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Submitted by Jo Aguirre
Dr. Joseph William (Joe) Stafford
©Enid News and Eagle (OK)
Published January 30, 2011
ENID - Funeral services for Dr. Joseph William (Joe) Stafford, of Enid, will be at 10 a.m. Monday, January 31, 2011, at the North Garland Church of Christ with Wes Cogburn delivering the service. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at the Clinton Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Anderson - Burris Funeral Home.
Dr. Stafford was born on March 6, 1927, to Lester Vern and Jewell Belle (Vaughn) Stafford on the family farm near Cordell, Oklahoma, and died on January 27, 2011, in Enid.
Dr. Stafford attended school in Clinton and then attended Southwestern State College in Weatherford. He was married to Alena Ruth Robbins on August 10, 1947, in Arapaho, Oklahoma. He attended the University of Oklahoma Medical School and graduated in 1954. He moved to Enid in 1960 and maintained a medical practice here until retiring in 2002. He was also a veteran of the Army Air Force and served in Japan just after World War II.
He is survived by his wife Ruth; brother Lester Stafford and sister-in-law Jean of Tulsa; sons Bill Stafford of West Plains, Missouri, and Tom Stafford of Edmond; daughter Susie Halstead and son-in-law Martin of Tulsa; four grandchildren, Ed Stafford, Charles Stafford, Angela Morton and husband Andrew of Springfield, Missouri, and Bonnie Miller and husband Allen of Dayton, Ohio; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter-in-law Gaye Stafford.
Besides working in his busy practice, Dr. Stafford was very involved in the community and served on the board of the local Chamber of Commerce for many years. He was a long-time member of the Briggs Evening Lions Club serving as president and later as a District Governor. He also served on the board of Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City for many years. He was an avid pilot and was a member of the Oklahoma Flying Physicians and the Experimental Aircraft Association. He was also a long-time deacon at the 8th and Maine church of Christ which later became the North Garland church of Christ in Enid.
Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Search television ministry program or to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. Condolences may be made online at www. anderson burris .com
(Submitted by family)
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