Stafford William Burney, 76, died peacefully at his home in Waverly on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, surrounded by his loved ones.
He was born March 4, 1941, to his parents, Stafford H. and Wallie K. Burney, lifelong residents of Brunswick. He was preceded in death by his sister, Ann Holmes, of Jonesboro.
Mr. Burney’s grandfather, Stafford Asa Burney, was the first chief of police of Glynn County.
Stafford attended Glynn County Schools and graduated from Glynn Academy in 1960. During this time, he and classmate Ralph Hood achieved local “fame” by painting “Zorro” on the Brunswick water tower!
Mr. Burney attended Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Fla., and pursued a career in art, graphic arts, commercial art and printing. He was employed at various times by Brunswick Pulp and Paper Co.; Miller Press in Jacksonville, Fla.; Murray, Kraft and Rocky in Anchorage, Alaska, where he created the advertising art for the State of Alaska and the Alaska pipeline. Other places of employment included Kaufman Associates of St. Simons Island and Neeld Printing in Brunswick.
After his retirement, Stafford worked in security at Jekyll Island Club Hotel and the King and Prince Hotel on St. Simons Island.
Mr. Burney was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in his youth and later was a member of Christian Renewal Ministries Church in Brunswick for many years. He was a devout believer in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Yeshua, and was the elder of a home group fellowship in his later years.
Stafford Burney is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Katharine Nell Quarterman Burney; and five children, Stafford William Burney Jr., LeAnn Burney White (Scott), Jessica Burney Faurote (Chad) and Rebekah Burney Rinehart, all of Waverly, and Mary Anna Burney of Brunswick; 12 grandchildren, Matthew Grisham (Jackie) of Brunswick, Milah Burney Sanchez (Dave) of Austin, Texas, Madison Mireé Burney of Austin, Texas, Christopher White of Waverly, Grace Helen Burney of Sautee, Brianna Burney of Waverly, Alexander, Anneliese and Asa Rinehart, all of St. Augustine, Fla., Aron Faurote of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and Sky and River Faurote of Waverly; four great-grandchildren, Aaron Grisham, Kayden and Makenleigh Burney and Chloe Sanchez; one first cousin, Pat K. Thompson (Ray) of Brunswick; and further extended family.
Stafford Burney is loved, admired and respected by all his family and will be greatly missed. He was a talented artist, craftsman and musician. He loved and served his God, his family and his country well.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20, at Christian Renewal Church, 4265 Norwich St. Ext. in Brunswick, (912) 264-0028.
Donations are gratefully accepted at Hospice of the Golden Isles.