William Lindsey Stafford, Jr.
After a courageous struggle with Alzheimer’s dementia, William Lindsey Stafford, Jr. completed his journey on earth Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at his lakeside home. Lin, as he was known, was born July 4, 1941 in Catawba County, NC to the late William L. Stafford, Sr. and Ruth Teague Stafford. The family moved to Winston Salem during his early years and he knew Forsyth county as home.
He attended Mineral Springs Schools graduating in 1959 and continued his studies at Wake Forest College and Law School, graduating in 1965 with a JD degree and subsequently passing the NC State Bar to begin his career. As an attorney, he practiced as a sole practitioner throughout his career with offices in Winston Salem, Tyro and in more recent years Salisbury. Early in his career he worked in the Mobile Home Manufacturing Industry in Sales and Contract dispute areas. During the 70's and 80's he taught business classes at Rowan Tech (now RCCC) ultimately becoming Lead Instructor in the Business Dept. Later, he became house counsel for Isenhour Brick and Tile Co. and represented Mustang Enterprises for the latter part of his career. In 2015, he was recognized by the NC State Bar for 50 years of service.
The Stafford family is very talented musically and from childhood Lin sang in the church choir
and took voice lessons as his way of using his talent to serve the Lord. If he was in church, he was in the choir or serving as a lay leader to witness to others.
While living in the Churchland and Tyro area he worked to organize one of the early First Responder Units at the Churchland VFD and was a certified EMT for over 10 years. During his residency in Davidson County, he was active in Churchland Baptist Church, sang with the Lexington Men of Song and was a supporter of West Davidson Schools as his children attended. Throughout his life his hobby was model trains and train related activities. He and Sue were members of the Concord Area Model Train Club and Volunteered at the NC Transportation Museum as long as health permitted.
Lin is survived by his wife, Sue Weddington; son John W. Stafford (Mary) Charlotte, daughter Nancy L. Stafford (Rob Geilhausen) Winston Salem; granddaughter Michelle Chaffee, Charlotte and two grandsons, Kevin Stafford, New York City and Will Smith, Charlotte; brother Ed Stafford (Gloria), Chocowinity, NC, sisters Ellen Rutter (Jack) Spartanburg, SC, Lue Taylor, Boone, Sue King (Robert) Sun City, CA, Alice Stafford (Nicki Horn) Winston Salem and the mother of his children Cheryl W. Brannock, Winston Salem and a niece and two nephews.
A Memorial service will be Monday, December 4th at 2:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 308 W. Fisher St. Salisbury, NC. Memorials may be made to International Essential Tremor Foundation, PO Box 14005, Lenexa, Kansas 66285-4005 (EssentialTremor.org) or NC Transportation Museum Foundation, PO Box 69, Spencer, NC 28159 (nctrans.org).
First Presbyterian Church
Monday December 4th, 2017
308 West Fisher Street
Salisbury, NC 28144
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I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I had known him as he sounds like a remarkable man and I know he will be missed. Carol A Cody
Submitted by Carol A Cody on Dec 5 2017 02:11:42 PM
I relished talking to Mr. Stafford over the many years I was a faculty member at Catawba. He was such a lovely, intelligent man. I know he was extremely proud of John and his musical achievements. He talked about John every time I saw him. And I know he was proud of Michelle. None of us will forget what his talented family contributed to the life of the College and to Salisbury's culture. Much love to Sue, John, Michelle and the rest of the Stafford family.
Submitted by Janice Fuller on Dec 4 2017 11:22:19 AM
Thank you for the details about what Lindsey did after we graduated high school together. That he accomplished so much is no surprise! Blessed memories.
Submitted by Brenda Johnson on Dec 4 2017 09:53:52 AM
Dear Sue: So sorry to read of Lin's death. We were unaware of his struggle with
Alzheimers. It causes two deaths: one from Alzheimers with the loss of one's
cognitive identity and the other from physical death. Our hearts go out to
you Sue and pray for God's comfort and strength to be upon you. Peace,
David and Mary Ann Nelson
Submitted by Rev. Dr. David and Mary Ann Nelson on Dec 3 2017 03:04:57 PM
Prayers of comfort to the family. Remember Lindsey in the choir and many solo's.
Submitted by Kaye Mischler on Dec 2 2017 05:56:26 PM
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