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Gene Stafford

Gene Stafford

May 31, 1930 - April 15, 2019
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Obituary

Harry Eugene “Gene” Stafford, age 88, of Pine Bluff, passed away Monday, April 15, 2019.
Born May 31, 1930 at Lake Village, he was a son of the late Otis Lyle Stafford and Janey Ruth Welch Arnold. He grew up in Dumas, and moved to White Hall during his youth, where he was a member of the first White Hall football team. Gene graduated in the class of 1948.
He started his long career with Arkansas Power and Light Company on a surveying crew. He worked as a draftsman in the headquarters until transferring to the Woodward Substation of Middle South Utilities, ultimately retiring in 1990 from Entergy as a systems dispatcher.
A member of Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church, Gene enjoyed collecting and repairing clocks. He also was an avid pocket watch collector and woodworker. His specialty was making boat paddles, many of which were too beautiful to put in the water and wound up as pieces of art on people’s walls.
Gene was also predeceased by his siblings, Lyle Stafford, Jane Tullous, and David Arnold.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Hilda Reed Stafford, whom he married on March 20, 1960; a son, Bryan Stafford and wife Stephanie of Little Rock; two grandsons, Caleb Stafford and Micah Stafford, whom he loved dearly; a special sister-in-law, Mattie Rees; and his loving caregiver of many years, Queshaun Brantley.
Visitation will be Saturday, April 20, 2019, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Fuller Hale-South Funeral Chapel. The funeral service will follow at 2:30 p.m. with Dr. Roger Stewart officiating. Private burial will be in Graceland Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church, 5130 Bobo Road, Pine Bluff, AR 71603.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 20, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    When
    Saturday, April 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Location
    Fuller Hale-South Funeral Chapel
    Address
    1621 S. Cherry Street
    Pine Bluff, AR 71601
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, April 20, 2019 | 2:30pm
    When
    Saturday, April 20, 2019 2:30pm
    Location
    Fuller Hale-South Funeral Chapel
    Address
    1621 S. Cherry Street
    Pine Bluff, AR 71601
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Alisa Lavender Secrest

Posted at 12:00am
Hilda So sorry for your loss. Sending our love and prayers. Miss you. The Secrest Rosa Lavender
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Kenneth and Carolyn Evans Ridgway

Posted at 12:00am
Hilda, It is very sad to read of Gene's passing. I always thought of him as a kind and gentle man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful family,
DG

David Gannaway

Posted at 12:00am
I am sorry to hear about your loss. God will get you through it. With christian love, David Gannaway
DB

David Brooks

Posted at 12:00am
I met Mr. Gene while working for Middle South Utilities - Entergy at the System Operations Center. I always enjoyed working with Mr. Gene and I have fond memories of him! I know he is in heaven with Jesus and whole again! He will be missed!
KT

Ken Turner

Posted at 12:00am
Many fond memories of working with Gene at the SOC in Pine Bluff.
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