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Will Elbert Stafford

financial company executive

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.


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.


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.


  • Other Interests

    Organic gardening, reading, fishing, travel.


Married Karen Roberts, August 7, 1960. Children: Suzanne Welch, William Scott.

Ether Stafford

Eva (Welch) Stafford

Karen Roberts

Suzanne Welch Stafford

William Scott Stafford