Gary Dean Stafford, 73, of the Trigg Community, Pearisburg, VA departed this life Wednesday morning, June 27, 2012 at UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville. Born at Trigg on August 19, 1938, he was a son of the late Martin L. and Glenna Johnston Stafford. He graduated for Eggleston High School in 1956, served in the U S Air Force, worked for Friden and Singer Companies repairing business machines in the Lynchburg-Roanoke areas for nearly twenty years, and retired from Virginia Tec with twenty-three years service as electrical engineer In the Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Departments. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Kaye S. Raynes.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Gay Wray Stafford; two step-children Karen Wray Grady and Michael Wray; a step-grandson Ben Grady; and his sisters Phyllis Gordon of Trigg and Carole Ann Eaton of Pearisburg.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 3:00 pm in the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St., Pembroke with Pastor Gary Poff officiating. Entombment will follow in Birchlawn Abbey in Pearisburg. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 6 to 8 pm. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to “The Wounded Warriors”. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.