Roy Allen Stacey was born in Hardin County on August 24, 1921, to Hal and Anna Belle Vanbiber Stacey. He departed this life on February 7, 2016 at St. Mary’s hospital being at the time of his passing 94 years, 5 months, and 14 days old.
At an early age he accepted Christ as his personal Savior at Hicks Branch Church. He was a member of Pleasant Hill General Baptist Church at the time of his passing. Although Roy enjoyed attending other Hardin County churches at night services.
Roy was a WWII veteran. He was drafted into the army in July 1942. He served as a medic and guard patrolman. Roy was in the European Theater under the command of General Patton. He served as a medic in the Normandy Invasion. He was also in the Rhineland Campaign and in Northern France. Roy received the American Campaign medal, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Medal, and two Bronze Service Stars. He received his honorable discharge on Dec. 4, 1945.
Roy was united in marriage to Norma Jean Griffith on January 12, 1946. After 18 years of marriage they were blessed with the birth of one daughter, Judith Lynn.
On June 10, 1989 Roy added to his family, a son-in-law, Randy Barnard. To this union on February 13, 1994 his only blessed grandson was born- Stephan Randall Barnard. Roy’s world revolved around Stephan. He was so proud of his grandson and his accomplishments.
Roy worked and lived on a farm all his life. He was still farming with his son-in-law, Randy, the last day of his life at the age of 94. Roy had been employed by Alcoa mines, the Forest Service, and the Hardin County Road district throughout his lifetime. For the past 17 years, he enjoyed the fellowship felt while attending the Golden Circle.
Roy was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Norma Jean; his parents, Hal and Anna Stacey; siblings, Lora, Bill, Calvin, James, JT, and Evadean; and brothers-in-law, Wendell Holmes and Deneen Griffith.
Roy leaves to mourn his daughter Judith Barnard; a son-in-law, Randy Barnard; a grandson, Stephan Barnard; one sister-in-law Emma Griffith; many nieces and nephews, along with a host of friends.