Robert “Stanley” Graham was a blessed man. His life was filled with all the trials and tribulations one would expect on this Earth, but his crowning achievement was his family.
He was born on July 24, 1949 to Nadine and C.D. Graham in Monahans, Texas. He often shared fond memories of his youth growing up in the Gulf camp and playing sports with the mean green Loboes. At a young age, Barbra Ellen Andrews stole his heart. Family life soon followed with the birth of his only child, Melanie Gay Graham. While taking on 3 jobs to support his young family, Barbra and Melanie lived every day knowing they would be cared for and loved. Realizing his wife had a dream of teaching, Stanley took on extra responsibilities during their daughter’s elementary years so Barbra could commute to Sul Ross State University and graduate with a teaching degree.
Stanley also took advantage of any opportunity to advance his own knowledge. His supervisors recognized his work ethic as an asset which led to a rising career in the natural gas industry.
While being raised in his Dad’s engine / machine shop, Stanley became an accomplished machinist. With the mechanical knowledge and skills he gained, he went to work for IntraTex / HNG, a natural gas pipeline company, in the mid 1970’s in Ft. Stockton, TX as a Measurement Technician. He soon advanced to Measurement Supervisor and then in the mid 1980’s, became District Pipeline Operations Manager for IntraTex with his office near Luling, TX. His area of responsibility ran from Comfort to Katy and from Victoria to Austin. He continued in that role through the purchase of IntraTex by Enron and left the natural gas pipeline business in 1995 when IntraTex became an Oasis Pipeline asset. Through his years working for IntraTex, Stanley’s expertise, knowledge, and compassion for those around him made him a friend of those he worked for, of those he worked with, and of those that worked for him. He was affectionately referred to as “Daddy” by many in the pipeline industry.
Forging friendships in the various communities he lived in brought him tremendous joy. Monahans, Fort Stockton, San Marcos, the Lake Placid community in Seguin, folks along the North Llano river, and the good people of Ruidoso made his life so much richer. From the neighbors next door to the competitors in his foursomes on the golf course, he was always eager to share a laugh or lend a helping hand.
While work, family, and friends filled his life with many blessings, nothing could compare to the birth of his precious grandson, Deen Duane Huckaby. After retiring from the natural gas industry, he took on his most important job as daytime caretaker of Deen while Melanie and Barbra taught at McQueeney Elementary. This period was yet another shining example of Stanley stepping up to care for his family in their time of need. As a 22 year old, Deen looks back fondly on the priceless memories he shared with his adoring grandfather.
Stanley is preceded in death by his mother and father, Nadine and C.D. Graham as well as his sister Barbara LeMaire and brother-in-law, Harry. He is survived by his wife Barbra, daughter Melanie, grandson Deen, sister Sherry Melton, brother-in-law Bobby, and nephew Mike Neace.
If you ever crossed paths with Stanley; hopefully, he shared his beautiful smile with you. He had a kind soul and looked for the good in everyone he met. Keep that love going, and his spirit will remain within us all. Our God is an awesome God!
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Kerrville Funeral Home (830)895-5111