George Scroggins Stratford November 21, 1921 - December 11, 2008 COLUMBUS, GA— George Scroggins Stratford, 87, of Columbus died Thursday, December 11, 2008 at his residence. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Monday, December 15, 2008 at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, Macon Road Chapel with Chaplain James Cornett officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon, December 14, 2008 from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM at the funeral home. Mr. Stratford was born November 21, 1921 in Russell County, AL to the late William Drakeford Stratford, Sr. and Ida Mae Scroggins Stratford. He was the owner of the Stratford CafŽ for 50 years where he enjoyed many friendships over the years. Prior to the cafe Mr. Stratford served 6 years as a Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy during WWII. Mr. Stratford was also a 3rd degree mason and a member of the Columbian Lodge, #7. His presence will be missed in our lives daily, but his memory will remain in our hearts forever. Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Dorothy Thorpe Stratford of Columbus; a daughter, Sandra Leigh Etheridge and her husband, Robert, of San Diego, CA; a son, Daniel Scott Stratford and his wife, Kimberly, of Atlanta, GA; two grandchildren, Jeffrey Scott Etheridge (Amy) and Dana Leigh Parker (Scott); seven great grandchildren; a brother, John H. Stratford (Evelyn) of McIntyre, GA; two sisters, Jean Mitchell (Joe) and Carol Taylor (Kim), both of Phenix City, AL; and numerous nieces and nephews. Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to Columbus Hospice, 7020 Moon Road, Columbus, GA 31909. Please join the family in celebrating the life of Mr. Stratford by visiting www.mem.com.
Published in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on 12/14/2008