On Monday, September 21, 2020, Robert (Bob) Thomas Stancil, Sr. of Arlington, Texas, passed away at the age of 88 years. He was surrounded by his six children during his final days.
He will be lovingly remembered by his children: Robin & James Scott, Robert & Mary Stancil, Chris & Gwynn Stancil, Carol & Greg Edwards, Cathy & Mitch Weatherred, and
Connie & David Leos; grandchildren: Chris & Molly, Jeff & Yndia, Caitlin & Seth, Megan, Garrett, Luke & Chelsey, Corey, Alex, Annie, Sydney, Robert & Marlene, Greg, and Delilah; great-grandchildren: Jackson, Henley, Avery, Waylon, and Lukas. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 15 years, JoAnn Dunn Stancil.
Bob was born in Canton, Georgia, on April 30, 1932, an only child to Hallman Luke & Lois McClain Stancil. Bob earned the rank of Eagle Scout in a Boy Scout troop led by his father. He demonstrated his gift for mathematics and academics at an early age. He was double-promoted in elementary school and graduated from high school at the age of 16. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aeronautical engineering from Georgia Tech by the age of 22, graduating with highest honors in 1954. Bob was very proud to be a “Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an engineer.” In 1954, he married Patricia Ann O’Neil, accepted a position with Convair as an aeronautical engineer, and moved with his bride to Fort Worth, Texas, where they resided for 8 years. After briefly moving their young family to California, they returned to North Texas, settling in Irving in 1963. Upon his return to Texas, Bob worked at LTV Corporation (now Lockheed Martin) as a Senior Aeronautical Engineer and eventually moved into the Missiles and Space Division (Yes, he was a rocket scientist!) He published “Improved Wave Drag Predictions Using Modified Linear Theory” on December 7th, 1982. Irving was his home for over 30 years. Upon his marriage to JoAnn Dunn on March 8th, 1996, he relocated to Arlington, where he lived the remainder of his days.
Throughout his life, Bob demonstrated a love and devotion to his family, singing barbershop and flying airplanes. When he was 15 years old, he drove himself to flying lessons, and he became a licensed pilot at the age of 16. Flying was one of the great joys of his life. He often flew the family to vacation destinations. As a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society for 57 years, he sang baritone and tenor in several quartets. He began singing with the Ft Worth Cowtown chorus in 1958 before joining the Big D Chorus and most recently the Arlington Good Times Chorus with his son, Chris. Bob also coached and cheered for his daughters in softball for many years, serving as president of the Irving Girls Softball League in 1979. He was often seen in the stands at Southwest Park wearing the shirt of one child’s team and a hat of the other. He found great enjoyment in working as an umpire as his “side gig.” Even in his 70s and on, he was always up for a family adventure to the lake or the beach, where he reveled in participating in the fun, whether it was playing catch in the waves, parasailing, or tubing behind the boat. He loved being with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Bob was a gentle, patient, soft-spoken, and kind man who led his family by example. He accepted Jesus as his savior at a young age and was baptized at 13 in “the creek behind the church.” Even after he was no longer able to fly a plane, drive a car, or even participate in barbershop, he continued to enjoy going to church.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday afternoon, October 25th at Vertical Church in Ovilla, Texas. The service is limited to immediate family due to COVID-19 restrictions. Memorial gifts in Bob’s honor may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association: https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2?df_id=32112&32112.donation=form1&utm_expid=.CP_xyKj9TUygDcXfejhsbg.0&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F
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