Charles William Ward Stacy, 92, Electrical Engineer
Charles Willliam Ward “Bill” Stacy, 92, passed away at Fairfax Inova Hospital on January 22, 2021 after contracting COVID-19. Born June 3, 1928 in Ardmore Oklahoma, the only child of Charles William and Flossie Mae Stacy, Bill showed an early inclination in mathematics and electronics, building radios as a youngster. After graduating from Ardmore High School, he served in the U.S. Army as a bandsman stationed in Japan and Korea following World War II. After his discharge in 1948, Bill enrolled in the University of Oklahoma earning a degree in electrical engineering where he was a member of the Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Omega honorary engineering fraternities.
After graduation, Bill began his career with the Western Electric division of the AT&T legacy company in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In his off time, he enjoyed skiing in Vermont, racing cars up and down the east coast as a member of a car racing club, befriending numerous local artists, and attending swanky parties. It was at Western Electric where he met his wife of nearly 60 years, Mary Ruth, when she interviewed for a technical editor position there and he went to his boss and said, “Hire her and put her next to me!” After marrying in 1960, they had their first child in Winston-Salem before moving to Annandale, Virginia in 1963. There they had two more children while Bill continued his 32-year career at AT&T’s Long Lines division and through the company’s divestiture of its Bell System before retiring as a senior engineer in 1984. He then accepted a consulting engineering position with the Federal government’s General Services Administration working on the Federal Telecommunications System 2000 project, before retiring again in 1992.
In retirement, Bill enjoying traveling, photography, hunting dogs, and was an avid genealogist, filling 3-ring binders full of family history. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ruth, and is survived by three children and two grandchildren. Interment was at Pohick Episcopal Church in Lorton, Virginia. The family requests in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the American Stroke Association (stroke.org).
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