City of Katy honors former Mayor Ward A. Stanberry

May 15 was declared Ward A. Stanberry Day in honor of the former Katy mayor who died May 11. (Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)
May 15 was declared Ward A. Stanberry Day in honor of the former Katy mayor who died May 11. (Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)

May 15 was declared Ward A. Stanberry Day in honor of the former Katy mayor who died May 11. (Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Katy celebrated the contributions of former Mayor Ward A. Stanberry, who died at the age of 95 on May 11.

Mayor Bill Hastings issued a proclamation declaring May 15, 2020, as Ward A. Stanberry Day, according to an announcement on the city of Katy’s website. Additionally, the city of Katy flag was flown at half staff, and black wreaths were hung on the doors of City Hall.

Stanberry served as Katy’s mayor between 1988-91, according to the proclamation. Before becoming mayor, Stanberry was a City Council member from 1961-67, and he served a mayor pro tem from 1966-67.

Stanberry’s other civic contributions include participating in the Katy Volunteer Fire Department, serving as an election judge and draft registrar as well as joining several city commissions and committees, such as the Katy Home Rule Charter Commission, Flood Control Committee, and Planning and Zoning Commission, according to the proclamation.

Stanberry was also a member of the Katy Rotary Club and the Katy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182, according to his obituary published on Schmidt Funder Home’s website.


A graveside service for Stanberry was held May 15 at the Katy Magnolia Cemetery, according to his obituary. The cause of death was not provided.

“All in tribute to a wonderful life, filled with civic duty and unending love for this community,” the city’s announcement states. “The world and especially the city of Katy is truly smaller without you. May you rest in peace. August 12, 1924 - May 11, 2020.”