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Obituary for John Stansell

John  Stansell
Dr. John C. Stansell died unexpectedly Saturday morning December 23, 2017 in Victoria, Texas, at the age of 73.

John is survived by his wife, Sally; son, John Arthur (Ellen) and daughter Carrie (Trent Hicks) as well as his much-beloved granddaughters, Jenna, and Annabelle Sellars grandsons; John Henry and Emmett Stansell. He is preceded in death by his father, James Coleman and mother Vivian.

John was born on March 20, 1944, in Matagorda, Texas to James Coleman and Vivian Stansell and graduated from Bay City High School in 1961. He married Sally Machlan on March 27, 1965. Sally and John welcomed son John Arthur into the world in 1968, and daughter Carrie three years later in 1971. John was a kind, patient and loving father, who set a wonderful example for his children through a life so well lived.

After his school, John attended Wharton County Junior College earned his BA from Texas A&I, his MA from University of Houston Victoria, and completed his EDD in 1976 at Indiana University. John began his teaching career as a graduate student at UHV, taught high school in El Campo was a professor of Education for twenty years at Texas A&M. He went on to become Department Chair at The University of North Texas for eight years, and then returned to UHV in 2006 as Dean.

He taught his last class this Fall 2017 semester, and was a leading light in the field of Reading Education, touching countless lives in his roles as teacher, mentor and advisor.

John was accomplished at singing and playing guitar, and often entertained friends and family with his favorite songs. He especially loved blues, for and protest songs. He was an intelligent, thoughtful individual who loved reading and who was passionate about education. He was an active and dedicated member of the Vestry at Trinity Episcopal Church, Victoria, Texas.

A funeral is scheduled for the Friday, December 29, 2017 at 11:00 am at Trinity Episcopal Church in Victoria, Texas. A graveside service will follow at 3:00 pm at Garden of Memories Cemetery on Highway 59 South in El Campo, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Trinity Episcopal Church, in Victoria, Texas, University of North Texas, Texas A&M & Indiana University. Condolences can be sent to

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