Tommy Author “Bubba” Stanley, 61, of Creston, N.C., passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2019, at his home.

Mr. Stanley was born on February 11, 1958, in Ashe County, N.C., to Robert and Virginia Queen Osborne Stanley. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Jamie Stanley; uncles, R.H. Stanley, Charlie “Shade” Stanley, Larry Osborne and J.C. Osborne; aunts, Pearl Woods and Betty Woodard.

Mr. Stanley was a dedicated firefighter and first responder. He was a member of the Creston Volunteer Fire Department for 44 years where he served as Assistant Chief. He joined in October 1975 and was one of the founding members. He was employed at American Emergency Vehicles in Jefferson. He worked with Axis doing event staffing through ASU. Mr. Stanley was a member of the Church of Christ in Creston and West Jefferson. He enjoyed camping and going to tractor shows with his hammer mill and tractors. He had never met a stranger and was always there to help anyone in need.

Mr. Stanley is survived by his wife, Susan Osborne Stanley; daughter, Karissa Stanley and fiancé Matthew Brown of Jefferson; brother, Elzie Stanley and wife, Jodie, of Jefferson; grandson, Tucker Brown; two nephews, James Ray “Jay” Stanley and Billy Joe Stanley; step-nephew Lonnie Price; also surviving are several cousins.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 4:00 pm at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel by Minister Tim Canup, the Rev. Darrell Graybeal, and speaker Mark Miller. Burial followed in the Osborne Family Cemetery.

The family received friends from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Friday, April 26, 2019, at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family, c/o Ashelawn Memorial Chapel, 3470 US Highway 221 North, Jefferson, NC 28640 or to the Creston Volunteer Fire Department.

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Ashelawn Memorial Chapel & Gardens was entrusted with Mr. Stanley’s arrangements.