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The brother of Pontotoc Mayor Jeff Stafford has died in a plane crash.

56-year-old Richard Stafford died when the one-person ultralight he was flying to inspect some land he planned to buy got too low and struck some trees. The accident occurred late Monday evening in Jonesville, Louisiana where he was working as a photographer for Honey Brake Lodge.

Richard Stafford was an avid outdoorsman who had been in Pontotoc this past weekend to visit friends and family. He was the son of the late Ruby and Howard Stafford, who also served as mayor of Pontotoc. Richard Stafford’s funeral likely will be Saturday.

Tutor Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.


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