Miles Francis Stanley II was born on 15 Jan 1915 in Grandview, Texas to John Thomas Stanley and Marie Mistrot Carrico. As the oldest of 4 children and the only boy, Miles was an active child, belonging to both the YMCA and Army ROTC. Childhood was spent on Jennings Avenue in Fort Worth, and Miles later attended Central High School.
While a student at Central High School, Miles met the love of his life and future wife, Charley Belle Rogers. Graduating in 1931, Miles went to work at his father’s employer, the Fort Worth National Bank as a painter’s helper.
Later, Miles became a bookkeeper at the bank and the couple got their own place on Boyce Avenue in 1935 and then on Frazier Avenue, but not before the birth of their first child, Maryland Sue. Born in 1935, Maryland sue was followed by the births of Jan Marie in 1938, Miles Francis III in 1940 and Kathy Lee in 1945.
With the beginning of the United State’s involvement in World War II in December 1941, the Stanley family buckled down to support the war effort. Though not drafted in 1943 (classification 2B, Deferred in war production) and 1945 (classification 4A, Deferred by reason of age), Miles still contributed as an engineer and draftsman at aerospace and defense companies Consolidated Aircraft (1942) and later Convair and General Dynamics Corporation working on the B24, B36 and B58 military aircraft in Fort Worth. There he worked until retirement in 1969.
In 1950, Miles and Charley Belle and the 4 children finally got their dream home in a quiet neighborhood on Townsend Drive, across the street from a large park. The children attended nearby schools, Miles continued at General Dynamics and Charley Belle ran the household.
Miles was very active as an elder at St Marks Methodist Church and also as a scout leader and administrator in the Boy Scouts of America, Longhorn Council.
Just before Christmas in 1954, the family was struck by tragedy with the accidental shooting death of Miles’ only son, Miles III, known as Mike. As could be expected, recovery was difficult for the family.
By 1969, the Stanley girls had all married and moved out of the house on Townsend, but that empty nest didn’t last long, as grandchildren quickly began to arrive.
An unhealthy habit that Miles had picked up as a young man eventually led to his early demise in 1970. Severe, inoperable heart disease caused in part by smoking led to his medical retirement from General Dynamics in 1969.
Following a funeral on May 4 at St Marks, attended by numerous current and former Boy Scouts, as well as many former co-workers and friends, Miles Francis Stanley II was laid to rest at Green Oaks Cemetery, near the graves of his father John and son Mike.