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Alvin C. Stafford Jr., 87, of Port Republic died Dec. 3, 2012, at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.

Born Dec. 17, 1924, in Barstow, he was the son of the late Alvin C. Stafford Sr. and Clara May (Rawlings) Stafford.

In October 1940, at the age of 15, he started working at the Calvert Independent. There he worked as a typesetter for many years. He later became the print shop manager. He was called to duty during World War II and served with the Big Red 1st infantry Division and was one of the first to land on the beaches of France on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

He enjoyed fishing and crabbing on the Patuxent River. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 8133, a member of American Legion 274 and a 23-year member of the Calvert Elks Lodge 2620.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey L. Stafford.

He is survived by daughters, Dolly Ann Murphy of Fayetteville, N.C., and Carolyn Harlow of Port Republic; sons, George L. Walker of California and David E. Walker of Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and his sister, Jean Dunagan of Barstow.

The family will receive friends Monday, Dec. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rausch Funeral Home in Port Republic. Interment will take place Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m. at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650; and the American Heart Association.