|Birth: ||Jul. 9, 1921|
|Death: ||Jan. 4, 2006|
A.C. Saffold had a vivid memory. He had an uncanny ability to recall people and events from long ago in great detail. Not only did he enjoy sharing details of his past, he also enjoyed listening to those who visited him.
He was proud of his service to his country, but he was equally proud of his grandfather's service and struggle during the War Between the States, especially the fact that he was a signer of Georgia's Secession Agreement. A.C. was a strong defender of his Southern heritage all his life.
A.C. dearly loved all the staff of Benton Bros. Trucking, both past and present. He worked with the company for nearly 40 years, and although he had been retired for 20 years, the people he knew there remained close to him for the rest of his life. He mentored many young men starting out in life and they kept in touch with him, forming lasting and lifetime friendships.
Family was important to him above all else. He spoke often of his sister and brother, as well as his half-siblings who had gone on to be with his parents. The strict and sheltered home training and ideals he learned growing up on Peachtree Street in Vidalia remained with him throughout life. The death of his father when he was only 14 was an extremely difficult time in his life, but he was eventually able to pull himself together and rise above his misfortunes. He never had children of his own, but his step-children and step-grandchildren were as much his had they been born to him.
Although he didn't get to church in his later years, he enjoyed listening to the TV preachers and watching religious programs.
A.C. loved living in the country, gardening, yard work, and animals. The songs of his favorite singer, John Denver, whose CDs he would sit and listen to for hours, reflect how he felt about country life and home.
Albert Clopton "A.C" Saffold, 84
OAK PARK--Funeral for Albert Clopton "A.C." Saffold, 84, was held Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Murchison Funeral Home with Rev. Walter Jarrell officiating. Burial was in Pinecrest Cemetery with military and Sons of Confederate Veterans honors. He died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006 in Vidalia after a brief illness.
Mr. Saffold was born in Vidalia on July 9, 1921 and was reared there, living in Jacksonville and Green Cove Springs, Fla. before moving back to the Vidalia-Oak Park area in 1996. He was retired from upper management at Benton Brothers Trucking Company, was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of Robert Toombs Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans, American Legion, and Tabernacle Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert C. Saffold and Estelle Collins Saffold Tunnicliff; half-sisters, Mildred Saffold and Anne Higginbothom; half-brother, Bob Saffold; and his first wife, Lucille Croft Saffold.
Survivors include his wife, Olivia Williamson Saffold of Oak Park; a sister, Ruth Ritterspach of Upper Sandusky, Ohio; a brother, Frank Saffold of St. Marys; two stepdaughters, Lisa Morris Oliver of Lyons; and Melanie Morris of Oak Park; two stepsons, Allen Morris of Mt. Vernon; and Edwin Matthews of Green Cove Springs, Fla.; five step-grandchildren, Jesslen Morris, Jade Morris, Darby Oliver, Brenda DeMott and Bruce Matthews; several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Andy Morris, Larry Wilson, Bob Higginbothom, Tom Kelly, Jeff Kohler and Phil LaZerte. Honorary pallbearers were management and staff of Benton Brothers Trucking Company and members of Robert Toombs Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Murchison Funeral Home of Vidalia had charge of arrangements.
Albert Clopton Saffold (1868 - 1935)
Estelle Laverne Collins Tunnicliff (1896 - 1960)
Lucille C Croft Saffold (1910 - 1976)
Pinecrest Cemetery & Mausoleum
Maintained by: Olivia Williamson Braddy
Originally Created by: Calvin Kyle Bobbitt
Record added: Jun 21, 2008
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