Stanley T. Baugh
Friday 7th of October 1927 - Sunday 27th of January 2019
Stanley Thomas Baugh, age 91, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, January 27,, 2019. Born on October 7, 1927 in Louisville, Kentucky to William Isaiah Baugh and Ruth Adams Baugh, he had a humble start to a long life living the quintessential American dream.
As a teenager, he met the love of his life, Jessie Duncan Tully. After multiple attempts asking her to dance with him at Gremlin Corner, a local hangout for teens, she finally accepted. The couple was wed July 23, 1949. They were joined soon after by their daughters, Madeleine and Nancy, and to say he was a proud father would be an understatement. With their beautiful girls and their families, trips to Natural Bridge with friends, and a steady stream of long-stemmed red roses, Jessie and Stanley (or “Tommy” to his wife) were happily married for 69 years.
Stanley joined the US Navy when he turned 18 during WWII and was aboard the USS Arkansas for Operation Crossroads (Bikini Atoll) in 1946. He was always proud of his service.
Gifted with the ability to create visual magic out of even just a simple ball of twine, Stanley worked in visual merchandising, first designing storefront windows at Stewart’s Department Store in Louisville, then in Lexington. He moved to Corman and Associates around 1953, where he eventually served as its Executive Vice President. He designed custom displays for retailers across the country and for many, many years managed the factory that produced them. Lexington natives will remember the famous Talking Tree of Howard Curry Shoes, which he and Dan Corman built in 1958 from a piece of red cedar driftwood they hauled out of Herrington Lake. At his retirement in 1997, Stan was recognized by the National Association of Display Industries for his work in neon. He continued to put his artistic skills to use, painting in watercolors and drawing in charcoals with a granddaughter, building Pinewood Derby cars with his grandson, and helping all with science fair displays.
A member of the Lexington Lions Club since 1988, he helped to design July Fourth parade floats - always crowd pleasers, served on its Board of Directors, its Endowment Board, and many committees. He loved to play golf, watch spaghetti Westerns, walk down Fifth Ave in NYC eating a bagel with lox, volunteer at UK’s Chandler Hospital with Jessie, and travel with her all over the world.
Stanley will be remembered by his family and friends for many things, but most especially his big heart, playful spirit, bristly mustache, terrible knees, and the deep, abiding love he had for his wife, Jessie, and the family they built together. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Billy. He is survived by his wife, Jessie Tully Baugh, his daughters Madeleine Taylor Baugh and Nancy Clay Baugh & her husband Mike, his grandchildren Sarah Tully Marks, Michael Thomas Marks & his wife Emily, Taylor Coriell Eldred, and Robin Baugh Murphy, and his greatgrandchildren Audrey Clay Marks and Katherine Tully Marks.
His funeral will be at 3 p.m., Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at The Church of St. Michael the Archangel, 2025 Bellefonte Dr., Lexington, Kentucky 40503. Visitation will be at the church at 1:30 p.m. until shortly before the service. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Visually Impaired Preschool Services of Central Kentucky at https://vips.org/donate/ or to the Backpack Ministry of St. Michael's.
Dear Madeleine and Jessie, So sorry to read of your dear Stanley's ( Dad) passing. Life really does go on after all the tears are shed. Am sure you have lots of good memories that will sustain you, Many blessings, Phyllis Hasbrouck
Stan and I were friends for over 45 years. He mentored me as a young inexperienced communications specialist overwhelmed by the job of producing product displays and trade show materials. He began showing up at my "gigs" around town. I had the honor of playing piano at his retirement party. Our association (with dear Jessie, too) was life affirming. It was my great honor to know and associate with him. Russ
My deepest sympathies for your loss of your loving husband, father, and grandfather. Stanley was an awesome person and I was blessed to have known him. I’m sorry that I will not be able to make it to the services. My husband is in the hospital. May Peace be with you and God’s grace comfort you. Sincerely, Judi Martin
I send my sympathy and love to all the family.I have fond memories of the 31 years we were neighbors.
My deepest condolences to you, dear Jessie and family on the loss of your wonderful husband and father. I pray for your healing through your faith and wonderful memories of a life well lived together.
The Cox family sends its condolences to the Baugh family. Our parents loved their long friendship with Jessie and Stan.