He was born in The Rock to 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: two sons, Bill Stafford of Athens Jack and Cheryl Stafford of Clarkesville; a stepson, Greg and Brenda Smith of Savannah; two daughters, Sherry and Cooper Dyer of Watkinsville and Karen and David Saye of Lithonia; a stepdaughter, Karen Fields of Savannah; a sister, Alice Broadwater of Gainesville; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Mr. Stafford graduated from Emory University in 1948 and was a member of Chi Phi Fraternity at Emory University. He was a U.S. Navy commander who served his country proudly during the Korean War and for 25 years in the Navy Reserves. Dub also was a real estate and insurance agent for many years. He was a member of 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 he was Ronald Reagan’s biggest fan. He was also a member of St. James Episcopal Church.
A graveside service was held Wednesday at Rabun Memory Park with the Rev. Steve Hall officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Rabun Paws 4 Life Animal Shelter, 261 Boen Creek Road, Tiger, GA 30576; 706-782-5422; http://www.rabunpaws4life.com.
Beck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at http://www.beckfuneralhome.com.