Harry Coffin Stafford
June 28, 1944 – February 2, 2019
HARRY COFFIN STAFFORD, 74, passed away after a long illness. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama to George T. Stafford, Jr. and Evelyn Coffin Stafford. He attended Shades Valley High School in Birmingham, class of 1962. After high school, he attended Samford University, where he received his B.A. in 1966. He also attended Wheaton College, Dallas Theological Seminary, Columbia Theological Seminary, where he received his MDiv, and Florida State University where he received his PhD. Harry attended Harvard Divinity School as a visiting scholar and remained in Boston for a number of years pursuing a career in counseling. He was also ordained as a Presbyterian minister. During his career, he taught at Queens College in NC, the University of Montana, and Florida State University. Dr. Stafford returned to St. Augustine, Florida after Boston and formalized his love for the Oldest City by renovating and running an inn called Casa de la Paz. While there and for the remainder of his life, he devoted much of his time to writing, including publishing several books. Harry also delved into the history of St. Augustine, especially that of the area's hauntings. He enjoyed operating ghost tours there for a number of years and sharing his love for the city. Saint Augustine and its people were the delight of his last twenty years. He was always meeting new people and bringing them into his inner circle. Harry is survived by a brother, George T. Stafford III, a sister, Lyn C. Stafford, and numerous nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at Johns-Ridout's Elmwood Chapel, 800 Dennison Ave SW in Birmingham, on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's or the Parkinson Association of Alabama.
- Memorial Service Saturday, February 9, 2019
- Interment Saturday, February 9, 2019