Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home & Guilford Memorial Park

6000 W. Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC


Jesse "Buddy" Stafford

November 23, 1929January 2, 2020

Mr.Jesse J. “Buddy” Stafford, 90, a resident of the Sedgefield community passed away on Thursday January 2, 2020. He was born November 23, 1929 in Montpilier, Mississippi the son of the late Jesse Green and Myrtle Hodnett Stafford. Buddy was also preceded in death by his sister, Romer S. Carroll; his brother J.D. Stafford and his son-in-law, Ernie Garrett. Buddy worked with Cummings Diesel in Nashville, TN before moving to Greensboro in 1956. In 1966 he started Piedmont Ford and was the owner and operator of Bud Holding Subsidiary. Buddy was married to Emogene “Jean” Lee Stafford who passed away on November 18, 2011. He later married Miriam Renfroe who survives. Also surviving are his daughter, Wanda S. Garrett; his son, Jerry Stafford; his step-daughter, Betty Handwereker; his step-sons, Kenneth, Robbie and David Renfroe; grandchildren, Jason Garrett (Monica), Jessica Jackson (Matthew), Lee Stafford (Christine), Lexi Stafford (Thomas Ashcraft) and great grandchildren, Chase Garrett, Sam Garrett, Julianna Garrett, Helena Garrett, Luke Jackson, Kate Jackson, Tucker Stafford and soon to be born, Sidney Jean Stafford and also several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Christ Wesleyan Church 2400 S. Holden Rd., Greensboro, NC 27407 conducted by the Reverend Aaron Willis. Entombment will follow in the Guilford Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends on Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home Sedgefield Chapel 6000 West Gate City Blvd. Greensboro, NC 27407 The mausoleum does not allow flowers inside so the family is requesting; in lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Buddy’s memory to the Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro 2500 Summit Ave. Greensboro, NC 27405 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105


  • Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro
  • St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital



  • Visitation Friday, January 3, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 4, 2020


  • Entombment


Jesse "Buddy" Stafford

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Cynthia Church

January 10, 2020

Buddy and Jean raised a wonderful son, Jerry, to continue in your footsteps. He also is a kind, loving, wonderful gentleman.
He will carry on the family name with respect, honor and hard work just like his daddy taught him.
Thank you for allowing me to meet your son, Jean. I love him dearly. And will take care of him as you wished your dying day.

Cynthia Church

January 8, 2020

Buddy and Jean always loved me and my twins, Breanna & Maria Church. I will miss his humor, and ability to always make us smile!
You are sadly missed POP. Rest In Peace such a sweetheart of a gentleman.

Judy Frye

January 4, 2020

Wanda and family, So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you. I was acquainted with your Dad through Gene Loper. I enjoyed so much sharing your Dad's home at the golf events.

Evander / ELC TRANSPORT INC Chavis

January 3, 2020

When you lose someone you love, you gain an angel you know.” “No person is every truly alone. Those who live no more, whom we loved, Echo still within our thoughts, our words, our hearts.” “What is lovely never dies, but passes into other loveliness.” “With sympathy, thinking of you at this sad time and sending love.

Ricky Arthur

January 3, 2020

Buddy helped me start arthurs trucking when no bank would help.he was a good man in every way possible. He helped a lot of people I know also .he will be missed but his memory will live on. Thanks buddy

Jimmy Childress

January 3, 2020

I was saddened to hear of Buddy's passing. I have so many fun memories of Buddy that I do not know where to begin. He set the high standards for everyone to follow not only in business but life as well. He helped so many people more than anyone will ever know. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family now and always.

Ronda Whitley

January 3, 2020

Wanda & Jerry, I am so saddened to hear about the passing of Mr. Stafford. I will always remember how kind he was to all of us at Tar Heel. We all have our special memories that we discuss when some of the Tar Heel bunch gets together. Our prayers are that you find comfort in knowing he is with God and that you can find peace in those thoughts.
Ronda Whitley

Tom Ozment

January 3, 2020

Condolences and sympathies to the Stafford family at this time of loss. Kristie Hill and Tom Ozment

William & Kristy & Seth Murray

January 3, 2020

My husband has worked for Buddy and Jerry for 20+ years. He has always been so kind to us over the year. Always willing to help no matter the need. Couldn't ask for a better person. Anyone who knew him and his family was lucky. My heart is heavy heaven gained a beautiful angel. Prayers for all his family.

Sandra Noble

January 3, 2020

Wanda and Jerry we are so sorry for your loss. Our thought and prayers are with you.
Sandra Clinard Noble