Harold Bennett Wofford
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Harold Bennett Wofford, 75, a resident of Cleveland, passed away at his home Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

He was born March 24, 1937, in Trion, Ga. and moved to Cleveland with his family in 1967.

He was a devoted husband, father, brother and uncle. He was married for 51 years to Marjorie, the love of his life. He was adored by his three children: Lisa, Sara, and Hal.

He was employed at Charleston Hosiery Mill and was the personnel manager at Cleveland Enamel before embarking upon his dream of becoming a business owner. In 1978, he purchased the Phillips 66 Service Station on Spring Place Rd. which he turned into a thriving business. It was considered a landmark by many, reminiscent of Mayberry; you could occasionally witness a challenging game of checkers while drinking a soda from a glass bottle. He later became the owner of Wofford’s Tire and Wofford’s Check Cashing Service. He also worked as a substitute rural mail carrier in Birchwood.

He had a deep love for his country and community, serving in the National Guard and in the U.S. Air Force at Hunter, Biloxi and Columbus bases, during the Vietnam War, spending a year at Thule AFB in Greenland. He proudly served the Oak Grove community as the committeeman for the Republican Party for many years.

He was a member of the Oak Grove Ruritan Club for more than 45 years. He also served on the Bradley County School Board for nine years. He was also a member of the Ocoee Lodge No. 97 of the Odd Fellows. He and Marjorie could often be found traveling to various antique shops and/or scouting out Indian mounds. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Annie Langston Wofford; brothers: Sam Wofford and Larry Wofford; and sister-in-law, Mary King.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marjorie King Wofford; two daughters: Lisa Nave and husband, Wes, Sara Crisp and husband, Rick; one son, Harold “Hal” Wofford Jr.; one grandson, Nicholas Crisp and his wife, Jennifer; and one great-grandson, Collin Crisp, all of Cleveland; two brothers: Dale Wofford and wife, Gayle, of Westland, Mich., and Jerry Wofford and wife, Vola, of Menlo, Ga.; one sister, Martha-ann Smith and husband, Tim, of Trion, Ga.; brother-in-law, Jim King and wife, Faye, of Cincinnati, Ohio; sister-in-law, Julia King of Knoxville; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family members and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2013, in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, 433 North Ocoee Street in Cleveland with Dr. Joseph R. Tanner officiating. The service will be concluded with military honors.

The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall from 4 p.m. until the 6 p.m. service time on Friday.

Our family has been so blessed to have had Harold as a husband and father. We cherish each moment we had together. So please don’t send flowers, we ask instead that you do something special with your family.

You are encouraged to share a memory of Harold and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial web site and guest book at www.companionfunerals.com.

Companion Funeral & Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the Wofford family with these arrangements.