The Rev. Dr. Wesley Doyle Stanfield, 88, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, pastor, mentor and dear friend, departed earth’s temporal beauty for heaven’s glorious eternal gain on Monday, May 12, 2014.
“Stanfield,” as he was affectionately known, was born and raised in LaFayette, Ga., in Walker County. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, James Clarence and Alvice Stanfield; sister, Kayra “Smit” Stanfield Clark and wife, of 62 years, Samara Stanfield.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Miles Stanfield; son, Larry and Connie Stanfield of Georgia; daughters, Linda and Neil Burt, Lonna Hildreth, and LeNaye and Ron Pearson, all of Middle Tennessee; and by marriage, son, Bryan and Claudia Miles; and daughter, Gretchen and Scott Norman who reside in Georgia; and was blessed with 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild;
The family legacy has produced several church pastors and lay leaders who are following in Stanfield’s footsteps in leading others to Christ.
He graduated Bible Training School (currently known as Lee University in Cleveland) and continued his education at Purdue University Indianapolis, in Indiana. He received a doctorate of divinity at Kings Way College in Des Moines, Iowa. He served as state overseer for the Church of God in Montana, Wyoming and Colorado as well as Kansas, and served as an international evangelist, starting 29 churches during his lifetime. He pastored churches in Tennessee, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, North and South Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Having never retired, “because the calling and gifts of God are without repentance,” today his ministry continues via a weekly worldwide shortwave and Internet radio ministry on WWCR 1300 that blankets the world with the Gospel through The Ministry of Sharing. With a servant’s heart, his theme has been “Love, Life and Laughter” which demonstrated his heart and passion for others that endeared him to so many wonderful friends he treasured as precious jewels.
Following a private graveside service, the family extends an invitation to join in a Celebration Jubilee with those he loved and touched over the years at North Cleveland Church of God (423-476-5513) on the afternoon of May 31.
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