Stillwater News Press


January 16, 2012

Jimmy Lee Stanley

Jimmy Lee Stanley, 77, died on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 in Chandler, Ariz. His services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan.19, 2012 at the Sunnybrook Christian Church, 421 E. Richmond Rd., Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Jim was born on June 22, 1934 to Fairbanks and Mary (McCown) Stanley in Dunham, Ky.

He married Sylvia Ann Sullivan in Jan. 1957 in Breckenridge, Texas.

He attended Texas A&M, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree.

He went on to coach football, becoming the head coach at Oklahoma State University from 1973 to 1978.

He then assisted coaching in the NFL, and was head coach for the USFL’s Michigan Panthers.

He is preceded in death by his mother; father; brother, Kenneth; and sister, Ruth.

He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Stanley; two sons, Mark and Matt; two daughters, Rhonda and Starlyn; 1 brother, Charles; two sisters, Nora and Helen; ten grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Jim Stanley Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund at the OSU Foundation, mail to 400 South Monroe, Stillwater, OK 74076, call (800)622-4678 or look online at

 Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting

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