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William James Stacy, 82, a resident and native of Four Corners, LA, passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 2:05 PM at the Iberia Medical Center in New Iberia, LA.
Visitation will be observed on Saturday, May 18, 2016 from 10:00 AM until funeral services at 1:00 PM at the St. John Baptist Church Four Corners, LA, the Rev. Dr. David Jones is Pastor. Burial will follow services in the St. John Church Cemetery.
On Wednesday, May 20, 1936, the late Wallace Stacy, Sr. and the late Mariah Sims Stacy were blessed with their ﬁrst son, William James Stacy. The family resided in Florence, LA, but later moved to Four Corners, LA.
William was a family man with a strong work ethic. He started a lawn mowing business at age 17 in Beaumont, TX, his ﬁrst stop after leaving Four Corners, LA. Shortly after marrying Gloria Mae Jackson in November 1954, they moved to Harlem, NY so he could make a better life for his family. In 1960, the family moved to the Kingsborough projects in Brooklyn, NY. Upon arrival in New York, he took a job at a parking lot in Manhattan for 15 cents per hour. William, an industrious entrepreneur, devised service upgrades for car lot customers such as prime parking spaces and car washes, which allowed him to supplement his salary with a substantial amount of tips and create a steady client base. He also drove his friend’s cab at night until he was able to purchase his own yellow taxicab and medallion.
In 1969, he moved his family out of the projects into a four-family home that he purchased in Brooklyn after being introduced to real estate investing by his friend John Blair. He later purchased a 16-unit and 20-unit apartment building in Brooklyn, NY.
In 1986, he obtained full custody of his two grandchildren, Trevor (age 8), and Carla (age 6), after their mother, Sheila, passed away in January of that year. He and his wife wanted a slower, better life for their grandchildren, so William decided to retire at age 50 and move back to Four Corners. He sold both Brooklyn apartment buildings and his taxicab medallion and moved to their retirement home in Four Corners.
He did purchase one last property before he left the big city in 1986, which was a two-family home for his two daughters, Janice and Leslie. This would assure that no one would ever be able to evict his daughters from their home. Carla now resides in this home and his oldest daughter Janice (when she is in New York).
William loveeeeed to eat and was an excellent cook. His favorite seafood was lobster. William spent his days surrounded by family, keeping them entertained with stories from his life as a landlord and cab driver in New York City until he passed away on May 9, 2019. In addition to his two daughters and parents, he was preceded in death by seven brothers: Wallace “Peachy” Stacy, Jr., Lionel Stacy, Sr., Melvin Stacy, Sr., Vernon Stacy, Rev. Donald “Ducky” Stacy, Ernest Stacy, and Albert Stacy; sister: Sarah Lee Stacy Simpson; stepmother Agnes Stacy; fatherin-law Arthur Jackson and mother-in-law Cora Bennett; nephews: James Crosby, Jr., Kevin Marks, Nelson Burney, Bryant Stacy and Lionel Stacy, Jr.
William’s love and legacy carries on in the hearts and minds of his wife, Gloria Mae Stacy of Four Corners, LA; daughter, Janice Stacy of Brooklyn, NY; grandchildren, Trevor Brown of Four Corners, LA and Carla Brown of Brooklyn, NY; great granddaughters Trevellyn Colbert & Trevione Colbert of Baldwin, LA; great great-granddaughter, Khali Gibson of Baldwin, LA; siblings: Ernie Mae Crosby of New York, NY, Alton (Joyce) Stacy of Los Angeles, CA, Annie (Isaac “Ike”) Jackson, Bobbie Marks, Alice (Roland) Charles, all of Four Corners, LA; sisters-in-laws: Mattie Stacy of Baltimore, MD, Mae Bell Hall of Houston, TX, Alma Stacy of Los Angeles, CA, Mae Nell Stacy and Ella Stacy of Four Corners, LA; brother-in-law Clarence Jackson, Sr. of Four Corners, LA and numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.