Fallen Hero: Lt Colonel(Ret) Stanley David Papizan

Crystal Springs

Funeral Home

Stringer Funeral Home

26141 Hwy 27 Crystal Springs, MS
(601) 892-1521


Saturday, 14 August 2021, from 2-4 PM at First Baptist Church, Crystal Springs, MS


Services at 4PM following visitation.

Burial service:  Old Crystal Springs Cemetery, Utica Rd, Crystal Springs, MS


Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regards the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation. 

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero have been released from duty, passed from our ranks on 11 August 2021, and moved on to his heavenly home. Lt Colonel(Ret) Stanley David Papizan, age 80, a retired member of the MS Air  National Guard who had served within 172d Airlift Wing as a pilot has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life.  We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed:  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Airman.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  We thank you for your service.  Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done.  Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.


Stanley David Papizan, 80, retired, Lt Colonel, MS ANG, broke the bonds of earth and touched the face of God on Tuesday, 11 August 2021. He passed away at Copiah County Medical Center in Hazlehurst, MS. Visitation will be held on Saturday, 14 August 2021, from 2-4 PM at First Baptist Church, Crystal Springs, MS, followed by funeral services. The burial service will be at Old Crystal Springs Cemetery, Utica Rd, Crystal Springs, MS. Stringer Family Funeral Services in Crystal Springs is handling arrangements. Mr. Papizan was born in Crystal Springs, MS, and has been an active resident since moving back here in 1982.

He received his commission in the Air Force upon graduation from Mississippi State University in 1963. He then became a T-38 instructor/pilot. After leaving the Air Force in 1970, he joined the Mississippi Air National Guard where he stayed until he retired in September 1991.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy Ann Howard; 3 children, David (Cindy) Papizan, Daniel (Penny) Papizan, and Ken (Terri Lynne) Papizan; brother, Larry (Faith) Papizan; sister, Beverly (William) Teasley; 8 grandchildren, Ryan Papizan, Leah Papizan, Sara Papizan, Danielle Papizan, Kaitlyn Papizan, Jake Papizan, Katie Papizan, and Taylor Papizan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Grady S. Papizan and Thelma H. Papizan. He loved his family and his Church as much as any man could, they were all so special to him.