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Robert (Bob) Blair Williford, Sr.

Robert (Bob) Blair Williford, Sr. 81, a resident of Oxford, NC passed away on December 12, 2021 at the VA Hospital in Durham, NC.

He was the son the late John “J.D.” Williford and Eunice Wilson Williford. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Henderson, NC. An army veteran, retired Operations Manager for Pan American Airways for 26 years at JFK in New York. After retirement he was a sales associate at Fox’s Department Store and Granville Furniture Company. Past member and President of the Oxford Lions Club and proudly served as an Oxford City Commissioner for 10 years.

Surviving is his wife of fifty eight years, Arlene DeMott Williford, two sons, Robert Blair Williford, Jr. (Wendy), Michael Scott Williford (Deborah) and a daughter, Cheri-Lynn Williford all of Oxford. Three grandsons, Jacob Williford (Alexis), Kevin Williford, Justin Perry, one granddaughter, Dasha Blair Williford, one brother Danny Williford (Judy). He was preceded in death by two brothers, John D. Williford, Jr. and Jerry Williford.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 17, 2021 at St. James Catholic Church, US-158 Bypass, Henderson, NC. Officiated by Rev. Rafeal Valencia. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorial can be made to St. James Catholic Church or a charity of your choice.


  • John Tovey Posted December 15, 2021 1:55 pm

    R.I.P. dear Bob, you always encouraged me in my pursuit of public office. You were an inspiration to me, although you disagreed at times with colleagues , you were never personal, always friendly, you loved this town and the people in it and worked hard on their behalf. Thank you Bob , thank you Arlene for supporting him all those years.

  • Sandra Williford Posted December 15, 2021 2:17 pm

    One of the kindest and wisest men I have ever known. I have so much I wish I could say to you, but I think and I hope you knew. You were such a big part of our lives. Thank you for being so kind to my son and me. Your kindness lives on in your children and grandchildren, and you will not be forgotten.

  • Alvin Woodlief Posted December 15, 2021 9:41 pm

    You were a big asset to the City of Oxford both as a Public servant and a citizen. I consider you a friend and you were always a good friend. I am hoping your family will be able to cope with this loss
    .I know how much you loved your children and grand children. I had been saying for weeks I was stopping by to tell you good bye but waited to late. Please know if any family member needs anything please call on me.
    Al Woodlief
    Former Oxford Mayor

  • Wills Hancock Posted December 15, 2021 10:54 pm

    Bob was the definition of a gentleman . He was a loyal friend and a strong advocate for Oxford and his community. I was truly my pleasure to know him and I will always think of him with a smile .

  • Francine Hart Posted December 16, 2021 9:28 am

    My sincere condolences goes out to the Williford family. Bib was a very sweet person that I gave the upmost respect. I saw his at Golden Skillet in Henderson a couple months ago and we had a conversation. You are now resting in peace no more pain. Another soldier gone home. Gone But Will Never Be Forgotten.

  • Ann & Don Jay Posted December 16, 2021 3:41 pm

    Arlene and all the Williford family, so sorry to hear of your loss of Bob. He was always so kind and supportive, encouraging, and smiling. He will be missed greatly by so many. Know that you are in our prayers, from a far.

  • Karen Jordan Posted December 16, 2021 8:46 pm

    I am saddened to hear of the passing of Bob Williford. When Bob worked at Fox’s Department Store he and Wayne Newton were a great team! Bob was just a super nice guy, always smiling and kidding around. I still remember when Wayne passed away suddenly that Bob and Arlene, who were on vacation in Florida, immediately left and returned to Oxford to be here to support our family in any way that was needed. Oxford was lucky to have had Bob and our family was fortunate to have known him. Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy goes out to Arlene and family. Peace and Blessings.

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