Clifton William “Bill” Stoffregen, Jr., 79, died at his Raleigh home on April 15, 2015. Bill was born on March 22, 1936 in Richmond, VA and grew up in Raleigh, N.C. A graduate of Millbrook High School, he attended N.C. State College and shortly afterwards married his sweetheart, Peggy Jean Hall, a Rex Hospital nursing student.
Bill worked for the Wake County Department of Forestry for eleven years after his marriage to Peggy and then decided to make his hobby of growing plants his full time career. He founded Homewood Nursery in 1967 at what was then, primarily a wholesale greenhouse operation. Through the years, he helped lead the business into a destination retail shopping experience. He was known for his expertise as a grower of poinsettias, people continue coming to see the vast array of poinsettias that Homewood grows each year.
Having a heart for missions, Bill has served on many overseas trips throughout the years. Most recently, he assisted with the Neem Tree Project in Mauritania, West Africa. Bill was instrumental in helping the people there to use this valuable tree crop to strengthen their economy and to help ease the burden of their day to day lives.
Bill is survived by his wife of 58 years, Peggy Hall Stoffregen, and his son and daughter in law, Joe and Myra Leigh; grandchildren: Olivia, Sam, and John Stoffregen all of Raleigh,N.C.
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Bill is preceded in death by his sons; William Glenn Stoffregen and David Lindsay Stoffregen and by his parents, Clifton William Stoffregen, Sr. and Lindsay Stokes Stoffregen.
Memorial made be made in Bill’s memory to Crossroads Fellowship, 2731 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh, N.C. 27607. On the memo line please designate Missions Department.
The family will receive family and friends on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Rd. Raleigh.
A Celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Crossroads Fellowship, 2731 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh. Burial will immediately follow at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, N.C.
The family wishes to thank the medical staff at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, Duke Medical Center, Durham, 3HC Home Healthcare, and Transitions Hospice of Wake County for providing compassionate care to Bill during his extended illness. On line condolences may be sent to the family at www.brownwynne.com