William Alvis "Dub" Stafford, age 87, of Clarkesville (Lake Burton), passed away on April 21, 2013.
Mr. Stafford was born in the community of The Rock and was the son of the late Sam Stafford Sr. and Ruth Phillips Stafford. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Slee Stafford.
He is survived by his sons, Bill Stafford, of Athens, and Jack (Cheryl) Stafford, of Clarkesville; step-son, Greg (Brenda) Smith, of Savannah; daughters, Sherry (Cooper) Dyer, of Watkinsville, and Karen (David) Saye, of Lithonia; step-daughter, Karen Fields, of Savannah; and sister, Alice Broadwater, of Gainesville. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
In 1948, Mr. Stafford graduated from Emory University, where he was a member of Chi Phi Fraternity. He was a U.S. Navy Commander, serving his country proudly during the Korean War, and then served for 25 years in the Navy Reserves. He also was a real estate and insurance agent for many years.
Dub was a member of the Rotary Club for 48 years and supported the University of Georgia – Go Dawgs! He was a staunch Republican, having served as Chairman of the Rabun County Republican Party, and was Ronald Reagan's biggest fan. He was also a member of St. James Episcopal Church, of Clayton.
A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, at Rabun Memory Park, with Father Steve Hall officiating.
Contributions in Mr. Stafford's memory may be made to Rabun Paws 4 Life Animal Shelter, 261 Boen Creek Rd., Tiger, GA 30576; (706) 782-5422; www.rabunpaws4life.com.
Beck Funeral Home, in Clayton, is in charge of the arrangements. If there are any questions, please call (706) 782-9599.
An online Memorial Register Book is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on May 1, 2013