Rev. Victor James Stansbury
Victor James Stansbury served as pastor of Muldraugh Hill Baptist
Church from November 1980 to August 2012 (32 years).
He was born September 2, 1945 in Nelson County, Kentucky to James
William Stansbury and Edith Mae Atkins. His parents chose the name,
Victor James, because he was born close to "V J Day".
Victor became ill with lockjaw when he was two years old and nearly
died. Bro. Stansbury says that he grew up feeling that God had given his
life back to him for a purpose. He surrendered to the ministry while he
was still in high school and preached his first sermon when he was sixteen years old. He
graduated from Old Kentucky Home High School in Nelson County in June, 1963. He graduated
from Berea College in January, 1968 and then from Southern Seminary in June, 1972. He was
licensed to preach by his home church, New Salem Baptist Church in Deatsville, Kentucky
located in Nelson County on January 2, 1963. He was later ordained by the same church on
February 19, 1967.
Bro. Vic was united in marriage to Joan Kay Call on June 24, 1966 at
Cedar Creek Baptist Church in Nelson County. They have 3 children. The
firstborn was a daughter, Vickie Lee Stansbury, born on December 3,
1968. She was followed by a son, Christopher Lee Stansbury, born May
24, 1974. Another son, Jon Eric Stansbury, was born October 16, 1975.
Bro. Vic was pastor of the Galilee Baptist Church in Madison County,
Kentucky from August 1966 to March 1968. He worked at General
Electric in Louisville full time while going to Seminary his first year. He
was pastor of two churches in Henry County, Kentucky: Lockport Baptist
Church from July 1969 to June 1972 and Sligo Baptist Church from June 1972 to January 1975.
He then became the pastor of the Elk Creek Baptist Church in Spencer County, Kentucky from
January 1975 to November 1980.
Bro. Vic became our pastor in November, 1980. We surprised him with a twenty-year
anniversary celebration in November, 2000 with over 400 in attendance. Bro. Vic has served as
an Adjunct Professor at Campbellsville University in Biblical Studies for the last 11 years. Joan
has worked for 22 years at Campbellsville University, starting as an accounts receivable clerk
and presently serves as Secretary to the Campus Minister.
His daughter, Vickie, married Andy Thompson May 24, 1991 and to this union a daughter was
born, Kelsey Jeanne Thompson, on July 6, 1998. A second daughter, Abigail Elise Thompson,
was born in August 18, 2006. Vickie graduated from Berea College and Bellarmine College and
is a nurse manager of Special Projects Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital. The family lives in
Chris married Heather Helton on June 3, 1995. A daughter, Haylee Ray Stansbury, was born
March 2, 2004. A second daughter, Hillary, was born in May 19, 2010. Chris graduated from
Berea College and University of Kentucky Law School. He is with the law firm Moynahan, Irvin,
Mooney & Stansbury, P.S.C. in Nicholasville. He is also Master Commissioner of Jessamine
Circuit Court. The family lives in Nicholasville, Kentucky.
Jon married Rebecca Lynn Simmons on March 10, 2007. A daughter, Aubree Reese Stansbury,
was born on June 20, 2008. Jon graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Computer-
Aided Drafting Degree and is Supervisor of Materials Management at Monroe Carell Jr.
Children's Hospital in Vanderbilt, Tennessee. The family lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
A family picture was taken and used for the
Christmas card for 2007.
A family picture taken at the 30th
Anniversary Celebration in November, 2010.
Bro. Vic Stansbury had two consecutive heart attacks on Saturday morning, August 4, 2012. He
was already in the hospital after having surgery. He was air-lifted to Jewish Hospital in
Louisville, Kentucky where he died later that evening. He was 66 years old. He was loved by all
who knew him and he was ALWAYS a faithful servant of God. He will be greatly missed. The
obituary reads as follows:
Rev. Victor James Stansbury
(1945 - 2012)
The funeral for Bro. Victor J. Stansbury was held at Muldraugh Hill
Baptist Church on August 7, 2012 at 11:00. Steve Skaggs played the
piano beginning 30 minutes prior to the service: "Because He Lives",
"The Old Rugged Cross", "It is Well", and "Victory in Jesus" as special
music during the service. Bro. Jay Hatfield read the obituary,
delivered a special message, and led the congregation in prayer at
the beginning and end of the funeral. Earl Wayne Perry delivered
some comments and performed a solo entitled, "The King is
Coming". Mark Speer, Ernest Carol Taylor, Roger Barnett, and Sam
Graham read scripture. The following members delivered special
messages: Joyce Payne, Kaylene Poff, Preston Price, Carol Reynolds, Mark Carney, and Caroline
Reed. Chris Stansbury shared lessons he had learned from his father, Haylee Stansbury shared
a poem and letter, Joan Stansbury read a love letter she had written to Bro. Vic in the early
hours of a sleepless Sunday after his death the night before. A pictorial video of Bro. Vic over
the years was shown during the two hours of visitation prior to the service. According to the
signatures in the visitation guest book from the night preceding the funeral, there were
approximately 1000 people offering condolences. On the day of the funeral, the sanctuary and
balcony were full along with some individuals in the old fellowship hall where an audio video
feed was played for them of the service. A police escort led and followed the funeral
procession throughout Lebanon to the county line and at the intersection in Springfield as it
proceeded to the gravesite at New Salem Baptist Church in Nelson County. The cemetery is on
land that used to belong to the Stansbury family where Bro. Vic grew up and the land was later
given to the church by the family. Bro. Vic was buried next to his brother Charles who had died
September 2, 2012 - This would have been Bro. Vic's 67th birthday. Nettie Brown sang a
song last Sunday that she dedicated to Bro. Vic. It was called "Thank You". The message
touched many of the hearts in the service. The song, by Ray Boltz, has been added to a
few favorite pictures of Bro. Vic. to honor Bro. Vic on his birthday, which he is now
enjoying in heaven sitting at the throne of God. (View Video)
There are so many things to thank Bro. Vic for: his messages, love, compassion,
humbleness, hospital visits, prayers, ceremonies and services performed, fellowship,
encouragement, and many others, including showing us, by his living example, how to
live our lives with heaven as our goal.
Steve Skaggs will be leading us forward, as a church and congregation. Bro. Vic helped
lay a firm foundation in his 32 years of service at Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church. Steve
will help us build on that foundation as we continue to serve the Lord. Let Muldraugh Hill
Baptist Church continue to be a beacon in the community and make Bro. Vic proud as he
looks down on us. Happy Birthday, Bro. Vic! Hugs!
February 3, 2013 - A rededication ceremony to name the church fellowship hall the "Rev.
Victor J. Stansbury Fellowship Hall" was held on Sunday, February 3, 2013, after the
Morning Worship Service. The Stansbury Family (Joan, Vickie Thompson and family, Chris
Stansbury and family, and Jon Stansbury and family) were here for this dedication
ceremony and two plaques were unveiled. Chris and Jon unveiled the plaque above the
entrance of the Fellowship Hall. Joan and Vickie unveiled the plaque and portrait of Bro.
Vic that hangs in the foyer.
The Stansbury Family at the Rededication Ceremony
Rev. Victor James Stansbury of Lebanon, son of the late James William
Stansbury and Edith Mae Atkins Stansbury was born in Nelson County,
Kentucky, September 2, 1945. He died at 5:47 P.M., Saturday, August 4,
2012, unexpectedly in Louisville. Age: 66
He professed faith in Christ at an early age and preached his first
sermon at the age of sixteen. Bro. Vic was pastor of Galilee Baptist
Church in Madison County, Lockport Baptist Church and Sligo Baptist
Church in Henry County, and Elk Creek Baptist Church in Spencer
County. He has been pastor of Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church since
November, 1980. He was Adjunct Professor in Biblical Studies at
Campbellsville University for twelve years.
He was a graduate of Berea College in January, 1968 and Southern
Theological Seminary in June, 1972.
He was a member of the Church Relation Council at Campbellsville
University, Executive Board of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, Marion
County Ministerial Association, Central Baptist Association, and
Volunteer Chaplain at Springview Hospital in Lebanon.
He united in marriage to Joan Call June 24, 1966.
Besides his wife, Joan Call Stansbury, he is survived by one daughter
and two sons and their spouses: Vickie & Andy Thompson and Jon &
Becky Stansbury of Nashville and Chris & Heather Stansbury of
Nicholasville; five granddaughters: Kelsey Jeanne Thompson, Abigail
Elise Thompson, Haylee Ray Stansbury, Hillary Raegan Stansbury, and
Aubree Reese Stansbury; one brother and one sister: Lee Thomas
Stansbury and Frances (Ernie) Fulkerson of Cox’s Creek; two sisters-in-
law: Bernadette Ballard Stansbury of Morehead and Wanda Stansbury
of Mt. Washington; his father-in-law and mother-in-law: John and Iva
Lee Call of Bardstown; several nieces and nephews and many other
relatives and friends.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers: Robert Stansbury,
Charles Franklin Stansbury, and William Ray Stansbury.
VISITATION: After 3:00 P.M., Monday, August 6th at the Parrott and
Ramsey Funeral Home in Campbellsville and after 9:00 A.M., Tuesday,
August 7th at the Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church in Lebanon
FUNERAL SERVICES: 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, August 7th at the Muldraugh
Hill Baptist Church in Lebanon led by Rev. Jay Hatfield and Rev. Steve
BURIAL: New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery in Cox’s Creek
Rev. Johnny Bailey Rev. Everett Hord
Rev. Jamie Chesser Rev. Cameron Jungles
Rev. Justin Compton Rev. John McDaniel
Rev. Dan Durham Rev. Bill Proctor
FAMILY REQUESTS EXPRESSIONS OF SYMPATHY BE DONATIONS TO
MULDRAUGH HILL BAPTIST CHURCH ELEVATOR PROJECT AND MAY BE
MADE AT PARROTT & RAMSEY FUNERAL HOME
Location: Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church
Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM
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