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Doug Stafford

Doug Stafford

Tuesday, September 20th, 1938 - Sunday, February 9th, 2020
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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.

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
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Oak Lawn Funeral Home
    1786 Smithville Hwy
    Sparta, TN 38583
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 1:00pm
    Oak Lawn Funeral Home
    1786 Smithville Hwy
    Sparta, TN 38583
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Oak Lawn Memorial Cemetery
    Sparta, TN 38583


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Bob Hickey

Posted at 07:59am
I’m So sorry to hear about Doug. My Memories of Doug are all good. I’ve known and respected him and the Stanford family for as long as I can remember. I’ve attended school with most of them at one time or another. Doug and Jeff were good customers of mine at Lowes many years ago and he always sought me out to do his buying from me. Doug, Jeff and I would spend lots of time just talking and catching up about friends and family. I treasure that time we had together. Mary, Jeff, and all Stanford family, you are in my thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort during this sad time. May our Lord and Savior and Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, be with you.
Bob Hickey

Debra Sparks

Posted at 11:59am
Mary and family we're sorry for your loss. Doug we be missed greatly. I have so many fond memories of when we were younger. Prayers to you and your family. Gary and Debbie Sparks

Larry Dale Stafford and Family

Posted at 11:43am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Joe/Brenda Simmons

Posted at 07:16pm
Mary, Jeff, Jack, Gina, Gary and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Doug was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed. May God give you comfort. Brenda and Joe Simmons.

Brenda Oliver Wilson

Posted at 03:47pm
Mary, Jeff, Gina, Jack and families, I send my heartfelt sorrow for the loss of your husband and father. He was known to be a fine and honest man throughout his lifetime. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. Please know my prayers and thoughts are with each of you. Brenda Oliver Wilson

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