Jane Brister

July 13, 1938 - November 26, 2011
Jane Brister


Jane Brister 73, of Wilmington passed away Saturday November 26, 2011 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Jane was born in Screven County, GA on July 13, 1938 the daughter of the late Gary and Catherine Brunson Stafford. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church. She was a graduate of Savannah High School class of 1956, and a graduate of Florida State University. After college she was with the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court as a Probation Officer. She was the director of Metairie Playcare Preschool in New Orleans before moving to Wilmington in 1981.

Before retiring in 1996, June dedicated her career to advocating for children. In her past, Jane served as the Executive Director for the Child Advocacy Commission, where she developed and coordinated diverse programs that benefitted children and youth. She was a skilled fundraiser and wrote grants that allowed the agency to significantly expand, thereby increasing the number of youths that were served. She was hired as the Guardian ad Litem Administrator for the 5th Judicial District when the first five programs were piloted throughout North Carolina, and successfully developed a strong program that served abused and neglected children in New Hanover and Pender Counties. The NC Legislature enacted legislation in 1993 to create a statewide Guardian ad Litem program, based on the success of the pilot programs. Jane’s compassion for children, extensive knowledge of judicial procedures, working relations with community professionals and volunteers made her an effective child advocate. Throughout her life, she was truly a voice for children.

Surviving are her husband of 43 years Ted Brister, son Stafford Brister of Wilmington, brother Charlie Stafford and wife Marion of Richmond Hill, GA.

A Celebration of Life will be at Blue Point Club house, in Porters Neck on Sunday December 11, 2011 from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM.

Memorials in lieu of flowers and be made to American Lung Association 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004.

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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • April 22, 2012
    Rebecca Owens says:
    Ted, I have just discovered that Jane has made her transition. She meant so much to me--an incredible woman. My condolences to you and Stafford. Rebecca

  • November 27, 2011
    Melissa Perkins says:
    Stafford and Ted, I am so sorry to learn of Jane's passing. I enjoyed working with her through the years but most of all loved knowing her on a personal basis as Stafford's mother. Wow! What a lady! She will be truly missed.

  • November 28, 2011
    Douglas and Rena Reddick says:
    We met Jane and her family while I was pastor at Jackson Baptist Church, Sylvania, Georgia, 1949-1955 and came to respect her and them highly. We have you on our hearts and we lift for your family the prayer that the Apostle Paul voiced in II Thessalonians 2:16-17, "Now our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God, even our Father, who has loved us and has given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.” By our Savior's grace,

  • November 30, 2011
    Hank and Amy Sanders says:
    Jane will be greatly missed. She was a dear friend and a wonderful person.. She was one of the strongest child advocates that I have ever known; it was a privilege to work with her through the years. She was a wise and compassionate woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ted and Stafford. Hank and Amy

  • December 02, 2011
    Shelton Brunson says:
    Ted and Stafford, I am so sad to hear that Jane passed through death to eternal life, but only because we will miss her. Jane and I go back to when we were kids and played with Margaret, Charley, Hal and Brunson at Papa's house. Just typical cousins then. We saw her when we went to Savannah to shop and stopped by Garden City on the way home. Then, Jane and I got together again when she was in Atlanta after college. I graduated and went to Louisiana and so did Jane to New Orleans. We had some good times on Bourbon St and in Metarie just enjoying life. I met Nancy through Jane; she was more than a cousin. She was closer to the sister I never had. I will miss her; she was an encourager and a friend. God bless you and Stafford as you grieve. Let us know about the Garden City funeral. Love you both, Shelton and Nancy Brunson