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William C. Stafford

William C. Stafford, 87, passed away Friday, June 20, 2014, at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin. He was a longtime resident of Franklin.

He was born April 28, 1927, in Lafayette, Tennessee, to Willie and Ida (Eden) Stafford.

He married Annie E. (Huckelby) Stafford on Feb. 26, 1949. She lovingly survives in Franklin.

Other survivors include one son, Don (Diane) Stafford of Rogers, Arkansas; grandchildren, Matthew Tames, Michelle Burwell and David Garner; 12 great-grandchildren; and two brothers-in-law, Irvin Huckelby and Finley (Evelyn) Cravens.

He was preceded in passing by his parents; a brother, Billy Stafford; and sisters, Maureen Frye, Madeline Wilson, Christine Mason, Bernadine Thompson and Georgiadine Meadows.

Williams attended school in Lafayette, Tennessee, and in Franklin.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and served 20 years in the Air Force Reserve. He later worked in civil service at Camp Atterbury, Grissom Air Force Base and Bakalar Air Base in Columbus. He retired after 35 years with the federal government.

William was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Franklin. He was also a member of the Trafalgar Masonic Lodge, F&AM, where he was a past master. He was a member of the Indianapolis Valley of Scottish Rite and Odd Fellows lodge. He was a former volunteer firefighter with the Trafalgar Volunteer Fire Department.

He enjoyed water skiing and boating.

Pastor Fred Brown will conduct a service at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Flinn & Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 N. Morton St. (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be at First Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Franklin, with military honors conducted by the Franklin American Legion Post No. 205.

Online condolences may be made at www.flinnmaguire.net.

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