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Cheryl (Culpepper) Stafford
November 14, 1945 ~ September 4, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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Cheryl Culpepper Stafford (known lovingly as Cheri or Bubba), a resident of Dothan, passed peacefully at her residence on the evening of Monday, September 4th, 2023. She was 77.
Memorial services will be held at 1 PM September 30th, 2023 at The Church of the Nativity in Dothan, AL with Reverend Randy Sellers officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church. Mrs. Stafford will be laid to rest next to her husband, Harry A. Stafford, III in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Wounded Warriors, Episcopal Church of the Nativity (205 Holly Ln, Dothan, AL 36301) , or Love Langston (c/o Billy and Jayne Love, 1224 Lyman Court, Montgomery, AL 36109). Thank you.
Cheri was born in Selma, AL on November 14th, 1945. She grew up in Pleasant Hill, AL and graduated from Carlowville High School. She attended Judson College where she was a cheerleader and synchronized swimmer. She met the love of her life and soulmate, Harry, while he was attending flight school at Craig Field in Selma. They married and had two children and lived in many places as an Air Force family including Texas, Hawaii, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Kansas, and March Air Force Base in California where Harry served as Base Commander. They retired in Warner Robins, GA at a golf community where Harry and Cheri were both avid golfers. Cheri remained there for several years after Harry's passing in 2003 and then moved to Dothan, AL in 2020.
Cheri had numerous hobbies and talents. She was an amazing gardener and led a Garden Club in Warner Robins for years. She was skilled in quilting and needlework and was a brilliant florist. From a young age, Cheri created beautiful paintings of scenery in Pleasant Hill and later in Hawaii. She made lovely handmade jewelry and enjoyed shopping and fashion. She was an avid reader and enjoyed romance novels. She loved antiques and created unique collections of glass baskets, ornaments, holiday pins, silver bells and wall pockets to name a few. Cheri compiled a wonderful cookbook and collection of Bible verses, sayings, and gardening tips entitled "If You Have to Open More Than 3 Cans Don't Bother or The Only Appliance Needed in the Kitchen is the Telephone." She was a fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide and enjoyed watching football. She loved the beach and her grandchildren and great-grandchild who knew her as their Bubba. She loved traveling and enjoyed wine and good company. She was a friend to everyone she met and had an unwavering faith in Jesus Christ throughout her life.
Mrs. Stafford is preceded in death by her parents; Woods and Annette Bates Culpepper; husband, Harry A. Stafford, III and sister, Ann Robertson.
Survivors include her children, Jennifer S. Burkhalter (Robert), Harry A. Stafford, IV (Laura); grandchildren, Lane Figueroa (Jose), H. A. Stafford, V; great grandchild, Mateo Figueroa; brother, Woods Culpepper (Richie Curcio).