DAVID MACK WILLIFORD
An increasing prosperity has rewarded the efforts of David Mack Williford since his arrival at Dunn in 1924. To the thriving and enterprising city he brought an earnest purpose and good professional equipment, which counteracted in large degree the disadvantages of having to make a place for himself in a strange community. As an industrious follower and close student of the profession of law he has gained public confidence, and at present has the right to be numbered among the successful legists of the younger generation in Harnett County.
Mr. Williford was born on a farm in Mingo Township, Sampson County, North Carolina, August 22, 1898, and is a son of Daniel Mack and Bessie (Meeks) Williford, the former a native of Sampson County, North Carolina, and the latter of Suwanee County, Florida. Daniel M. Williford entered upon his career as an agriculturist and has never been fully disconnected from the tilling of the soil, being still the owner of a farm in Sampson County, where he is now living in retirement after a long, honorable and successful career. During his life he has also been identified with the turpentine business and mercantile interests, and at all times has been known as a man of sound business ability and high principles. He has not cared for public life, but his name has been associated with several public-spirited movements which have contributed to the welfare of his community.
David Mack Williford grew up in the midst of agricultural surroundings and acquired his early education in the country schools, followed by a course at the high school at Salemburg, from which he was graduated with the class of 1919. During this time he was called for service in the World war in the last draft, but this call was subsequently cancelled by the signing of the armistice before he had been given instructions as to his reporting camp. On leaving high school Mr. Williford entered Wake Forest College, taking work leading toward the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice at Greenville, in the office of F. C. Harding, where he remained until January 1, 1924, locating then at Dunn, where he has since carried on a successful general practice in civil and criminal law, his offices being located in the Wilson, Lee & Turlington Building. On September 1, 1926, formed partnership for the practice of law with J. O. West, under the firm name of West & Williford. He is a member of the Harnett County Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association and bears an excellent reputation among his fellow-practitioners. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Masonic Blue Lodge and his religious connection is with the Missionary Baptist Church. A democrat in politics, he was candidate for the State Legislature in 1924, but the fact that Sampson County is a republican stronghold caused his defeat at the polls.
In January, 1922, Mr. Williford married Miss Nannie Elks, a daughter of W. H. and Nancy E. (Bowen) Elks, natives of Greene County, North Carolina, where Mr. Elks was engaged in farming for a long period and also was proprietor of a country general store. He still survives at the advanced age of seventy-eight years, Mrs. Elks, who also survives, being ten years his junior. Mr. and Mrs. Williford are the parents of two children: Hazel Reid, born in October 1922; and Max Wilton, born in September 1924. The pleasant home is located at 410 East Cumberland Street. Mrs. Williford takes an interest in the affairs of the community, and is active in the work of the Missionary Baptist Church.