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James Richard Alford



AAFA #0902





St. Louis, MO—Tuesday, 30 September 2008


            Alford, James R. September 27, 2008, Lake Sherwood, MO. Beloved husband of Sandra Alford (nee Hof); dear father of Dennis R. (Karen) Alford, O'Fallon, MO and Vicki S. (Danny) Reynolds, Byrnes Mill, MO; dear grandfather of four and step-grandfather of two.

            Services: Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home, 1206 Jefferson St., Washington, MO. Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at Miller Funeral Home. Burial will be private. Memorials may be made to BJC Hospice, 9890 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63124.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that James R. Alford (SS# issued in MO) was born 5 Dec 1933, last residence Marthasville, Warren Co., MO.

            We published the obituary of his brother Jack Chester Alford (born 1931) in the Summer 2006 issue of AAFA ACTION. In Jack’s obituary, his parents were identified as Fred and Vanburin Tinsley Catiller.

            When he joined AAFA, James identified his parents as Buford Franklin Alford, born about 1895 in TX, and Van Buren Tinsley, born 1907 in AR. James said they married 23 December 1928 in St. Louis, MO.

            From Sandra Catiller Anderson’s online family tree My Family Connection: Van Buren married (2) Frederick Lincoln Catiller on 18 October 1940, also in St. Louis, MO. Neither of her marriage records has been found in Missouri Marriage Records, 1805–2002 (

            The marriage certificate of Buford Franklin Alford, age 33 of St. Louis, and Miss Burin V. Tinsley, age 21 of Success, MO, confirms that they married in St. Louis on 23 Dec 1928. AAFA’s Missouri marriage records lists the marriage of Beauford Franklin Alford and Van Buren Tinsley.

            Buford/Beauford Alford has not been found in any censuses or in WWI Draft Registrations.

            Vanburen Vera Catiller died in South Gate, Los Angeles Co., CA, 19 February 1984 (California Death Index). She was born in AR on 19 Sept 1907, mother’s maiden name Horn.



St. Louis (District 570), MO

Dwelling #166 [Home for the Aged: “St. Louis Altenheim”]:


Buren Alfold   employee         22        AR KY AR     married            maid

                                                                                    age 21 at first marriage


            Sandra Alford, wife of James, sent AAFA a letter in 1997 that included scanned copies of the marriage certificate of her husband’s parents, a photograph of his father, her husband’s birth certificate, and other items of interest.