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Will Elbert Stafford

Will Elbert Stafford, American financial company executive. Named Friend of University, Memphis State University, l987.


  • Stafford, Will Elbert was born on January 23, 1935 in Milan. Son of Ether and Eva (Welch) Stafford.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Memphis State University, 1957. Master of Arts, Memphis State University, 1958.


    • Teacher Shelby County Schools, Whitehaven, Tennessee, 1957-1959, Tucson Public Schools, 1959-1961, Broward County Schools, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1961-1962. Senior group representative Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Memphis, 1962-1965. Regional manager Principal Finance Group (formerly Bankers Life Company Des Moines), since 1965.

      Chairman marketing council Principal Finance Group, Des Moines, since 1990.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Presbyterian


    Chairman annual fund Memphis State University, 1981-1982. Member Greater Memphis State, Inc., since 1955, The University Memphis Society, Inc., Friends University Memphis Libraries. Member National Association Life Underwriters, Tennessee Life Unf=derwriters Association, Memphis Life Underwriters Association, Greater Memphis Employee Benefits Council (board directors 1986-1988), Mid-South Organic Network, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Memphis State University Alumni Association (president 1987), Memphis Slow Pitch Association (president 1971), Tennessee President Trust, American Legion, Association Health Insurance Agents (charter), The Columns Society, Phi Delta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Kappa Alpha.



    Organic gardening, reading, fishing, travel.


    • Married Karen Roberts, August 7, 1960. Children: Suzanne Welch, William Scott.
    • father: Ether Stafford
    • mother: Eva (Welch) Stafford
    • spouse: Karen Roberts
    • children: Suzanne Welch Stafford
    • William Scott Stafford
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    Born January 23, 1935
    • 1957
      Memphis State University
    • 1958
      Memphis State University
    • 1957 - 1959
      Teacher, Shelby County Schools
      Whitehaven, Cumbria, United Kingdom
    • 1959 - 1961
      Teacher, Shelby County Schools
    • 1961 - 1962
      Teacher, Shelby County Schools
      Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
    • 1962 - 1965
      senior, group representative Connecticut General Life Insurance Company
      Memphis, Tennessee, United States
    • 1965
      regional manager, Principal Finance Group (formerly Bankers Life Company Des Moines)
    • 1990
      chairman, marketing council Principal Finance Group
      Des Moines, Iowa, United States