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Updated: 09/04/2013 08:00:40AM

Wofford Hampton Stidham

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Wofford H. Stidham

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Wofford Hampton Stidham, 83, was born in Ocala to Wade Hampton Stidham and Dorris Simpson Stidham.

Mr. Stidham passed away Aug. 30, 2013, at his residence in Bartow of heart failure. They moved to Bartow in 1935, making him a fourth generation Bartowan.

He graduated from Summerlin Institute in 1948 and the University of Florida in 1952. He entered the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant during the Korean conflict and spent two years in Japan. While in the service he earned his paratrooper wings. He entered the University of Florida law school in 1954.

He married Betty Faye Biggs, his wife of 58 years, in 1955 and returned to Bartow in 1957 after graduating to join the law firm that would become Holland and Knight.

He served as president of the Bartow Kiwanis Club, chairman of the Bartow Memorial Hospital Board, elder in the Presbyterian Church, and he was a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

After 30 years with Holland and Knight, he opened his own practice in Bartow. In 1987 his son Jon joined him in the firm and now his grandson, Wade, is the third generation at Stidham and Stidham, PA.

Following retirement, Wofford spent much of his time pursuing his favorite hobbies: writing, hunting and enjoying his farm in Georgia. He completed three books: “The Farm” about his mother’s family and homestead in South Georgia, “The Stidhams” about the Stidham family and, “Little Rosie” about a lawsuit involving a ranch in Montana.

He is survived by his wife Betty Faye; his sons, Jeff and Jon; a daughter-in-law, Joanne, his grandchildren, Wade, Joseph, and Murphy; his brother Lewis and sister-in-law, Connie.

All friends and family are invited to a wake at a family residence, 645 E. Church St. in Bartow from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3.

A memorial service is 2 p.m. Wednesday at McLeod Memorial Presbyterian Church, 695 W. Stuart St., Bartow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities or McLeod Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Condolences may be made to the family at: www.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com

Whidden-McLean Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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