nichols Chapel at First Baptist Church in Denton on Saturday, April 20, at 2:00pm, Dr. Wayne Blankenship will officiate.. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park. The family will be at the Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home on Friday, April 19, 2013 for visitation from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Kiwanis Children's Clinic at 1001 N. Elm St. Denton, Texas 76201, or to Our Daily Bread community soup kitchen at 300 W Oak St #100 Denton, TX 76201. On line condolences may be left at www.mulkeymasondenton.com