Paul Stanwaity


(Sept. 2, 2007)

Paul William Stanwaity of Wicksburg, Ala., fomerly of Powell, died Sept. 2 at the age of 90.

He was born Dec. 22, 1916, in Deerfield, Mo.  His family moved west to Powell when he was 5. He graduated from Powell High School and enterd the U.S. Army Air Corps.

His love for outdoor sports and music were legendary. Among his military appointments, he was ski instructor in the 10th Mountain Division and guitarist in the Air Force Orchestra. When World War II ended, he returned to Powell and was employed by Amoco Oil Co.  He joined his musical buddy, Roy Barnes, the “Rocky Mountain Cowboy,” and played with The Wyoming Range Riders band over the airwaves in Billings and Powell.  Duets by Roy Barnes and “Slicker” Stanwaity were broadcast daily over KPOW for many years.

In 1975, after 28 years with Amoco, Paul retired. The Stanwaity family moved to Wicksburg. He joined Bethel Baptist Church, served as a deacon and enjoyed playing his guitar for church services.

Surviving relatives include his wife Lois of 59 years; a son, David Lee Stanwaity, son-in-law Keith Cumbie, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Evelyn Stanphill and husband O’Dell, and brother-in-law Henry Byrd, all of Alabama; and sister-in-law Betty Stanwaity of Powell.

He was preceded in death by daughter Jeannie Lois Cumbie, son Donald William Stanwaity, brothers Clyde, Elmer and Gordan Stanwaity and sister Irene Robbins.