William Roy Gafford

April 21, 1940January 5, 2021

William Roy Gafford passed away at the age of 80 on January 5, 2021 in Leander, TX.

Born April 21, 1940 in Nashville, TN, Roy graduated from Cohn High School. He was married to Sherry Lee Gentry on February 28, 1959. Following high school, Roy attended Middle Tennessee State University and then transferred to Vanderbilt University where he received his Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. Graduating from Vanderbilt was one of his proudest accomplishments. Roy’s first job was with Ford Motor Company. After living in Nashville, TN, Florence, AL, and Lexington, KY, Roy and Sherry settled in Austin, TX where Roy was employed by IBM for 30 years. While in Austin, Roy and Sherry adopted their daughter Danielle in 1972.

Roy is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Sherry Lee Gafford, his Mother Louise Bowker Gafford, and Father Walter “Joe” Slayden Gafford. Roy is survived by his Daughter Danielle Gafford White, Son-in-Law Jon White, grandchildren Brandon and Thomas White, and Sisters-in-law Debbie Sweeney of Nashville, TN; Melinda Carlisle of Fort Lauderdale, FL, as well as two nieces, Karyn Warf of Lafayette, TN; and Nicole Martin of Cumming, GA.

Roy’s family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff of The Legacy at Crystal Falls Assisted Living and Memory Care for the love, care and support they have provided the last 4 years. Thank you also to Kindred Hospice for their care and support.

Internment will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a Parkinson’s research foundation of your choosing.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research or The Parkinson's Alliance.


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James Wilson

January 14, 2021

I knew Roy from IBM Austin. Always enjoyed working with him. Rest in peace Roy.

Jon White

January 13, 2021

Roy was always willing to drop whatever he was doing to come help. Whether it was building shelves, or wiring electric, he was ready to pack up his duct tape and zip-ties and come running.

All kidding aside, Roy loved his family and grandsons without limit and made as many ballgames as possible. Though he was quiet, he was engaging and you always knew Roy was ready to enjoy a barbecue, help wire a backyard shed, or give you work to do when you were between jobs.

An amazing man with a great life journey - I am blessed to have Roy as my father-in-law.