A life well lived, Evangelist Callie Stancil was summoned by an angel dispatched by our all-knowing Heavenly Father on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.
Callie sometimes called Auntie, God Mother, Grandma, Pastor and Evangelist was the first child born to the late Nathaniel & Reverend Jewel Nickels on October 30, 1940, in the City of Newark, New Jersey. In 1956 Callie Stancil met the late William J. Stancil, Sr. They were joined in Holy Matrimony and the Union was blessed with three beautiful children: Jewel Stancil, William J. Stancil Jr. and Tashon Stancil all of Newark, New Jersey.
Callie attended the Newark Public School System from Elementary throughout High School. She was a graduate of Central. After graduating Central High School, she attended Essex County College and there she received her Associates Degree in 1975. Upon completion of Essex County College, Pastor Stancil attended Kean University, there she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1977.
Upon obtaining all her Degrees, Callie became a Certified Elementary Educator and received a certificate in Special Education. Callie, she after became a Special Education Teacher at Bragraw Avenue School in Newark, New Jersey.
Callie was considered an overachiever and the degrees that she had obtain was not enough therefore she returned to Kean University and earned her Master of Arts Degree in Learning Disabilities for the Handicap. Adding to her Educational Portfolio, she obtained Supervision and Substance Abuse Coordinator Certificates.
Callie was a happy, positive, pleasant, and loving person. She touched the lives of so many people. She was a great asset and role model and highly respected. Callie served on the Bragraw Avenue School Management Team, she was a member of the Social Welfare Committee as well as PTA Secretary and Treasurer. In addition, she was the Field Trip Coordinator and sponsored many trips to Broadway Plays for her students. After twenty-five years of service teaching Special Education, she retired from Newark Public Schools.
Her dedication and love towards her Family, her Students and the Community will never be forgotten.
At an early age, Pastor Stancil accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and excepted the call to the ministry knowing that all on her life was the area of Evangelism. She operated faithfully in her calling at her home church while still traveling and preaching the gospel.
Callie loved sing and later became and Recording Artis singing with groups such as The Alvin Darling Ensemble and The Nickels Singers. She enjoyed being able to bring joy to others as well as herself through music.
At an early age, she attended Victory Towers Church of God in Christ, under the leadership of Elder Lawrence.
Later, she joined and was ordained at Newark Deliverance Center in Newark, New Jersey under the leadership of the Late Apostle Arturo Skinner founder. After her membership at Newark Deliverance Center ended, Evangelist Callie Stancil joined Missionary Center Inc. under the leadership of the late Pastor Jewel Nickels. In 1977, Evangelist Callie Stancil was ordained Pastor of Missionary Center Inc. and was a Blessing to the Church. Years later Evangelist Stancil became under Watch Care at Union Gospel Tabernacle United Holy Church of America.
Let us not forget that Evangelist Stancil was an outstanding Foster and Adoptive Parent for over forty years. She was a sponsor for the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) for Adults and Children. She willingly, graciously, and prayerfully opened the doors to her home and took care of the Adults and Children. Evangelist Stancil done a wonderful job helping those who are less fortunate than other.
Callie lived her life to the fullest. She enjoyed eating hotdogs on a bun and don’t forget the lemonaide!!!
Callie was preceded in death by her parents: the late Nathaniel & Jewel Nickels; her husband: the late William J. Stancil Sr.; her sisters and brother: Nathaniel Nickels Jr., Hattie Nickels, and Alice Nickels.
She leaves to Cherish and Honor her memory: her children: Jewel Stancil, William J. Stancil Jr., and Tashon Stancil, four sisters: Sylvia Fuller of Newark, New Jersey, Saundra Nickels-Jackson of Irvington, New Jersey, Mary Harris of Sunrise Florida, Brenda Hannibal of Hillside, New Jersey; one brother: Michael Nickels of Charlotte, North Carolina; two sister-in-law: Jannet Nickels of Charlotte, NC, Bettie Mae Prayer of Greenville, NC; two brother-in law: George Jackson of Irvington, NJ Hallie Hannibal of Hillside, NJ; one aunt: Yvonne Stancil of Willingboro, NJ; Her Boys, Donnell Scott, Wendell Morris, William Davis, Kevin Gabriel; and a host of grandchildren, God Children, Nieces, nephews, relatives and her Bragraw Avenue School Students, and other close friends.
Life’s race well run, Life’s work well done, The battle’s fought, The victory’s won,
Rest in Peace my love.
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