A former mayor of starkville and msu football standout is laid to rest today.
Billy stacy passed away tuesday.
Stacy was known for his excellence on the field and his service in the community..
Our rylie livingston had the chance to sit down with one of his former teammates for a look back..
The year was 1955..and billy stacy had made his way to mississippi state.
In just a few short years he would become an all-american and end his career with over twenty three hundred offensive yards and 19 touchdowns.
"it was so evident so early, that he was one of the best that probably come to play on these on these fields here at mississippi state.
He was outstanding a member in our junior year, i guess.
He led in four departments here he left he was a top rusher, the top receiver in a top kick out person.
And in passing of course, he led in passing all the time he was here."
Former teammate charlie weatherly has fond memories of their time on the team.
One of his favorites takes him back to 1957 when the maroons faced the crimson tide.
"we were playing alabama, in tuscaloosa.
And he laid in every department back into at that time and then that game too.
And but he threw me two touchdown passes.
And now always said, when you connected on a pass of billy stacy, he did 75% of the work goes he he will always put the pass in your hands and, and have that drop that one and he threw me for a touchdown that day.
I wouldn't be around here."
And their friendship went beyond the football field.
Over the years they stayed in contact.
"i treasured my friendship with him more than i can actually say.
His family and my family sort of grew up here together my son and his son played little league football together and and billy and i were coaches back in that time.
And our coaching record wasn't too good either."
When stacy took the plunge into politics weatherly supported him.
"well, i was just one of his citizens here at that time.
That was his, his outgoing nature, his ability to make for people in on any level.
He was just just a great person.
And the he took on that job with sincerity and dignity and with all the effort that was required on that i'm sure he did as good as anybody could.
What kind of impact do you think weatherly says he will always remember stacy's strong character, high morals, and his committment to what he loved.