Stafford William Harvill
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SHREVEPORT, LA - A service to celebrate the life of Stafford William Harvill will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 21, 2012 at Grace Community Church, 9400 Ellerbe Road, Shreveport, LA. There will a time of visitation with the family prior to the service beginning at 12:30 p.m. Stafford was born January 14, 1931 in Newellton, LA and passed away December 15, 2012 at the age of 81. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and a cherished
Stafford led a unique and eclectic life. He graduated from Northwestern State University in 1952 with a B.A. in Business. He taught for a brief time in Tennessee before joining the Air Force in March of 1953. During his 4 years of service, he worked as an assistant to a general in Paris, France. He married the love of his life, Jacquelyn Roark, in April, 1955. After leaving the Air Force in 1957, he went on to work in several different fields - court reporter, executive assistant at Atlas Processing Plant and the Ford Battery Plant and as a job placement counselor. During the early 1970's, he returned to Northwestern to pursue a master's degree in Fine Arts. This was the beginning of his journey in following his passion to create art. After he completed his masters, he worked on his art and taught at Southern University in Shreveport/Bossier in the Business and Art Departments during the 70's and 80's. Throughout the years, he also taught private art lessons to groups and individuals. He left teaching in the 80's to work full-time on his art. During this time, he also co-owned a mat and framing business called "The Mat Factor". While he worked in many different mediums, he found a passion in working with egg tempera. Throughout the years, he had art shows in cities across the United States including San Francisco and Washington, D.C. In 1989, he had an art show in Shreveport that featured a collection of paintings of many different landmarks and scenes within the city of Shreveport
Stafford had a larger-than-life personality and a great sense of humor. He was a gifted artist, story-teller, and a phenomenal cook. He had the tenacity and determination to accomplish any task he decided to tackle. He led a full and fascinating life - touching the lives of many and leaving behind a legacy of art that will be treasured for years to come.
Stafford was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jacquelyn, his parents - Grover and Ora Mae Harvill, siblings - Tom Harvill, Young Harvill, Frances Harrison. Those left to cherish his memory include: one son, John Harvill of Bonnieville, KY; four daughters, Teresa Miller (Charles) of Anchorage, AK, Nell Lamendola (Chris) of Bossier City, LA, Janet Jerez of Birmingham, AL, Gwendolyn Tyler (John) of Newburgh, IN; sisters, Nell Leggett and Minnie Jim Bardwell; brother, John F. Harvill; 14 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
During the last years of his life, he lived with the devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease. Even though he could no longer engage in his painting, he maintained his sense of humor and his desire to help those around him. The family would like to thank the staff of Azalea Estates for taking such great care of him during the last 18 months and the residents there who welcomed him and looked after him, especially after the death of his wife. The family would also like to thank the staff of Grace Home for their tender and compassionate care of Stafford during the last days of his life. Many years ago, he made the decision to donate his body to LSUHSC's anatomy department. Hopefully the donation of his body will provide insight and instruction to a generation of health professionals who will gain a better understanding of Alzheimer's.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Agency of Shreveport/Bossier, Inc., Grace Home, Grace Community UMC, or a
Published in Shreveport Times from Dec. 19 to Dec. 21, 2012