Emily Ann Stafford

October 30, 1914 ~ July 5, 2009

Emily Ann Stafford, 94, a resident of Asbury Place, formerly of 1209 College Heights Drive, Johnson City, died Sunday, July 5, 2009 at the Johnson City Medical Center. She was a native of Johnson City, a daughter of the late B. F. Stafford, Sr. and Emma Davis Stafford. Emily was a retired teacher in the Johnson City School System, having taught for 44 years, from 1935 to 1980. She was a member of the University Parkway Baptist Church, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Alpha Delta Kappa, Child Evangelism Fellowship and the Golden 50's and ETSU. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, James, B. F., Jr. and Julian Stafford. Survivors include: a niece and her husband, Emily S. and Leon Laurendeau of Johnson City; two nephews and a niece-in-law, William E. and Debbie Stafford of Bedford, VA and George Stafford of Durham, NC; several great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. A graveside service is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at the Monte Vista Memorial Park at 1:00 p.m. under the direction of Dr. Michael Oaks. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until time to leave in procession at 12:45 p.m. Online condolences are available at www.morrisbaker.com. Memorials may be made in the form of contributions to: the Gideons International, North Camp, P. O. Box 3695, Johnson City, TN 37602 or the Child Evangelism Fellowship, P. O. Box 348, Warrenton, MO 63383.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Emily, I was sorry to hear that Emily Ann had passed away. She taught me in Sunday School and Bible School. She was very devoted to our Lord. I was planning to come to the funeral until I read it was on Wednesday. I have a long-standing doctor’s appointment then and will not be able to make it. I remember Billy, your younger brother, but I don’t remember George. Of course, you know I was in school with Franklin. You have lost several close members of your family. My heart goes out to you and your family. We will keep you in our prayers.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I apologize for the error in the first condolence. I kept thinking about the family and I remembered the sweet lady that lived next door… I believe this was your loved one. She was very sweet… I remember riding the big wheels all around her patio and drive. Her flowers were so nice too. So sorry for your loss. Eve

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have fond memories of Mrs. Stafford. I was a childhood friend of her granddaughter, Theresa (not mentioned in obituary), and spent many nights at the Stafford’s home. She was such a wonderful person and I am sure her soul is at peace with our Lord now. She will be missed! Much love, Eve Walker

  4. Anonymous says:

    Emily, As an out-of-state college student at E.T.S.U. in the 60s, I stayed with my uncle, who had been a business associate of Emily’s dad. One year when Uncle Joe left to spend the winter with his daughter in Florida, he arranged for me to stay with Miss Stafford on College Heights Drive while he was gone. At that time Miss Stafford attended Temple Baptist Church, and I attended Central Baptist Church. In the coming years, University Parkway Baptist Church, where Miss Stafford faithfully attended, purchased some of Uncle Joe’s land to build their church. Through the years I have kept in touch with Miss Stafford via Christmas cards, notes, and visits. Our last visit with Miss Stafford at her home on College Heights Drive was August, 2008. My daughter and I were in the area to attend a wedding in Bristol. Before returning to Memphis, my college friend, Swanita, (who also stayed with Miss Stafford), my daughter, and I went to see Miss Stafford and had a lovely visit complete with refreshments. During our visit we made a cherished video of Miss Stafford at her piano playing ”No Never Alone” and “There’s Within My Heart a Melody.” If you have an e-mail address, I would like to send the video to you. As we were leaving, she gave us all fresh apples from her tree. There is no doubt that Miss Stafford is with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She served Him to the very end of her 94 years!

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