Ahead on NEWS 7...
Longtime WDBJ weekend sports anchor Roy Stanley is laid to rest...
Today-- hundreds of friends and family come together to remember a man who meant so much to so many across Southwest Virginia and beyond.
Coming up tonight on the Big 7, plenty of NASCAR news from Martinsville, including today's Truck race. And WDBJ-7's NASCAR alumnus - John Kernan returns to the valley today to pay his respects to Roy Stanley.
We'll also check on the UVa defense, and
there is no defense for this man. Tiger Woods mounts a serious challenge for the leader during day three of the Masters in Augusta.
Cooler temperatures may be leaving the forecast but the rain showers are NOT. Wet and warmer weather to talk about shortly.
[IN Q=We've been hearing]
((JIM KENT/WDBJ NEWS DIRECTOR: WE'VE BEEN HEARING FROM PEOPLE WHO WATCHED HIM ON TV AS WELL AS PEOPLE WHO GREW UP WITH HIM. AND IT'S JUST PHENOMENAL THE KIND OF OUTPOURING THIS COMMUNITY HAS GIVEN BOTH THE ONES WHO KNEW HIM AND ONES KNEW HIM JUST ON TV.))
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Hundreds come out to say good-bye to our friend Roy Stanley.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
The weekends here at your hometown station won't be the same without Roy Stanley.
He sat in the sports chair on Saturdays and Sundays for the better part of two decades.
But he was more than just that lovable sports guy.
Roy was a friend to many, a family man, and overall just a good guy.
Justin Mcleod shows us how Roy meant so much to so many people.
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[SUPER=01-Kory Blackwell/Family Friend; 1:04]
[SUPER=01-Jean Jadhon/WDBJ-7 Anchor; 1:32]
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((((SHOTS OF PEOPLE GOING INTO THE CHURCH))
They came by the hundreds.
Family, friends, co-workers, former colleagues, even people who never knew Roy Stanley but felt they did through his years on television.
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[IN Q=Everywhere he went]
((ED GREEN/FORMER R.C. BASKETBALL COACH: EVERYWHERE HE WENT EVERYBODY LIKED HIM, EVERYBODY ENJOYED HIM. HE WAS A CHARACTER, HE WAS A CHARACTER IN A VERY POSITIVE WAY.))
((CLAUDE PICHE/FORMER PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY PLAYER: HE WAS SUCH HAPPY GO LUCKY GUY EVERYDAY OF HIS LIFE.))
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Roy spent a lot of his happy days here at WDBJ-7 where he was a sportscaster for more than thirty years.
Roy made friends everywhere he went, whether it was on the golf course or at a high school football game.
It was that trademark laugh and his outgoing personality that made him so special to so many people.
[IN Q=Roy was Roy]
((JIM KENT/WDBJ NEWS DIRECTOR: ROY WAS ROY AND HE JUST WAS HIMSELF AND EVERYBODY LOVED HIM FOR IT AND I DON'T THINK HE HAD ANY IDEA THERE WAS THIS KIND OF FEELING OUT THERE.))
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Roy was more than just Roy Stanley the sportscaster.
He was a family man who loved to spend time with his children.
Family friends remember a guy who was always cracking a joke and a smile.
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((KORY BLACKWELL/FAMILY FRIEND: I USED TO BE IN THE BAND WITH HIS SON AND HIS DAUGHTER AT WILLIAM FLEMING HIGH SCHOOL AND I THINK THE MOST I WILL MISS ABOUT HIM HE USE TO SAY I WALK A LITTLE TOO SLOW AS WERE MARCHING IN OUR PARADES AND EVERYTHING SO I THINK THAT WILL BE ABOUT WHAT I WILL MISS ABOUT HIM.))
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Roy will also be greatly missed in his hometown of Wytheville where people knew him by his nickname Petie.
And there's no counting the thousands of viewers who watched Roy over the years here on your hometown station.
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((JEAN JADHON/WDBJ ANCHOR: IT'S DEFINETELY NOT GOING TO BE THE SAME AT CHANNEL 7 WITHOUT ROY. HE'S JUST ONE OF THOSE GUYS WHO SMILES EVERYTIME YOU SEE HIM AND IT'S JUST GOING TO BE THIS BIG EMPTY SPOT WITHOUT HIM THERE. WE'RE GOING TO MISS HIM.))
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His colleague Mike Stevens said it best at Roy's funeral.
If you know yourself, be yourself, and give of yourself, you will live an abundant life.
There's no doubt Roy Stanley lived that everyday of his life.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
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Roy Stanley's family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Wytheville Training School cultural center. This school provides education for black students in four counties around Wytheville. Please note in your donation that it is in memory of Roy Stanley. The address is 205 Tazewell Street. Wytheville, Virginia, 24382
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If you would like to share your memories about Roy, head to WDBJ-7 dot com and in the top left hand corner of the screen you will see a remembering Roy Stanley icon. You can share your thoughts and memories with others about the dean of sportscasters in the Commonwealth Roy Stanley.
We'll be right back.
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It won't be long now before the Grandin Theater is grand again.
Today, the Greater Raleigh Court Civic League held a fundraiser to help the Grandin Theatre Foundation buy the 1930's landmark.
The group raised more than three thousand dollars through a collective flea market and yard sale.
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[IN Q=This is kind of a small]
((BRENDA McDANIEL/ORGANIZER: THIS IS A KIND OF A SMALL DROP IN THE BUCKET BUT WE HOPE IT WILL ENCOURAGE OTHER PEOPLE TO MAKE THEIR GIFTS TO THE GRANDIN IF THEY HAVEN'T DONE SO AND TO BE INVOLVED IN OTHER FUNDRAISERS THAT ARE HAPPENING THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY.))
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The Grandin Theatre Foundation announced three weeks ago it will buy the theater for 375-thousand dollars.
Fundraising will continue as the group tries to meets its one-point-two million dollar goal.
The Grandin is expected to re-open sometime this summer.
Some area baseball players pitched in today to help one of their own.
Roanoke Parks and Recreation sponsored the first annual Ted Lamar Junior Softball tournament.
He is an umpire who was recently diagnosed with Steven Johnson disease.
It is a life threatening condition where people have severe reaction to medication which causes them to lose skin over their entire body.
Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Ted Lamar as well as provide scholarships for underprivileged kids in Roanoke.
Today's event raised several thousand dollars.
The jackpot in the multi-state Big Game lottery continues to grow.
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Nobody matched all 6 numbers in last night's drawing. That means the jackpot will grow to an estimated 300- million dollars in Tuesday's drawing.
There were 44 second place winners matching 5 of the six numbers, including two here in Virginia. They take home 150-THOUSAND dollars.
Thousands of people in Virginia and six other states gobbled up tickets for one of the largest prizes in American lottery history.
Earlier in the newscast we talked about our friend, Roy Stanley's funeral today.
Hundreds of Roy's friends and co-workers gathered at the Pilgram Baptist Church including former WDBJ-7 sports director John Kernan, who worked with Roy for nearly a decade before heading to ESPN.
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[OUT Q=...calming type person."]
If you would like express your thoughts about Roy, you can do so on our tribute page at WDBJ-7.
The Craftsman Truck series completed its Martinsville run this afternoon as the skies cleared just enough to get the Advance Auto Parts 250 in under cloudy conditions.
Darrell Waltrip's one race comeback turned out to be a disaster as he and another veteran Morgan Shepherd get together going into turn one trying to make it three wide. DW ends up in the grass.
He stayed on the track, but later had mechanical problems and finished 34th after completing just 102 laps.
Jon Wood, who made his debut in the race a year ago, raced with the leaders in the number 50 Navy truck all day long. He would finish 10th.
But the win goes to Dennis Setzer - who considers Martinsville one of his favorite tracks.
It's a huge boost for Setzer who came in 18th in points. He wins from the 33rd starting spot.
Tomorrow, the Winston Cup stars will take center stage at the Martinsville Speedway for the Virginia 500.
Most of the locals struggled in qualifying, but still have high hopes for tomorrow's race.
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Virginia Tech held its final scrimmage before next Saturday's Spring Football Game at Lane Stadium and the Tech quarterbacks were the story of the day.
Starting Quarterback Grant Noel completed 9 of 24 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns while Back-up Bryan Randall completed 7 of 20 passes for 103 yards.
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New Offensive Coordinator Brian Stinespring will have two more chances to tinker with the Tech offense as the Hokies hold their final practice of the Spring on Wednesday.
The Hokies have held 13 practices and two "controlled" scrimmages since practice opened on March 23rd.
Runningback Lee Suggs did not take part in today's scrimmage...however he is expected to see some action in the Spring(------------)
Game next Saturday at Two O'Clock.