Barry Stafford, DVM

Published 1:19 pm Friday, December 14, 2018

Barry Stephen Stafford, DVM, 63, a resident of the Enon community, passed away peacefully at his home Thursday morning, Dec. 13, 2018.

He was a member of the first graduating class of Bowling Green School in Franklinton in 1973. Steve then attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he was a member of Theta Xi Fraternity. He later graduated from the LSU Veterinary School in 1980.

Steve practiced veterinary medicine throughout Washington Parish and the surrounding area for 38 years as the owner of Animal Medical Clinic in Bogalusa. Steve was recently voted the Bogalusa Daily News Reader’s Choice Awards Winner as their favorite Veterinarian. Alongside his family, he was the owner/operator of Stafford Angus Farm and a past member of the American Angus Association. Steve was President of the Board of Directors of Bowling Green School for two years and a member of Enon Baptist Church.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors. Steve loved LSU football and baseball and attended countless games over the years. He was a big NASCAR fan and had attended the races at Talladega Super Speedway many times. Steve’s all-time favorite driver was the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. and he had a large collection of #3 memorabilia. He loved spending time with his family and adored his many grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy Lynn Parker Stafford of Enon; two daughters and sons-in-law, Haylie Stafford Dufour and Chris Dufour, and Elliot Stafford Coates and Toby Coates, all of Walker; son and daughter-in-law, Barry Stephen Stafford Jr. and Jennifer Stafford of Marianna, Fla.; grandchildren, Adam Stafford, Cody and Hannah Dufour, Rush Azlin, Aubry Azlin, Christopher Dufour, Eva Marie Stafford, Stephen Stafford, Jacob Stafford, Ian Coates, Ryder Coates and Evan Coates; three brothers and sisters-in-law, John E. Stafford Jr., DDS, and Suzy Stafford of Tyler, Texas, Robert “Bobby” Stafford, DVM and Carla Stafford of Folsom, and Alan Stafford and Pam Stafford of Franklinton; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Grant and Maury Parker, Pat and Add II Burris, Pam and Keith Bourgeois, and Louis Ruffino; and also numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Elliot Stafford Sr., MD, and Audry Faye Pittman Stafford; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Elton Grant Parker and Anita Givens Parker; and sister-in-law, Sheree Parker Ruffino.

Visitation will be at Enon Baptist Church (14409 Highway 16 in Franklinton) on Monday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the church at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, with the Rev. Chris Wheeler officiating. Burial will follow in the Knight Memorial Gardens in Enon.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial donations to Enon Baptist Church.

Pallbearers will be Will Stafford, Russell Stafford, Greg Stafford, Will Burris, Rob Burris, Parker Ruffino, Casey Casanova, Clint Casanova and Adam Pace. Honorary pallbearers will be his buddies in the morning “Breakfast Club.”

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