Born: May 10, 1893, Blount County, Alabama.
Died: July 7, 1977, Rayville, Louisiana.
Buried: Grace Hill Cemetery, Longview, Texas.
Christopher was the son of William Manual Stafford and Susan Leona Roberson, and husband of Myrtle Frances Arnold.
He grew up on the family farm, and attended the public schools in nearby Oneonta, Alabama.
His first music teacher was his sister-in-law, Fannie Stafford. By the time he graduated from high school, he had studied music under a number of leading teachers, and had composed many Gospel songs and church choir choruses.
Stafford attended North Texas State University (BS), and had advanced studies at Texas Christian University, Phillips University and George Peabody College.
Stafford published over 3,000 songs in his lifetime.