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Nathalie loses ‘neighborhood person’ and storekeeper

SoVaNow.com / March 03, 2014


Long-time Nathalie storekeeper Louis Edward “Punk” Stanley died Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Halifax Regional Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was the owner and operator of Punk’s Store, a fixture in the community for half a century.

“He was a real neighborhood person,” said Tom West, the county supervisor who represents the area, “and had operated that store for a long time, probably for 50 years.”

Punk’s Store has long been a place to buy groceries and fresh meats and vegetables in a part of the county far distant from any chain grocery store. Its reputation was greatly enhanced several years ago when Martha Stewart made a stop there during a rare local visit.

From that time on, the store advertised that people should take the tip and shop where Martha shops.

Mr. Stanley was born in Halifax County on Dec. 27, 1935, a son of the late James Edward Stanley and Myrtle Crews Stanley Bray. He was married to Mary Ann Overby Stanley and was a member of Beth Car Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Stanley is survived by one daughter, Melanie Ann Stanley and husband Richard Craig Gravitt of Virgilina; one son, Grant Edward Stanley of Manchester, England; one granddaughter, Madison Chase Mitchell of Nathalie; one brother, James Stanley of Richmond; one sister, Bernice S. Bray of Nathalie. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harvey and Sherman Stanley.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be directed to http://www.powellfunerals.com.



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