Goodbye Stan

My buddy Stan died early Saturday morning after a short bout with pancreatic cancer. He was only 47. He left behind his wife and two children. Stan was a family man. He was involved in his church and his community and excelled in his career. He was a good friend, too. Stan dealt with cancer just like he dealt with everything else – with dignity. Sometimes, it seems like life isn’t fair, and this is one of those times. Goodbye Stan. We already miss you.

Stanley D. Whitt, 47, of Knightdale, NC, died February 16, 2008, after a short but brave battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born June 21, 1960, in South Boston, VA, he was a graduate of Danville Community College and James Madison University. He was employed by RBC Centura as a Delivery Systems Data Manager.
Stan served his community as a member of the Knightdale Land Use Review Board for seven years, and was active as a coach for his children’s sports teams in the Knightdale Parks and Recreation Leagues for many years. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing golf and third base for the St. James United Methodist Church softball team for many years.
He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and his brother, Michael.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Ellen and his children, Eric and Meredith all of the home. He is also survived by his parents, Lacy and Joyce Whitt, and his sister and brother-in-law, Becky and Ricky Hutcherson, all of South Boston, VA. He is also survived by his niece, Shawn Short and her husband, Eric their children, Patrick and Brooklyn, Nathalie, Virginia. He also leaves behind many great friends, his golfing buddies and the members of his college fraternity, Theta Chi.
We would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to the members of St. James United Methodist Church, and Trinity United Methodist Church, the employees of RBC Centura and the residents of the Green Pines neighborhood, Knightdale, NC, for their unwavering prayers and support during the last 5 1/2 months.
Memorial service 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 18, 2008, at St. James United Methodist Church, 3808 St. James Church Rd., Raleigh, NC, 27604 with visitation following in the church fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Stan to St. James United Methodist Church or to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245.
Condolences to the family may be made at Published in The News & Observer on 2/17/2008.