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Earl Franklin “Butch” Stafford, 65

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Butch Stafford was born in Jackson County, TN on Monday, February 12, 1945, to the late Elmer and Pauline Atkins Stafford.  In April of 1968, he married Alice Rulene Krantz, who preceded him in death in December of 2009.  In addition to his wife of 42 years and parents, three brothers, Wayne, Scotty and Tony Stafford also preceded him in death.  Butch was an employee with Ross Gear in Lebanon with 32 years of service,  a Vietnam veteran where he proudly served his country receiving a purple heart, VSM bronze star and numerous other medals.  He was also a member of the VFW.  Butch’s hobbies were hunting, fishing and gardening.
He is survived by son, Charlie Carter, daughter and son-in-law, Darlene & Steve Aulick all of Lafayette, brothers, Dennis “Droup” Stafford and Ricky Stafford, sister, Sherry Jenkins all of Red Boiling Springs, 4 grand-children and 5 great-grandchildren.