William Stansbury Baltimore lawyer

March 18, 1992

Services for William B. Stansbury, a Baltimore lawyer who headed a number of Methodist, Masonic and civic groups, will be held at 11 a.m. today at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St.

Mr. Stansbury died Sunday of liver and kidney disorders at his home on Club Lane in Towson. He was 80.

He was former president of the board of the Baltimore Conference of the United Methodist Church and had been its chancellor and attorney for many years.

He had been president of the Arcadia Improvement Association, the Ancient and Honorable Mechanical Company of Baltimore and the Greater Northeast Baltimore Association, which sponsored Fourth of July celebrations at Memorial Stadium.

Born in Northumberland, Pa., he was reared in Baltimore. He was a 1929 graduate of City College, a 1933 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and a 1936 graduate of the University of Maryland law school. He was a member of the city and state bar associations.

During World War II, he served on the Hamilton Draft Board, then enlisted in the Army. He was in the Counterintelligence Corps.

Mr. Stansbury represented the board of Grace United Methodist Church in the Baltimore Annual Conference and represented that conference in the North East United States Jurisdictional Conference.

He had been on the boards of the Baltimore East District of his church, the Methodist Deaconess Home, the old Methodist Protestant Church, Taylor's Chapel Methodist Church and the Superannuated Fund Society.

He taught the Men's Bible Class at St. John's of Hamilton United Methodist Church for many years and helped raise funds for the restoration of Old Otterbein United Methodist Church near the Inner Harbor.

In the Masons, he had been grandmaster of the Grand Lodge of Maryland and its representative to the Grand Lodge of England. For many years, he was executive secretary-treasurer of the Conference of Grand Masters of Masons in North America.

Former master of the Doric Lodge of the Masons, he belonged to the Scottish Rite, the York Rite and Boumi Temple.

He had been president of the Baldric Club and on the boards of the Masonic Homes of Maryland and the Masonic Temple on Charles Street downtown.

Mr. Stansbury is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Mildred Estelle Snyder; a son, William Benton Stansbury III of Towson; and a granddaughter.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Maryland Masonic Homes.

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