Marie Colvard Stafford, 94, of Rougemont, N.C., and formerly of Statesville, N.C., passed away at her residence on Friday, February 26, 2021. Born in Watauga County, N.C., on October 11, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Hardy Lee Colvard and Nettie Hodges Colvard.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her sister, Helen Gill, and one son, Lloyd Garris.

Mrs. Stafford was a former member of Diamond Hill Baptist Church and retired from J.P. Stevens as a seamstress.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Joseph Arville Stafford; children, Mary High (Tim), Louise Millsaps (Curtis), Sylvia Fox (John), Danny Garris (Vickie), Barbara Neese (Richard) and Melissa Stafford Tucker (Jeffery).

She is further survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren and her beloved dog, Einstein.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, March 4, 2021, at 2 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. Tim Tucker officiating. The family will speak to friends following the service.

Serving as pallbearers will be Timmy Stafford, Curtis Millsaps, Houston Garris, Ricky Gemes, Matthew Neese and Joseph Lancaster, Jr.

Condolences may be left for the family online at

Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Stafford family.

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