James Fred (Gator) Stanton passed away to meet his Lord on Saturday, September 14th in Little River Nursing Home. He was born in Hope, Arkansas on December 12, 1941 and grew up in Saratoga, Arkansas. He grew up with the Church of Christ and was a Christian. He is preceded in death by his parents, Nash and Thelma Stanton, his brother Nash Tipton (Tip) Stanton his step son SFC Richard J. Henkes II and great granddaughter Isolde Elise Romero.
He is survived by his wife Chris Stanton, his son Paul Mac Stanton, his daughter and son in law Cindy Stephens and Jeff Stephens, two grandsons, Corbett Stephens and Carder Stephens, his step daughter and her husband Linda Bass and Allen Bass, step daughter Rev. Tamara Henkes, step granddaughter Cassidy Case, step granddaughter Isabel Henkes, step great grandchildren Guinevere Adelle Frederick and Achilles Nickolas Vallet.
Jim attended Ouachita College in Arkadelphia on a full scholarship and later transferred to the University of the Ozarks. He worked for Reynolds Metals Company for 36 years where he was transferred out of the country many times, his latest being Nigeria, West Africa.
He met his wife, Chris, in 1987 when transferred to the Troutdale Oregon plant and they soon married in 1987.
He also leaves behind many special cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visitation will be at Madden Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The funeral service will be at Madden Funeral Home in Ashdown, AR Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. and burial will be at the Saratoga Cemetery after the service. David Formby will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Saratoga Cemetery Association, PO Box 114, Saratoga, AR 71859-9036.
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