Ralph Edward Stanton of Dunlap shuffled off this mortal coil and passed from his earthly life on Thursday, March 24, 2016.
A native of Sevierville and a U.S. Army veteran, he was a graduate of Cumberland College, the University of Tennessee, Auburn University and Mississippi College. Following his desire to help service members, he spent the majority of his career as chief of research at the Jackson, Mississippi Veterans Medical Center.
Ralph’s hobbies included traveling, gardening, hunting and being an active member of First Baptist Church of Dunlap. He was a lifelong Vols football fanatic who bled orange and white and was rumored to have hummed Rocky Top in his mother’s womb. He will forever be remembered as a loving husband, wonderful father and doting Pa Paw. He was the best of us.
His beloved wife, Dee, and younger brother, John Claude Stanton, preceded him in death.
He is survived by daughter, Raecheal Todd and son-in-law, Ronald Todd of Williamsburg, Virginia; cherished grandson, William Stanton Bell of Charlotte, North Carolina and nephew, Reagan Ellis of Knoxville.
A graveside memorial service will be held at Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens in Pigeon Forge later this spring. Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association or to the Sequatchie County Cancer Support Network.
His family looks forward to seeing him again in heaven and find peace in I Corinthians 15:55-57 – “Death has been swallowed up in victory. Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting? Now the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!”