May 1, 1939 ~ February 9, 2021
Born in: Springfield, VT
Resided in: Lilburn, GA
SPAFFORD, Roger Romain, 81, born May 1, 1939 to the late Ellen A. Vose Spafford & Oscar Romain Spafford, died February 9, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Upon graduating from Chester High School, Chester, Vermont, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, ultimately being stationed in Albany, Georgia, where he met his wife, Marcia Allen Webb. They returned to his native Vermont where they lived for three years where their first daughter, Melissa Susan, was born, before returning to Albany, Georgia where their twin daughters, Victoria Ellen and Allison Leigh, were later born.
As a lifelong Episcopalian, Roger was a member of St. Luke’s in Chester, Vermont, and while in the Marines in Albany, Georgia he joined St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where he was a choir member and active with youth groups. He later was a layreader, choir member, and verger at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Snellville, Georgia, as well as a choir member at Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, Georgia.
While stationed in Albany, he had two part-time jobs and upon his departure from the Marine Corps, his commanding officer told him that he was the only Marine he ever knew to treat the Corps as a hobby. He began his 30 plus year banking career with the Citizens & Southern National Bank in Albany, Georgia as the data processing manager, and stayed in that field until his retirement from its successor, Bank of America, in Atlanta in 2001.
Roger will always be remembered for his various hobbies, including his love of horses stemming to childhood, woodworking and painting, and his 25 years as co-editor of his wife Marica’s Ansley Family Association Newsletter, famous for familial ties to former President Jimmy Carter. An enthusiast of genealogy, he was very proud of his Mayflower and Colonial heritage, which instilled in him values of hard work, loyalty, and integrity. He will be cherished for his involvement in his grandchildren’s’ lives, being a scout master and soccer coach, as well as attending baseball games, football games, and choir rehearsals.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Ellen Spafford, his brothers, George and Francis Spafford, and his sisters, Marjorie Kendall and Dorothy Spafford. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marcia, his children, Melissa Spafford, Victoria Harkness (Mike), and Allison Hiland (Kasey, dec.), his grandchildren, Jonathan Kyle Mayeske (Laura), Bo Allen Rodgers, Ansley Ellen Harkness, and Walker Charles Harkness, and three great-grandchildren, Hazel Marie, Evelyn Joon, and Isaac Bear Mayeske, his sisters, Patricia Spafford, Sharon Anoe, and Ann Amsden.
Arrangements by Wages & Sons Funeral Home, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway Lawrenceville, GA 30046. 770-277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wagesandsons.com
Visitation: February 12, 2021 5:00 pm - February 12, 2021 8:00 pm
Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Funeral Service: February 13, 2021 2:00 pm - February 13, 2021 3:00 pm
Holy Cross Anglican Church
3836 Oak Grove Road
Loganville, GA 30052