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Memorial Oaks Funeral Home & Cemetery

13001 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Guy F Stafford

July 12, 1940June 19, 2019
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Guy Fred Stafford, 78, passed peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on Wednesday June 19, 2019 in Houston after a long struggle with diabetes and decline with Parkinson's. Galveston Island born and raised, Guy married Elva Jean, surviving wife of 59 years and children; his son, Guy Fred Jr [Gena] and daughter, Jean Renee [Pete McLean]. Guy, known by thousands as Coach Stafford, devoted 35 years to Spring Branch ISD teaching and coaching football. He was preceded in death by parents, Fred and Rosa Mae, his brother, Bob, and his second son, Charles Edward.

A visitation for Guy will be held Sunday, June 23, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77079. A funeral service will occur Monday, June 24, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, 13001 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77079. A graveside will occur Monday, June 24, 2019 at 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Guy Stafford's name to the Parkinson's Foundation.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialoaksfunerals.com for the Stafford family.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jerry Bosworth, Jr., Pallbearer
  • Collin Callahan, Pallbearer
  • Dustin Cox, Pallbearer
  • Billy Hanson, Pallbearer
  • Alen Padlan, Pallbearer
  • Garrigan Stafford, Pallbearer
  • Duane William, Pallbearer
  • Oscar Cripps, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ken Sheffield, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, June 23, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, June 24, 2019
  • Graveside Monday, June 24, 2019

Memories

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Ken Jimmerson

July 30, 2019

Coach Stafford stayed in my mind and spirit over the years. True leader and great coach. They don't make many like him any more. Just a good ol’ boy. Taught me the rule of life. “be Coachable, son”. I still say that to my kids and co workers when i need em to take it serious. And when things get tough i get my “head up, tail down, face in their mustache, and driiivvve em back”.

See you again soon (later rather than sooner, hopefully) in the Lords Kingdom Coach.

All be blessed.

Drew Axtell

July 26, 2019

Coach Stafford!!!! He was the best! I still tell stories about Guy Stafford to this day.

He was a man with a loving heart, a kind spirit and a great person.

It made me cry to hear of his passing. I will always remember Coach Stafford.

Drew

Gregory Cicchetti

July 26, 2019

RIP Coach. The time we had together at SHS was golden. Your were always a kind and caring man that taught me a lot outside our profession. Thanks for be a friend to talk to when I was having a bad day in the Training Room. You pumped me up more than once. You touched many lives and will not be forgotten.

Terry Norton

June 25, 2019

I am sorry to hear of his death. He was a good man. He was my coach in 7th and 8th graders at SWJH and 9th and 10th grades at SWHS. After I no longer played football, he was still concerned and interested in how I was doing. My condolences to his family. RIP

Mark Williams

June 25, 2019

I am truly sorry to hear that Coach Stafford has passed. He was absolutely one of the great guys and one of my favorite coaches of all time... I first got to know Coach when I was an underclassman at Spring Woods High School, probably about 1965. He was a patient presence on the field and a great teacher of the game of football. Although I have not seen Coach in a few years, I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with the Stafford family.

Mark Williams
Spring Woods Class of '68
Rice University Class of '73

Melanie Hill

June 24, 2019

Guy made me some Christmas decorations in the early 90’s that I used until a couple of years ago. They meant so much to me & reminded me of he & Jeannie every time I used them. He was so kind & sweet to me. I wil always remember him!!

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June 23, 2019

A good guy and a great coach!!

I didn't have a long storied history with Coach Stafford.

I remember the first time I talked to him I was scared to death. I was wondering what I got myself into.

As time went on, I realized how good of a coach he was and how much fun he was to be around. In the offseason, we were wrestling as part of conditioning. Somebody flipped the guy he was wrestling against. I remember Coach Stafford going...somebody's been watching to much damn TV...
IT was at a time when the WWF was huge. Everybody cracked up.

He loved to discuss food as well.

It wasn't a mistake that Stratford had so many good teams while he was there.

I'm sorry for your loss, Stafford family!! Things will never be the same, but they will get better. Keep your chin up!!

Doug Strain

June 23, 2019

Guy was a good and fun friend growing up together in Galveston during the 50’s. He was one of the calmest and easygoing people that I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. He has now gone to his permanent home, May he Rest In Peace.

Doug Strain
BHS 1958

Stevie Murphy

June 21, 2019

I’m so sorry to hear of Guy’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord grant you comfort in your time of sorrow.

Love,
Stevie

Bill Cherry

June 21, 2019

I knew Guy almost from the earliest of childhood. It seems to me that we were always in Galveston public schools together. Lord knows he was always well thought of. And, while he was rather reserved, oddly, everyone knew when Guy was there, irrespective of the size of the crowd! That seems to me to be a paradox.

Like so many others did, when I got the message that Guy had died, I was in total shock. There's no question, however, in my mind that Guy will be their to meet all his friends when our souls also move to Heaven. That knowledge brings us peace. A special blessing wish for Elva.

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