August 24, 1921 ~ June 8, 2008
Born in: Buncombe County, North Carolina,
Resided in: Asheville, NC
Asheville ~ Elizabeth Cunningham Stafford, 86, formerly of Edgewood Road South, Asheville died, on Sunday, June 08, 2008 in Mission Hospitals, St. Joseph Campus. A native of Buncombe County, she was the daughter of the late Harry James Cunningham and Nola Grace McCain Cunningham. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carlyle Verona Stafford, a daughter-in-law, Martha K. Stafford and a grandson, Robert Jonathan Stafford. She is survived by a son, James V. Stafford, Sr. of Asheville; two daughters, Vicki S. Stafford and her friend Harold "Butch" Payne both of Asheville and Patti Stafford Kilpatrick and husband Harold both of Goldsboro, NC; three grandchildren, Monica Stafford Sneed and husband Mike of Asheville, James Victor Stafford, Jr and fiancée Carly Chambers both of Atlanta and Molly McCain Kilpatrick of Goldsboro, NC; two great-grandchildren, Mikell and Kaitie Sneed; special niece, Elaine Carter Price of Alexandria, VA. The family will have a gathering of friends and family on Wednesday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the home on Edgewood Road South. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Charity of one's choice or the Flat Rock Playhouse, P.O. Box 310 Flat Rock, NC 2873. "As long as we can love each other and remember the feeling of love we had, we can died without ever really going away. All the love you created is still there. All the memories are still there. You live on in the hearts of everyone you touched and nurtured while you were here. Death ends a life, not a relationship." Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road is in charge of arrangements.
Patti and Family,
Mike and I are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if we can help you in anyway! We love you!
Patti & Vicki.. What wonderful special memories I have of your mother…. she was such a true example of what the word Mother means. She always had a smile and an encouraging word for everyone. My visits to your house were always welcoming and so much fun. How blessed I feel just to have known her. I am sorry I could not have been at your house this week but I have been out of town and just found out the sad news. Much love to all of you.
Dear Patti and family. I remember your mom with fond memories. She was always there for you and for your friends. You all have my sincere sympathy.
To the entire Stafford family – our sympathies are with you during this difficult time.
~Annie & Ron Fagan
Patti, So sorry to hear about your Mom. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Don’t forget to fix her a plate. Love, Dave
We are so sorry for your loss. I remember your mom as being so cool and fun. I really liked going to your house. I know how hard it is to lose your mom. Our prayers are with you.
My condolences to Patti and the entire Stafford family. Mrs. Stafford was so special to all of us. My most memorable experience of her was at Biltmore School. I was the drummer for the ‘Bequadros’, an eighth grade band. We were playing ‘Louie, Louie’ at the Biltmore gym and I noticed Mrs. Stafford would just die laughing when I sang my part of the chorus. It made me start laughing and I would have to turn my head to stop laughing so I could sing my lines. Whenever I did this, everybody in the audience would laugh also. Mr. Burgess, our music teacher, came up to me after the song and said what a hoot I was during the song. I’ll never forget Mrs. Stafford for this.
Mrs. Stafford was a wonderful person whose life made a difference. I’m glad she allowed me to be part of it.
Deepest and most sincere condolences to all the family, especially to our precious Molly who loved her Mamaw so much, All our love, Clover, Preston, Brandon and Brett
Mr. and Mrs. Stafford have left a beautiful legacy behind through their children. What a wonderful thing to leave this world a better place because you were here. I know her children will miss her smile, but their mother will always be with them.
If you met Ms. Betty, you could never forget Ms. Betty! She will live on…
Let me join the others here in offering my condolences. You and your family are in my thoughts.
We’re so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. You and your family will be in our prayers. I remember her as a kind lady with a gentle spirit who loved your friends like they were her own. She’ll be missed by the many people whose lives she touched.
Iris’ and my thoughts and prayers are with your family.
I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Staffords passing. She and her family have always been so good to my Niece and her Son. My thoughts and prayers are with the Stafford family in this time of loss.
To Patti and all the family my condolences. Mrs. Stafford was a very special person to so many of us. I will especially remember and be grateful to her for teaching me how to swim. I loved her. She will be grately missed but God has added a special person to his heavenly family.
Mrs. Stafford was a special lady. She was always good to me. She was a life guide for me as a teenager. I know that all who knew her will miss her and keep her in their hearts. My love and condolences to her family.
Betty’s passing has lingered with me longer than the deaths of my parents. Probably because she had a separate and special place in my heart and in my life. May we all have her courage at the end of our lives. More importantly may we all live with her same grace for the remainder of our own time upon this earth.
My deepest sympathies and prayers for the Stafford family. Mrs. Stafford touched many lives and her kindness will be remembered.
My prayers and thoughts with the Staffords and extended family; Mrs. Stafford touched my heart as well as many others; I am honored to have known such a kindred spirit;May you each find peace during this time and cherish that Mrs. Stafford impacted so many lives in such a positive way.
our condolences to the entire family
To the entire Stafford family, Sonny & I Just wanted to say how sorry we are for your loss.Betty was a sweet lady full of fun and laughs. After Carlyles passing Sonny tries to keep up a little closer with the news in Asheville. He didn’t learn about Carlyle for a couple of months. If any of you get down to the Hilton Head area please call:843-706-2349 Love and prayers to a great family. Love Sonny & Sandy Brewer