Walter H. Stanford, 84, a retired fiscal officer with the General Accounting Office and a former Army major who was active in Masonic organizations, died of congestive heart failure April 4 at his home in Falls Church.

Mr. Stanford, who was born in Mississippi, had lived here since 1935. A World War I Army veteran, he served again from 1943 to 1951. He spent part of that time with American occupation forces in Austria.

Except for his years in the Army, he worked for the General Accounting Office between 1935 and 1967. After that he was a part-time teller with the First Virginia Bank in Falls Church. He retired in 1976.

Mr. Stanford was a Mason for more than 50 years. He was a member of Alexandria-Washington Lodge and founder of the Elmer Timberman Lodge in Annandale. He also was a member of the Kena Temple of the Shrine. He was a past grand commander of the Knights Templar of Virginia and a past worthy patron of the Order of the Eastern Star.

He was treasurer and life member of the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department.

Survivors include his wife, Beatrice, of Falls Church; a son, John Walter Stanford of Chicago; three daughters, Betty Lee Skinner of Concord, Calif., Mary Jane Ward of Fairfax, and Dolores E. Dubey of Leesburg; two half brothers, Robert Brown of Burke, Va., and the Rev. Willis Brown of Jackson, Miss.; 16 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.