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

He was born Dec. 17, 1924, in Barstow to the late Alvin C. Stafford Sr. and Clara May (Rawlings) Stafford.

In October of 1940, at the age of 15, he started working at the Calvert Independent. There, he learned to become 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 also enjoyed fishing and crabbing on the Patuxent River. He was also a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8133, a member of American Legion 274 and a 23-year member of the Calvert Elks Lodge 2620.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Audrey L. Stafford.

He is survived by his 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 sister, Jean Dunagan of Barstow.

Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Rausch Funeral Home in Port Republic.

Interment will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham.

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