Roy Douglas Stafford, 81, departed this life peacefully and surrounded by his family in his home on Sunday, Feb. 9. Mr. Stafford was a resident of the Cassville community in White County, where he had lived since the age of 7. He was born on Sept. 20, 1938 in Jackson County, Tennessee.
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Mr. Stafford was the second of six children born to Lando G. Stafford and Ruby (McCoin) Stafford, both of whom preceded him in death. His sister, Janice Hutson, died in March 2019.
He married on Dec. 20, 1958 and is survived by his wife, Mary (Hudson). He also leaves two sons, Jeff (Sherrie) and Jack (Carrie), all of Sparta, his daughter, Gina (Bill Phelps), of Chattanooga; grandchildren John Douglas (J.D.) Stafford (Ashley), Bridgette (Brent Lawson); and twin great-grandsons, Malcolm and David Lawson, age 8, all of Sparta. He also is survived by his sisters, Joyce Broyles of Sparta, Charlotte Tays (Clarence Jr.) of Cookeville; and brothers, Garvis, of McMinnville, and Gary (Wanda), of Sparta.
Mr. Stafford was a 1957 White County High School graduate who served with the Tennessee Army National Guard from 1957 to 1963. He was a longtime dairy and beef cattle farmer before going into business as a general contractor and eventually starting a pipeline construction company. He was a member of the Tennessee Farm Bureau for more than 60 years and, prior to his retirement from full-time farming, was a member of the board of the White County Soil Conservation District for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. He served two terms as a member of the board of directors of the DeWhite Utility District in the 1990s.
Throughout his life, Mr. Stafford enjoyed returning to his birthplace and childhood home in Jackson County to research family and community history. In retirement, he became an avid vegetable gardener and established an orchard of more than two-dozen fruit trees.
He was a member of Oak Grove Church of Christ.
Funeral services are at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Oak Lawn Funeral Home with Bro. Bob Scoggins and Bro. David Williams officiating with visitation from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
Pallbearers are Ronnie Scott, Herd Sullivan, John Alan Wilson, Don Jetter, Jeff McBride and James Green.
Online condolences may be made to the family at oaklawnmemorial.com