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Lloyd D. Stansberry

In Loving Memory

Lloyd D. Stansberry

7/4/1952 - 8/19/2017

Lloyd D. Stansberry, beloved senior member of our family took a sharp left turn off the path of life from his new home in Prescott, Arizona recently.  Born in Denver, as a “Firecracker Baby” on Independence Day 1952, this second baby boomer of Stan and Dolores joined the parade of the American experience in the Post War era of growth, optimism and prosperity.  Stan’s rising star in business, supported by Dolores’s stellar family management led all five of the family to Houston, as part of the American post war diaspora to the Southwest, from where Lloyd’s story begins.

Blessed with many talents, Lloyd excelled first as an athlete leading his baseball teams from behind the plate.  This not quite physical enough for him, high school football was his next challenge, becoming team captain, and noted for his ability to sometimes play both defense and offense, sparing Lloyd the burden of leaving the field on change of ball possession.  Not the largest member of our family, he wisely gave up that game in his first tenure at Texas Tech. Stan’s passion for golf led to Lloyd’s addiction to the game, taking him to the course frequently, the last visit only a day before his death.

Always a spiritual person (on some level), Lloyd initially contemplated the ministry as a young student. However, on his transfer to Rice University after the athletic dream was no longer realistic, he found a passion for the power of intellect through words, while majoring in Political Science.  As Stan and Dolores imbued the drive to both succeed and make a living, Lloyd decided to pursue a career in law.  Graduating from Bates College of Law in Houston, his apprenticeship was first as an assistant District Attorney. Recognizing the potential for disparity in the application of the Law, he next worked for the State in representing prison inmates, helping them negotiate the system that is sometimes not fair for all. These moments on both sides of the scales of justice honed his skills as an expert trial lawyer.

Finally, settling in the fast growth zone south of Houston, Lloyd joined the firm of Alton Todd and Roy Brown, his mentors of the practice of private Law.  Assigned their criminal and family law matters, he quickly became known as a sharp litigator with lethal cross examination skill in the court rooms of Brazoria County.  Famous cases Lloyd managed included an abused boy, goaded by his sick father to stab a fellow high school student, resulting in death as a complication of local medical mismanagement.  Lloyd’s astute presentation of the case for the defense, led to sixty days “Shock Probation” for the unfortunate boy, keeping him out of the prison experience that would surely have destroyed another life.  Lloyd prevented another miscarriage of justice in representing a crewman on a shrimp boat owned by the drug cartel smuggling two tons of marijuana and traces of cocaine into Texas.  Skillfully suppressing evidence of the cocaine, and explaining the bystander nature of this crewman in the big picture, two years probation resulted.  Cases like this earned Lloyd the reputation of the top court room gun in Brazoria County in the fields of family and criminal law.  Many people were touched by the focus on ethics and excellence Lloyd brought with his practice.  Several of Lloyd’s mentees practice in the area still.

In the end, Lloyd’s greatest legacy will be in his family life manifested by two stout offspring. David, the first born, as a young scientist (Lloyd never could get science!) And Marisa, an up and coming health care executive (Lloyd didn’t like doctors much, either). The brightest light in Lloyd’s eye was the love and commitment for these two wonderful individuals. In leaving the world better than one finds it with our offspring, Lloyd has contributed to the global good with this fine spirited family, enabled by the wonderful partners in his life who loved him despite it all (in chronological order): Susan, Kathy, Bobbi, and Sun.

As is the case with many heroes, Lloyd had an Achilles Heel. The gene of alcoholism runs deeply in the family (ask Stan, Paul and Sue). So afflicted was he in later years, many thought him unable to persevere.  His greatest accomplishment was the individual conquest of this disease through AA and belief in God. Walking the steps of Bill W. in Prescott led him to firm sobriety and leadership of others to similar success by his example.  Getting it back together with this new life, though quite far away from home, led us to hope that many more years of his love, compassion, wit and insight would be enjoyed. Alas, Lloyd thought otherwise.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Rev. Jerry Stark officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Lloyds memory to Houston Pets Alive, PO Box 36128, Houston, TX 77236 or www.houstonpetsalive.org.

Remembering the words of Lloyd’s favorite childhood heroes, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans:

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.

Happy trails to you, keep smilin’ until then.

Who cares about the clouds when we’re together?

Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.

Happy trails to you, ‘till we meet again . . .


October 11,2017 - 1:55 pm

Toni Jo Lindstrom

My mentor, colleague and friend - Happy Trails until we meet again.

 

October 9,2017 - 10:46 am

Rick Ansell

One of the finest men and best lawyers I hav had the pleasure of knowing. May he Rest In Peace.

 

October 9,2017 - 7:08 pm

Patricia Gray

Lloyd's work unraveling a scandalous adoption practice in Galveston County demonstrated his compassion, his integrity, and his legal skill and tenacity. He was an extraordinary man, and he will not be forgotten.

 

October 10,2017 - 3:57 pm

Paige Whitt Royse

Lloyd Stansberry was one of the finest, most kind people I have ever met. He represented me during my divorce and kept me standing when I thought I could stand no more. He took me under his wing and treated me like his own daughter. I remember him telling me "Girl, I have plenty of hugs for you when you feel like you can't go anymore, but you have to promise me when I say it's time to get tough.....you will get tough".....and I did. Lloyd meant the world to me and helped me survive some very dark days. You will be greatly missed, my dear friend. Happy Trails to you and I know we will meet again.

 

October 10,2017 - 10:44 am

Mark McLean

Will miss you, Buddy. A great friend, neighbor, golf compadre, and compassionate spirit. A life well lived.

 

October 10,2017 - 9:21 am

Jim Fletcher

The practice of law in this area of Texas is better because of the continuing influence of Lloyd. He treated opposing counsel with respect and courtesy. He will be missed.

 

October 15,2017 - 9:29 pm

Kathleen Collins

My condolences and sympathy to Lloyd's Family. He was a kind man who always knew what to say to soften a tense situation.

 

October 8,2017 - 11:32 pm

Larry Tylka

The world was made better by his presence.

 

October 9,2017 - 10:27 am

Brian B.

I will miss you, old friend. The kindness and love you showed to me, in my darkest of times, will stay in my heart for all of time. "THE" battle is hard, and I know how badly you wanted to overcome it. You, Lloyd, will always represent the love the "fellowship" has to offer. Until we meet again, I will continue the fight, never forgetting the bond that we established. -Brian B.

 

October 12,2017 - 10:01 am

Saddened

Lloyd’s passing is truly saddening. What’s more saddening is reading his publicity printed obituary. My deepest sympathies Lloyd.

 

October 10,2017 - 7:10 am

Robert Clements

A great lawyer with a razor sharp mind. A funny, funny man who always knew the sly comment that could take the hot air out of any situation. On my job interview, he was the first guy I fell in love with out of a fabulous crew of litigators. It was a blessing to know him.

 

October 8,2017 - 7:54 pm

Henri Jean Pogue Loessin

My deepest sympathy to all. Lloyd was my friend for many years. He always said I threw him out of court here in Pearland when I was Justice of the Peace. I don't remember it but he always did. My heart is so saddened at his passing. He was Brazoria County's Race Horse Haynes and I would have put him up against anyone. Brilliant and Talented man. He represented many of my family and friends and was always so fair and kind. You will be missed by all who knew you Lloyd and Happy Trails To You and We Will Meet Again. Love you friend

 

October 8,2017 - 3:21 pm

Henri Jean Pogue Loessin

My deepest sympathy to all. Lloyd was my friend for many years. He always said I threw him out of court here in Pearland when I was Justice of the Peace. I don't remember it but he always did. My heart is so saddened at his passing. He was Brazoria County's Race Horse Haynes and I would have put him up against anyone. Brilliant and Talented man. He represented many of my family and friends and was always so fair and kind. You will be missed by all who knew you Lloyd and Happy Trails To You and We Will Meet Again. Love you friend

 

October 8,2017 - 4:25 pm

N.M. Horwitz

Lloyd was my father's contemporary and friend throughout law school and the practice of law. I grew up hearing stories of both Lloyd's legal acumen and his genuine kindness. My sympathies and condolences to all.

 

October 8,2017 - 5:49 pm

Kathryn Lann

Hugs & prayers for his family. Lloyd was a good friend for many years & I had missed seeing him when I went to Brazoria County after he moved to Prescott. Peace to each of you and Lloyd. P

 


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