Joyce Raiford letter to Fletcher Raiford, 8 July 1939
Fletcher L. Raiford (1915-1995) was the son of Rufus and Lora (Dorie) Raiford of Sedley, Southampton County, Virginia. His parents converted their family home into a rural hospital, the first in Southampton County. Fletcher attended the University of Richmond, received his degree in medicine from the Medical College of Virginia, and interned at Norfolk General Hospital. He joined the Army Medical Corps 80th General Hospital and was stationed in New Guinea and the Philippines from March 1944 to August 1945. Upon completing his residency in pediatrics at Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, he moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina, and opened a practice in 1951. He married Joyce Frankfort daughter of Elise and Harry Frankfort of Franklin, Virginia, in 1939.