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Felix Stanley, tractor-trailer driver for GM, activist; Aug. 21, 1926 -- April 14, 2011

Felix Stanley, a tractor-trailer driver for General Motors Corp. and a civil rights activist, died Thursday in Buffalo General Hospital. He was 84.

Mr. Stanley, of Buffalo, was born in Winchester, Miss. He served in the Army and worked as a tractor-trailer driver for the General Motors Powertrain plant in the Town of Tonawanda, retiring in 1982.

He also owned a restaurant and auto repair garage, and was known for helping friends and family members at no charge perform repairs on their cars and homes.

Mr. Stanley involved himself in efforts at General Motors to gain equal employment opportunities for African-Americans and got to chauffeur Martin Luther King Jr. in his car during one of King's visits to the city.

Survivors include his wife, the former Mary E. Holloway; three daughters, Diane, Michelle Mosley and Felicia; a stepson, Arthur Holloway; a stepdaughter, Artrice Holloway; and two sisters, Emma Harper and Addie Ford.

Services will be at noon Thursday in True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry St.

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