Stacy T. Mosley Jr. also known to family as Thomas, was born the tenth of eleven children in the rural area of Tyler, Texas, on October 30, 1936 to Stacy Thomas Mosley Sr. & Lucy Victoria Whitmill Mosley. His parents were very influential in his life; they established for him a Christian home, filled with high morals and expectations. Stacy gave his life to Christ at a young age, which eventually led him to establish his initial church home for his family at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. He spent the latter portion of his life serving as a dedicated member and Deacon of New Birth Baptist Church where Stacy graduated third in his class at Jackson High School in Tyler.
Knowing that education would afford him more opportunities, Stacy applied and was accepted to Prairie View A&M University in 1959. He later graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education, a trade Certification in Carpentry, a teaching certificate in Industrial Education. During his time at Prairie View A&M, he enrolled in the ROTC program. After graduation, Stacy served for four years in the United States Army where he was stationed in Fort Ord, California. Throughout his time in the Army, he served as a Training Officer, Executive Officer and Company Commander, Occupational Specialty-Infantry Leader, and Second Lieutenant.
After his service in the Army, Stacy and Velma decided to move back to Texas. Upon his return, Stacy continued his education by earning a Master’s degree in Education Administration and a Certification in Educational Administration from East Texas State University (currently known as Texas A&M) in Commerce, TX.
Earning his degrees allowed Stacy to achieve his goals to inspire, motivate, and educate others. His strong passion for education drove him to work as a teacher and principal at the Secondary and Elementary levels for over thirty-three years. His dedication and very influential leadership style did not go unnoticed as he was promoted to the position of Assistant Principal after his first three years of serving as a teacher. He went on to serve as the first African-American to integrate Seagoville High School as an Assistant Principal. After 14 years of remarkable service, he was promoted to the position of Principal of Seagoville Elementary, where he excelled for 12.5 years. He continued to serve for another year as Area One District Administrator before his retirement. His passion for education would not allow him to sit still, as he went on to serve as substitute Principal and Assistant Principal even during retirement.
Stacy was very passionate about helping students to achieve their educational goals so he continued his service to this field outside of the school walls by serving as the Director of the George Wynn and Alma Jewel Pryor Scholarship for New Birth Baptist Church. In addition to this, he served as the Director of Scholarship for Mecca Temple #98 and Travis Court #6. To culminate all that he had done in the field of education. Stacy was inducted into the African-American Hall of Fame for Educators on April 13, 2019.
While education was important to Stacy, so was serving his community. He was an active member of the Saint Joseph Grand Lodge, King Solomon Grand Lodge, the Greater Dallas Veterans Council, the Disabled Veterans Association, the Dallas Teachers Association, and the Dallas & National Black Schools Educators Association. He served as the Grand Lecturer for twenty-five years for the Most Worshipful Saint Joseph Grand Lodge Ancient and Accepted Freemasonry, Chairman of the Board of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Mystic Shrine for twenty-nine years and he served as the Most Puissant Sovereign Grand Commander of the Thirty-third and Last Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.
Stacy is preceded in death by his parents and all ten of his siblings. However, he leaves to cherish his memories his loving, beautiful and devoted wife of 64 years, Velma J. Robinson Mosley. He also leaves a strong legacy for his children, Stacyetta D. Wooten (Keith), Clinton B. Mosley (Donna), Stephen R. Mosley (Katherine), Sharon K. Jackson (Rodrick); thirteen grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.