Published in The Trentonian on May 30, 2011
Stanley Derry Sr., 76, son of the late Percy Derry Sr. and Mabel Cosby-Derry,
was born on Aug. 17, 1934, in Trenton.
Stanley was educated in the Trenton public school system and was a star
athlete, excelling in track, football, and baseball.
After graduation from Trenton Central High School, he played for the St.
Louis Cardinals' minor league baseball system. Stanley also played for
the Bristol Saints, Franklin Minors and the Newark Bears of the Canadian
American Association of Professional Baseball.
In 1971, Stanley joined the New Salem Baptist Church, where he served
on the men's usher board. He started his career in law enforcement in
Jamesburg Juvenile Youth Detention Center and became a special police
officer before retiring from the Trenton State Prison in 1997.
He passed away suddenly on Monday, May 23, 2011, at the Capital Health
Regional Medical Center in Trenton.
He was predeceased by his parents; a son, Stanley Derry Jr.; a brother,
Robert Derry; grandsons, Anthony Garvin, Jason Gilchrist and Dajon Rush;
and a granddaughter, Jasmine Derry.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Geraldine Derry; four daughters
and three sons-in-law, Debra Perry, Sharon Alford (Paul), Shelia McDonald
(William), all of Trenton, and Jackie Hicks (Dennis) of New York; eight
sons and two daughters-in-law, Bryan and Dwayne Derry (Barbara), Terus
(Karen) and Darius Silas, Edon Jones, Alfred Jackson, and Richard and
Gregory Bronner, all of Trenton; three brothers and two sisters-in-law,
Percy Jr. (Justine), William (Gail) and Carl Derry; two sisters and one
brother-in-law, Dorothy McCoy (Glenn) and Barbara Derry, all of Trenton;
36 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren;
a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday (June 1) at New Salem Baptist
Church, 316 Union St., Trenton. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery,
1800 Hamilton Ave., Hamilton. Family and friends may call from 9 a.m.
until time of service.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Anderson Funeral Service, 300
North Willow St., Trenton.