Rayfield Elit Wofford was born February 12, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois to Ann Wofford and Louis Davis, who preceded him in death. Rayfield was a member of Holy Benton Temple Church of God in Christ, under the leadership of Superintendent Lawrence O’Neal of Stuttgart, Arkansas, who he thought the world of.
Rayfield met Brenda Pennington, as teenagers in 1971, and married in December of 1979. To this union, was born one son, Demetrius Elit Wofford. Rayfield later relocated to Stuttgart, Arkansas, where he obtained employment with Lennox, Riceland Foods, and lastly, with the City of Stuttgart.
Rayfield was a big dreamer and a big thinker. He was an avid scholar of history and culture, in which he had a deep passion for. In his early years, his passion gave him the motivation to travel and see the world, and he did just that with having spent time in many countries across the globe. He believed that learning different cultures and having a respect and understanding on their customs and way of life would eliminate prejudice across the world, and we all would be a better race for it. Rayfield also loved to challenge his intellect and had adopted many hobbies that would do just that; of the most notable, was chess. He believed that chess keeps the mind sharp, and he applied these concepts to his everyday life.
Rayfield departed this life in Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas on April 14, 2021. He leaves to cherish his memories a loving wife, Brenda Pennington; one son - Demetrius Elit Wofford, Sr. (LaToria) of Alexandria, VA; two grandsons - Demetrius Elit Wofford, Jr. and Cameron Alonzo Wofford, both of Alexandria, VA; five brothers - Ronnie Davis of Chicago, IL, Lloyd Davis (Deloise) of Pine Bluff, AR, Terry Davis of Stuttgart, AR, Sidney Williams of Memphis, TN, and Chevelle Williams of Flint, MI; one sister - Gwendolyn Miller (Stanley) of Chicago, IL; four brothers-in-law – David Pennington of Matteson, IL, Isaac Pennington and Michael Pennington (Sherita), both of Chicago IL, and Bishop Dennis Pennington (Diane) of Homewood, IL; one sister-in-law – Emma Hankerson of Chicago, IL; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who he had special relationships with and loved dearly.
The LORD said, “My Presence will go with you, and will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14
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