Bernice Cornelia Sanford Whitefield, 86, passed away on Friday Jan. 14 at UNC Hospitals following a brief illness. A native of Person County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Longfellow Floyd Sanford and Elizabeth Sue Stegall Sanford.
Bernice is predeceased by her husband, John J. Whitefield; her brother, Lennie Sanford; and one grandchild, Justin Andrew Elliott.
Bernice is survived by two daughters, Joan Whitefield of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Linda Whitefield Kloosterman and her husband, Ron, of Indian Trail, N.C.; her brother, Charles Sanford, and his wife, Helen, of Roxboro, N.C.; two sisters, Hasseltine Sanford of Bahama, N.C., and Minnie Mae Martin of Colonial Heights, Va.; her grandson, Vann Whitefield Elliott, and his wife, Lisa; two great granddaughters, Sydney and Aspen; and many loved nieces and nephews.
Bernice was a member of Farrington Road Baptist Church and was the #1 Tar Heel fan when it came to Carolina basketball. We will all miss her humor, her good food and her outgoing personality, because she never met a stranger. Bernice loved her life at The Stratford, her cornbread and buttermilk and putting puzzles together.
Flowers will be accepted or donations can be made in Berniceâ€™s honor to Farrington Road Baptist Church, 5936 Farrington Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27517. Walkerâ€™s Funeral Home of Chapel Hill is assisting the Whitefield family.