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STAFFORD, Sr. Daniel age 77, of Atlanta, GA passed May 7, 2019.

The Remembrance Service Celebrating the Life of Mr. Daniel Robert Stafford, Sr. (Danny Boy/Big Dan) will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at 1:00 PM at our chapel.\


November 26, 1941 - May 7, 2019

Danny was born on November 26, 1941 to loving parents, Robert & Gertrude (Daniel) Stafford. He grew up in the Mayson-Turner area of Atlanta and attended Union Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending his summers in Washington, DC with his Aunt June and Uncle Earl. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School, class of 1959, he attended Morehouse College for one year before moving to Washington, DC.

Putting college behind him, Danny went to work with Aunt June at Industrial Bank, a historic black owned bank in downtown DC where he was hired as a Money Counter (must have been a sign of things to come). Great things happened at Industrial Bank, Aunt June later became the first African American female to become Vice President of a bank and Danny met and married Clara Stafford. After a few years they decided to relocate to Los Angeles, CA where Danny met and became quick friends with Oliver Chamberlain and his brother Wilt Chamberlain and sister Barbara Chamberlain. They soon became business partners and opened a travel agency.

In the late 60s, Danny and Clara moved back to the DC area and started their family and both Nicole and Danny Jr. were born in Maryland. He was employed at The Hecht Company, a major department store that is now Macy's, as Director of Customer Relations for the DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia Region.

In the late 70's, Danny returned home to Atlanta to help care for his mother. He was happy to reconnect with old friends and classmates and enjoyed spending time on Auburn Avenue with his mentors, QP Jones, Sr. at Pal's Dry Cleaners and Charlie Cato at H&H Liquor Store on Piedmont and Auburn.

In 1979 he married Pat Neal and moved to Austell, GA.  Danny obtained a Georgia Real Estate License and worked for GMM Property Management for several years.  Danny’s last professional venture was The Blue Flame Lounge until he retired in 2000.

In 1985 Danny met Sherry Harrell who became his partner and companion, along with her daughter September until his transition.

Medical issues forced Danny to move to Signature Healthcare of Buckhead where he resided until his transition on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

Preceded in death by his father, Robert Stafford, mother Gertrude Stafford, his only Grandchild, Granddaughter Christina Marie Whitaker, uncles Baxter Daniel and Earl Taylor, aunts June Taylor and Grace Moody.

Danny is survived by his children, Nicole Whitaker and Dan Stafford, Jr., companion Sherry Harrell and daughter September; devoted nephew and best friend, Lancin Kirk Asberry, nieces, Terri Asberry, Leslie Dixon, Naima Manley, Nefertari Johnson, Terika King and Oni Carver, Goddaughter, Asia Asberry; nephew, Bobby Dixon, cousins, Ben Daniel and Sharon Kelly, and lifelong friend QP Jones.

Willie A. Watkins Historic West End Chapel (404) 758-1731

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  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019
    The staff of Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home will keep you and your family in our prayers.
    ~ Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019
    I am sorry for your loss please accept my sincere condolences.I can only imagine the memories the family and friends shared will forever hold a special place in your hearts and minds.  Our heavenly Father, Jehovah God, assures us that one day He will put an end to death and our loved ones will live again by means of the resurrection.-John 5:28,29; Isaiah 25:8. May the God of all comfort, grant you peace and comfort now during this time of sadness.-Matt.5:4; 2Cor.1:3,4.
    ~ M Jones   New Bern, NC
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one. May the wonderful memories of your loved one continue to provide a measure of comfort to you until God’s promise is fulfilled at Matthews 5: 5.
    ~ joyceA   DE
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019
    To The Family of Mr. Daniel, May all the happy memories of Mr. Daniel, and the wonderful hope Jehovah God gave through Jesus Christ at, John 5:28,29 and Revelation 21:3,4, provide you with much comfort, and help soothe the pain in your hearts at this difficult time, Psalm 46:1. For more scriptural comfort, please go to
    ~ M Jones   LA
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019
    I am sorry for your loss. We have a sure hope of seeing our love ones again, because Jesus said at John 5:28,29 Do not be amazed at this for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.
    ~ P. Smith   Carrollton, GA
  • Thursday, May 16, 2019
    My sincere condolences goes out to the family during this difficult time. May you find a measure of comfort in God's promise at Revelation 21:3,4 where we look forward to a time when there will be no more pain and death any more. JW.ORG
    ~ Hope
  • Sunday, May 19, 2019
    There is no worse feeling than the sting of death of a loved one. I am sorry for your loss, hopefully this can bring some comfort and hope.
    ~ Gene A
  • Monday, May 20, 2019
    I would like to express my sympathy to the family. I am sorry to hear of your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that our loving Heavenly Father promises in His Word the Bible to remove pain, suffering, and death (Revelation 21:3,4 and Isaiah 25:8). Until that time, may you find comfort in this promise and treasure the special memories you shared.
    ~ L Brown
  • Monday, May 20, 2019
    May Jehovah the God of all comfort be with the family. Psalms 83:18
  • Monday, May 20, 2019
    Our deepest condolences to all the love ones of the dearly departed. The words found at 2 Corinthians chapter 1 verses 3 and 4 were especially comforting to our family during the loss of our parents and dear loved ones. It says, "Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with comfort that we receive from God." May these words strengthen you too.
    ~ Robinson Family   Baltimore, MD
  • Friday, May 31, 2019
    We're so sorry to hear you are suffering the loss of your dear loved one. May you find strength and some comfort in the words found in Psalms 9:9, which reads: “Jehovah will become a secure refuge for the oppressed, A secure refuge in times of distress.” Our loving God cares about us and is ready to bring us comfort if we allow him (1John 5:14). He also has made the provision of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored into a beautiful paradise (Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55:11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your dear loved one? Find out more about this resurrection online at JW.ORG
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Thursday, June 6, 2019
    To the Stafford Sr family, please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your dear loved one Mr. Daniel. Death is our enemy, the scripture at 1 Corinthians 15:26 shows that this enemy will soon be brought to nothing. May this scripture comfort you during this most difficult time.
    ~ JB
  • Monday, June 17, 2019
    Please accept my sincere condolences. Your family and friends can be a great source of comfort during such a grievous time. You can also find comfort from Jehovah the God of comfort. 2 Cor: 1: 3,4
    ~ Rhonda