Dateline: April 24, 2008

Jack Burl Stafford, 89, died Tuesday, April 15, 2008, in Amarillo.

Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2008, in Rowe Cemetery in Hedley with Rev. Bryan Knowles, retired Baptist minister, officiating. Burial was held at Rowe Cemetery in Hedley. Services were under the arrangement of Robertson Funeral Directors.

Jack was born August 31, 1918, in Idabell, Okla. to Francis Lee and Exie Hoover Stafford. He married Jackie Leach on December 3, 1939, at Memphis. He had lived in Silverton from 1952-1966 and then moved to Hedley in 1966 where he has lived since that time. Mr. Stafford had owned and operated the Silverton and Hedley grocery stores from 1957-1980. After the sale of the grocery stores, he continued to farm and ranch. He loved working with his cattle, especially in the later years of his life. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hedley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jackie Stafford on November 4, 2002; seven brothers; and three sisters.

Survivors include two sons, Bob Stafford and wife Jean and Fred Stafford both of Amarillo; five grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

The family requests memorials be to the Rowe Cemetery Association, Hedley, Texas.

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