Even as his final days of life wound down, Pct. 3 Constable Daner Stanbery was working the beat, listening to his police scanner and calling law enforcement if he felt like he had some information that could be useful.
Just another trait that endeared him to the law enforcement community, and nearly everyone else who ever knew him.
Stanbery, 71, died Wednesday morning following a lengthy illness. Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Sue Starnes, who worked closely with Stanbery, said he suffered from a disease that hardened his lungs and caused breathing difficulty. He had worked for a painting company for many years.
He had been a resident of the Brownsboro area since 1969.
Arrangements are being handled by Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home of Athens. Visitation will be held Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The funeral will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Leagueville Baptist Church.
“Daner was wonderful. We couldn’t have asked for a better constable,” Starnes said Thursday afternoon. “He was kind of like a member to the family — and he was so honored around here. He’s one of the most respected law enforcement officers I’ve ever known.”
Stanbery’s illness had kept him off the job for about the last year. In his absence, Deputy Constable David Grubbs filled in, and Starnes praised him for the job he’s done.
Starnes said it might be hard to find a student in the Brownsboro Independent School District who didn’t know Stanbery, and the same went for anyone in law enforcement.
He told the Chandler-Brownsboro Statesman in 2000 that he had worked as a Pct. 3 deputy constable for 20 years “without pay or compensation, because of my love of the people and my desire to make Henderson County a safer place to live and raise our children.”
“I think it was just his burden for the community,” said Henderson County Sheriff’s Investigator Tony Duncan, explaining why Stanbery chose a career in law enforcement. “He wanted to right wrongs, and he felt like this was the best way to do it.
“I can’t remember a time when he wasn’t around,” Duncan added. “ ... He was always there to help, no matter what someone needed.”
“He will be missed.”