Stanley Taylor Beadle

May 2, 1936 - February 2, 2018
Stanley Taylor Beadle

Stanley Taylor Beadle passed away peacefully on February 2, 2018 at Hospice House in Williamsburg, VA. Stan was an historical interpreter of 18th century plays in Colonial Williamsburg. He was admired by his peers and appreciative audiences for his warmth, charm, acting skills and comic timing. Stan was an avid reader, a devoted owner of rescue Norfolk terriers, a zealous crossword puzzle devotee, a creative cook of exotic, and sometimes questionable concoctions, a music lover and a loyal, understanding friend. Born May 2, 1936 to Miriam and Leonard Beadle in Southport, CT, Stan grew up with a love of the sea. He excelled at sailing and became Commodore of the Junior Yacht Club there. He was a graduate of Exeter and Harvard University. He served in the army and taught English in Puerto Rico and Switzerland. Stan held various jobs in New York while pursuing an acting career. Later, he became promotions manager at the Lousiana State University Press, appearing in the movie Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte. Stan sang and toured Poland with The Press Gang, a sea shanty group. He moved to the Northern Neck of Virginia, where he sold real estate and owned an ice cream parlor with his cherished friend and former wife, Maria Arcuri Oden. He acted and directed in myriad plays with the Lancaster Players. Stan also appeared with Half Moon Theatre, NY; Boothbay Playhouse, MA, Williamsburg Players as well as doing voice-overs, TV commercials and narrating audio books. His final move was to Colonial Williamsburg where he found the perfect niche in 18th century theatre. Stan’s great joy was educating families through his work at the Playbooth Theatre. Stan is survived by his sister, Barbara Renfroe, brother-in-law, Elton, niece Molly Renfroe Katz (Dan), all of Poughkeepsie, NY, as well as nephew Owen Renfroe (Lynn), of Los Angeles, CA and great-nieces/nephew Charlotte, Elizabeth, Oliver, Mabel and Lucy as well as a community of treasured friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to WHRO-TV at 5200 Hampton Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23508 or Hospice House of Williamsburg at 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188. A Memorial Service will be held on Sat. April 7th at 12 Noon at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1333 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg.


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  • March 06, 2018
    Kevin Ernst says:
    Stan was a great friend and colleague. No one was better at a crossword puzzle or cold reading. So many fond memories. If anyone knows anything about a service or gathering for Stan, please make it known.