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Minister Teresa Dent Stanley

teresa-dent-stanleySunriseOctober 21, 1961
SunsetApril 26, 2014

Minister Teresa Dent Stanley, daughter of the late Mrs. Georgia Rene Dent Wilcox and Mr. George Holden, was born in Irwin County, Ocilla Georgia on October 21, 1961.


Teresa was well known and a loving person who was loved by all family members and friends. Her life centered on her children and church. Early in life Teresa joined the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church where she was baptized under the leadership of the late Rev. T. J. Sneed. Minister Stanley was called into the ministry by God after joining the Brooches Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Later she joined the Ocilla Church of God where she became an ordained minister. She served in many ministries including: Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School Teacher, Women Ministry, choir, door greeter and many others. Minister Stanley’s greatest joy was ministering to the lost and serving those in need with food, prayer, clothes, or whatever she could do to assist.

Minister Stanley was a 1979 graduate of Irwin County High School. She furthered her education and obtained a Bachelors of Science degree from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee in 2013. Teresa married the love of her life, Brother Lamar Stanley who preceded her in death on December 21, 1990, and to this union two beautiful daughters were born.

She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters: Ms. Shamer and Ms. Lamarra Stanley, both of Ocilla, Georgia; a stepdaughter, Michelle Stanley; a special brother, Mr. Kenneth Dent of Fitzgerald, Georgia; nine sisters: Ms. Patricia Dent of Marlboro, New York, Ms. Carolyn Dent of Broxton, Georgia, Ms. Angela Wilcox of Ocilla, Georgia, Ms. Melba Jean Holden, Ms. Gloria Holden and Ms. Sandra Holden, all of Ocilla, Georgia, Ms. Jennifer Holden of Boston, Massachusetts, Ms. Lydia Holden of Fitzgerald, Georgia and Ms. Adrian Carver of Columbus, Georgia; eight brothers: Mr. Christopher Wilcox, Mr. Charles Holden, Mr. Troy Holden, Mr. Carl Holden and Mr. Cleveland Holden, all of Ocilla, Georgia, Mr. George L. Holden of Syracuse, New York, Mr. James Holden of West Palm Beach, Florida and Mr. David Holden of Boston, Massachusetts; a host of sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Homegoing Celebration: Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. 
Location:  Ocilla Church of God
Highway 129 North in Ocilla, Georgia

Officiating Ministers
Pastor Joel Shirley, Officiating
Pastor Clayton Dowd, Eulogist
Ocilla Cemetery • Ocilla, Georgia

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#4 Kay Anderson-Johnson 2014-06-23 21:29
To the family, Teresa was a very lovely and respectable child of the Most High God. I will truly miss her. Look to the hills where all your help comes from. You will find the peace to comfort your hearts, because He (God) has left us a comforter and peace with us here on earth. Weeping may endure for the night but joy will come in the morning. I will continuously keep you all in prayer.
Sincerely Kay Anderson-Johnso n 127 Griffin Ct. Fitzgerald GA 229-423-5519
#3 KIm Hudgins 2014-05-04 03:53
My heart is sad but I am also happy to know that my sister in Christ Jesus is in a wonderful place now. I will miss her singing in the choir, in Sunday School, praying for people, her smile and her sweet spirit. She walked the walk and talked the talk on earth and now she is with Jesus. I admired her faith, knowledge and wisdom. I love her and I am praying for the family. May God Bless them all.
#2 Karen DAngelo 2014-05-03 01:19
Sister Teresa was a very special friend of mine even though I have moved away. She always referred to myself as "Peter", another of our friend as "James" and herself as "John". We had some good sharing times in The Lord and I alreDy miss her just knowing she has left this earth. Loved her, Bro Lamar and the girls a lot!!
#1 Galetha Bellamy 2014-05-02 22:46
so sorry 2 hear about the lost of Minister Stanley she was a very loving person .RIP my sister in Christ .Praying for the family

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