John William “Bill” Medford, Jr. ’49

John William “Bill” Medford Jr., 86, died Monday, December 16, 2013, at his home.  Mr. Medford was born January 11, 1927, in Granville County, to Mr. and Mrs. J. William Medford Sr.

He was a graduate of Davidson College where he was a varsity letterman in golf and The Warton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After a distinguished career with Arthur Anderson Accounting Firm he retired as a partner. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn; and daughters, Marcy and Julie Medford.

He is survived by his wife, Betsy Wall Medford of the home; a daughter, Rhainne Michele Medford McRae (Ed) of Wildwood, Ga.; sister, MaryAnn Sansbury (Olin) of Tryon; and Betsy’s children, Chuck Wall (Sherry), Sterling Wall (Tina), Julia Dunn (David), Tom Wall (Anna); grandchildren, Kali Brown, Zachary Brown, Noah Brown, Rose Giansante (Angelo), Jane Blackerby (Will), Charlie Wall (Ali), Catherine Pyle (Charlie), Sterling Wall Jr. (Kristin), Hunter Varipapa (Chris), Kate Sheehan (Peter), Barrett Dunn (Weslie), Macon Dunn, Brittain Dunn, Braxton Wall (Katherine), Fletcher Wall; 14 great-grandchildren and nephew, John Claud (Mary Clare) niece, Elizabeth Florez (Alberto).

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Medford Library, University of South Carolina, Lancaster, 476 Hubbard Dr., Lancaster, SC 29720; or First Baptist Church of Lexington, P.O. Box 436, Lexington, NC 27293. Online Condolences may be made at