Clauzell Stanley, a retired railroad chef, died Wednesday in St. Francis of Buffalo rehabilitation center after a short illness. He was 87.
A native of Andalusia, Ala., Mr. Stanley moved to Buffalo in 1999 from his longtime home in Louisville, Ky.
He attended Covington County High School of Andalusia and was a World War II Army veteran, serving from 1938 until 1942. In the Army, he worked as a messenger and also learned to cook.
After the Army, he joined the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, later to become CSX. He was head chef in the private car of the railroad's CEO and vice president, retiring in 1981. Family members said that among his specialties were beef short ribs and homemade rolls.
Mr. Stanley was a longtime member of Greater Salem Baptist Church in Louisville and served on the Usher Board for 35 years.
A golf enthusiast, he was a member of Shawnee Golf Club of Louisville.
Survivors include one daughter, Sarah G. Barnes of Buffalo; one granddaughter; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
A funeral will be held at noon Monday in Metropolitan United Methodist Church, 657 Best St. Services will be preceded by a wake at 11. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.