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Former Floyd County prosecutor dies

Former Floyd County prosecutor dies
Former Floyd County prosecutor dies
Stanley O. Faith

Former Floyd County Prosecutor Stanley O. Faith died Monday, March 18, 2019, at Baptist Health Floyd in New Albany. He was 74.
Faith, who was born Nov. 28, 1944, in Harrison County, resided the last several years in English with his wife, the former Judy Lone, after living many years in Floyd County, where he served four terms as prosecutor.
‘Our Democratic Party family mourns the passing of former Floyd County prosecutor and local attorney Stanley Faith,’ Adam Dickey, chairman of the Floyd County Democratic Party, said. ‘Stan served his community for 16 years as prosecutor, from 1987 until 2003.’
Faith earned his Juris Doctorate in law from Indiana University and began practicing law in 1982.
‘Stan Faith was an exceptional individual who saw his profession as a true calling,’ Dickey said. ‘A staunch defender of those in need, he believed in the power of law to balance the scales of justice and was a champion for those without a voice.
‘While many will remember him for the cases he prosecuted, his true legacy will be in the compassion he felt for others and in his passion for civil rights and equality,’ he said. ‘In addition to his public service, Stan served as a mentor to many local attorneys and volunteered his talent and treasure regularly to community organizations, including the Navajo Nation.’
Corydon attorney Gordon Ingle recalled how Faith gave him his first job out of law school.
‘He had just put my brother away (in prison),’ said Ingle, who began working for Faith on Jan. 1, 1987. ‘ … He was a fair man.’
Ingle, who later had another brother sentenced to prison by Faith, said one of the things he always admired about Faith was how he always listened to others before making a decision.
‘He wanted the best information when making an important decision,’ he said.
Faith and Ingle eventually became law partners and remained friends after the business dissolved.
‘Stan Faith made me a better person and a better lawyer,’ Ingle said. ‘I’m going to miss him dearly.’
Besides membership in the American Bar Association, Indiana Bar Association, Floyd County Bar Association, Harrison-Crawford Bar Association, Faith also belonged to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Forensic Science, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American Justice Institute, Southern Poverty Law Center, Knights of Columbus and Tunnel Hill Free Methodist Church at English.
Another local organization Faith belonged to was the Crawford County Historical and Genealogical Society.
‘He was elected vice president of our organization at our June 2015 meeting and has been in that position ever since,’ Bill Piper, president of the group, said. ‘I always found Stan to be a fascinating storyteller.
‘At our meetings, he would speak on various topics that he had dealt with throughout his life,’ he said. ‘He was a big proponent for civil rights, and a lot of stories were related to that. I really enjoyed those a great deal.’
Piper said Faith’s law firm in Crawford County was instrumental in helping the historical society secure its building in English.
‘We’ve had several meetings at the Faith farm over the years, as Judy and Stan loved to entertain guests there,’ Piper said, adding that he is ‘sad to see him go.’
Faith’s funeral was Saturday at Tunnel Hill Free Methodist Church followed by burial in Mathers Cemetery. Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Georgetown handled the arrangements.