I was just shocked to receive a call from Bill's sister Judy Pantelides with the following bad news, in today's Pilot.
Bill had worked mightily on the RAIFORD family and helped in the restoration of the RAIFORD-MUNFORD Cemetery near Corinth.
Many researchers only knew him by his handle "civilwarbill."
While were corresponded often, I only had the pleasure of meeting him once, at the RAIFORD reunion. He seemed like a great guy.
William K. Raiford SUFFOLK - William Kenneth Raiford, 50, of the 3900 block of Breezeport Way, passed away Saturday, March 19, 2011. A native of Portsmouth, he was born May 31, 1960 to the late John and Erma Raiford. Bill was proud of his job as an electronics engineer with the government; and had a passion for history, most specifically, genealogy and the Civil War era; and enjoyed amateur radio. He was a member of the Southampton Historical Society, the Sons of Confederacy, the AARL (Amateur Radio Relay League); and a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Patricia Motley Raiford; a daughter, Ashlyn Raiford; four sons, Taylor, Brandon, Evan, and Bryce Raiford; a sister, Judy R. Pantelides and her husband Thomas; and many other extended family and friends. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, in Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 4320 Bruce Road, Chesapeake, VA 23321 by the Rev. Bob Weeks. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a trust fund that is being set up for his children.