WILMINGTON — Donald Ray Stafford, 70, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at home. He was born on Jan. 8, 1947, to Edward Stafford and Esther Davis Bowman.
Mr. Stafford was preceded in death by his father and stepfather, Earl Lanson Bowman.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 51 years, Deborah Stafford of the home; three sons, Mike Stafford, and his wife, Kim, Eric Stafford, and his wife, Cindy, and Dustin Stafford, and his wife, Jessie, all of Wilmington; 10 grandchildren; and two brothers, David Stafford and Charles Stafford, and his wife, Yvonne, all of Goldsboro.
A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 27, at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Services.
Online condolences may be made at www.coblewardsmithwilmington.com.