Stanley Stokey, age 86, of Knoxville, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away peacefully on April 24. Stan was born May 1, 1934 in Brooklyn, New York. His parents were the late Cyril and Helen Stokey. A true man of God, he faithfully served his country, his community, and his church.
Stan served his country in the Army during the Korean War as well as the Merchant Marine. During the time with the Merchant Marine he developed a love of travel that he kept throughout his life. He later graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Masters in City Planning.
Stan dedicated his life’s work through serving the community. He made the region a better place to work, live, and raise a family for over thirty years as a City Planner with The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). He developed a ride share and express bus system for TVA during his tenure. He was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s Transportation Task Force and attended both President Carter’s and President Clinton’s Inaugurations.
Stan truly had a servants heart. He served his church in many capacities. He was a Trustee for Cokesbury United Methodist Church. He turned retirement into a passion to serve others through Manna House, the church food pantry. While there no child left without Stan registering them for DollyParton’s Imagination Library, the non- profit free book gifting program providing much needed books to children. He was happiest when serving others.
Stan is survived by his wife Diana, children Paul Stokey and wife Michele, Edward Stokey and wife Cheryl, Dennis Sprous, Douglas Sprous, Darla DeRosa and husband Michael along with a host of adored grandchildren. The family would like to thank Michael DeRosa for the love and encouragement he shared with Stan in his later years. Stan lives on in the gifts of humility, true kindness, and warmth given freely to all he came in contact with.
Please consider a gift to the Cokesbury UMC in Stan’s memory. Condolences can be left at dogwoodcremations.com/stanley-stokey. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date with burial at the Veterans Cemetery.