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Robin Alford Sterling, AAFA #0320
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 6/14/95 9:15 PM
RE: More on the Alabama Alford Files
The following information describes what I've found. The description is from the State Archives in Montgomery. I found this file in only three locations so far in Alabama. None of them in Huntsville.
"Surname Clippings File -- This file consists mainly of clippings about Alabamians from Alabama newspapers and contains notices of appointments, marriages, legal proceedings, general news items, personal, obituaries, as well as articles and correspondence about family histories. This file is available on microfilm and is arranged alphabetically by surname. (ca. 1901 - 1982)"
When I first saw this file, I started printing out the contents (at a quarter a pop) before I realized the file was very large. Later I decided to just buy the roll of film for under $20. I have ordered it from the State Archives. After I transcribe the contents for publication for you and Pam, I plan to donate it to the Association. Here's a sample of what is in the file:I trust this is of interest to the association. There are many, many obits like the one above. Other stuff too. I'd like to have all this available to Alabama Alfords for the meeting this fall. Maybe good news: my check for the film cleared the other day.
The Alabama Journal, 2 Jun 1942George C. Alford
Camden, June 2, George C. Alford, 48, died Friday afternoon at his home in Camden. He had been in poor health for some months. Funeral was held at his home Saturday with the Rev. R. C. Kennedy and the Rev. Roak officiating. Burial followed in Camden Cemetery, with Mathews directing. Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Carrie Fails Alford; one son, Jack Alford, of Frisco City; two daughters; Mrs. Ed Jones and Betty Alford of Camden; his mother, Mrs. Lottie Alford, of Dixon Mills; two sisters, Mrs. Carrie Sue Dalton, of Camden, and Mrs. Elizabeth Green, of Thomasville; two brothers, Lynch Alford of Montgomery, and Julius Alford, of Camden.
Here's another:I'm sending a copy of this to Pam. I'll bet she doesn't have these obits yet.
The Montgomery Advertiser, 1 May 1940A.B. Alford, 72, who resided on the Wetumptka Road, died suddenly at his home yesterday at 4 p.m. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Margaret Alford; five daughters, Mrs. Idell Wiggins, Mrs. Nitus Alford, and Mrs. J.B. Bozeman, all of Montgomery; Mrs. A.M. Schuman, and Mrs. Joe Fox, both of Bridgeport, Conn.; one son, G.W. Alford, Gate City, Fla.; and several grandchildren. Funeral plans will be announced by White Chapel.
Best news, there's more. I have a neat biographical article from something called "The Baptist Trumpet" that ran in January of 1971. The title is "Life Sketch of Elder H.L. Alford." He and his wife were from Alexander City, Alabama. I'll type it up and e-mail it in a few days.
You bet I'll be spending more on the Net and less on stamps.
Robin (Bob) Alford Sterling
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 6/14/95 10:14 PM
SUBJECT: I went crazy and typed it right away...Check me for spelling. More later...
The Baptist Trumpet, January 1971 [with picture]
Life Sketch of Elder H.L. AlfordI was born December 15th, 1889, in a little log cabin in Clay County, Alabama, in the Bethany Church Community. I am the son of William and Elizabeth Hodnett Alford. The community school was the Mountain school. Brother Joe Mountain was the first teacher. I was not old enough for the first session of the school. The first book we had was the Blue Back speller. We had to learn the ABC's, then spell, then read. We did not have any writing paper, but we had a slate and we could write, the erase it and write again. I remember as a class we had to say a poem. I was at the foot of the class and I said, "I live for those who love me." I did not think much then about what the poem meant, but in later years I have given much thought to what it means to live by that Motto, though I have not lived up to the Motto fully.
I had a good father and a good mother. In my laters years I have wondered if I had the good influence over my children that my father and mother had over me. Mama and papa carried us children to church and we have carried ours. I remember seeing Mama and Papa baptized. It scared me. I was just a little boy then. But the Third Sunday in August, 1907, I was baptized in the same creek by Elder S.W. Pruett, as a member of Bethany Chruch. I thought at the time I could live such a good life I would not need the help of other people, but I never reached that goal yet. I realize I need the good influence of the brethren yet, and I hope I appreciate them as I ought.
Mama would tell us children to not be talking when we had company. When the preacher and the brethren would come I would get where they could not see me, but I could hear them talk. I loved to hear them talk about the Bible. When I would go to meeting Mama would say, "Henry, go in the house, near the front," but on time at recess between the prayer meeting and preaching time, a boy said to me, "Let's sit here in this buggy." He just kept talking and I was too timid to say, "Let's go in the house," so he talked until the preaching was over. I sure was ashamed of it. I knew Mama would whip me, I felt like I needed it, but I guess I looked so bad and so ashamed she did not whip me, but I went in the house from then on.
The church meant much to me in my young days. I can remember those good old Eders. Elder Lecroy, in closing would say, "Lord, bless truth and pardon error." Elder Harris was preaching one time and said, "If some one will give me a dime I will quit." Grandma Hodnett carried him a dime. The congregation smiled. I kindly embarrassed him, but he quit in a short time. I would take a part in the prayer meetings. The brethren would say many good things. I remember Grandpa Hodnett would say, "My precious Redeemer." Papa would say, "The Good Lord." All the others would say good things. The brethren decided I had the gift of speaking, so in 1932 they asked me to exercise the gift. The Lord's people need to hear the truth, but I have not been the best speaker by any means, but an humble godly life effects me more than oratory. I do not think I have been very effective with either one.
In 1909, at a church meeting, I saw a girl and I liked her looks, so I asked a young man to introduce me to her. The lady was Miss (13 year old) Esther Vickers. I continued to visit her until I decided to take her as my wife if she would have me. At the time she did not belong to the same church I did, but I thought I could treat her right even if we did not belong to the same church. She agreed to take me as a husband, so we were married October 19th, 1913. She has been a good helpmate these fifty-seven years, always busy at something all the time, a good cook, a nice house-keeper, doing something when I think she ought to be resting. She joined Bethany Church with me in 1917. At the present we have three boys and three girls. We lost a little seven weeks old girl in 1917. She died with the whooping cough.
We lived in the Bethany Church Community most of the time until 1935, when we moved to Tallapoosa County, later moving to near Alexander City, and moved our membership to Fellowship Church. While we lived in the Bethany community I served for some time as one of the Trustees of the school. I taught some in three schools, and also served as Justice of the Peace a few years. I learned that most people will listen to reason, not just any time, but if you love and appreciate people and labor to restore and maintain peace, most people will forget their differences and live peacefully. I have seen it work among neighbors. If we have any peacemakers if would be a good time for them to use their gift today.
I never have visited among our people as much as I would love to, but I have done a good bit of reading. I have read some Church History, am still reading a few Primitive Baptist papers, and a few that are not. The more I read, the more I am convinced that our people teach the plan of salvation as it is taught in the word of God. I enjoy reading the Gospel Standard, published in London, England, by the Strict Baptists. I thank God, and the good brethren and sisters that I have been blessed to read the good thoughts they have expressed in their writings in the books and papers that I have read and still reading. By rading the writings of our people I believe they are the same fundamentally. It is a sad state of affairs to me when you meet a brother and he has to find out what group (I hate to say faction) you belong to before he can tell you whether you have a right to take an active part in the service of God with him. What the prophet said to the children of Israel is appropriate for our day. He said, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sins, and heal their land," 2nd Chr. 7:14.
In my young days I served Bethany Church fifteen years as Clerk, and as the Pastor awhile, and five other churches awhile, and baptized a few. With all the confusion I wonder sometimes if I had a God-given right to render that service. I pray the Lord to forgive me if I did not. How good it would be if our people would do as the prophet said live together as comrades in carrying on the work of the kingdom of God.
H.L. Alford Alexander City, Alabama
Robin Alford Sterling
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 6/15/95 8:17 PM
SUBJECT: Re: More Obits from the Alabama file
Here are a few more obits from the file I copied before I ran out of quarters. On some I have trouble making out the date and the name of the newspaper. They often just wrote it on top of the obit. I'm also working with negative images.[Note: Ramer is in Montgomery County, Alabama.]
Montgomery Journal[?], 15 Apr 1935[?]Mrs. C.M. Alford
Funeral services for Mrs. C.M. Alford were held from her home at Ramer at 1:30 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. W.O. Calhoun officiating. The body was sent through country to Mr. Moriah, near Orion, for burial. Pallbearers were (active) L.A. Watkins, R.C. Watkins, Porter Brown, W.T. Holley, B.F. Moses and J.V. Henlry, (honorary) Frank Stephens, Henry Stephens, Dowling Turnipseed, J.W. Beall, J.A. Beall and J.R. Beall.[Note: St. Clair Springs is in St. Clair County, Alabama. Another obit on the same woman follows:]
Birmingham News, 22 Mar 1947Alford Mrs. Elizabeth Byers Alford, age 87, of St. Clair Springs, Ala., passed away Friday a.m. at a local infirmary. Survived by two sons, H.B. and J.B. Alford, both of Birmingham; two daughters, Mrs. Gladys Ramsey, Ashville, Ala., and Mrs. Orris Baker, St. Clair Springs, Ala.; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services Sunday 3 p.m. from the Cool Springs Baptist Church (near Ashville, Ala.), the Rev. E.E. Weaver and the Rev. George Williams officiating. Interment, adjoining cemetery. Active pallbearers, H.B. Alford, Jr., James H. Alford, R.C. Ramsey, Rubin Ramsey, Ralph Glidewell, Dr. O.T. Alford, Curtis Alford and Edward Skinner. Brown-Service Norwood, directing.
[Note: Leakesville, Mississippi is in Green County; Citronelle is in adjoining Mobile County, Alabama.]
Alford Rites SundaySt. Clair Springs, Ala., March 22 - Funeral services will be held at Cool Springs Baptist Church at 3 p.m. Sunday for Mrs. Elizabeth Byers Alford, 87, who died at a Birmingham hospital Friday. The Revs. Edgar E. Weaver and George Williams will officiate. Brown-Service, Norwood will be in charge. Surviving are two sons, H.B. and J.B. Alford, Birmingham; two daughters, Mrs. Gladys Ramsey, Ashville, and Mrs. Orris A. Baker, St. Clair Springs; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Mobile Press Register, May 1941Alford Mrs. Frances Alford, native of Citronelle, Ala., but a resident of Leakesville, Miss., for the past few years, died at a local infirmary Saturday evening, May 3, 1941, at 6:30 p.m. She is survived by two sons, Ebb Alford of Leakesville, Miss., and Ruff Alford of Grove Hill, Ala.; one daughter, Mrs. Leila Churchwell of Leakesville, Miss.; 21 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren, and other relatives. Funeral services will be held from her residence in Leakesville, Miss., Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment will be in the Mount Pisgah Cemetery. Arrangements by the Higgins Mortuary.
Montgomery Advertiser, 30 Jan 1944[with pictures]The Alford family of 321 Sayre Street are very well represented in the U.S. armed forces. Mr. and Mrs. B.A. Alford have three sons, a son-in-law, and a grandson serving in the Army. Their son-in-law also has a brother in overseas service.
Six Members of the Alford Family Are Serving In the Army.
Pvt. Bollen A. Alford, Jr., one of their sons, is now somewhere in India. He writes home that he would like to get more letters from his friends. His address may be obtained from his parents.
Bollen enlisted in the Army on Sept. 12, 1942, and began his training in Salt Lake City, Utah. He completed a course in the Medical Corps School in Clonis, N.M. and sailed for overseas duty in August, 1943.
The second son, Sergt. Henry D. Alford, is also stationed overseas and is in the South Pacific with the Military Police. His wife, the former Miss Louise Turner, holds a government position in Atlanta, Ga.
He was inducted into the Army on April 18, 1941, at Fort McClellan, Anniston, where he stayed until Dec. 14, 1941. He was then transferred to California, and after being stationed at different camps there, was sent overseas in April, 1943.
Pvt. Eldredge Alford, the third son was inducted on Nov. 16, 1943, and is now in training at Flora, Miss. He came home recently to visit his wife who lives at 100 Park Avenue.
The Alfords' grandson, Corp Alvin Turner, has completed his training at Camp Crowder, Mo., and is now awaiting orders there for shipment overseas. He is the son of Mrs. K.T. Speigner, of 23 Verona Avenue.
Corp. Turner was inducted into the Army on March 4, 1943, at Fort McClellan, Anniston. He was sent to the reception center at Fort McPherson, Ga., and transferred to Camp Crowder for his basic training.
Pvt. David R. Hamilton, son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Alford, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. D.L. Hamilton, of 4 Park Avenue. Pvt. Hamilton was inducted into the Army on Oct. 22, 1943, and left for Fort McPherson on Nov 12. He is now stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., in the Field Artillery.
Pvt. Hamilton writes that Army life is all right, but he says that he misses his wife and two sons. His wife and sons are making their home with her parents while he is in service.
His brother, Pfc. Raymond W. Hamilton has been stationed in England since October, 1943. He says England is a "pretty place" and likes it fine. Although he finds that it is a lot like home, still he will be very glad to get back to "the good old U.S.A."
I just got your last message. I've had really good luck with local county officials. I've had marriage licenses copied for a dollar. One day a couple years ago, a clerk in the Probate Judges office in Luverne, Crenshaw County looked up a marriage license while I waited on the phone. Then again, a lady in Walker County would hardly let me near her marriage books.
I'm glad you were able to make some connections with the new data. That's what makes this stuff rewarding.
Robin Alford Sterling
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 6/17/95 9:37 PM
SUBJECT: Still More Obits
The question mark indicated that I was not sure about the year the obit ran. Whoever collected the obits wrote the date and the name of the newspaper sometimes on top of the obit. Not only does it make it hard to read the obit, the dates themselves are hard to read. When you see a question mark associated with one of the obits, it means I took my best guess.
Here's some more:[Gil & Pam, at my next trip to the Decatur library, I'll look up the two obits above in the Decatur Daily. The Decatur paper may have more info.]
Birmingham News, 12 Sep 1935Decatur, Ala. - Funeral rites for Mrs. Ella Alford, 50, were conducted at Bear Creek Church, near Tuscumbia Wednesday, with Priest, of Decatur, in charge. She is survived by her husband, G.W. Alford; a son Eugene; two daughters, Rosella and Nina Jean Alford; two sisters, Mrs. K.W. Duke and Mrs. J.C. Johnson. Four brothers also survive.
Alford Funeral Held
Birmingham News[?] 26 Mar 1941 [?]G.W. Alford
Decatur, Ala. - Final services for G.W. Alford, 58, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack at his home Monday were conducted Wednesday at Bear Creek in Marion County, with burial there. Surviving are two sons, Eugene Alford, Decatur; Hosie Alford, Carter, Ga.; three daughters, Mrs. Thomas Srygley, Decatur, Miss Nora Alford, Atlanta, and Miss Vina Alford, Decatur.Well, that's all I copied off the film in the Birmingham Public Library earlier this year. After I get the film, I'll try and feed you information like this...[I type pretty fast]. Lot's of good stuff here, huh? I remember reading in the file copies of old letters some Alfords wrote to the State Archives requesting information. These letters, some of which were from the 1930s and 1940s, should prove interesting and valuable for Alford researchers in Alabama.
Gadsden Times, 13 Oct 1944Allen Alford Dies Thursday Evening [Main Headline]
Former County Jailer Succumbs At Home [Sub Headline]
Allen Alford, Piedmont, Route 4, died at his home Thursday night at 8 o'clock following a short illness resulting from a heart attack.
The 79-year-old retired farmer was born and reared in Etowah County and prior to his death had served as deputy sheriff and county jailer for a number of years. He was a deputy for Sheriffs Chandler, Kirby, Gramling, Lister, Leeth and Griffin.
He was a member of Jones Chapel Baptist Church.
Funeral services are annouced for Saturday at 2 p.m. at Youngs Chapel with the Rev. Taylor Chandler and the Rev. M.C. Rogers officiating.
Collier-Butler Funeral Home will have charge of burial arrangments at Youngs Cemetery.
Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Eliza Johnson Alford; six sons, Robert, Cleve, W.C., Dewey and Louie Alford, all of Gadsden, and J.R. Alford, Boaz; three daughters, Mrs. Bessie Jenkins, Mrs. Thenia Pike and Mrs. Zannie Sims, all of Gadsden; a brother, Forrest Alford, Gallant; 23 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Grandsons of the deceased will serve as active pallbearers, and the following were named honorary pallbearers; Joe Gramling, Henry Smith, Jim Sims, E.L. Roberts, Dan Rutledge, Jim Works, Jeff Landers, Jeff Harris, Ed Heussey, Dr. Ford, O.P. Reagan, Judge W.M. Rayburn, Judge E.L. Hurst, Judge Harry Disque, Roy McCord, Luther Estes, M.S. Jones, Sam Hodge and R.A. Leath.
Lee County Bulletin, 5 JanFuneral services were held for Bennett Allas Alford, 83, of Albertville, Jan. 3, at the First Methodist Church in Albertville. He was the father of William L. Alford of Auburn.
[The year might end with a "7"]
Father of Local Resident Passes
Mr. Alford lived in north Alabama all his life, having been born in Childersburg. In Albertville he established the Alford Cotton Co. a business which two of his sons and his daughter now operate.
In addition to his widow, the former Emma Sue Lumpkin of Albertville, and Dr. Alford, he is survived by three other sons, James H. Alford and Harold Bennett of Albertville and John Frank Alford of San Antonio, Texas, and a daughter, Mrs. J.W. Walker of Albertville and 16 grandchildren, five of whom live in Auburn, Linds.
Montgomery Advertiser, 18 Feb 1949ALFORD, Bernard Raney, a resident of Elmore, Ala., died at a local hospital at 4:25 a.m. Thursday after a short illness. He was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Florelle Alford; a daughter, Miss Linda Alford; a brother Gerald W. Alford; an aunt, Mrs. Minnie Alford, all of Elmore; two sisters, Mrs. B.R. Tatum of Elmore and Mrs. Jimmie Harrington of Montgomery. The service will take place from the residence in Elmore today at 3 p.m. The Rev. Robert Meriwether will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Hebron Cemetery. Leak-Belser-Tucker in charge.
Montgomery Advertiser, 19 Feb 1949ALFORD, Bernard Raney. The service for Mr. Alford was held from the residence in Elmore at 3 p.m. Friday. The Rev. Robert Meriwether and the Rev. Fred Davis officiated. Active pallbearers were H.D. Trotter, J.N. Darby, Billy Turner, J.A. Curry, Earl Gray and T.B. Broadway. Honorary pallbearers were his co-workers with Dixie Electric Company, Noble Crump, Frank Jehle, J.E. Van Hoose, Charlie Jordan, Charlie Johnson, J.M. Blankinship, William Bozeman, Robert Carr, Thomas Wilbanks, Alvin Turner, O.B. Faust, L.E. McGarr, and W.E. Beasley. Burial was in Mt. Hebron Cemetery. Leak-Belser-Tucker in charge.
That's all for now, more later.
Robin Alford Sterling
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling,
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 7/7/95 6:40 PM
SUBJECT: Alford Tapes
Good news! The missing "Alford Tapes" have arrived. Bad News! The printer reader at work is lousy for the smallest items, like those pesky obits. However, I still have a few tricks up my sleeve and I'll try and trascribe a large part of the contents over the rest of the summer. I managed to print out some of the pages with the largest type. I'll be dribbling these to you every few days or so. Some of these you may have seen before. My comments are in brackets [ ] .p. 580 [page numbers refer to frame number on the film]I'll send you another e-mail later with some more information on Julius Ceasar Alford in an article by Margaret Cox Tuggle, a granddaughter, of LaGrange, Ga.
Grandrud's Alabama records, Vol. 108, Greene County pp. 89-90ALFORD - Letter from Dr. B.C. Holtzclaw
Mrs. B.W. Gandrud, 311 Caplewood Ave., Tuscalloosa, Ala.
University of Richmond, Va., Aug. 25, 1943.
My wife's great grandmother was Rebecca Alford who marred Robert E. Coleman in Green County, Ala., Feb. 20, 1838. The family knew that this Rebecca had a brother Fenner Alford and two sisters, Adeline Alford who married Joseph Bryant and Ellen (or Eleanor) Alford who married Joseph Knighton, but did not know their parents names. The Census of Greene County for 1850 gives as the only Alfords in the county Abraham Alford b. 1787, Linney Alford b. 1788 and two unmarried dauthers Eleanor and Minerva. I think that Abraham and Linney Alford were therefore the parents of these children, particularly since the census shows the daughter Eleanor. The Probate Judge gave me the marriage record of Rebecca Alford and Robert Coleman but said that there were no Alford wills. I am pretty sure that the ancestry is correct and the evidence is strong that Abraham Alford was the son of John Alford, Sr., in Franklin county, N.C. This John Alford, Sr., in 1821 acknowledged deeds in Franklin county, N.C., to Fenner Alford, Rebecca Alford, Kelly, Henderson, Hilliard and John H. Alford. My guess is that the deeds were to this grandchildren as Fenner Alford was only 6 years old in 1821 and his sister Rebecca was only 1. John Alford was an old man at the time, and Abraham Alford moved to Green County.
p. 266 [handwritten]; p. 269 [typed], [no author mentioned]
Alford, John McRae, businessman, was born September 21, 1861, at Carolina, Marion County, S.C.; son of Paisley and Martha (McRae) Alford, the former served in the C.S. Army at Charleston; grandson of Sion and Catherine (McPhaul) Alford, and of John and Many (McInnis) McRae of Richmond County, N.C. He was educated in the common schools of South Carolina, and the high school, Wallace, N.C. He first engaged in farming, but has since entered largely in the banking and mercantile business. He was a member of the house of representatives of 1907 from Geneva County. He is a Democrat; a Presbyterian; a Mason; and a Knight of Pythias. Married: February 18, 1894, at Claxton, Ga., to Lelia, daughter of Mitchel J. and Annie Jane (Beasley) Green. Children: 1. Barney Millard; 2. Walter Paisley; 3. Nellie. Residence: Hartford.
p. 314 [at bottom is handwritten, Mrs. W.T. Barnett, Pine Level, Ala.; the following information was typed]
Copied from family Bible of Leven E. Alford:Leven E. Alford, son of William [someone has written in "Jr."] and Mary Alford was born May 21, 1814, Hancock County, Georgia.
Charlotte Derrick Alford, daughter of John and Mary Derrick, was born Jan 19, 1812, Lexington District, South Carolina.
Leven E. Alford and Charlotte Derrick were married Dec. 11, 1834 in Montgomery Co., Ala.
Children of Leven E. and Charlotte Derrick Alford:
John William Alford . . . . married Emily Alford Hilliard
Judge Alford . . . . married Henrietta Copeland
Mary Ann Alford . . . . married Akious Beasley
Sylvanus Walker Alford . . . . First wife, Martha Blackburn
Frances Jane Alford . . . . James Pugh
James Middleton Alford . . . . died early
Jacob Wesley Alford . . . . married Lydia Pugh
Julius C. Alford . . . . married Mamie Williams
Leven E. Alford and Charlotte Derrick Alford are buried in Methodist Cemetery, Pine Level, Alabama (See Derrick Family.)
So, is any of this new information? There's lots more like this.
I'm sorry to hear about our ill cousins. We'll be thinking of them.
I finished up with the 1870 Georgia census last night. I'll mail it to Alicia the beginning of next week.
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 7/7/95 9:17 PM
SUBJECT: The Alford Tapes
I didn't send a CC to Pam for my earlier message and I didn't copy it to file before I sent it (oops). Could you forward? This one I'm forwarding.
Here are a few more goodies from the Alford Tapes:pp. 278 - 280; [This is a typed narrative attributed as "Prepared by Margaret Cox Tuggle, a granddaughter, of LaGrange, Ga." There is no date associated with this on the file, but it was written by a lady who lived through the Civil War. Have you seen this narrative before?]Is this good stuff or what?
Julius C. Alford The War Horse of Troup, Georgia M.C. 1838 - 1840The Alfords of Wake County, North Carolina served the cause of freedom during the American Revolution.
Lodwick Alford emigrated to Georgia, settling first in Greene County. He was fresh from the war of 1812, where he ranked as Captain. His wife, Caroline Judith Jackson, was the daughter of Reuben Jackson of North Carolina, who won distinction at the battle of New Orleans. Their oldest son, Julius C. Alford, was born at Greesboro, May 10, 1799.
When his father moved to Troup County he remained for a while at Greensboro, studying law under Col. Foster. He married Eliza Cook. Judge Cone married one of her sisters and Rev. Chas. Sanders the other. As the whole current of Julius Alford's life was influenced by this marriage, I will digress to related something of the history of these beautiful sisters. There lived in Florida under the Spanish rule an English Gentleman, George Cook, with his wife and four little daughters. It was an ideal home as pictured to these children in after years by a faithful servant. Troubles with the Indians arose: Col. Cook left home to meet the threatening enemy. He was killed in battle and his body-servant, a faithful slave, fled home to warn the plantation that the red skins were coming. The news that "Master" was killed caused a panic in the negro quarters and all the slaves fled except this devoted body-servant. He went to the house and told the terrible news to his mistress and helped her to escape to the woods with the children. The flaming dwelling lighted their lurid way. The mother died from terror and exposure, leaving four little girls to the care of her brother, Nathaniel Ashley of Louisville, Ga.
He had them educated in the celebrated Moravian school at Salem, N.C.
After his marriage to Eliza Cook, Julius Alford moved to Troup County, then in possession of the Creek Indians. His father having built a home five miles from the point on the Chattahoochie now known as West Point. Julius decided to be near him and settled at the place now known as LaGrange. He suggested the name of this town at a public meeting, being an ardent admirer of LaFayette whose home bore that name. He named his youngest daughter Antionette LaFayette. About this time troubles with the Indians increased and Julius Alford commanded the forces that met them at West Point. He drove them below Columbus and defeated them at the battle of Chichesahatchie, driving them into the Seminole Country. Col. Alford, as he was now called, was elected to Congress in 1838 and in 1840. It was during his congressional career that he received the soubriquet of "The War Horse of Troup." I quote from a letter written by his son-in-law, Mr. B. J. Baldwin of Alabama. "It appears that there was a bill introduced in the House of Representatives to have all the Creek Indians removed to the West. A Northern member made a speech in opposition to an appropriation for that purpose, in which he made light of the terrible crimes that the Indians had perpertrated upon the helpless women and children of Georgia and Alabama. Col. Alford rose in reply. He had magnificient height and bearing and a voice like a bugle call. He said, he did not think his Northern friend was cognizant of the condition of affairs within the borders of the Indian Nation. "Could he but see what I have seen and hear what I have heard, it would make the blood run cold in his veins." Oh, that terrible war-whoop, and actually gave that war-whoop in the halls of Congress. Its piercing horror startled the listless members, their hearts sprang to the rescue of the women and children who were exposed to its frequent midnight challenge and the bill passed.
Perhaps the Orator's heart was fired not only by what he had seen and heard but as well by the horrors of his wife's early orphanage. She was at that time at home in LaGrange keeping it happy for his return. But at this period misfortunes awaited him, and the sudden death of his beloved wife broke up all the plans of his life. He moved to Tuskegee, Alabama and afterwards to theprairies below Montgomery. He left his home at LaGrange, the hill where now stands "The LaGrange Female College" and threw himself into politics in Alabama but his fortunate star has set: although kept too busy by the practice of his profession and large farming interests to grow morose. He spent much of the latter part of his life in the pleasures of the chase, making long camp hunts with his son-in-law Mr. Baldwin. My father, Mr. A.E. Cox, who was his son-in-law also has told me that Col. Alford was not a secessionist, but being a delegate to the Secession Convention at Montgomery went with the majority heartily, to make it unanimous, and although then in feeble health raised a company in his county which he supplied from his private means for several years. I well remember when I made visits during the civil war seeing the plantation loose weaving cloth, the women knitting socks and the tannery making leather for whose for "The Alford Guards."
Late in life he had married a woman devoted to the Southern Cause and it was a beautiful sight to see, as I once did, his lovely little daughter seated high on the gate post handing socks to each member of "The Alford Guards" as they filed by the gate going off to Montgomery. He was now very feeble. My last visit to him was to take him some medicine my mother sent. Medicines were then almost unobtainable. My Uncle William Alford of West Point went also, they were devoted brothers. Montgomery was then held by our forces. We obtained a permit to pass the lines and went in a hack which carried mail out ten miles. At that point we secured two horses and made the last twenty miles horseback. We found my grandfather very ill but cheerful. He told his brother that he hoped to live to see the end of the war but he did not, he died January 1863.
Col. Alford was of an ardent temperment, which often found vent in bursts of in bursts of eloquency, his oratorical powers were intensified in his son, George Cook Alford, a brilliant lawyer of Alabama who gaive his life to the Confederacy. His grandson, Hon. A.H. Cox of Atlanta has a good likeness of "The Old War Horse of Troup."
p. 282, [This sheet is typed with some handwritten additions; source unknown]
Children of Julius C. AlfordBy 1st Wife Eliza Cook
1. ________, m. A.E. Cox, of LaGrange, Ga. Mrs. M.A. Tuggle, LaGrange, Ga., R.F.D. 2, is a daughter. A.E. Cox, of Atlanta, is a son. He has a portrait of J.C. Alford. [Someone has added "Mrs. Wm A. Wright 99 East 15th St. Atlanta is a daughter of Mrs. Tuggle"]
2. Antionnette LaFayette, m. Benj. Baldwin, Feb 1845. No issue.
3. George Cook, m. ________
By 2nd wife, Mrs. Underwood, who was a sister of Benj. Baldwin, his son-in-law.
4. Julius C. Alford, m. Caroline Judith Elleberry.
5. ________, a daughter, d. about 6 years of age.
6. Sallie, m. Cadwalader Harris Beale, son of Jesse D. and Tremallah (Neale) Bealle of Suffolk, Va
By 3rd wife, Martha Herin, widow of Thomas Coke Boswell, and daughter of Henry and Sally (McClendon) Herin. Married Feb. 22, 1853.
7. Mattie Belle, m. ________ Booth.
8. Cecile, d.
9. Lodwick H. Alford, m. [something written in, illegible]
pp. 181 - 183, [this is a handwritten copy of the apparent original]
Vol. 2 page 29 Chambers Co., Ala. WillsAseneth Alford's Will
I, Asenath Alford (widow) of the County of Chambers and of the State of Alabama being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.
And first, I direct that my body be decently interred and that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my estate and situation in life, and as to such worldly goods and estate as it hath pleased God to intrust me with, I dispose of the same as follows:
First, I direct that all my debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible out of the first moneys that shall come into the hands of my executors from any portion of my estate real or personal.
Secondly, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Ann H. Beall in trust for my son James M. Alford a negro boy by the name of Dick, and also one bed and bed furniture which said negro boy Dick and bed and furniture are to be for the use and benefit of said James M. Alford during his natural life and at his death to visit in his legal heirs and should he die without issue, then said property to vest in the legal heirs of my said daughter Mary Ann H. Beall and I direct that my said daughter Mary Ann H. Beall as such trustee share annually account of said James M. Alford for the hire of said negro boy Dick and that the same shall not be subject to any debts which he may have or hereafter contract.
Thirdly, I five and bequeath to my son, John R. Alford for and during the term of his natural life the use and benefit of my negro boy, Tom, and at his death the said negro boy Tom, to become the property of is lawful heirs and in default thereof then to the rest of my children and their legal heirs.
Fourthly, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Pheriba W. Hudson for and during the term of her natural life the use and benefit of my negro girl Jane and at her death to become the property of her children and their legal heirs.
Fifthly, I give and bequeath to my daughter Many Ann H. Beall for and during the term of her natural life the use and benefit of my negro girl Letice and at her death to become the property of the legal heirs of her body and in default thereof to the rest of my children and their legal heirs.
Finally, my desire is that at my death all of my property both real and personal not herein before disposed of shall be for the use and benefit of my children to be divided equally between them for and during the term of their natural lives, and then my desire is that the same shall vest in their children and should either of my children die without issue then the claim is to be equally divided among the rest of my children. I appoint my son-in-law, Dr. Cuthbert G. Hudson and my son John R. Alford my executors to carry out and execute the provisions of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I, the said Asenath Alford [testatem?] hands hereunto set my hand and seal this the 7th day of June in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight-hundred and forty-two.
Asenath Alford (seal) Signed, sealed, published, and delivered in the presence of Robert Bough, Edward Bough
More as I print more from the film.
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 7/8/95 6:32 PM
SUBJECT: Alford Tapes
Re your last message: no offense taken at all. I went to the library with the Alford Tapes today and printed out about half of the contents. I'll be dribbling this information to you over the next few weeks. Should I hold off sending copies to Pam for now and let you do that later? Or should I go ahead and send everything to you and Pam at the same time? I'm sending this one to her.
By the way, is there anything in the 1870 Georgia census I can look up for you before I mail it Monday?
As always, I'm interested in whether or not the Alford Tapes contain heretofore unseen information. Your comments are encouraged. The first obit on Alfred Alford is missing from the Decatur Daily. However, it turned up in the Birmingham newspapers of the day. He fits in the isolated herd of Alfords in Morgan County, Alabama: Betty Dietz's bunch.[The following are miscellaneous typed records found in the Alford Tapes. It does not say who extracted the information.]
Birmingham News, 22 Mar 1940Alfred L. Alford
Hartselle, Ala. - Alfred A. Alford, 72, died at his home here after a long illness. Final rites were held at Mt. Zion Church with the Rev. Lannie Smallwood and the Rev. DeWitt Prince officiating. Alford is survived by three daughters, Mrs. E.A. Harris, Hartselle Route 2, Mrs. Mary Ellis, Nopomis, Ill.; Mrs. Robert Culver, Adamsville, Ala.; two brothers, A.C. Alford, Hartselle, and P.M. Alford, Falkville Route 1; his stepmother, Mrs. Minnie Alford, Harstelle; 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Birmingham Post-Herald, 22 Mar 1940Alfred L. Alford
Hartselle, Ala. - Funeral rites for Alfred Alford, 73, who died at his home here following an extended illnes, were held at Mt. Zion Church with the Rev. Lannie Smallwood and the Rev. DeWitt Prince officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. E.A. Harris, Hartselle Route 2; Mrs. Mary Ellis, Nopomis, Ill.; Mrs. Robert Culver, Adamsville, Ala.; two brothers, A.C. Alford Hartselle; P.M. Alford, Falkville Route 1; his stepmother, Mrs. Minnie Alford, Hartselle; 10 grandchildren, five great grandchildren.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. E.A. Harris, Hartselle Route 2; Mrs. Mary Ellis, Nopomis, Ill.; Mrs. Robert Culver, Adamsville, Ala.; two brothers, A.C. Alford Hartselle; P.M. Alford, Falkville Route 1; his stepmother, Mrs. Minnie Alford, Hartselle; 10 grandchildren, five great grandchildren.
Alabama Journal, 8 Jun 1951Alford, Mrs. Willie Laura, 66, died in a Montgomery hospital Wednesday. Survivors include the widower, E.A. Alford; two sons, J.A. and C. Alford, all of Luverne; two brothers, S.T., Troy, and C.J. Ivey, all of Montgomery, and a sister, Mrs. B.A. Alford, Montgomery. Funeral services will be held Friday at 4 p.m. from the Vernledge Church with the Rev. McCurdy officiating. Burial in the church cemetery. Turner Funeral Home in charge.
[unknown Montgomery newspaper, date written on frame is 23 Feb 1928]Wm. J. Alford
News of the death of William J. Alford, Spanish-American war Veteran in Arkansas was received yesterday by Chief of Police Taylor. Inquiries revealed he was formerly of Company "D" Second Regiment, Alabama Volunteers which formed and demobilized in Montgomery. He was buried by the American Legion Post at Smackover, Ark. Records show that he enlisted in Mobile on May 6, 1898 and also discharged Oct. 21, in the same year. During his career he served under Col. Vincent E. Elmore, of this city.<Administration of Estates[A note here reads: "Certified copies of marriages records $1.50 each"]
1. Martha Alford, 1861 Henry L. Burt, Administrator, account with estate. This record carries cost of coffin for daughter, Matty.
2. Kinchen Alford, 1815 Inventory and Appraisement of Estate 2-15-1815; Account Sales of Estate 2-15-1815 (Asenath Alford bought considerable property. This consisted of Bible, household and farm products, also stock and farming equipment). (Other purchasers included David Chewing, Wm. Mattock, Peter Randle, Mathew Howell, Joshua Bunkler, Micajah Eley, Edmund Jordan, James Sharpe, Jeremian Murden, Benjamin Chapman, Reuben Battle, John Veazey, Collen Wooton, Stephen Western, Pleasant Potter, John Ashely, Robert Wilkinson and Richard B. Fletcher).
Land Lotteries 1802-1803; 1821-1825 carry the following names:
Alford, William Sr.; Alford, Owen; Alford, Asenith; Alford, Willie; Alford, Obidiah; Alford, Cullen; Alford, Kinchen; (orphans of) Alford, Josiah; Alford, William Jr.
Alfred, William Jr.
Minutes of 14th Regiment Georgia Militia show the following names:
Alford Marriages of Record
Robert Alford and Mason ? 1806
Jacob Alford and Martha Culver 1818
Obediah Alford and Martha Saunders 1827
Almon B. Alford and Harriett Eubanks 1835
Hamlin C. Alford and Emily A. Howell 1841
John L. Alford and Susan H. Temple [no date]
Owen Alford and Laura I. Jones 1861
Asa J. Carter and Elizabeth Alford 1825
Elisha Cain and Ann L. Alford 1850
Joel Latimer and Martha Alford 1841
John Newsome and Patsey Alford 1807
Jordan B. Ransom and Emily B. Alford 1825Guardianship Records carry following heirs of Kinchen Alford:More later...
Pereba, John R.
Deaths [some are not Alfords, I typed everything on the page]
Laura Boswell Dowling Died April 19, 1909 in Ozark
Gussie Boswell Died Feb. 10, 1907 at Ozark, Ala.
Joe C. Alford died 1863
Philip Z. Etheridge died on the 19th of April 1862 at Herman -do Mip. [don't know what "-do Mip" means]
Martha Herin Alford died July 8th 1880 in Opinka, Ala.
Mrs. F.F. McLaprey died June 30 1895 in Opelika, Ala.
Beele Alford Bocker died Aug. 26 1896
Mattie Alford River died Oct 27 1896 in Opelika, Ala.
Mr. Cook Boswell died Oct 15, 1911 at New York
Mrs. M.B. Alford Booth died July 20, 1913
Birmingham News, 21 Nov 1944ALFORD - William Mirah Alford, age 75, of 1158 11th Ave., S., passed away at the residence Monday p.m. He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Mamie Rheams Alford, of B'ham; 2 sons, William Percy Alford, of Atlanta, Ga.; Chas. D. Alford, of B'ham; 2 brothers, L.T. Alford, of Ponchatoula, La.; John Alford, of Franklin, La.; one sister, Mrs. Eula Gray, of Hattiesburg, Miss. Remains will be sent to Ponchatoula, La., Tuesday p.m. by Ridout's Brown-Service for funeral services and interment.
Lineville Tribune, 21 Sep 1944William LaFayette Alford, 75, passed away Sunday and was buried Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in the Bethany Cemetery with elder B.B. Finley, Grady Birchfield, Elder H.H. Goodman, and Elder C.R. McCleeve, of Ft. Worth, Texas, officiating, and Blair directing. He was married to Amanda Elizabeth Hodnett. To this union, was born 10 children. He was a member of the Primitive Baptist church.
Wm. L. Alford Passes
Surviving are: wife, ten children, fifty-two grandchildren, and seventeen great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were: Henry Alford, Elvey Alford, Brady Alford, Grady Alford, Doyle Alford, and Album Blankenship.
Birmingham News, 28 Aug 1941William J. Alford
Gadsden, Ala. - Funeral services for William J. Alford, 79, who died at the home of his son, C.W. Alford, on Gadsden Route 3 Thursday, was held at the New Bethel Church at 2 p.m. Friday with the Rev. T.N. Chandler officiating.
Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Ann Alford, of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; three sons, C.M. and H.T. Alford of Gadsden Route 3, and S.J. Alford, of Glencoe. Two brothers, Allen Alford, of Piedmont, and Forrest Alford, of Gallant, also survive.
Montgomery Advertiser, 9 Jun 1935William Ansley Alford
Dothan, Ala., June 8. - (Special) - William Ansley Alford, 45, former Coast Line Railroad employee at Montgomery, died at his home here at 9 o'clock tonight. Mr. Alford moved here from Montgomery about six months ago. Surviving are his widow, one sister, Mrs. Jack Cook, of Montgomery, and two brothers, J.A., of Dothan, and L.H., of Chattahoochee, Fla. The funeral will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Montgomery at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow. Pallbearers will be employees of the Coast Line Railroad.
Montgomery Advertiser, 3 Feb 1938Selma, Ala., Feb. 2 - (Special) - Walter Ross Alford, prominent retired businessman of Camden, died at a hospital here tonight at 8:15 o'clock. He was 79 years old.
Walter R. Alford Dies In Selma
Mr. Alford had been in declining health for several months. His condition became acutely worse in the past few days.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Julia F. Alford; a son, Walter Ross Alford, Jr., of Camden; four daughters, Mrs. L.L. McConnell, of Mangham, La.; Mrs. W.H. Hybart and Mrs. A.C. Carlton, of Camden.
Funeral arrangement will be announced by Breslin-Service. Burial will be at Canton Bend.
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 7/8/95 11:49 PM
SUBJECT: Alford Tapes
Here's more stuff...[The following is a letter sent to the State Archives]
Alabama Jounal, 19 Oct 1956Holtville ALFORD, Walter Franklin, 69, died at his home Tuesday morning. Survivors include a son, Billy Alford, Holtville; six brothers, A.L. and J.A. Alford, Holtville; O.W. Alford, Wetumpka; Will Alford, Macon, Ga., and Roy and Emmett Alford, Chisholm; and a sister Mrs. Mamie Hudson, Gray, Ga. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. today from the Shoal Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. David H. Bentley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Evans Funeral Home of Wetumpka directing.
Samson Ledger, 11 Aug 1935Mrs. Tempie Alford of Gaskin, Fla., died Friday night, August 5. She had lived in this section all her life. She leaves nine children, as follows: Mrs. Kate Dean, Mrs. Beall Allbriton, Mrs. Donie Dukes, Mrs. Mattie Warren, Mrs. Rose Dukes; S. Alford of Rome, Ga., W.T. Alford of Lakeland, Fla.; L.G. Alford of Gaskin, Fla. and B.D. Alford of Ponce de Leon, Fla; also one brother, and six sisters and a host of grand and great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted by Rev. C.T. Thames with burial in Limestone cemetery.
[not sure of last digit of year]
Geneva County Reaper, 27 Oct 1966Dies Tuesday Mr. Reubin M. Alford, age 58 of Leesburg, Florida and formerly of Geneva, died Tuesday morning in Leesburg, Florida. Funeral Services were in the New Home Baptist Church at 3 p.m. Friday with Rev. Columbus Thames officiating. Burial was in the Church Cemetery with Pittman Funeral Home of Geneva directing. He is survived by his wife - Mrs. Reecie Alford of Leesburg, Florida, 2 daughters - Mrs. Mary Lawrence of Leesburg, Fla., and Mrs. Louise Owens of Rt. 2, Geneva, - 2 sons - Reubin Ollie Alford of Geneva, and Ralph Lane of Baltimore, Maryland. One brother - Leborn Alford of Leesburg, Florida, 2 sisters - Mrs. Roxie Owens of Haines City, Florida, and Mrs. Ella Ryals of Coffee Springs, and Mrs. Mellissa Ward of Dothan.
Montgomery Advertiser, 22 Jan 1939R.R. Alford Samson
Ala., Jan. 21 - (Special) - R.R. Alford, 86, died at the home of his son, "Bink" Alford, six miles east of here Saturday night.
"Uncle Rich" as he was familiarly known, was a Confederate Veteran and a charter member of the local Camp No. 1660. He entered the Confederate service at Guinea Station, Virginia, in Sept., 1862. He was twice wounded. He surrendered with General Lee at Appomattox. When the order to "stack arms" came on that never to be forgotten day, "Uncle Rich" was the only member left of his gallant company, "K," Fifth Alabama Infantry. He stood his gun beside a small tree, took a last look at his beloved commander and began his journey back to his beloved Alabama, where he has lived since, an honored and respected citizen.
He is survived by four sons and one daughter, J.H., Ed and Bink Alford, of Samson, T.M. Alford, of Mobile and Mrs. Monroe Griggs, of Euchee Valley, Fla., besides numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Interment will be at Piney Grove Cemetery, Monday morning, beside his wife, who preceded him to the grave many years ago.
Alabama Christian Advocate, 2 Apr 1897Mrs. J.C. Alford
The following resolutions were passed by the Fitzpatrick Auxiliary Woman's Missionary Society on the death of Mrs. J.C. Alford, corresponding secretary of our society, who, by the dispensation of an Allwise Providence was called from this world to her bright Heavenly home on February 19th, 1897. Be it resolved.
1. That in the death of our sister this society has lost a true and faithful member, whose place will be difficult to fill, in consequence of her deep piety.
2. That we cherish her memory as one in an eminent degree entitled to the love, esteem and affectionate regard of all; that we endeavor like her to always exercise that true abiding faith that bore her so triumphantly through the dark valley to the beautiful beyond; that we strive to emulate her Christian character, so unobtrusive, yet so beautiful and consistent.
3. That the members of this society do most sincerely sympathize with the bereaved family in the loss of wife, daughter and sister, whose spirit has been caught away from earth in life's fair glorious morning. When we think of the desolation her death has wrought, we fain would murmur, but "God's ways are not our ways; His thoughts are not our thoughts, and recognizing this potent factor, most humbly bow to the divine will.
4. That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the Alabama Christian Advocate for publication, and to the family of the deceased; that a page of the minutes whereon they are copied be dedicated "in memoriam" to our departed sister.
Mrs. W.H. Carmichael, Mrs. H.P. Hufman, Mrs. E.D. Grimes. Committee
Alabama Journal, 10 Jun 1943ALFORD, Mrs. Ona - Mrs. Alford, 57, died late last night at her home in Deatsville. The funeral will be held at 2:30 Friday from Coosa River Church in Elmore County with the Rev. John Coggins and the Rev. Mr. Lawrence officiating. Interment will be in the church yard cemetery, White Chapel in charge. Surviving are her husband, A.L. Alford; two daughters, Mrs. H.H. Carpenter, Mrs. T.R. Naile, Montgomery; six brothers, W.T. Shields, Deatsville; Brewster Shields, Ruston, La; Hugh and Dan Shields, Chaudrant, La.; Wallace Shields, New Orleans, and Claud Shields, Shreveport, La.; two sisters, Mrs. Cack Crosby, Chaudrant; Mrs. Sam Robbins, Monroe, La.; one granddaughter, Ruth Elaine Carpenter, Montgomery.
Montgomery Advertiser, 3 May 1940O.B. Alford
The funeral for O.B. Alford will be held from White Chapel today at 10 a.m. with the Rev. O.C. Lloyd officiating. The body will be sent through the country to Vernledge, near Luverne, for burial.
Geneva County Reaper, 9 Nov 1950Funeral services were held on Sunday at 2 p.m. for Mose M. Alford, age 84, a native of Coffee County but a resident of Geneva County for the past several years.
Funeral Held Sunday for Mose M. Alford of County
He died at the family residence Saturday following a short illness.
The funeral services was held at Liberty Chapel Church with Rev. J.F. Powell of Samson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Pittman Funeral Home of Geneva in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by six daughters, Mrs. Mattie Johnson of Darlington, Fla; Mrs. Ola Warren and Mrs. Anna Worn of Samson, Mrs. Ida Kilcrease of Chancellor and Mrs. Anna Jones Chancellor and Mrs Ruby Collins, both of Bradenton, Fla.; 18 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
[Name of newspaper not listed; date on frame is 12 Oct 1956]Mrs. Mamie Rheames Alford, 86, of 1405 21st-wy, S, died yesterday at her home.
Mrs. Mamie R. Alford buried in Louisiana
A native of Louisiana, she was the widow of William Miriam Alford.
Surviving are two sons, Charles B. Alford and Percy Alford of Chicago.
Funeral services were held at the Thomas Funeral Home at Ponchatoula, La.
Mobile Press, 21 Apr 1948Mr. Lucious (Pete) Alford - Native of Citronelle, Ala., and a resident of Mobile for the past 35 years, died Tuesday morning, April 20, 1948, at 7:10 o'clock. He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. C.L. (Mae) Lawson, Tampa, Fla.; Mrs. Lillie Oswald, Mobile; Mrs. Mattie Mayles, Mobile; nieces, nephews and other relatives. Funeral services will be held from the chapel of Riggins Mortuary Thursday afternoon, April 22, 1948 at 2:30 o'clock. Dr. E.L. Pennington, pastor of St. John's Episcopal Church will officiate. Interment will be in Magnolia Cemetery. Arrangement by Higgins Mortuary, Mobile.
Alabama Journal, 16 Sep 1953ALFORD, Mrs. Louana J.
The funeral for Mrs. Louana Jane Alford who died Monday was held from White Chapel today at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Clyde Kinniard officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers were J.W. Turnipseed, Curtis Murphy, Marris Dees, Lucian Dees, James Dees and George Jester.
Geneva County Reaper, 14 Mar 1957Bobbie Allford, age 23, of Samson Rt. 3, was killed instantly, Saturday afternoon, March 9 about 4:30 on the Samson-Defuniak Springs Highway when he lost control of his car and turned over several times. Bobbie has served two years in the Army and was a member of the 1951 Samson High School football team. Funeral services were held Monday, March 11 at Reese Church with Rev. L.M. West officiating. Pittman Funeral Home of Geneva was in charge.
He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Allford, Samson Rt. 3, three brothers, Claude, DeFuniak Springs, A.A. and Garland, of Samson Rt. 3, 4 sisters, Mrs. Helen Reidler of Chicago, Ill, Gloria Ann, Brenda Gale and Charlotte Allford all of Samson Rt. 3.
Huntsville Times, 4 Mar 1978Ben Alford, Jr.
Ben Alford Jr., 55, of 3520 Bermuda Road SW died Friday in a Birmingham hospital. The funeral was today at 10 a.m. at Laughlin-Service Funeral Home chapel, and will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Wilson and Knight Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood, Miss.
Burial will be in Odd Fellow Cemetery in Greenwood with Laughlin-Service Funeral Home in charge of local arrangements. Rev. Thomas Walker will officiate.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lucille H. Alford; a son, Don Alford of Huntsville; a daughter, Miss Carol Alford of Huntsville; two sisters Mrs. Miller Bush of Greenwood, Miss., and Mrs. Ben Mims of Coila, Miss.; a grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Heart Association.
Birmingham News, 16 Feb 1955Mrs. Alma Dilger Alford, 57, Birmingham business woman, died unexpectedly last night while visiting relatives in Pensacola.
Mrs. Alma Alford dies in Pensacola
Mrs. Alford died in a Pensacola hospital. She had been visiting three brothers, Lee, Loren and Ray Dilger, in Pensacola.
A resident of 116 Sterrett-ct. Homewood, Mrs. Alford worked in the claims department of Aetna Life Insurance Co. here 30 years.
Surviving are a son, Russell A. Alford, Jr., engineer with Alabama Power Co.; four brothers, Ed Dilger, Liberty, Ill.; Lee Loren and Ray Dilger, Pensacola; and two sisters, Mrs. Hugh Ellis and Mrs. Cordia Johnston, Los Angeles, Calif.
Funeral arrangements will be announced.David Price, Jr. (Retired)That's all for now...More later.
Certified Public Accountant
1954 Old Hickory Blvd.
Brentwood, Tennessee 37027
Feb 23 1976
Alabama State Archives
Montgomery AL 36104
Gentlemen and/or Ladies:
My great grandfather, ARTEMUS SALATHIEL ALFORD, according to family records was married to my great grandmother, SUSAN AMANDA COOPER, on August 30th 1855 somewhere in Alabama. I would very much like to verify the above-mentioned date and determine the county, township or city in which the marriage took place.
Also, it appears that both families were in Alabama when the 1850 census was taken and I would like a mere extract of data shown with respect to each family. Artemus Salatial Alford should have been listed in the family of his parents whose name I do not have. Susan Amanda Cooper's parents were Samuel Cooper, father, and Sallie Batton (or Battle) Horn. I would hope that the extract from the 1850 census show brothers and sisters of Artemus Alford and Susan Cooper. I suppose that, as in regards to the Tennessee census, the census record will show only brothers and sisters who were still living with their parents.
I will be most grateful for the above-mentioned data.
Very truly yours,
Mobile Press Register, 6 May 1945 [with picture]Thirty-three years ago, William (Bill) Alford, Mobile businessman, left his home in Colombia.
Separated In Colombia Years Ago, Brothers Hold Reunion In Mobile
'I Almost Tore My Office Up,' Says Bill Alford On Recognizing His Kin
Last week, Bill had a very welcome visitor from the Latin-Amerian county. It was his younger brother, George, now owner of one of the larger radio stations in Bogata and other business, including a medical and surgery supply agency.
George Alford, a radio engineer, had been in Chicago for a month on business.
Converse In SpanishHis business finished there, he came to Mobile last week. Looking up his brother's office-a typewriter and adding machine supply and repair house on St. Francis St.-he walked up to the door and saw Bill sitting at his desk talking on the telephone. It was after business hours, so when the younger man first sought admittance to the locked office, bill motioned to him to wait until he got off the telephone.
Finally, the door was opened. But there was no signs from Bill he recognized his visitor. The latter then proceeded to carry on a general conversation in Spanish, giving no hint as to his identity. At first Bill was somewhat provoked, but the younger man being a Colombian, of course, was welcome.
"I Am Your Brother"George asked all kinds of questions about Bill, his business, family, etc. At long last, nearly an hour after he went into the place, he pulled a picture of Bill's home out of his pocket, and asked: "Please tell me how I can get to this place . . . I'd like to see Pauline."
Pauline is Bill's wife, so the Mobilian's ears pricked up somewhat as he wondered who this young man could be. George came out into the open then, grabbed his brother by the shoulders and asked: "Don't you know who I am . . . I am your brother."
In true Latin-American fashion, they then went into an embrace.
"I was so excited," explained Bill later. "I almost tore up my office hugging this brother whom I had not seen for 33 yeras."
The two have since had long hours to chat, and the Mobile brother will accompnay George on a trip to Washington and New York, after which he hopes to return to Bogata with Geroge for a visit.
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 7/9/95 9:00 AM
SUBJECT: Alford Tapes
The first obit here is on my Great Grandfather John W. Alford, father of Owen Alford. My mother gets her name from him: Johnnie Evelyn Alford. I had never seen this obit before.More Later...
Montgomery Advertiser, 22 Feb 1955Funeral services for John Warren Alford, 70, prominent resident of Houston, were held Tuesday, February 22, at Pleasant Hill Church. Rev. Johnson officiated. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Nichols Funeral Home directing.
John W. Alford, 70, Rites Held Tuesday
Mr. Alford passed away Sunday, February 20 at his home.
Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Ira Alford; three sons, Owen, Marshall, and Lewis Alford; two daughters, Mrs. Myrtie Hunter and Mrs. Daisy Riggins; twelve grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Montgomery Advertiser, [date illegible]Walter R. Alford
Funeral for Walter R. Alford, 56, was held from Difily's Funeral Home Tuesday at 4 p.m. with the Rev. T.C. Casaday, assisted by the Rev. Paul King, officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers were W.E. Duncan, Andrew Gibson, D. Carr, Sam Stephens, J.H. Marley and W.M. Onum.
Montgomery Advertiser, 5 Aug 1935Mrs. W.R. Alford
[1959? ...scribbled date hard to read]
Selva, Ala., Aug. 2 - The funeral for Mrs. Walter R. Alford, Sr., 76 of Camden, who died Tuesday night in a Selma hospital, where she had been ill for five days, was held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Camden. Dr. E.W. Roark and the Rev. Trotter officiated jointly and burial was in Canton Bend Cemetery with Breslin-Service in charge. She was a lifelong resident of Wilcox County and widely known.
Montgomery Advertiser, 5 Feb 1935W.R. Alford, Sr.
Selma, Ala., Feb 4. - (Special) - The body of Walter Ross Alford, Sr., 79, a former mayor of Camden, who died in a Selma hospital last night after an illness of several weeks was returned to Camden this morning where the funeral was held at 4 p.m. from the Alford residence. Burial was in Canton Bend Cemetery, with Breslin-Service in charge. Mr. Alford had been in a critical condition since Saturday when he was readmitted to a Selma hospital for further treatment. A retired capitalist, he spent his entire life in the Camden area, where he was closely identified with many of that section's pioneer families. Eight years ago, Mr. Alford served as mayor of Camden. He was a member of the Presbyterian church. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Julia Fuller Alford, three daughters, Mrs. A.C. Carlton and Mrs. W.L. Hybart of Camden and Mrs. L.L. McConnell of Mangum, La., and one son, Walter B. Alford, Jr. of Camden, also three grandchildren.
Montgomery Advertiser, 14 May 1938W.P. Alford
[more information on the accident most
likely can be found in the Decatur Daily]
Wetumpka Ala. May 13. - (Special) - Funeral for William P. Alford, 63, employee of L&N railroad who was accidently killed at Decatur Tuesday afternoon was held from the family residence at Elmore at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Rev. Fred Davis, pastor of the Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in Mount Hebron Cemetery, McMorris-Harden in charge. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Minnie Alford; two sons, Bernard and Gerald Alford, two daughters, Mrs. B.R. Tatum and Miss Nina Alford.
Montgomery Advertiser [no date]Samson, Ala., Feb 28.- (Special) - Mrs. Valinda (Russell) Alford and her infant daughter died Wednesday morning at 3:30 o'clock.
Mother and Daughter Die
Mrs. Alford was the only daughter of P.C. (Buster) Russell, and had been married less than a year, being a member of the junior class in high school last year.
She is survived by her young husband, Ralph Alford, her father and mother, two small brothers, her grand parents, several uncles and aunts and numerous other relatives.
Interment will be at Travelers' Rest Cemetery Thursday, at 11 a.m.
Montgomery Advertiser, 25 Feb 1945 [has picture]Corp. Thomas Carl Alford, reported missing since Dec. 21, 1945, has been classified as dead, the War Department has notified his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Alford, 125 Audubon Road.
Corp. T. Carl Alford Listed Dead In Action
Corp. Alford enlisted in March 1942, and received his training in Calfornia. He sailed in February, 1943, landed in New Zealand, and was on Guadalcanal and the Solomons. He has been awarded the Purple Heart and the Asiatic-Pacific campaign medal.
Mr. and Mrs. Alford have three other sons in the service, two of whom are in the Pacific.
Birmingham News, 13 May [Aug?] 1941 [has picture]For the first time in 10 years all members of the family of Mr. and Mrs. T.W. Alford of 923 North Thirty-Ninth Street, were together last week for a reunion. The three sons are shown in the above picture. Left to right, they are Curtis, Birmingham, general contracxtror; Charles, office manager, Cleveland (Ohio) Shopping News, and Dr. Othar Alford, practicing physician of Saluda, S.C. Charles was accompanied by his wife and two sons, and Dr. Othar by his wife and three children.
Alford Family Reunion
All three of the sons are graduates of Howard College.
Mr. and Mrs. Curtis, with the father and mother, completed the group.
The family circle was completed Monday and its members were together until the end of the week when the visitors returned to their homes.
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 7/9/95 9:44 PM
SUBJECT: Alford Tapes 7/9/95 Part 2
More stuff...More Later...
Alabama Journal, 19 May 1945S.Sergt. Ralph Alford, long a German prisoner of war, communicated with his family after many months of silence to reassure them about his welfare. The communication was addressed to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lynch Thomas Alford, and his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Alford, all of Kilby Reservation. It read: "All well and safe. Please don't worry. All my love, Ralph."
Sgt. Ralph Alford Freed as Prisoner
Sergeant Alford went overseas in June, 1943, and was based in England. He served with the Eighth Air Force as a tail gunner on a B-17. While participating in his 17th mission on Sept. 27, 1943, his plane was knocked down. Five of the occupants were killed outright, and the other five imprisoned. Alford among the latter group. He was able to communicate occasionally with relatives here, but concern was felt because no word had come through since January at which time a card was received from him dated in November. This last message stated that his weight, formerly 156, had dropped off to 126 pounds.
Alford entered the service on Sept. 15, 1942, and received his training at Ft. Myers, Fla., Scottsbluff, Neb., and other training centers. He eared his wings at Pocatello, Idaho.
Alabama Journal, 4 Feb 1974 [with picture]R.T. Alford, Jr.
Capt. R.T. Alford, Jr. says working with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department is a result of his boyhood dream of being a law enforcement officer.
"Even when I was a kid, I always said I wanted to be a state trooper, but when I got out of the service, the police deparment was hiring a bunch of young ones so I went down there," Alford says in explaining his career.
A native of Ramer, he grew up both in Ramer and in Pine Level. Then in November 1940 he enlisted in the National Guard where he stayed for more than five years until after the end of World War II.
During the war he was stationed in the Phillipines and New Guinea.
One of the most harrowing experiences he had during the war, Alford says, was when a tidal wave hit an island on which he was stationed.
After returning to Montgomery in early 1946, he went to work for the Montgomery Police Department where he stayed for three years until he switched to the county in 1949. Alford said he made the switch since the sheriff's department gave him a chance to work in the county areas with which he was familiar.
Married to the former Laverne Morgan of Elmore County, Alford is the father of two daughters and has three grandchildren.
He says he gets most of his recreation fishing at a cabin he has on Lake Martin.
Decatur Daily, 4 Jul 1944Funeral services for Mrs. Nannie H. Alford, 93, who passed away Monday evening at her home on Falkville 1, will be held Wednesday afternoon at Mount Zion church at 3:30 p.m. with Rev. Thomas Hatchett officiating. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery. Peck directing.
Alford Rites Be Held Wednesday
The deceased is survived by four nieces, Misses Edna and Mary McAnear, Mrs. Ruby McAnear of Decatur, and Mrs. Susie Carros of Mobile, and two nephews, Will McAnear of Falkville 1 and J.P. McAnear of Decatur.
Pallbearers will be J.P. McAnear, Will McAnear, Frank Marlow, Scott Drake, Lee Brown and Eunice Aldridge.
Mobile Press, 10 Dec 1949Mrs. Lottie B. Alford - Native of Camden, Ala., and resident of Mobile for five months, died at a local hospital Friday morning, Dec. 9, 1949, at 11:30 o'clock. She is survived by two sons, L.T. Alford, Montgomery, Ala., and Julius B. Alford, Jackson, Miss.; two daughters, Mrs. H.O. Green, Mobile, Ala., Mrs. William Lucas, Fayettville, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. Addie Dannielly, Camden, Ala., 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and other relatives. Her remains will be sent to Camden, Ala., where funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon, Dec. 10, 1949, at the Camden Presbyterian Church at 2 o'clock. Interment will be in the Camden Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by Riggins Mortuary.
Montgomery Advertiser, 25 Jul 1932Mrs. Lillie Ramey Alford
[not sure of year]
Elmore, Ala., July 24 .- (Special) - Mrs. Lillie Ramey Alford died at her home here this afternoon after a long illness. Besides her husband, W.P. Alford, she leaves three daughters, the Misses Margaret, Louise and Nina Ruth Alford; two sons, Bernard and Gerald Alford, and one sister, Miss Minnie Ramey, all of Elmore. The funeral will be held from home tomorrow at 4 p.m at Mt. Hebron cemetery.
Geneva County Reaper, 3 Feb 1966Funeral services for Lewie Alford were held Friday afternoon at the Piney Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Burnie Ennor, Samson and Rev. Lee King, Argyle community, DeFuniak Springs, Fla., officiating.
Lewie Alford Succumbs in Georgia
Alford, a Samson native, was found dead in bed early Wednesday morning, January 26, in Meigs, Georgia.
Burial was in the church cemetery, with Masonic rites, Cox Funeral Home of Bainbridge was in charge of arrangments.
Survivors include three sons, Bobby Alford, Bainbridge, Ga., Tommy Alford, Savannah, Ga., Freddie Alford, Gainsville, Ga.; two daughters, Mrs. Jim Gurley, Fitzgerald, Ga., Mrs. Lester Jennings, of Okochobee, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Josie E. Brooks, Geneva, Mrs. Ted Spears, Lake Wales, Fla. one brother, Ralph Alford, Argyle, and five grandchildren.
Alabama Journal, 29 Nov 1935Mrs. Lena Alford
Funeral services for Mrs. Lena Alford were held from Memory Chapel at 10 a.m. Friday with Dr. T.C. Casady officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery.
Mrs. Lena Alford
Mrs. Lena Alford, 74, a lifelong resident of Montgomery, died at the residence, 733 South McDonough street, at 11 a.m. Wednesday after an extended illness. She was a member of the First Presbyterian church. Surviving are a son, Julius E. Alford, Jr., of Pensacola, Fla., and a daughter, Mrs. L.R. Scott of Montgomery; and four grandchildren, J.E. Alford, Jr., John, Frank and Maryette Alford, all of Pensacola. Funeral plans will be announced by T.F. Leak and Son.
Montgomery Advertiser, 26 Jul 1933L.M. Alford
Opelika, Ala., July 25. - (Special) - The funeral of L.M. Alford, 65, who died at his home here early Monday after a long illness, was held at 10 a.m. today from the Beulah Baptist Church, with the Rev. Mr. Cofield officiating and Crossley in charge. Burial was in the Beulah Cemetery. Mr. Alford moved to Opelika in 1911 from Greenville, Ga. and entered the grocery business which he conducted until ill health forced his retirement a year ago. He was a member of the Baptist Church and of the Woodman of the World. Surviving are his widow; one sister, Mrs. H.F. Gerrad, of Greenville, Ga., and one brother, Clarence Alford, of Atlanta.
Alabama Journal, 11 Nov 1947L.H. Alford of Midway, Fla., former resident of Montgomery, died Monday afternoon at a hospital in Quincy, Fla. He is survived by the widow, Elizabeth Alford; two sons, L.C. and Richard H., both of Atlanta; a sister, Mrs. A. Jack Cook, Sr., Auburn, and a brother, A.A. Alford, Montgomery.
L.H. Alford Dies in Florida Hospital
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at Greenwood Cemetery.
Montgomery Advertiser, 11 Nov 1947Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at Greenwood cemetery for L.H. Alford, of Midway, Fla., a former resident of Montgomery, who died Monday afternoon in a Quincy, Fla., hospital. Surviving are the widow, Elizabeth; two sons, L.C. and Richard H. both of Atlanta; a sister, Mrs. A. Jack Cook, Sr., Auburn, and a brother, A.A. Alford, Montgomery.
Rites For L.H. Alford Set At Cemetery Here
[unknown printed source]Alford, Julius Stanley, planter, Mitchell's Station. 1862, Greenwood, Montgomery Co .
Julius Caesar Alford, Pine Level, and Sarah Boldeville; b. June 6, 1845; Corporal, Rucker's Escort, C.S.A.; m. Callie Ellsberry, Jan., 1867; d. 1871.
Mobile Press, 18 Mar 1949Mr. Julius E. Alford - Native and lifelong resident of Mobile County, died at a local hospital Wednesday evening, March 16, 1949, at 12:40 o'clock. He is survived by three sons, William P. Alford, U.S. Army stationed in Germany; Julius T. and Glenn Alford, Mobile; three daughters, Mrs. M.M. Odom, Chickasaw, Ala.; Mrs. Earline Newby, Junction City, Kan.; Mrs. Jessie Gaines, Troy, Ala.; sister, Mrs. Roda Fountain, Mobile; four grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Remains will be at the parlors of Martin-Chevalier Funeral Home until Friday morning. Funeral services will be held from the Gulf Crest Baptist Church Friday evening at 3:00 o'clock. Interment in Gulf Crest Cemetery. Arrangements by Martin-Chevalier.
[unknown printed source]Julius Eugene Alford, judge of the inferior criminal court of Mobile, enjoys the distinction of being the youngest judge in Alabama, and at the time of his first appointment was no doubt the youngest incumbent of such an office in the United States. His father, William T. Alford, was a native of South Carolina, and one of the earliest settlers of Wilcox County, Ala., where he has followed agricultural pursuits all his life. He married Eliza E. Primm. Their son, Julius E. Alford, was born at Canton Bend, Wilcox County, Ala., Jan. 21, 1872. For a while he attended the public schools of Camden, and then took a business course at the University of Kentucky, where he graduated in 1891. His next enterprise was the organization of the Thomasville, Ala., bank, of which he was cashier during the year 1895. In 1896 he removed to Mobile and engaged in the retail grocery business for a year. In 1897 he accepted a position as clerk of the recorder's court of Mobile County, which he held until March, 1899. At this time he was appointed, by Governor Johnston, judge of the new inferior court, and at the general election in 1900 he was elected as his own successor over two prominent opposing candidates. All admit that Judge Alford has made a conservative as well as an energetic official. He is an ardent Democrat, and may be found at the front among his party's workers in every campaign, whether local, State, or national. He is a member of the first district executive committee for Mobile county, and is trusted as one of the wise counselors as well as active organizers when important work is to be done. He is a member of the Presbyterian church and of the Woodmen of the World. Nov. 21, 1894, Judge Alford was married to Nellie, daugher of Thomas and Nancy J. Duggan, both deceased. Her father was a wholesale grocer of Mobile, and a man of great prominence in the business world. Judge and Mrs. Alford have an only son, Eugene Vernon. The parents of Mrs. Alford were very early immigrants into Alabama.
Geneva County Reaper, 21 Apr 1966Johnnie Richard Alford, age 18, of Leesburg, Fla., formerly of Geneva, drowned Sunday afternoon, April 10, 1966 in Leesburg, Fla. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the New Home Baptist Church with the Rev. Columbus Thames officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery directed by Pittman Funeral Home of Geneva. He was survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Alford of Leesburg, Fla., 2 sisters, Mrs. Earl Owens of Rt. 2, Geneva, and Mrs. B.A. Lawrence of Leesburg, Fla., and 2 brothers, Reuben Ollie Alford of Geneva and Ralph T. Lane of Baltimore, Md.
Former Resident Drowns In Florida
Letter dated 18 Feb 1946Dear Sir,
from: Mrs. A.W. Read,
3020 Park Street, Jacksonville, Fla.
to: State Archives/Secretary of State
I am trying to locate the birthplace and father's name of John Rogers Alford. I understand he, John Rogers Alford, was at one time Rep. to the legislature from some where near LaFayette, Alabama. I have tried to find this information but have been unable to do so. Will you please give me any information you may have in your records regarding him.
Sincerely, Mrs. A.W. Read
Letter dated 28 Feb 1946My dear Mrs. Read:
from State Archives
The only information that we have on John R. Rogers is the facts that he served from Chambers County in the House of Representatives, 1855-56. You might write to Judge J.C. Grady, LaFayette, Ala., as he may be able to refer you to some records or to some one who may be able to assist you.
Sincerly yours, Director. Per M.M.
Montgomery Advertiser, 21 Oct 1928John R. Alford Hartford, Ala., Oct. 20. - (Special) - Funeral services for John R. Alford, 67, who died suddenly at his home in DeFuniak, Fla., on Oct. 15, were held in the Presbyterian Church at that place on Wednesday afternoon with Rev. D.J. Currie, his pastor officiating, assisted by Rev. J.F. Ford, of Hartford. He is survived by his widow, four sons, Fred Alford of North Carolina, B.M. Alford, of Pensacola, Fla., W.P. Alford of Bonifay, Fla., and Van Meter Alford, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., and two daughers, Misses Nell and Martha Alford of DeFuniak Springs, Fla. Also two sisters and a brother.
Birmingham News, 19 Mar 1944Jesse Fane Alford
Gadsden, Ala. - Funeral services for Jesse Fane Alford, 50, who died at his home on Gadsden Route 2 Tuesday, were held at the Liberty Church Wednesday, the Rev. John Marbut and the Rev. Mr. Taylor officiating.
Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Maggie Patterson Alford; his father, W.J. Alford; six sons, Alton Alford, Glencoe Route 1; Wilbur Lloyd Alford, Camp Blanding, Fla.; Curtis, Jesse, Zeliman and Herson Alford, all of Gadsden Route 2; two daughters, Hazel and Margaret Alford, both of Gadsden Route 1, and three brothers.
Mr. Alford was an employee of the Gadsden Republic Steel Mills.
Birmingham News, 13 Mar 1940Jeff Alford
Gadsden, Ala. - Last rites for Jeff Alford, 52, retired Gadsden business man who died at his home here Monday, were held at the East Gadsden Baptist Church this afternoon, with the pastor, the Rev. V. L. Wyatt, officiating, assisted by the Rev. J.M. Gibbs and the Rev. B. T. Waites.
Surviving are the widow; two sons, Horace and Guy Alford, of Gadsden; a daugher, Guinette Alford, of Gadsden; four brothers, Brock Stonewall, Will, and Fred Alford, all of Gadsden; two sisters, Miss Lizzette Alford, of Gadsden and Mrs. Annie Akinson, of Washington, D.C.
Montgomery Advertiser, 22 Jan 1937James T. Alford
The funeral for James T. Alford will be held from Diffly's today at 10 a.m. with the Rev. T.C. Casaday, pastor of Capitol Heights Methodist Protestant Church, officiating. The body will be sent through the country to Pine Level for burial.
Geneva County Reaper, 12 Oct 1950James Henry Alford, 84, a lifelong resident of Geneva County was buried at Piney Grove Tuesday with the Masonic rite being performed at the graveside. The Samson lodge performed the ceremony.
Lifelong Resident of County Buried at Piney Grove
He died at the family residence at Reese Monday following a short illness.
The funeral service was held at the Reese Baptist Church with the Rev. J.F. Powell officiating, assisted by Rev. L.M. West of Opp. Pittman Funeral Home of Geneva was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Texas Ann Alford; four sons, George of DeLand, Fla; James of Panama City, Fla. and D.A. and Dewey of Samson; two brothers, Tom of Jacksonville, Fla; and Ed of Samson.
He is also survived by 23 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Birmingham News, 14 Oct 1940James E. Alford
Luverne, Ala. - Funeral services for James E. Alford, 6-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Buster Alford, of near Luverne, were held this week at the Vernledge Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Gerald King of Rulledge, officiated. Surviving other than the parents are two brothers, William and Sidney Alford, one sister, Juanita Alford, all of near Luverne.
Alabama Journal, 11 Oct 1950Alford, Judge Hilliard, 84, died at his residence, 119 West Jeff Davis after a short illness. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Lou Ann Mitchell Alford; one son, J.D. Alford, Tuscalloosa; three daughters, Mrs. Mary Lou Dees, Mt. Meigs, Mrs. Zelma Turnipseed and Mrs. Annie Lee Murphy, both of Montgomery; a brother H.C. Alford, Robinson Springs. The funeral will be held from White Chapel Tuesday at 3 p.m. with Dr. R.C. Kinnaird officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Morris Dees, J.W. Turnipseed, James Lucian and Arthur Dees, and E.W. Downing. White Chapel directing.
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 7/11/95 6:03 AM
SUBJECT: Re: Alford Tapes 7/10/95
Here's the resend... Gil, Now you know why I quickly ran out of quarters in Birmingham that day earlier this year. From all it appears, somebody was on the state payroll for years to collect information on just us Alfords. However, when you see that same effort over a lot of the other surnames in Alabama, it's apparent how much time went into the project. I don't know how all this came about. All I know is what was in that blurb I sent from the Archives. My Sterling file was not a fraction as extensive as the Alford file. While that was a minor disappointment, I am happy to help make the Alford items available to the Association, especially in view of the meeting later this year.
I can discern very little organization in the file. After I get all these typed in, you may want to put them together by family or Alabama geographical location. For the first few messages, I am picking out the obituraries and other items which appear to be of the most genealogical interest. For the moment, I am skipping wedding announcements, anniversary announcements, Alford duty assignments and graduations related to WWII, and other such information. In addition to these items are a collection of news items on Alabama native Alford "stars" like Phillip Alford, who played Gregory Peck's son in the movie "To Kill a Mockingbird." He went on to star in some Disney flicks. Another Alabama "star" was Becky Alford, Miss Alabama for 1966.
The Ralph Alford mentioned as a prisioner of war was also an author. The Alford Tapes has a couple of his articles. There's lots other stuff which really really qualifies as miscellaneous Alford information. Additionally, there's well over a hundred more pages yet to be printed off the tape.
Some of the obits are repetitive. Some are obits are on the same person, but from different newspapers. I'm sending all of them for interested Alfords to sort out. Honestly, except for the Alfords up here I'm related to, and the ones from Morgan County, I don't know hardly anything about any of the rest of the Alfords statewide. I'm hoping all this stuff helps increase the body of knowledge about Alfords in general and Alabama Alfords in particular.
Here's more obits:The following is something titled "Biographical Memoranda." It was a form apparently filled out by (or for) John McRae Alford. What follows is an abstract]
[unknown newspaper and undated obit]Alford - Mrs. Jennie Craig Alford, age 76, of 2923 Norwood Blvd, passed away at a local infirmary Wednesday p.m. Survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Glenn Klyce, Mrs. Genevive Farris, Mrs. Mabel Parsons; 1 son, Russell Alford, of Atlanta, Ga.; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services Brown-Service Norwood Chapel Friday 11 a.m., Rev. E.A. Emmons officiating. Interment Forest Hill Cemetery. Active pallbearers James Austin, Howard West, Graves Strong, Joe Biddle, George Williamson, Martin P. Klyce, Jr. Honorary pallbearers, Dr. B.S. Lester, Hooper Morrow, L..A. Morris, R.H. Wharton, Cooper Green. Brown-Service Norwood directing.
[the location may be Birmingham]
Wetumpta Herald, 25 Oct 1945Julius Caesar Alford, 65, died at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday at his home in Speigner after a long illness. He had been in ill health for some years and gradually his condition became critical.
J.C. Alford Dies At Speigner Home
Mr. Alford was well known all over Elmore County, particularly in Speigner where he has been employed by the State at Draper Prison for 35 years. He was a most considerate husband and father and interested in the welfare of his friends, always lending a helping hand to any one in need.
Mr. Alford was the son of Jennie Bulger and Sill Alford and was married to Miss Lillian Roberson, Speigner, who survives.
Other survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Sherrill Speigner, Titus, Mrs. C.C. Polk, Knoxville, Tenn., and Mrs. J.C. Gray, of Montgomery; two sisters, Mrs. Ben Ledbetter, Elmore and Mrs. Iona DeBardelaben; one brother, Walker Alford, Pike County and seven grand children.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. from Mt. Hebron Baptist Church with the Rev. J.W. Jones officiating. Burial was at Deatsville.
Wetumpta Herald, 26 may 1966Julian A. Alford, 61, died at his home in Deatsville Sunday after a brief illness.
J.A. Alford Dies in Deatsville
Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday from Deatsville Baptist Church with the Rev. J.T. Gregory and the Rev. Don Gordy officiating. Burial was in Deatsville Cemetery, Campbell Funeral Home of Wetumpta directing.
Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Ruth Alford, Deatsville; a daughter, Mrs. Louise Abrams, Metropolis, Ill; three brothers, Odie Alford, Wetumpka, Emmett and Roy Alford, both of Montgomery, three grandchildren.
Birmingham News, 4 Jul 1975Howard O. Alford, 86, Gainesville, Fla., a former resident of Birmingham, died Tuesday at his home. He was a native of Riverside and lived in Birmingham for many years before moving to Florida. He was a veteran of World War I. Funeral was held Wednesday in Gainesville at First Baptist Church, with burial in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Helen Alford; a brother, Phillip Alford, Miami, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. T.F. Scofield, Birmingham, and Mrs. Margaret Alford, Birmingham.
Alabama Journal, 16 Mar 1946Alford, Hendricks Cleveland Sr.
The service for H.C. Alford was held from Leak-Memory Chapel at 3:30 p.m. Thursday with the Dr. J.W. Stork officiating. Pallbearers, Joe H. Warren, Ray Campbell, Earl B. Moore, George E. Graff, Jr., Tommy C. Sparks and Herbert Hinds, Jr. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Birmingham News, 16 Mar 1938Mrs. H.L. Alford Gadsden, Ala. - Funeral services for Mrs. H.L. Alford, 80, were held this afternoon at the East Gadsden Methodist Church with the Rev. J.M. Gibbs, pastor, officiating. Burial was in the Tillison Cemetery. Mrs. Alford, who was widely known in this section died at her home here Monday afternoon after an illness. Surviving are five sons, Will, Brack, Stonewall, Jeff and Fred Alford, all of Gadsden, and two daughters, Mrs. T.W. Atkinson, Birmingham, and Miss Lizzette Alford, Gadsden.
Montgomery Advertiser, 18 Jul 1954Alford, Gerald Wayne, Jr., infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald W. Alford Sr., who resides at Elmore, Ala. died in a Montgomery hospital last Tuesday at 5 p.m. Surviving besides the parents is a sister, Barbara Sue Alford, Elmore. The funeral was held from Mt. Hebron Church Wednesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Mr. Evans officiating. Burial was in the Churchyard Cemetery with White Chapel directing.
Sylacauga Advance, 24 Mar 1977Funeral services for Mrs. Georgia Lee Alford, 56, of Sylacauga, was held Wednesday, March 23 at Fairmont Baptist Church with the Rev. Henry Breedlove officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery with Carr Funeral Home in charge.
Mrs. Alford died Tuesday, March 23 in an Anniston hospital. Born in Tallapoosa County, she was a member of the Fairmont Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Loomis Alford of Sylacauga; two daughters, Mrs. Billie Joyce Bamble of Alexander City and Mrs. Anita Jo Clayton of Hackneyville; four brothers, Gordon Lawhorn and Carlton Lawhorn of Alexander City, Russell Lawhorn of LaGrance, Ga., and John William Lawhorn of Carrollton, Ga.; a sister, Mrs. Annie Killgore of Sylacauga; and five grandchildren.
Montgomery Advertiser, 27 Mar 1942George Ernest Alford
George Ernest Alford, 45, of Bonifay, Fla., died at a local hospital Wednesday night at 9:30 o'clock after an extended illness. The body was sent from Memory Chapel Friday morning at 12:30 o'clock at Bonifay, Fla., for funeral and burial.
Alabama Journal, 13 Dec 1940Columbus M. Alford Troy, Ala., Dec 13., Last rites for Columbus M. Alford, 73, were held Friday at 10 a.m. from the Mt. Moriah Church, with Rev. W.M. Bush officiating. He died at his home here late Wednesday after a lengthy illness.
Geneva County Reaper, 30 July 1964Baby boy Alford, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Alford of Samson, died at an early hour Sunday morning in the Wiregrass Hospital here in Geneva. Funeral services were Monday morning at 10 o'clock at the grave side at Reeves Baptist Church, south of Samson with Rev. Kermitt Bowers officiating. Pittman Funeral Home of Geneva in charge. Besides the parents, Clifford and Janice Alford, he is survived by the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Alford, Samson Rt. 3 and Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Adkison of Andalusia.
Alford Infant Dies Sunday
Montgomery Advertiser, 24 Jul 1955Alford, Blinda Gay, seven months, died after a brief illness Thursday. Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Alford; one sister Dora Alford and one brother, Sam Alford Jr.; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Alford, Crestview and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Nichols, Pensacola. Services were at 2:30 p.m. yesterday from the Live Oak Church. Burial was in the church cemetery with Whitehurst Funeral Home in charge.
Brewton Standard, 23 Aug 1944Alex Alford, well known farmer of the Damascus community, died last week at a Mobile informary after an illness of only one week. He was 58 years of age.
Damascus Farmer Claimed by Death At Mobile Hospital
Funeral services were held from the Church of God and were conducted by Rev. Anthony, the pastor. Interment was in Damascus cemetery, Higgins & Turner in charge.
Pallbearers were Sellers Brogden, Will Lucas, Ben Alford, Lum Lanier, Walker Holmes and Tom Hobbs.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Bamma Alford; four sons, Norvelle, Albert, Dewey and Lewis; two daughters, Mrs. Lula McCurtin and Miss Bessie Alford; five brothers, J.S., Will, James, Doc, Stokes, and Judge Alford; two sisters, Mrs. Mattie Brogden and Mrs. Susie Ward.
Alabama Baptist, 21 Aug 1952The Rev. C.J. Alford, native of Kentucky, has been called as pastor of Wilmer Avenue Baptist Church. He began his duties here last Sunday.
[Reprinted from the] Anniston Star
Alford Takes Wilmer Avenue Baptist Post
For nine years he was pastor of the DeHaven Memorial Baptist Church in LaGrange, Ky. Prior to that he was pastor at Walton, Ky., for seven years.
The Rev. Mr. Alford was moderator of the Sulphur General Association of Baptists in Kentucky and a trustee of the Kentucky Baptist Children's Home at Glendale.
A talented muscision, Mr. Alford has sung and preached on Radio Station WGRC in Louisville. He was accompanied on the piano by his wife.
Mrs. Alford has been pianist for church and Sunday School and has taught the women's class in Sunday School.
The LaGrange Church, where Mr. Alford was pastor, currently is without an indebtedness and has the largest membership in its history.
A new educational building has been erected and the church was recently remodeled at an expense of approximately $75,000.
Wilcox American, May 1981 [has picture]"It's been a good life and I've loved every minute of it," Mrs. Blanche Alford describes her years as a resident of Camden.
Mrs. Alford moves to Florida
These years numbering almost 60, have rendered a great many changes in the town. From dusty gravel roads to paved streets; from kerosene lamps to electricity and its related conveniences, just to name two.
Miss Blanche has seen its population grow as industry came, but she comments, the people mostly stayed the same; friendly, warm and community minded.
This Friday, May 15, this stately lady, bids farewell to her many friends and home town of more than half centruy, to begin a new phase of her life in Traveres, Fl., where she will make her home with her sister, Mrs. T.L. McCollum.
Miss Blanche Laye came to Camden in September 1921, as teacher at Wilcox County High School. Her subjects were history and some math classes. Also, she coached the Girls basketball team and was with the girls that year, when they played their first indoor game, which was against a Selma team.
Teaching only occupied that first year, however, as she married the late Mr. Walter Alford, who served as Mayor of Camden for several terms, on April 12, 1922.
They moved into their Clifton Street home, where Miss Blanche continues to live.
During her years in Camden, she has been an active member of numerous civic organizations, and clubs as well as in her church, the First Presbyterian Church.
She also was appointed and served on the County Jury Commission under Gov. Frank Dixon was one of the organizers of the USO organization here.
Birmingham News, 15 Feb 1959 [has picture]Mrs. Agnes Alford (left) was crowned "Queen of Hearts" at a Valentine tea honoring Real Daughters of Confederate Veterans Wednesday. To mark her 90th birthday in October, Mrs. Alford was the oldest Real Daughter taking part in the Confederate school staged by William L. Yancey Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy. Crowing her was Mrs. Fred Sharp, the youngest Real Daughter of the chapter and charman of hostesses. Honor guests at the tea held at Arlington Ante Bellum Home were Real Daughters who are members of other UDC chapters of the Jefferson Guards District.
UDC crowns "Queen of Hearts"
John McRae Alford; address Hartford, Alabama; date of birth: 21 Sep 1861 at Carolina, Marion County, South Carolina. Father was Pasisley Alford, born at Alfordsville in Robeson County in North Carolina, he lived at Carolina, Marion County, South Carolina and served with the Confederacy at Charleston. Pasisley was the son of Sion Alford and Catherine McPhaul Alford of Alfordsville, North Carolina. John McRae Alford's mother was Martha McRae, daughter of John McRae and Mary McInnis of Stewartsville, Richmond County, North Carolina. On his father's side his great-great grandfather was Jacob Alford and wife Mary Paces from Wales. On his mother's side his great grand mother and father were from Scotland (didn't know their names).Still More Later...
One of his teachers was John H. Morrison of country school at Carolina, South Carolina. He went one term to Wallace High School at Wallace, North Carolina. First tried farming in South Carolina and later navel stores operator in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. Married Lula Green, daughter of Mitchel J. Green and Annie Jane Beasley, 18 Feb 1894 at Claxton, Georgia.
"Mr. Alford is what is termed a self-made man, as he was deprived of the advantage of a college education, his proper years for such coming during the reconstruction period after the Civil War and only attained a common school eduction, but by hard work and diligent attention to his business interests, he has made a success in life which is a demonstration of his ability. He is largely interested in several ___ and large merchantile firms holding responsible positions with them and is also a member of the Alford Brothers Company and one of the largest navel stores factors in this section."
Children: Barney Millard Alford, age 12 Walter Beasley Alford, age 10 Nellie Alfore, age 8
Montgomery Advertiser, 6 Jun 1949Simon Allison Alford, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Alford, 125 Audubon Road, has received the Medal of the American Institute of Architects from the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Auburn.
Montgomerian Wins Architectural Award
This medal is conferred annually on the architectural graduate who has made the best scholarship record throughout the entire course.
Alford graduated from Auburn with a degree of Bachelor of architecture at the Winter quarter.
Alabama Journal, 22 Aug 1955 [has picture]S. Allison Alford
Montgomery's newest architectural firm is Alford, Pearson and Humphries, with offices at 201 Hill Building
Members of the firm are S. Allison Alford, William M. Pearson, and Charles E. Humphries, all members of the American Institute of Architects and all members of the Mongomery Association of Architects.
Alford, who has been engaged in architectural work for 10 years, is a graduate of the School of Architecture and the Arts at Alabama Polytechnic Institute. He is a veteran of World War II, having served with the Sea Bees. Before going into the services, he was employed by the U.S. Engineers in Savannah, Ga.
Married to the former Margaret Harris of Birmingham, he lives at 3520 Cloverdale Road, and attends the First Methodist Church.
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 7/18/95 10:36 PM
SUBJECT: Alford Tapes 7/18/95
Got behind on my typing because of work. I had to take a week off and work on a proposal for the Missile Command. I hear some of your old crew in St. Louis may be coming to Huntsville. What do you think? I'll be in Chicago all next week for training, so my "reports" may be sporadic and off-line altogether next week.Still More Later...
Montgomery Advertiser, 18 Jan 1948 [with picture]Auburn, Ala., Jan 17. - API Student of the Week Bryant Alford, Auburn fresman with an eye for business, may literally "run a shoestring into a fortune." At least he's got plenty of shoestrings-laced in shoes at his Varsity Shoe Store.
Montgomery Boy Runs Own Store Between Classes At Auburn
by Laura Wiggins
Designed by his brother Allison Alford, a senior in Architecture, the store was completely built by Bryant with the help of his friends. Working in between classes and studying, the boys finished the shop in only a month.
Bryant is no novice at the shoe business. After his graduation from Lanier High School in Montgomery, he worked as a shoe salesman for Metcalf's in Montgomery. After he returned from the service, he sold men's shoes for Lee's Shoe company in Atlanta until he entered Auburn last September.
A freshman in business administration, Alford manages not to let his business interfere with his studies, or vice-versa. Although most of his time is spent at the shop, he maintained an above-average scholastic record last quarter. His assistant, Ray Traylor, another Auburn student from Montgomery, works in the store while Bryant attends class. Fortunately, their schedules were so arranged that one or the other is in the store all hours of the business day.
And how's business in Auburn? "Pretty good," he said. "During the first week of operation, sales exceeded even my highest expectations. And," he added, "I'm an optimist!"
[Picture Caption Reads:] Bryant Alford, Montgomery, API Student of the week, decorates the window of his Varsity Shop Store in Auburn which was designed by Bryant's brother, Allison, and built by Bryant with the help of his friends.
Mobile Register, 10 Mar 1910Friends Will Take Care of Judge's Campaign While He Stumps State
Alford Club Organized
Taking the announcement of Judge Jules E. Alford that he had accepted an invitation to stump the state for Emmet O'Neal and would leave his own campaign for solicitor of Mobile County in the hands of friends as their cue, those friends to the number of 200 assembled in the inferior court room last night and organized an Alford Club. Its purpose will be to advance the cause of the man whose name it bears and encourage his friends to see that his campaign is not neglected because of his abscence.
At the outset of the meeting Judge Alford addressed his friends and thanked them for their efforts in his behalf to inaugurate an organization to aid him in his campaign while he was away from the city.
James H. Webb was elected temporary chairman and in a few words opened the meeting for further business. Nominations were in order for permanent officers and the following gentlemen was elected: Hon. Francis J. Inge, chairman; Sidney Prince, first vice chairman; Robert E. Gordon, second vice chairman; Bart B. Chamberlain, secretary. A motion prevailed that the chair appoint an executive committee composed of five to formulate an organization in each city ward and county precinct and the chair determined to appoint the committee at his leisure.
Leon McCord, a candidate for railroad commissioner, was introduced. He took the crowd at the outset of his remarks by stating that Governor Comer was with him, also Colonel A.S. Lyons, and the gathering smiled as the "Safe and Sane" leader was referred to the Governor. In well-chosen words he pictured the coming day, near at hand, when Mobile as a city and Alabama as a state will again come into her own, when the clouds of fanaticism would drift away in the distant political horizon, leaving the sunlight of liberal government and peace as a lasting monument to Democracy's triumphs.
Geneva County Reaper, 6 Nov 1947A wedding of interest to a large circle of friends was that of Miss Merle Givins daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Givins of Andalusia to Pvt. Jessie L. (Buck) Alford of Ft. Bragg, N.C., and formerly of Reese Community.
Mr. Alford is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edd Alford. The ceremony was quietly solominzed in Geneva on Oct. 22, 1947. Pvt. and Mrs. Alford spent several days visiting their many friends and relatives here and in Samson.
Pvt. Alford left Nov. 2, for Ft. Bragg, N.C. and after a few days when he has been restationed and is settled, his bride will join him.
Montgomery Advertiser, 12 Oct 1946Troy, Ala., Oct. 11-The marriage of Miss Jessie Alford and Watson Ganus, of Columbus, Ga., took place Oct. 4, with Dr. J.O. Colley officiating.
Miss Alford and Mr. Ganus Wed
The decorations were of ferns and smilax, making a background and floor baskets holding white daisies. Branched candelabra lighted by white burning tapers were placed alternatively. Close friends and relatives were in attendance.
The nuptial music was presented by Mrs. Jesse Jordan. The traditional march was used to announce the arrival of the wedding party, while softer strains were rendered during the ceremony.
The bride wore a Fall dress of black with turquoise trimmings and accessories to match. Her corsage bouquet was of pink rosebuds.
She was reared at the Baptist Children's Home from early childhoood until she graduated from Troy High School two years ago. Since that time she has held a business position at Troy.
The groom is a graduate of Brundidge High School. He has recently received his discharge from the Army, and at present is a student at Troy State Teachers College.
Immediately following the ceremony the bridal party left for a short trip, after which they will be at home in Troy.
Montgomery Advertiser, 1 Sep 1946The marriage of Miss Margaret Welch to Hurry L. Alford took place at a late afternoon ceremony at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Welch on Aug. 10 with the Rev. John C. Coggin, pastor of Second Baptist Church officiating.
Miss Welch and Mr. Alford Wed
The wedding took place in the living room before an altar improvised with a banking of fern and whie gladioli. The bride and goom were unattended. The bride wore a costume of blue crepe with white accessories. Her flowers were white jasmine and stephanotis in corsage arrangement.
A reception was held following the ceremony. Only the families and a few close friends were present. The bride's table was garlanded with pastel colored flowers and fern. Mrs. M.E. Hare and Miss Grace Sauls presided at the table.
The bride graduated from Lanier with the class of 1946 and is widely popular. The groom has recently returned from 19 months overseas, serving with the Marine Corps in the Pacific area. He is now a member of a prominent business firm in the city. After a wedding trip the couple will reside on Sayre Street.
Out-of-town guests were Mr. and Mr.s J.W. Waldrip, grandparents of the bride, Miss Robbie Waldrip, and Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Catchings.
This is just miscellaneous stuff for now as I work through the stack. I've already sent all the obits from this set of papers. When I get back to the library and print off the rest of the pages from the tape, I'll again concentrate on the obits and any other genealogical interesting articles. I'll dribble the rest over the next few weeks.
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 7/20/95 11:07 PM
SUBJECT: Alford Tapes 7/20/95
Didn't get much done on the Tapes tonight, but thought I'd send it anyway. (Put it in the pile).More Later
Birmingham News, 6 May 1946You Won't Regret Voting for Horace Alford "A Friend to Everyone" Candidate for Legislature May 7th, 1946. Second Name on Ballot,
[Political Advertisement; has picture]
Horace Alford will vote to:
* Retain present liquor controlled law-and against statewide referendum
* Repeal Jefferson County anti-housing law
* Repeal Bradford (so-called) labor law
* Increased appropriations for education
* Repeal all ad valorum tax
* Limit of $5.00 for all auto tag licenses
* Proper pensions to care for aged and infirm
* Prevent any increased taxation.
* Repeal present poll tax law-with modifications
(Paid pol. adv. by Horace C. Aldord, 1020-21 Massey Building)
Albertville Herald, 25 Oct 1946Miss Ray To Wed Mr. Alford
Mr. and Mrs. Victor A. Ray announce the engagement of their daughter Eunice, to Harold Bennett Alford of Albertville, Ala.
The marriage will be solemnized December 20th.
Miss Ray is a graduate of the Cedartown High School of Cedartown, Ga., and of the South Highland Infirmary school of nursing.
Mr. Alford is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bennett Alloe [?] Alford of Albertville. He recently returned to inactive duty in the United States Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant (j.g.) after serving three years, 21 months of which were in the Pacific Area. He is a graduate of Snead Junior College in Boaz, Ala., and is now a student at Vanderbilt University of Nashville, Tenn.
Birmingham News, 12 Mar 1944/b>Miss Doris Dykes, of Columbia, S.C., and Birmingham, and Hugh W. Alford, Jr., of Birmingham, and the U.S. Army Air Corps, were married Feb. 25 at the post chapel, of the Army Air Base at Nashville.
Miss Doris Dykes Wed To Hugh M. Alford, Jr.
Only a few intimate friends were presnt in the chapel which was decorate with gladioli and palms. Organ music was played througout the ceremony, which was read by Maj. James E. Wilford. Wac Lt. Virginia A. Conner was the bride's only attendant, and Lt. Leon Sanders, Jr., served Cadet Alford as best man.
Given in marriage by her father, James C. Dykes, the bride wore a blue suit with brown accessories. Here flowers were orchids.
The bride is a graduate of Ensley High School. Cadet Alford is also a graduate of Ensley, and later he attended the Alabama Polytechnic Institute at Auburn.
After a wedding trip, Mrs. Alford returned to Birmingham, and Cadet Alford was transferred to Courtland, Ala.
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 7/21/95 6:40 PM
SUBJECT: Alford Tapes 7/21/95
Here's more from the Alford Tapes.This is Part One of a two-parter.
Birmingham News, 23 Jan 1944Maxwell Field, Ala.-(AP) - Mrs. Grocie [Gracie?] M. Alford, of Montgomery, received the Air Medal here Friday with two Oak Leaf Clusters for her son, Ralph, who is believed to be a German prisoner of war.
Montgomery Mother Receives Son's Medal
Col. Elmer J. Bowling, post commander, presented the medal "for exceptionally meritorious achievement reflecting great credit upon the armed forces of the United States."
Mrs. Alford's son, an air force sergeant, was cited for courageous action in five separate combat missions over enemy-occupied Europe.
Florala News, 23 May 1946Samson, Ala., May 21. - The marriage of Miss Glyndolia Alford, attractive granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Alford of Samson, Route 2, and Eulon Cole, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Cole, of Gainer, Ala., took place at an evening ceremony May 18, with the Rev. James F. Powell officiating.
Miss Alford and Mr. Cole Wed
The bride wore a Navy blue dress with matching accessories.
The groom was honorably discharged after three years with the United States Army and ten months overseas duty.
At present the young couple will reside at Mobile, where Mr. Cole is employed.
Montgomery Advertiser, 13 Dec 1948 [with pictures]Crash time is work time for Sgt. H.D. Alford.
Know Your Policeman - The Alford Boys - No Relation - Find Police Work Interesting
By William O. Smith, Jr.
(Editor's Note: This is the first of a series of brief sketches of the
Montgomery policemen to appear in the Advertiser each Monday
and Thursday. Each policeman will be taken alphabetically.)
Sgt. Alford, 33, 114 Gaston St., is a member of the Montgomery Police Traffice Department. His duties are investigating traffic accidents.
"And you've got to like it to stick with it," he says. "On this job you meet all kind of people-but at the bad moment. They are usually 'down in the dumps' because they have hit someone or some vehicle or 'in the air' because someone has hit them. Many times their ill feelings are directed towards you."
He said he finds his work interseting, as a whole, because of the unusual happenings.
"Take for instance the accident not so long ago when a car ran off the road, knocked a porch down at one house, kept going and ran into the bedroom where a lady was sleeping," he said.
Sgt. Alford says the busiest period he ever had was when snow fell in Mongomery in January of last year. "The traffic department investigated 33 accidents in a two year [week?] period," he said. Sgt. Alford worked for the Montgomery Police Dapartment 18 months in 1940 and 1941 before going into the Army. In 1946 he returned to this old job.
He served in the army as an MP for 57 months, 31 of them in the Pacific.
A sports enthusiast, Sgt. Alford likes basketball, followed closely by fishing and football. He is married and has one daughter, Andrea, two years old. He weighs 175 pounds and is six feet tall. He was born in Luverne in 1915.
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Patrolman R.T. Alford, Jr., did not realize his dream of becoming a highway patrolman, but he did the next best thing - he became a police patrolman.
And he likes his work. You won't find him moaning and wailing because his childhood dreams did not come true. He's not that kind of fellow.
His beat is the east portion of Montgomery. From 6:40 a.m. until 2:40 p.m. you can find him, with his partner, Holland Rushing cruising (they are a few of the lucky policemen that rate a patrol car) the streets of the Oak Park vicinity, Chisholm, Boston, Capitol Heights and Highland Gardens.
Patrolman Alford, 28, 1001 Highland Ave., was born in Ramer, June 22, 1920. He has lived in this section all his life.
In November 1940, when the National Guard, of which he was a member, was mobilized, he felt the first taste of military life. He served five years, and one month and 21 days in the army. One year, nine months, and 18 days was spent overseas in New Guinea and the Phillippines with the 31st Infantry Division.
On March 13, 1946 he went to work for the Montgomery Police Department.
And to what he thinks of police work: "Exciting at times; dull at other times-but, neverless, interesting work."
He is married and has one daughter. Laurie Annette, 15 months old, and one step-daughter, Janice C. Blake, 10 yars old. He married the former Luverne Morgan, of this city, September, 1946.
Montgomery Advertiser, 26 Nov 1961Luverne - Mr. and Mrs. James Aubrey Alford were honored with a reception in their home in Luverne, Nov 12, on the occasion of their silver wedding anniversary.
J.A. Alfords Celebrate Anniversary
The honored couple was assisted in recieving the guests by their children, Miss Patricia Alford, James W. Alford, the Rev. and Mrs. S.A. Thompson and grandson, James Thompson of Atlanta.
Guests were registered by Mrs. C.R. Morgan, of Luverne, Mrs. R.B. Rhoades, of Luverne. Displaying the gifts was Mrs. C.R. Morgan, of Luverne.
Mrs. Robert Mashburn, of Enterprise, cut the three tiered cake, which was served by Mrs. C.C. Alford, of Luverne, Mrs. George O. Haggerty, of Pensacola, Fla., and Mrs. C.D. Moses, of Luverne, served punch.
Birmingham News, 29 Mar 1971Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Alford, 736 81st St. South, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday at a tea given by their children. The couple are natives of St. Clair county and have lived all their married life in Birmingham. Mr. Alford was self-employed before his retirement. They have two children, five grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Wetumpka Herald, 17 Aug 194415th AAF in Italy-The destruction of an enemy ME-410 fighter plane during a bombing mission against important German-controlled oil refineries at Vienna, Austria, on July eighth, 1944 was the highlight of 51 successful bombing missions flown by Technical Sergeant Gerald W. Alford, 22, of Elmore, Alabama, serial engineer-gunner in an AAF B-17 Flying Fortress.
Elmore Boy Bags German Fighter
"There were so many planes attacking us at once that I didn't know which one to shoot at," said Alford. "I tracked one from 1000 yards with my upper turret, and starting firing at 600 yards. At 400 yards the twin engine fighter caught fire and plunged straight down out of control. My ball turret gunner saw a wing shear off, and the tail gunner got another Jerry during the same attack."
Of the six planes in his element only his ship, "Ragged But Right," fought its way through to bomb the target. The refineries, vital to the oil starved Wehrmacht, were heavily pounded. Yankee P-51 fighters arrived on the scene to chase the Nazis away and save the formation from serious damage.
Sergeant Alford, a member of an Italy based squadron of the 15th Air Force, flew his first combat bombing mission against axis-controlled airfields at Immotake, Yogoslavia, on March 30, 1944. his 51st mission was flown over another oil refinery at Brux, Czechoslovakia, July 21, 1944.
The Alabama gunner was graduated from Holtville High School in 1940, and entered the army on September 15, 1942 at Fort McClellan, Alabama. After graduating from airplane mechanics school at Amarillo, Texas, Sergeant Alford won his gunnery wings in May, 1943, after completing a course at Las Vegas, Nevada.
Montgomery Advertiser, 21 Dec 1946The marriage of Miss Elizabeth Campbell Alford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hendricks Cleve Alford of Robinson Springs and Montgomery to Howard Lavelle Madden took place at a ceremony of beauty and dignity at high noon on Saturday, December 28, in the parlors of Trinity Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Wilds Scott Dubose officiating, in the presence of the immediate families and a few of the close friends of the bridal couple.
Madden - Alford Wedding Is At Church Ceremony
A floral setting was provided and decorations were of arrangements of white carnations and Ascension lillies, alternately placed with branched candelabra, before a background of palms and ferns.
Miss Catherine Schmidt was maid of honor and Miss Ann Schmidt was the bride's maid.
Kendrick Stallings was the groom's best man.
The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a smart suit of aqua-toned wool. He hat and other accessories were brown and her flowers were orchids in corsage bouquet.
Mrs. H.H. Kendrick entertained at a wedding breakfast for the bridal party in her home on South Court Street, following the ceremony.
Later Mr. and Mrs. Madden left by plane for a wedding trip to New Orleans, after which they will be at home in San Antonio, Texas.
Mrs. Madden attended Lanier High School from which she was graduated and completed her education at Ringling Art School in Sarasota, Fla., and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. The past year she has resided in Washington, D.C., where she held a position with the Veterans' Administration.
Mr. Madden, the son of Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Madden, of Heflin, La., is a graduate of Louisiana State University. Since his discharge from the Army he holds the position of Aviation Psychologist at Randolph Field.
Mobile Register, 2 Dec 1943Aviation Machinist's Mate, Second Class, James Dewrell Dennis of Atmore was listed as missing in action in a casualty list made public by the Navy last night. His next of kin was listed as James Edna Dennis, father, of Atmore.
Atmore Navy Man Reporting Missing
3 Alabama Soldiers Are Listed Among Wounded In Mediterranean
Other casualties reported by the Navy were:
Seaman Second Class Opal Alford, son of Dearon Alto Alford, Samson, Ala., missing, and Pfc. William K. Burns, Marine Corps, son of Mrs. Annie C. Burns, Bessemer, Ala., wounded.
Birmingham News, 16 Sep 1942Gunter Field, Ala., - Curtis G. Alford, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.W. Alford, of 923 North 39th Street, last week received the distinction of being one of the first men ever to enlist directly at this bustling Southeast army air forces basic flying field.
Local Boy Among First To Respond To Gunter Appeal
New Recruiting Drive Gives Enlistees Chance To Pick Their Own 'Spot'
In response to the recent nationwide call of the U.S. Army Air Forces for 100,000 experienced mechanics and radio technicians, Alford signed up at Gunter Field as an aviation mechanic. While he enters the air forces as a private, his prospects of quickly advancing to a non-commissioned officer or technical rating are considered unusally good-this, in view of his background and the specialized duty to which he will be assigned at this field.
One of the outstanding features of this unique "direct-to-your-own-field" recruiting drive, is the opportunity it gives these young men of literally picking their own "spot" in the armed services-rather than the usual procedures of going through a regular army recruiting office and being assigned to some distant station.
For the past five years, Enlistee Alford has been employed by the Panter Tire and Marble Company, of Birmingham.
Montgomery Advertiser, 9 Jan 19441st Lieut. Clay Frederick Alford came through Montgomery on Jan. 6, en route to Fort Monmouth, N.J., from Camp Bowie, Texas, and spent the day with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Alford of 51 1 - 2 West Jeff Davis Avenue. Lieut. Alford's wife, the former Jeanette Reeves of Lineville will be with him at Fort Monmouth, where he will receive a two-month course. After enlisting on Sept. 22, 1942, Lieut. Alford was placed in the Signal Corps, and on Jan. 1, 1943, received promotion from second lieutenant.
Montgomery Advertiser, 13 Jan 1946Clay Frederick Alford, 51 1 - 2 West Jeff Davis Avenue, stationed in Yokohama was recently promoted to the rank of captain in the Signal Corp.
Clay Frederick Alford Promoted To Captain
Capt. Alford entered the Army as a private and six months later, March 22, 1942, was commissioned second lieutenant at the Signal Corps Officer candidate School at Fort Monmouth, N.J. He bacame a first lieutenant in January, 1943.
A veteran of the European theater, he has been in the Pacific for the past four months, serving in the Phillipines and now in Japan.
Capt. Alford is a graduate of Luverne High School. His wife, Jeannette, lives in Linesville, Ala. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Alford, Montgomery.
Birmingham Post-Herald 27 Sep 1967The stature of the Medical Center and Children's Hospital incresases with the announcement of the appointment of Dr. Charles A. Alford, Jr. as Meyer Research Professor of Pediatrics.
In a position endowed some years ago by the Meyer Foundation, Dr. Alford will conduct research into effects of virus diseases on unborn children.
Prevention of birth defects is certainly one of the noblest goals of medical research. Establishment here of a program of thorough study of the problem should be cause for great pride throughout the community and the state.
Geneva County Reaper, 20 March 1980 [has picture]New RSVP Director - Carol Crutchfield Alford is the new director of the Retired Citizens Volunteer Program in Geneva County. Mrs. Alford, the wife of Jim Alford, former Samson resident, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Crutchfield of Geneva. She assumed her duties this month and plnas to expand the program in the county. Mrs. Alford said she is looking for senior citizens who will sign up for the program, volunteering their time and talents to help others. For more information call Mrs. Alford at 684-3651. Her office is in the basement at the Geneva County Courthouse.
Montgomery Advertiser-Journal, 3 Feb 1980 [has picture]Mr. and Mrs. Buster Alford of Luverne celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently, and were honored when their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Thompson of Millbrook, and the three Thompson children entertained with a dinner at a Montgomery restaurant. The couple has three other children living in New York, 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Wed 50 Years
Montgomery Advertiser, 8 Oct 1944Bryant Alford, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Alford, of 125 Audubon Road, has been graduated from Deming Army Air Field, Deming, N.M., "The AAF's Border Bombardier School," it was announced recently by Col. Milton M. Murray commanding officer. He has been commissioned a second lieutenant, and awarded silver bombardier wings after successfully undergoing the rigid 18 week course in high-altitude precision bombing as well as important phases of navigation.
Montgomery Advertiser, 11 Mar 1945Second Lieut. Bryant Alford, bombardier, of Montgomery, Ala., will soon complete an intensive course in combat flying at the Alexandria Army Air Field, Alexandria, La., and in the near future he will go overseas to a combat area.
Bryant Alford In Crew Preparing For Overseas
He is the member of a Flying Fortress crew trained by the Second Army Airforce, which has the task of readying four-engine bomber crews for overseas duty.
Lieut. Alford graduated from the Sidney Lanier High School. He has three brothers in the military services, Maj. J.E. Alford is in the air Corps, CM 2-C S.A. Alford is in the Seabees and Corp. Thomas C. Alford, in the Marines is missing in action. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Alford of 125 Audubon Road, Montgomery, Ala.
Fairhope Courier, 7 Nov 1946Private Billy J. Alford enlisted in infantry in June 1946. Received Basic Training at Ft. McClellan is now stationed in Manila with the Black Hawk Division.
Fairhope Boys In The Services [with pictures]
Charles A. Alford fireman 1st class, enlisted in March 1946. Received training at Norfolk, is now aboard U.S.S. Haymen. They are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Alford, who now own and operate the Fairhope Cafe.
Montgomery Advertiser, 11 Apr 1976 [with drawing, not picture]Betty Alford and her son, Trip, recently opened the first Earth shoe store in the southern half of Alabama in the Eastmont Plaza shopping cneter.
An Advertiser - Journal Retail Profile
The patented earth shoe was first introduced into the United States in 1970. It features a "negative heel construction" with the heel lower than the toe and produces "a new way of walking."
Mrs. Alfords' store is one of about 100 in the United States and Canada. The other two in Alabama are in Huntsville and Birmingham.
Invented by Anne Kalso of Denmark, a former yoga teacher, the Earth shoe was designed to give the "natural feeling of walking barefoot."
The walking model is popular with students, nurses, dentists, barbers, waitresses and others who are on their feet a lot.
Before opening the paneled store with custom-made benches, Mrs. Alford operated the Exxon Station at 3372 Harrison Road which was owned by her late husband.
The mother of three sons, she lives at 1943 Kingsbury Drive. Her youngest son, Rod, a senior at Jefferson Davis High School, works with her in the store.
Birmingham News, 4 Apr 1848 [has picture]Miss Ruth Wiggs of Nashville, is betrothed to William Lumpkin Alford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bennett Allae Alford, of Albertville, Ala. Miss Wiggs is the daughter of Mrs. John Henry Wiggs, of Nashville, and the late Mr. Wiggs. The wedding will take place in June at the First Baptist Church in Nashville.
Wiggs - Alford
Miss Wiggs is a graduate of Vanderbilt University where whe was a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. Mr. Alford will be graduated in June from Vanderbilt University. He also attended Snead Junior College, Boaz, Ala., and University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.
Birmingham News [no year; the sequence of names here is confusing to me. Did he marry his sister? Copy reader had an off day, apparently]
Nurse and Naval Veteran EngagedRome, Ga., Nov. 23 - Mr. and Mrs. Ray announce today the engagement of their daughter, Eunice Lee, to Harold Bennett Alford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bennett Allae Alford, of Albertville, Ala.
Miss Ray is a recent graduate of South Highlands Infirmary School of Nurshing at Birmingham. Mr. Bennett, a student at Vanderbilt University where his fraternity is Phi Kappa Psi has been recently released to inactive duty in USNR as a lieutenant (junior grade) after three years.
The wedding will be Dec. 20.
Birmingham News, 2 May 1945Mrs. Annie S. Hallmark announces the marriage of her daughter, Lunette Jones, to Lt. (jg) A. Wade Alford, USNR, Medical Corps. The wedding took place March 20, at the U.S. Naval Training Center, Shoemaker, Calif.
Lunette Jones Weds Lt. (jg) Wade Alford
The bride was formerly a teacher at Martin School, and Lt. Alford is the son of Mrs. J.D. Alford, of Winfield.
Birmingham News, 25 Dec 1974 [with pictures; Albert is son of Alton Calvin "Joe" Alford and Mary Emma Drake; Albert's grandfather was Ezekiel C. Alford of Morgan County, Alabama.]
Mr. and Mrs. Albert L. Alford of 5701 Sixth Ave. South, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary today. They were honored at a tea given by family and friends at the couple's home. The Alfords were married Dec. 24, 1924 in Falkville and have lived in Birmingham since 1925. Mr. Alford is retired from Hawkins Iron Co. They have one son, Lloyd Alford of San Francisco, Calif., eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 7/21/95 7:11 PM
SUBJECT: Alford Tapes 7/21/95 Part Two
Here's Part Two of the two-parter.I'll try and get the rest of the letter sometime soon.
Montgomery Advertiser, 12 Jul 1942Aviation Cadet Wilburn E. Alford, newly appointed Group Supply Sergeant, Squadron I. Group IX, pre-flight school (Bombardier-navigator), served an enlistement in the Marines and several years in the operations department of the American Airlines, Washington, D.C., before enlisting last April. Cadet Alford, the son of Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Alford, Pike Road, Montgomery, Alabama, enlisted in the Marines on November, 1935. During his first two years on sea duty he was attached to special service squadron sometimes called "Banana Fleet," Balboa, Canal Zone.
Wilburn E. Alford, Ex-Marine, Training To Be Air Navigator
The light cruiser U.S.S. Memphis, directed by Admiral Williams and two destroyers, composed the group which visited Central and South America countries on Good-Will tours. On one of these trips, Alford crossed the equator and was initiated into the Court of Neptunus Rex. He still carries membership card, issued on the Memphis, Dec. 5, 1935, after his hazing in the appropriate slapstick fasion. When visiting Nicaragua President Somoza presented Admiral Williams with an ocelot, as mascot of the Memphis.
Later he was stationed at the Washington Navy yard and was a member of the honor guard attending King George and Queen Elizabeth of England. when they visited Washington in 1939. He was also one of 10 marines who guarded the Summer camp of the late Secretary of Navy Swanson at Camp Rapidan, Va.
Though he asked for pilot and navigator selection in that order when classified upon arrival, Cadet Alford says that he is more than satisfied with his designation as navigator. He believes navigators will have the best choice of jobs after the war.
While working for American Airlines, he often heard plans for over-water trips to Europe discussed by the company officials. Land plans were ordered by the company for this purpose but of course were turned over to the American Air Forces for aid in the war effort. These plans and others like them will be directed by experts on over-water courses to Europe after the war, Cadet Alford believes. He hopes to have a navigator berth on one of them. "Land planes will be more desirable for these flights than sea planes because they need less gas and supply space and can carry more passengers," he says.
Air University Dispatch, 23 Mar 1956An unusual "homecoming" occurred recently here at Maxwell when A-3C William N. Alford of Montgomery came back to the place of his birth after 21 years.
Airman Takes First Post 'Back Home'
Airman Alford was born in the Maxwell Base Hospital on June 1, 1935, to Maj. and Mrs. Robert L. Alford (Ret.). Major Alford was once Commanding Officer of the 3804th Field Maintenance Sq. He retired on Oct. 1, 1953.
From 1941 until 1948 Airman Alford attended grade school at Maxwell. An interruption occurred in his schooling at this time when an automobile accident forced him to recuperate at home.
In 1949 he again took up his studies at the Starke University in Montgomery, which is a private military school. He completed his education at the military school in 1954.
After enlisting in the Air Force on July 27, 1955, Airman Alford completed 11 weeks of basic training at Lackland AF Base, Tex. From Lackland he was sent to Technical Comptroller School for 10 weeks, at Sheppard AF Base, Tex.
After completing Technical School he received his present assignement which has brought him to Maxwell to perform duties with the Base Finance Officer.
Airman Alford plans to continue his education while still in service. Later he is planning to go to college and major in pre-med.
Hobbies during off-hours include reading and basketball.
Airman Alford is presently residing in Montgomery at the home of his parents.
[Unknown Newspaper; Unknown year]Camden, Ala., Sept. 17 - Mayor Walter R. Alford, under whose administration Camden has undergone many progressive changes, was reelected to office by an overwhelming majority over his opponent, J.B. Peeke, in Monday's municipal election. The incumbent received 194 votes against 16 for his opponent.
Alford Re-Elected As Mayor of Camden
Members returned to City Council, each with a total vote of 210, were Will Abritton, D.F. Dees, S.C. Godbold, Dr. J.P. Jones and H.H. Matthews.
Luverne Journal & News, 16 Arp 1975 [with picture]Birthday Celebration - Mrs. W.H. Alford of Luverne was recently honored on her 87th birthday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Thompson (granddaughter) of Prattville. Pictured left to right (front row) are Alan and Steve Stephens, Lisa Head, Mrs. Alford, Mrs. Jimmie Stephens, Mrs. Mamie Dorman; second row, Billy Thompson, Mrs. Helen Thompson, Kathy Dorman, Mrs. Sarah Head, Mrs. Betty Stephens, Debbie Thompson, Eve Allen, Pam Stephens; third row, Billy Thompson, Loren Thompson, Mrs. Marge Burke, Mrs. Bucille Guy, Leland Head, Hayward Stephens, Randy Head, and Mrs. Billy Thompson.
Montgomery Advertiser, 15 Jan 1961 [with picture]Mr. and Mrs. Sloan S. Alford of Montgomery celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a reception in their home.
Couple Marks Anniversary At Reception
Assisting with serving were their daughters, Mrs. George Endress of Montgomery and Mrs. Leon Walker of Wetumpka. The guests were greeted and registered by Miss Carol Endress, granddaughter of the honorees. Refreshments were served by Mrs. Gilbert Walker and Mrs. Wiley Farrin.
Gifts were displayed by Mrs. Ruby Wilson.
Among the 63 guests who called between the hours of 2 and 5, were our-of-town guests, Mr. and Mrs Leon Walker, Mrs. Gilbert Walker, and daughter, Carolyn. Mrs. Lenard Johnston, Mr. and Mrs. B.H. Walker of Wetumpka, Jack Johnston of Millbrook, Mrs. Bert F. Kennedy Jr. of Birmingham.
Montgomery Advertiser, 7 May 1957 [with picture]Auburn, Ala., May 6 - Norman H. Alford, Montgomery, is among the Alabama Polytechnic Institute seniors slated to receive degrees in June. [Alabama Polytechnic Institute was the old name for what is now Auburn University]
Montgomerian Among Seniors Slated To Get API Degrees
Alford, a 1953 graduate of Loretto (now Catholic) Hich School, has distinguished himself in scholastic achievement and in campus affairs during his four years at Auburn.
He is a senior in Industrial Management and a member of the Professional Society for the Advancement of Management. Another of his honors was his election as president of Steerage, local Naval honorary society. Also, he is a member of Scabbard and Blade, national military honorary.
In addition, he has been tapped for membership in Phi Kappa Phi, national honoary for the top ten per cent of students selected from each shool on the basis of scholarship. Alford has made the Dean's List on several occasions.
Following graduation, he will be commissioned as ansign in the U.S. Navy, and will serve with that branch of service for two years. At present Alford is detabing on the Navy as a career or the possibility of entering industry upon his discharge.
Montgomery Advertiser, 15 Jul 1945Montgomery Officer Promoted - Lieut. Col. Julius E. Alford, Montgomery, Alabama, right, receives congratulations from Lieut. Col. Joseph E. Payne, Greenville, S.C., on his recent promotion. Col. Alford is communications officer of a night fighter squadron of the 7th Fighter Command based on Iwo Jima. His wife, Anna, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Alford, reside at 125 Audubon Road, Montgomery. He was graduated from the University of Alabama in 1941 and entered the Army the same year. He arrrived in the Pacific Ocean areas in Nov., 1941. (AAF Pacific Photo)
Montgomery Advertiser, 8 Oct 1946Lieut. Col. Julius E. Alford, commanding officer of the 414th Night Fighter Squadron, Shaw Field, Sumter, S.C., was one of the earliest night fighter pilots and is now one of the ranking night fighter pilots in the Army Air Forces.
Shaw Field Features Story on Col. Alford, Noted Night-Fighter
A front page feature article, telling of Lieut. Col. Alford's flying exploits during the war appeared in a recent issue of the Shaw Field News. He has been in night fighter operations since March 1943, the month the first such squadron was formed.
The 6th Night Fighter Squadron, to which he belonged, distinguished itself in the Saipan and Iwo Jima engagements, after being stationed in Hawaii.
Col. Alford's three brothers also enlisted in war services. S 1-C S. Allison Alford, who served in the Pacific two years, is now studying at API at Auburn. Cpl T. Carl Alford was with the Marines in the South Pacific and was reported missing in action in Dec. 1943. Lieut. Bryant Alford has served three years, and is now at Salina, Kan.
The Alfords live at 125 Audubon Road. Their parents are Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Alford, and Julius has a wife and son. The four Alford boys have not been together since Nov. 1941.
Montgomery Advertiser, 16 Feb 1958A former city policeman said yesterday that he was considering opposing Mac Sim Butler for Montgomery county sheriff. Faint and distant rumblins of possible opposition for other uncontested incumbents persisted.
Former City Policeman May Oppose Butler In Running for Montgomery County Sheriff
By Jo Ann Flirt
With two weeks remaining before the March 1 qualifying deadline, J.R. Alford, 63-year-old former inspector of the Montgomery police department, said he was "still thinking about" getting in the race.
A member of the city police force for 20 years before he retired in 1947, Alford is now in the bail bond business. He is a native of Montgomery county and a veteran of World War I. He spent 18 months in Frace, Germany and Belgium during the war. A son, Julian Alford, is now with the city police dapartment and a distant cousin, R.T. Alford is a deputy with the sheriff's department.
Alford's statement was the first indication of opposition for county office and circuit court incumbents. Other incumbents seeking reelection this term and so far unopposed are judges Walter B. Jones and Eugene W. Carter, Solicitor William F. Thetford and Clerk John Matthews.
If these four positions along with the office of sheriff go uncontested, the probate judgeship race with five contestants and the contest for seats in the Legislature which so far involves 13 hopefuls will emerge as the hottest for local voters.
Candidates who have already qualified for the $9,000 a year office of probate judge which will be vacated by Judge David Dunn are Theron Bradley, William Harvey, Harold McGlynn, former Gov. Gordon Persons and John A. Sankey.
All three incumbent legislators will be opposed this election and at least three persons have qualified as candidates for Place No. 4 vacated by Rep. Wilbur Nolen who is running for U.S. Congressman from this district.
Candidates for election to Place No. 1 are Bill Cleghorn, John B. Collier, Joe Dawkins, incumbent; and Alfred Goldthwaite. For Place No. 2 incumbent O.J. (Joe) Goodwyn is opposed by Raymon Farnell who also ran against Goodwyn in 1954.
George F. (Bubber) Bailey, Jr., incumbent James Hall, Felix Robinson and Curtis Springer are running for place No. 2.
Place No. 4 contestants are J. Douglas Harris, Junie Pierce, and J. Paul Pitts.
Only one of the three seats on the county board education which are up for election this time is being contested. Both J. Ed Sullivan and Dr. William Goodwin will vie for the seat vacated by Joe F. Hixon.
Education board incumbents Harold M. Harris, Snowdoun, and Dr. Harris P. Dawson have qualified for re-election.
County coroner, Dr. M.B. Kirkpatrick said he would qulify for reelection to the position which he has held for the past five terms.
Montgomery Advertiser, 27 Feb 1958 [with picture]J.R. (Bob) Alford, 63-year-old former city police inspector, qualified yesterday as a candidate for Montgomery County sheriff.
Alford, Former City Poice Inspector, In Sheriff's Race
Alford's announcement followed closely that of Ernest C. Gossett who qualfied Tuesday as a candidate opposing incumbent Sheriff Mac Sim Butler.
The rapid change in the sheriff's race-which until Tuesday was uncontested-threw that contest into the same group with the fierce battles for sats in the Legislature and election as probate judge.
Midnight Saturday is the deadline for qualification of candidates for county and state offices.
Candidates for four of the leading offices for whic Montgomery County voters will cast their ballots May 6 are still uncontested. They are Curcuit Judges Walter B. Jones and Eugene W. Carter, Solicitor William F. Thetford and Circuit Clerk John R. Matthews.
The new candidate for sheriff was a member of the city police force for 20 years before he retired in 1947. After approximately eight years spent in the grocery business he went into the bail bond business.
A native of Montgomery county, Alford is a veteran of World War I. He spend 18 months in France, Germany and Belgium during the War. A son, Julian Alford, is now with the city police department and a distant cousin, R.T. Alford, is a deputy with the sheriff's department.
Announcements by Gossett, a former highway patrolman, and Alford were the first indications of opposition for any of the incumbents associated with the Circuit Court of county offices.
Although selected by Montgomery County voters, members of the local delegations to the Legislature, are classified as state officers. All three of the incumbents seeking re-election are opposed and at least three candidates are seeking elelction to the seat vacated by Rep. Wilbur Nolen who will attempt to un-seat U.S. Congressman George Grant.
Alabama Journal, 22 Jul 1971A 31-year veteran of the Montgomery Police Department was promoted to the rank of assistant police chief and made official commander of the Patrol Division today.
Alford Appointed Assistant Chief
By Arthur Herman
H.D. "Henry" Alford became the head of the largest division of the police department and the sixth assistant chief in ceremonies in Public Affirs Commissioner Jack Rucker's office.
Alford moved into the position that was vacated when Asst. Chief Roy Houlton was transferred to commander of the Detective division July 9.
Houlton moved to the Detective division when R.D. Moody was demoted from assistant chief to captain and moved to a patrol shift commander.
A native Montgomerian, Alford has served as desk sergeant, jail supervisor, and was the number two man in the Patrol Division when Houlton was transferred.
With 76 patrolmen and overall personnel of 94, the Patrol division is the largest in the department.
Alford said the department would continue to operate with current policies. "I'm glad I was able to make it (the promotion) since it was open," he commented.
Wetumpka Herald, 5 May 1966 [has picture]Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Alford celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary, April 23 when their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Alford entertained at a tea in their home on Elmore road.
Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Alford Celebrate 50th Anniversary
The tea table was alid with a yellow cloth and held a lovely arrangement of yellow chrysanthumums and glads and the tiered cake. The cut-glass punch bowl was encircled with holly flanked by candlebras buring yellow tapers.
Miss Nancy Winstanley registered the guests.
Those attending were Mrs. J.A. Foreman, Mrs. G.H. Macon, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Alford, Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Brantley, Mr. and Mrs. Marlow Alford, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Entrekin, Mr. and Mrs. C.O. Gilliland, Mr. and Mrs. A.O. Guy, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Gray, Mr. and Mrs. Bud Turner, Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Glasscock, Bill Gray, Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Dennis, Nancy Winstanley, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Swindall, Mrs. Mary Oates, Mrs. H.H. Murphy, Mary Hazel Winstanley, Mrs. W.L. Blackmon, Anita Alford, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Alford, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Gray, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Edwards, Mr. and Mrs. John Lewis, Mrs. Virginia Matthews and Mr. and Mrs. Crawford Hunt.
This represents the majority of what was in the first batch of the Alford Tapes I printed out at the library. What is left on my desk is a few pages on Miss Alabama for 1967, Becky Alford; and several articles on Phillip Alford, the child actor who appeared with Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird. I'll ship those separately. There is a letter dated Nov. 19, 1916 from the grandson of Julius C. Alford (I can't figure his name yet) addressed to Mr. C.H. Beale of the State Archives. I'm having trouble transcribing all the words, but the content is primarily about Lodwick Alford from Wake County, North Carolina. He relates the same story about the family making socks for Confederate soldiers. He laments the loss of the Alford family Bible (apparently Julius Alford's).
Here's page three of the letter: "You ask a definite statement as to whether, both Lodwick Alford and his wife were both from Wake County, N.C. I can not say definitely. I infer so, because both men were in the Battle of New Orleans in the same company, and they were son and father-in-law. Unfortunately, the old Alford bible was burned, not very long ago in the house of one of the living Alfords. I was much disappointed when I asked to see it to find that it had been destroyed. You see that I have no way to get the names of Lodwick Alford's parents as he emigrated from England I suppose to Wake County, N.C."
My trip to Chicago was canceled. So I'll be around next week. More later...
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 7/22/95 6:58 PM
SUBJECT: Alford Tapes 7/22/95
Stand back...Here's another shipment of obits from the now infamous Alford Tapes. (One or two of these may be duplicates from earlier shipments).More later...
Montgomery Advertiser, 1 Jun 1902John E. Alford
A Highly Respected Citizen of the County
John E. Alford, an old and respected citizen of Montgomery County, died yesterday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fannie Haigler, ten miles from the city on the Hayneville road.
He was a Confederate soldier, one who had served in the armies of the South with distinction. He had many friends in the city and in the country who will learn with sorrow of his death. He breathed his last after a long illness and much suffering, patiently borne.
Two daughters survive him, Mrs. S. Carter and Mrs. Fannie Haigler. The interment will be made in Oakwood Cemetery. The remains will be brought from this former home to the cemetery this morning at 11 o'clock.
Birmingham News, 30 Jan 1943 [with picture; he's the son of one of the Morgan County Alfords]
Birmingham Aviator Killed in Air CrashOlen Luther Alford, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert L. Alford, of 729 North 42nd Street, has been reported killed in the crash of an Army Air Force plane near Santa Barbara, Calif., according to word received by his family from the War Department in Washington. Young Alford left Woodlawn High School Sept. 28 to enlist in the air force, his father said. The body will be returned to Birmingham for burial.
Surviving are his parents, and two brothers, Leon, 15, and Lloyd, 12.
Mobile Press, 22 Oct 1955William Alford, a sales man of surgical and medical supplies in South America, died at 5:30 a.m. Saturday at the family residence, 1056 Augusta St.
William Alford Dies After Long Illness
Mr. Alford, who operated his business out of Mobile, had been in ill health for some time.
He was a native of Bogota, Colombia, but had resided in Mobile for 30 years. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Pauline Alford, and other relatives in Colombia.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Higgins Mortuary chapel. Interment will be in Creola Cemetery.
Alabama Journal, 3 Aug 1939Mrs. W.R. Alford
Selma, Ala., Aug. 3-Funeral services for Mrs. W.R. Alford, Sr., 76, of Camden who died Tuesday night in a local hospital, were held at 4 p.m. yesterday at Camden with the Rev. Trotter officiating.
Birmingham News, 25 Apr 1943William J. Alford, 84, 2923 Norwood Boulevard, died unexpectedly at his home early Saturday night. He had been a resident of Birmingham for the past 50 years, having come here from Tennessee.
William J. Alford Dies Unexpectedly At Home
Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Jennie Alford; three daughters, Mrs. Andrew Parson, Mrs. Martin Price and Mrs. Smith Farris, all of Birmingham; one son, Russell, of Atlanta. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday from the Brown-Service Funeral Home. Burial will be in Forest Hills.
Luverne Journal & News, 23 Jul 1969Warner H. Alford, lifetime resident of this county, died at Crenshaw County Hospital Tuesday, July 15 following a brief illness. He was 84 years of age.
Warner H. Alford, 84, Dies In Local Hospital After Brief Illness
A retired farmer, Alford was an ordained minister of Freewill Baptist Church. He was born in the Vernledge community where he lived most of his life but was a resident of Luverne at the time of his death.
Funeral services were held July 17 at 3:30 p.m. from Luverne Freewill Baptist church with the Rev. J.L. Jones officiating. Burial was in the Luverne Cemetery, Turner's Funeral Home directing.
Surviving relatives include his widow, Mrs. Glennie Corine Alford, Luverne; six daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Martin, Miami, Fla., Mrs. Ethel Villa, Charleston, S.C., Miss Bobbie Alford, of New York; Mrs. Hazel Carpenter, Panama City, Fla.; Mrs. Mamie Dorman and Mrs. Jimmie Stephens, both of Montgomery; three sons, Buster, Claude, and Woodrow Alford, all of New York; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren.
Birmingham News, 3 Feb 1938Walter Ross Alford
Selma, Ala., - Walter Ross Alford, 79, retired business man of Camden, died at a hospital here last night after a long illness.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Julia F. Alford; a son Walter Ross Alford, Jr.; three daughters, Mrs. L. L. McConnell, of Mangham, La.; Mrs. W.H. Hybart, and Mrs. A.C. Carlton, of Camden.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Breslin-Service.
Birmingham News, 5 Feb 1938Walter Ross Alford
Selma, Ala., - Many Selmians attended service for Walter Ross Alford, 79, former mayor of Camden, who died in a Selma hospital. The body was sent to Camden by Breslin-Service Funeral car. Mr. Alford was a retired capitalist. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Julia Fuller Alford, and the following children, Walter Ross Alford, Jr., Mrs. A.C. Carlton and Mrs. W.L. Hybart, of Camden, and Mrs. L.L. McConnell, of Mangum, La.
Montgomery Advertiser, 7 Nov 1953Alford, Walter R., a resident of Camden, died at 10:45 Thursday. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Blanche L. Alford, Camden; three sisters, Mrs. L.L. McConnell, Mangham, La.; Mrs. A.C. Carlton, and Mrs. W.L. Haybart, Camden. Funeral services will be held from the Camden Presbyterian Church Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the Camden Cemetery.
Montgomery Advertiser, 11 Jun 1935William A. Alford
Dothan, Ala., June 10 - (Special) - Funeral was held Sunday afternoon for William Ansley Alford, 45, veteran employee of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad who died following a four-year illness which forced his retirement from active service. Burial followed in Greenwood, Montgomery. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and a lifetime member of the Methodist church. Surviving are his widow, a sister, Mrs. Jack Cook, Montgomery; two brothers, A.A. Alford, Dothan and L.H. Alford, Chattahoochee, Fla.
Birmingham News, 20 Oct 1938Tom B. Alford, age 62, of 2011 7th Ave., N., passed away Sunday night at a local infirmary. Survived by 1 sister, Miss Winfrey Alford, of Dallas, Tex. Funeral services to be Saturday, 2:30 pm.m, at Johns-Service Chapel, Rev. J.E. Morris officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. Johns-Service in charge. Active pallbearers, C.J. Kelley, O.J. Daniels, C.B. Powell, S.F. Laney, W.S. Kepner and Mr. Rainwater.
The Dothan Eagle, 26 Feb 1946Chipley - (Special) - Funeral services for Sion Augustas Alford, eighty-two, prominent real estate and naval stores dealer who died at his home in Chipley Sunday night were held at 3 p.m. today at the First Prespyterian Church with Rev. A.L. McDuffie, pastor officiating. Blackburn Funeral Home in charge.
Sion A. Alford Rites Held Today
Montgomery Advertiser, 11 Jul 1936Miss Ruby Laurie Alford
Miss Ruby L. Alford, 19, a resident of this city for a year, died at a local hospital yesterday at 9:10 a.m. after a brief illness. Surviving are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Alford, Sr.; one sister Miss Lillian Alford; six brothers, Robert, Thomas, Jack, E.B., W.D., and R.T. Alford, Jr., all of Pine Level; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E.B. McMoy, Pine Level, and W.J. Alford, city. The body will be sent from Diffly's Funeral Home today at 3 p.m. to Ramer where the funeral will be held at the Ramer Methodist Church at 4:30 pm.m with the Rev. Ray Hudgens officiating. Burial will be in the local cemetery.
Birmingham News, 23 Nov 1936Ruben Baxter Alford, age 33, 405 Alma Ave., Pratt City, passed away Sunday night. Survived by widow, Mrs. Ethel Clarke Alford, 1 son, George Allen Alford, 7 brothers, Britt, Ben, Luther, Penn, Major, Margel, and Horace Alford, Martin, Miss; 4 sisters, Mrs. Robert Britt, Memphis, Tenn.; Mrs. Mac Mills, Mrs. George Miles, and Miss Lois Alford, Martin, Miss. Funeral services from Pratt City Baptist Church. Time to be announced later. Interment Fraternal Cemetery. Pratt City Ridout's in charge.
Montgomery Advertiser, 15 Jan 1954Paul Sibley Alford, 47, died Wednesday night in a New Orleans hospital. A graduate of Auburn, he was a Shriner, and an employee of a Montgomery firm. Survivors are his wife, Jane Alford; two daughters, Mary and Lottie, Chipley, Fla.; mother, Mrs. S.A. Alford, Sr., Chipley; two brothers, S.A., Jr., and E.L., both of Chipley; four sisters, Mrs. Kate Faulk, Thompasville, Ga., Mrs. Howard Bailey, Tallahassee, Fla., Mrs. Eva Survalle, Valdosta, Ga., and Miss Lela Alford, Chipley. Funeral services will be held Friday at 3:30 p.m., from Chipley Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Chipley.
Montgomery Advertiser, 11 Jun 1943Mrs. Ona Neal Alford
The funeral for Mrs. Alford, 57, will be held at Coosa River Church at 2:30 p.m., with Rev. John Coggin and Rev. Mr. Lawrence officiating. Burial will be in the churchyard cemetery with White Chapel directing. Surviving are the husband, A.L. Alford; two daughters, Mrs. H.H. Carpenter, and Mrs. T.N. Naile, Montgomery; six brothers, W.T. Shields, Deatsville; Brewster, Ruston, La.; Hugh and Dan, both of Choudrant, La., Wallace, New Orleans, and Claude, Shreveport; two sisters, Mrs. Mack Crosby, Choudrant, and Sam Robbins, Monroe, La.; one grandchild, Ruth Elaine Carpenter, and several nieces and nephews.
Birmingham News, 12 Dec 1960O.T. Alford
Services for Othar Thurston Alford, 61, of 1403 30th St., N., will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Brown-Service Norwood Chapel. Burial will be in Elmwood.
Dr. G.F. Cooper and Dr. Harold Spradley will officiate.
Dr. Alford died yesterday morning. He had been a resident of Birmingham most of his life and was a member of Norwood Methodist Church.
He was captain of Howard College's football team at the beginning of the 1920s.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Nannie Bell McKee Alford; a son O.T. Alford, Jr. of Birmingham; two daughters, Mrs. Barbara Ann Strickland of Hurst, Tex., and Mrs. Carolyn Vallely of Houston, Tex and two brothers, Curtiss G. Alford of Montgomery and Charlie Alford of Minnesota.
Montgomery Advertiser, 4 May 1940O.B. Alford
The funeral for O.B. Alford was held from White Chapel yesterday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. O.C. Lloyd officiating. The body was sent through the country to Vernledge for burial. Pallbearers were J.H. Wiggins, W.R. Bozeman, Leroy Hughes, W.E. Duncan, Mr. Carr, and Mr. Register.
Alabama Journal, 5 May 1940O.B. Alford
Funeral services for O.B. Alford will be held from White Chapel at 10 a.m. Friday with Rev. O.C. Lloyd officiating. The body will be sent to Vernledge, near Luverne, for burial.
Montgomery Advertiser, 2 Sep 1945Miss Nannie Alford, 77, a resident of Montgomery for 16 years, died at her home, 313 Randolph Street, early Saturday following a brief illness. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. W.M. Farnell, and Mrs. Mattie Lou Watson, both of Montgomery; two brothers, W.J. Alford, China Grove and W.H. Alford, Luverne, also seven nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held at Vernledge Methodist Chruch today at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Mr. Golden officiating. Burial will be in the churchyard cemetery with White Chapel directing.
Birmingham News, 11 Jul 1951Mrs. Nancy Alford, age 65, Watson, Ala., passed away at a local infirmary Tuesday p.m. Survived by 2 daughters, Miss Ida Alford, Mrs. E.V. Echols, both of Watson, Ala.; 2 sons, Clyde and Horace Alford, both of Watson; 2 grandchildren, Barbara Sue Echols and Larry Alford; 3 brothers, J.L. Johnson, Route 3 Birmingham; Alex Johnson, Birmingham; George Johnson, Oakland, Calif; 1 sister, Mrs. Effie Lively, Watson. Funeral services Thursday 3:30 p.m. from the Walker's Chapel Church, interment adj. cemetery, Bell directing.
Alabama Journal, 9 Sep 1952Mrs. Minnie Alford died at her home at 6:35 a.m. Tuesday following a long illness. Surviving are her two nieces, Mrs. B.R. Tatum and Mrs. J.W. Harrington and one nephew, Gerald W. Alford all of Elmore. Funeral services will be held from the home at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Ernest Andrews officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hebron Cemetery with Evans Funeral Home in charge.
Geneva County Reaper, 21 April 1960Mrs. Mary Emma Alford
Mrs. Mary Emma Alford, age 84, of Mobile and a former resident of Samson died Monday afternoon in a Mobile hospital after several weeks illness. Funeral services were Wednesday at 3 o'clock at New Hope Baptist Church with Rev. Brink Barnes officiating. Burial was in church cemetery with Pittman Funeral Home in charge. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Malisa Ward, Mobile, Mrs. Roxie Owens, Haines City, Fla., and Mrs. Ella Rials of Coffee Springs Rt. 1; two sons, Laborn Alford and Rubin Alford both of Leesburg, Fla., one brother, W.C. Owens Niceville, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Willie Danley, Pensacola, Fla. and Mrs. Vernon Crews of Tampa, Fla.; 24 grandchildren, and 33 great grandchildren.
Birmingham News, 16 Nov 1936Mrs. Mary Alford Rites
Luverne, Ala. - Funeral for Mrs. Mary Alford, 81, of Luverne, was held at 11 p.m. yesterday from the residence of the Rev. J.T. Ellison, of Rutledge, officiating. Burial was in the Salem Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, two sons, B.A. Alford, of Montgomery, and E.F. Alford, of Luverne, and one brother, J.M. Cutts, of Snowdon.
Birmingham Age-Herald, 2 May 1944Mrs. Martha Sybil Alford, age 22, 7907 Rubgy Ave., passed away at a local infirmary Sunday. Survived by the husband, Hoyt B. Alford, Jr., U.S. Navy; 1 infant son and 1 infant daughter; parents Mr. and Mrs. William G. McClanahan, and Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Alford; 1 sister Miss Hazel McClanahan. Funeral services from the Lakewood Baptist Church Tuesday at 2 p.m. Rev. E.E. Weaver, assisted by Rev. J.D. Wyatt officiating. Active pallbearers, Jim Atchison, Jake Peveler, Jimmie MIddlebrooks, Jimmie Huggins, Lester Merritt, Willard Moore, Johns directing.
Montgomery Advertiser, 3 Jun 1934Miss Margaret Alford
Wetumpka, Ala., June 2 - (Special) - The funeral of Miss Margaret Alford, 25, of Elmore, will be held from the home at 11 a.m. Sunday with the Rev. W.O. Linch, of the Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Elmore Cemetery with McMorris in charge. Miss Alford was an honor graduate of the State Secondary Agricultural School here, and of Birmingham-Southern. She had taught for several years and was a teacher at Bessemer, where she committed suicide Friday. She was to have been married June 12. Surviving are her father, W.B. Alford; two brothers, Gerald and Bernard; two sisters, Louise and Nina Alford; and an aunt, Miss Minnie Rainer.
Alabama JournalMrs. Lockie J. Alford
Mrs. Locke J. Alford, a native of Mathews, Ala., died at her home at 11:40 p.m. Tuesday following a long illness. Surviving are a son, Grover C. Alford, Mathews; three daughters, Mrs. J.A. Pugh, Fitzpatrick; Miss Annie Mae Alford, Mathews, and Mrs. P.A. Debardelaben, Montgomery; a brother, Henry Downing, Montgomery; four sisters, Mrs. Jim Johnson, Pine Level; Mrs. W.L. Pugh, Mrs. Cecil Walker and Mrs. Kate Ellis, all of Montgomery; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The funeral was held at Pine Level Methodist Church today at 2 p.m. with the Rev. C.A. Massey officiating. Burial was in the churchyard cemetery with White Chapel directing. Pallbearers were Luther G. Pugh, Leon Pugh, L.B. Alford, James Pugh, Guy Pugh, and E.W. Downing.
Montgomery Advertiser, 6 Oct 1950Mrs. Lockie J. Alford
The Funeral for Mrs. Alford was held at Pine Level Church Thursday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. C.A. Massey officiating. Burial was in the churchyard cemetery with White Chapel directing. Pallbearers were Luther G. Pugh, Leon Pugh, L.B. Alford, James Pugh, Guy Pugh, and E.W. Downing.
Birmingham News, 3 Dec 1956[Louis was the only child of John Warren Alford and his second wife, Lidia Ira Hunter. Don't print this, but here's what I'm told happened: Louis and his mother were driving home late after work. Louis was driving and went to sleep at the wheel. He was thrown from the pick-up truck as it left the road and the truck crushed him when it overturned. His mother escaped with minor injuries].
Winston Youth Killed Near Double Springs
A Houston, Ala., youth was instantly killed this morning when his car ran off a farm road.
The Highway Patrol identified the victim as Lewis Alford [actually, it's spelled Louis], 15. Houston is in Winston County.
The accident happened 14 miles east of Double Springs. The Highway Patrol said Alford was dead when investigators arrived at the scene of the accident.
Mobile Press, 28 Jul 1957Mr. Lawrence Risher Alford
Funeral services for Mr. Lawrence Risher Alford were held from the chapel of the Higgins Mortuary Sunday afternoon, July 27th, 1952 at 3:00 o'clock. Rev. Richard Tillman conducted the service. Pallbearers were A.W. Howard, L.F. Mathis, Rev. A.W. Jackson, T.C. Ellison, J.F. Kominck and Herman Lister. Interment was in the Creola Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by Higgins Mortuary, Inc., Mobile, Alabama.
Call-News Dispatch, 7 Dec 1978Funeral services for Julius (Cuz) Alford were held at the chapel of Radney Funeral Home in Mobile Dec. 2, with Rev. B.B. Fair officiating.
Rites Conducted for Mr. Alford
Mr. Alford, a native of Vinegar Bend, had been a resident of Mobile for 50 years. He died in a Mobile hospital, Nov. 30.
His survivors include his wife, Mrs. Elsie Werneth Alford, Mobile; one daughter, Mrs. Lizette Alford Wells, Mobile; two sisters, Mrs. Christine Alford Odom, Mobile and Mrs. Earlene Alford Newby, Manassus, Va.; one granddaughter, Mrs. Johnnie Lynn (Doddie) Rhodes, Mobile; and an uncle, Grover Dees, of Citronelle.
Pallbearers were Sam Odom, J.A. Dixon, Norman Vardaman, L.D. Atkins, Urel Welborn, and James Rainey.
Interment was in Wolf Ridge Cemetery, with Radney Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Montgomery Advertiser, 17 Dec 1944News was received here yesterday of the death Thursday in an Atlanta hospital of Julius E. Alford, a former resident of Montgomery. The funeral was held Saturday in Pensacola. Surviving are his widow, three sons, and two daughters, and a sister, Mrs. L.R. Scott.
Julius Alford Dies In Atlanta Hospital
Montgomery Advertiser, 25 Oct 1944Julius C. Alford, 65, died at his home in Speigner, Ala., early Tuesday afternoon following a long illness. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Lillian R. Alford, of Speigner; three daughters, Mrs. Sherill Spigner of Titus; Mrs. C.C. Polk of Knowville, Tenn.; and Mrs. J.C. Gray, of Montgomery; two sisters, Mrs. Ben Ledbetter, of Elmore, and Mrs. Jane Debardeleben, of Wetumpka, and a brother, Walker Alford, of Pike County, and seven grandchildren. Funeral from Deatsville Baptist Church, Wednesday, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. J.W. Jones officiating. Burial in Deatsville Cemetery, Evans Funeral Home in charge.
Montgomery Advertiser, 8 Oct 1942Julius C. Alford
Julius C. Alford, 87, a resident of Pike Road and native of Montgomery County died at the home at an early hour Wednesday morning following a long illness. Surviving are a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held from White Chapel today at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Mr. Cameron officiating. The remains will be sent through the country to Union Springs for burial. [From another issue of the Montgomery Advertiser:] Pallbearers were J.W. Turnipseed, James Dees, J.A. Kirksey, Grady Ellis, L.W. Carter and W.C. Reynolds.
Montgomery Advertiser, 24 Jun 1980Mrs. Josephine Evans Alford, a resident of Montgomery for 40 years, died in a local hospital at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday after a brief illness. Surviving are three sons, J.R. Alford, Montgomery, Raymond Guy Alford and Norman Winston Alford, both of Houston, Tex.; two daughters, Mrs. Rufus C. McHenry, Montgomery and Mrs. Roy Adams, Longview, Tex.; a brother, I.B. Evans, Montgomery; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. The funeral was held from White Chapel today at 11:30 a.m. with Dr. W.F. Calhoun officiating. Burial was in Salem Cemetery in Bullock County.
Sylacauga Advance, 13 May 1976Mrs. Jessie Wesson Alford, 79, of Sylacauga died May 7 at Sylacauga Hospital. She was a native of Talladega County and was retired from Avondale Mills.
Funeral service was May 9 at Gillum-Curtis Chapel with the Rev. Henry Breedlove officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Julius B. Alford, Sylacauga; one sister, Mrs. Verna Rayfield, Sylacauga; and several nieces and nephews.
Mobile Register, 11 Feb 1947Miss Jean Alford - Resident of Mobile for many years, died at a local hospital Saturday night, Feb. 8, 1947. Her remains were taken in charge by the Roche Funeral Home and sent to Montgomery, Ala., where funeral services and interment will be made. Funeral arrangements by Roche Mortuary.
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 7/22/95 11:12 PM
SUBJECT: Alford Tapes 7/22/95 Part 2
Here's part two of some obits from the Alford Tapes.
[These are not obits; they seem to be from a book of who's who or prominent Alabamians or something]
Montgomery Advertiser, 15 Feb 1978Mrs. Jessie Lois Alford
Mrs. Jessie Lois Alford, age 58, a resident of Rt. 5, Wetumpka, Alabama, died Monday, February 13, 1978 in a Montgomery hospital after a brief illness. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, 1978 from the Wetumpka Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Atkinson and Rev. Robert B. Dorris officiating. Burial in Pine View Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Campbell Funeral Home of Wetumpka directing. Survivors include her husband, James Ralph Alford, Wetumpka, one daughter, Mrs. Jean Reynolds, Montgomery; two sons, Jerry Alford, Pensacola, Florida and Marlow Alford, Millbrook; mother Mrs. Frances M. Gilliland, Holtville, Alabama; two sisters, Mrs. Bonnie Wilson, Mountain Creek, Alabama, Mrs. Robbie Nelson, Wetumpka; five brothers, Harmon Gilliland and Gharles E. Gilliland, both of Deatsville, Alabama, Clevon O. Gilliland, Wetumpka, W.J. Gilliland, Shrevesport, Louisiana, and Shorty Gilliland, Jackson, Mississippi; and four grandchildren. Active pallbearers will be nephews. The body will lie in state at the church for 30 minutes prior to services. Visitation will be at Campbell Funeral Home after 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Montgomery Advertiser, 11 Feb 1947Miss Jean Alford - a former resident of Montgomery, died at her home in Mobile Sunday morning after a long illness. Miss Alford had no immediate relatives. Funeral services will be held from St. Andrews Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. today with Father Rafferty officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, White Chapel in charge.
Birmingham News, 23 Oct 1939Jane Anne Alford, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hoyt B. Alford of 634 S. 83rd Place, passed away at a local infirmary Sunday morning. Survived by the parents and one brother, H.B. Alford, Jr. Funeral services from Vice's Woodlawn chapel, Monday 1:30 p.m. Interment in the Cool Springs Cemetery, near Ashville, Alabama.
Montgomery Advertiser, 21 Jan 1937James T. Alford
The funeral for James T. Alford, which was to have been held today, will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m., from Diffly's Funeral Home in order that a son, N. W. Alford, will have time to make a trip from Goose Creek, Texas. Burial will follow in Pine Level. Surviving beside his widow, Mrs. Josephine Alford, are two other sons, Police Capt. Bob Alford, of Montgomery; R.G. Alford of New Iberia, La.; two daughters, Miss Ira Mae Alford, of Montgomery; Mrs. Roy Adams of Longview, Texas; two brothers L.L., of Pine Level; W.C. of Kilgore, Tecas; and a sister, Mrs. John Jones, of Arkansas. Pallbearers will be J.G. Smiley, Clyde Vann, Grady Girdner, M.F. Pruitt, W.H. Alford, and W.C. Frizzle.
Call-News Dispatch, 28 Jan 1982Funeral services were held Jan. 16 at Freeman Funeral Home Chapel for James D. (Bo) Alford, 65, of Leakesville, who died Jan. 14 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Biloxi.
Services Held For Mr. Alford
The Rev. Killingworth and the Rev. Sterling officiated. Burial was in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.
Survivors include two brothers, Ellis Alford, Philadelphia, Miss., and Melvin Alford, Lucedale; six sisters, Mrs. Martha Beech and Mrs. Allie Vess, both of Lucedale, Mrs. Pearline McDonald, La Pine, Ore., Mrs. Ellen Cooley, Vinegar Bend, Mrs. Myrtle Hopkins and Mrs. Mavis Crocker, both of Saraland.
Birmingham News, 25 Mar 1978Hugh McKinley Alford, Jr., 54, of 2144 Vesthaven Way, died Friday. He was a member of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, and the Shades Valley and the Vestavia Civitan Clubs. He also was a member of the Vestavia Country Club. Mr. Alford was vice president of the Robinson-Adams Insurance Agency for 20 years. Funeral will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Valley Chapel, with burial in Elmwood. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Doris Dykes Alford; a son, Hugh Alford, Birmingham; two daughters, Mrs. Celia Clem, Birmingham, and Mrs. Brenda Forster, Miami, Fla., and his mother, Mrs. Grace Alexander Alford, Birmingham. The family requests any memorials be made to Birmingham Baptist Medical Center, Montclair.
Alabama Journal, 13 Mar 1956Hendricks Cleveland Alford Sr., a life-time resident of Montgomery and Robinson Springs, died at his home at Robinson Springs today at 3 a.m. following a long illness. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Catherine B. Alford; a son Hendricks C. Alford Jr., Pensacola, Fla.; one daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Madden, San Antonio, Tex. Funeral services will be held from Leak-Memory Chapel Thursday at 2:30 p.m. with Dr. J.W. Stork officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. The family requests the omission of flowers.
Phenix-Citizen, 2 Aug 1979Helen Hughes Alford
Mrs. Helen Hughes Alford of 381 Oklaoosa Road, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Wednesday, July 25 at her home.
Mrs. Alford was born in Phenix City and had lived in Fort Walton Beach since 1949. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach.
Mrs. Alford is survived by her husband, George M. Alford of Ft. Walton Beach; one daughter, Linda A. Lawrence of Panama City, Fla.; two granddaughters, Linda Lee Lawrence and Lisa Helen Lawrence of Panama City; one sister, Mrs. Joe Funderburk of Phenix City; two brothers, Mr. Earl Hughes of Las Vegas, Nev. and Mr. Woodrow Hughes of Panama City.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 28 from the First Baptist Church in Fort Walton Beach with Dr. James Monroe officiating. Burial was in Real Memorial Cemetery in Fort Walton Beach.
Montgomery Advertiser, 14 Mar 1978Mrs. Gerturde Alford, a resident of 466 Sharpe Street, Montgomery died in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held Thurdsay, Mar. 16, 1978 at 12:00 from Second Baptist Church, Thompson, Alabama with burial in church cemetery. Survivors include his sister Mrs. Lula Hatchett; son Mr. Willie J. Alford; nephews, Mr. Neal Fitzpatrick, Mr. Charles Fitzpatrick, Mr. Larry Fitzpatrick, Fort Gordon, Georgia, Mr. Louis D. Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles, California; nieces, Miss Joanne Fitzpatrick, Maggie M. Fitzpatrick; great nephew, Mr. Neal Fitzpatrick, and a host of other relatives. Ross-Clayton Funeral Home is directing.
[Newspaper and Date Not Listed]Gerald Wayne Alford, 43, a lifelong resident of Elmore, died unexpectedly at his home Sunday morning.
Mr. Alford was a member of the Elmore Methodist Church, American Legion Post No. 2 and the VFW.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Marion Cox Alford, Elmore; a daughter, Barbara Sue Alford, Elmore, and two sisters, Mrs. B.R. Tatum, Elmore, and Mrs. J.W. Harrington, Montgomery.
Funeral services were from White Chapel, Tuesday at 10 a.m. with Rev. Earl Crutchfield officiating. Burial was in Mt. Hebron Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Frank Beckfield, Edward McGlamery, Amos Wilson, W.L. Beale, Jack Simpson and Virgil N. Storey. Honorary pallbearers were members of the American Legion and VFW.
Geneva County Reaper, 10 May 1951A Masonic rite funeral service was held Sunday for F.M. Alford, 84. He died at a DeFuniak Springs, Florida hospital Friday night following a short illness.
Masonic Rite Burial Held At Limestone For F.M. Alford
The funeral service was held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Gaskin Baptist Church with Rev. R.M. McDaniels officiating. Burial was in the Limestone Cemetery with Pittman Funeral Home of Geneva in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by one son, Richard Alford of Darlington, route; four sisters, Mrs. Etta Knowles, Mrs. Melba Beck, Mrs. Emma Beck and Mrs. Mettie Aldermon, all of Darlington, Fla., route.
Montgomery Advertiser, 9 Apr 1956Euell F. Alford
Euell F. Alford, a native of Montgomery County and resident of Pine Level died Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Effie Stowers Alford, Pine Level; a son Clay F. Alford, Lineville; a brother B.A. Alford, Sr., Montgomery. Funeral will be held from Pine Level Methodist Church today at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Doyce MItchell officiating. Burila will be in the churchyard cemetery with White Chapel directing.
Euell F. Alford
Euell F. Alford, 70, The funeral for Euell F. Alford for Euell F. Alford was held from the Pine Level Methodist Church Monday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Doyce Mitchell officiating. Burial in the churchyard cemetery, White Chapel directing. Pallbearers were E.E. Alford, H.D. Alford, M.L. Alford, E.T. Alford, K.T. Speigner and Alvin Turner.
Mobile Register, 20 Apr 1943Funeral services for Miss Ernestine Alford were held from the chapel of Higgins Mortuary Tuesday afternoon April 20, 1943, at 4 o'clock. Rev. Talbert Morgan conducted the services. The active pallbearers were: Mr. Nelson Nelson, Mr. Oliver Hume, Mr. Tom A. Rabby, Mr. Walter Tyler, Mr. Harry McBrown, Jr., and Mrs. E.J. Veilon. The honorary pallbearers were: Mr. W.S. Murphy, Mr. John Atchinson, and Mr. J.E. Cobb. Interment was in the Magnolia Cemetery with Higgins Mortuary directing.
Miss Ernestine Alford died at a local hospital Sunday afternoon, April 18, 1943, at 6:15 o'clock. She is survived by her father, Mr. J.F. Alford; three sisters, Mrs. H.H. Odom of Prichard, Miss Jessie Alford, and Miss Erline Alford of Troy, Ala.; two brothers, Mr. Billy Alford of Troy, and Mr. Julius T. Alford of Prichard. Funeral services will be held from the Chapel of Higgins Mortuary Tuesday afternoon, April 20, 1943, at 4 o'clock. Interment will be in the Magnolia Cemetery with Higgins Mortuary directing.
Montgomery Advertiser, 18 Feb 1978Mrs. Elizabeth Alford, formerly of Montgomery, Alabama, died Sunday February 12, 1978 in Detriot, Michigan. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, February 18, 1978 from the Old Augusta Baptist Church with Rev. J. Gibbs officiating. Burial in the Old Augusta Cemetery with Ross-Clayton Funeral Home directing. Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Lillie Belle Hutchinson, and Mrs. Dolline Murry, both of Detriot, Michigan; one brother, Rubin Alford, Montgomery; two brothers-in-law; three nieces; one sister-in-law; four nephews; three great nephews, a devoted friend, Mrs. Renna McCord, and other relatives and friends.
Onlooker [unknown city], 5 Jan 1956Mrs. Dula Arline Alford, 41, died at the Mobile Infirmary Dec. 27 and was buried in Holly Grove Cemetery at Bay Minette Tuesday.
Funeral Services Held Tuesday For Mrs. Alford
Mrs. Alford, a resident of Pensacola for the past several years but a native of Robertsdale, had been ill in the hospital for four weeks.
Graveside services at Holly Grove were conducted by the Rev. John Chafin at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Mrs. Alford is survived by her husband, Robert F. Alford, Pensacola, Fla.; mother, Mrs. Viola L. Allen, Robertsdale; two sisters, Mrs. Rosie E. Cummings, and Mrs. Lottie J. Kesler both of Brent, Fla.; five brothers, John Allen and Jesse Allen both of Robertsdale; Jack Allen and Jason Allen both of Brent, Fla. and Jerry Allen who is with the U.S. Navy and other relatives.
Phenix Citizen, 31 Oct 1974Mrs. Dora Alford
Funeral services for Mrs. Dora Alford were held at 2 p.m. Oct. 24 at Lakeview Funeral Home with Rev. J. Malcom Wade officiating. Interment was in Pine Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Alford is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Montgomery Advertiser, 16 Feb 1952Funeral for Mrs. Dock F. Alford, Pike Road School lunchroom employee who died Monday following injuries received in a highway accident Feb. 8, was held Wednesday from Old Salem Church in Southern Montgomery County.
Funeral Is Held For Mrs. Alford At Salem Church
Mrs. Alford was injured as an oil company truck from Montgomery collided with a Pike Road School bus driven by her husband.
A State Highway Patrol report said the oil truck was rounding a curve on the left side of the road, a little more than a mile west of Mathews.
Five school children on the bus at the time of the accident were reported uninjured.
The Highway Patrol report said Mrs. Alford suffered injuries to her face and head. She was removed by ambulance from the accident scene to a Montgomery hospital. An X-ray examination Saturday was said to have revealed a broken pelvis bone.
Walter T. McKee, superintendent of transportation for Montgomery County Schools, who said he reached the scene soon after the accident, said Mrs. Alford was sitting in the seat immediately behind her husband and a school child was sitting on the seat with her when the accident happened. Damage to the school bus, a 1942 model, was estimated at $700 or more. The truck was driven by William W. Boyd, Montgomery, according to patrol records.
Mrs. Alford, who was apparently recovering satisfactorily from her injuries, died unexpectedly Monday at 3 p.m.
Survivors are the husband, Dock F. Alford; a son, J.F. Alford, Montgomery; a daughter, Mrs. Denzil Catrett, Montgomery; two sisters, Mrs. Sadie P. Barfield, Jacksonville, Fla., and Mrs. Sam Furr, Jr., Bartow, Fla.; two brothers, C.M. Dickey, Boligee, and Hoodney Dickey, Ohio; two grandchildren and several nephews and nieces.
Montgomery Advertiser, 13 Feb 1952Mrs. D.F. Alford
Funeral services for Mrs. D.F. Alford will be held from Salem Church in Montgomery County Wednesday at 3 p.m. with the Rev. McCreary officiating. Survivors are the husband, D.F. Alford; a son, J.F. Alford, Montgomery; a daughter, Mrs. Denzil Catrett, Montgomery; two sisters, Mrs. Sadie P. Barfield, Jacksonville, Fla., and Mrs. Sam Furr, Jr., Bartow, Fla.; two brothers, C.M. Dickey, Boligee, Ala., and Hoodney Dicker, Ohio; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be J.G. Pugh, Jack Cantey, Lummie Alford, James Pugh, J.F. Johnson and Luther Pugh. Griffin Funeral Home is in charge.
Montgomery Advertiser, 29 Dec [can't make year]Mrs. Claudia F. Alford
Dothan, Ala, Dec. 28 - (Special) - Mrs. Claudia Fulton Alford, 51, died in a Dothan hospital tonight after a short illness. She was the widow of W.A. Alford, former Coast Line Railroad man and had lived in Dothan for the past 12 years. Prior to that she was a resident of Montgomery for about 12 years.
Montgomery Advertiser, 13 Dec 1940Columbus M. Alford
Troy, Ala., Dec 12 - Columbus M. Alford, 73, died at his home here late Wednesday after a lengthy illness. Surviving are: one daughter, Mrs. C. J. Ivey; two half-brothers, Walter Alford, Downings Cross Roads, and Jule Alford, Speigner; two half-sisters, Mrs. Lottie Mae Ledbetter, of Elmore, and Mrs. DeBardelaben, Wetumpka. Funeral services will be held from the Mt. Moriah Church Friday at 10 a.m., with Rev. W.M. Bush officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with McGehee-Jones directing.
Montgomery Advertiser, 14 Oct 1918Charles. W. Alford
A message has been received in the city announcing the death of Charles W. Alford, seven-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius E. Alford, which occurred at Pensacola, Fla., Saturday night. Mr. and Mrs. Alford formerly resided in Montgomery, and have a large number of friends who will learn with sorrow of the death of their son. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at Pensacola.
Birmingham Age-Herald, 10 Jul 1944 [has picture]Travis Woodard Alford, 67, Norwood branch circulation manager for The Birmingham Age-Herald and News died Saturday afternoon at his home, 923 North 39th Street. Mr. Alford has been with the circulation department of the two papers 15 years.
Taken By Death
Employee Of Newspaper For Past 15 Years Passes At Home
Funeral services will be held in the Stockham Memorial Methodist Church, time to be announced, the Rev. D.Y. Register, officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Brown-Service in charge.
Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Della Alford; three sons, Dr. O.T. Alford, Birmingham; Corp. Curtis G. Alford, U.S. Army, Dodge City, Kan.; Charles A. Alford, Cleveland, Ohio; mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Alford, Birmingham; two brothers, J.B. Alford and Bass Alford, Birmingham; two sisters, Mrs. Oris Baker, Birmingham, and Mrs. Gladys Ramsey, Springville.
Pallbearers will be E.O. Allen, Webb Hurt, H.E. Pendle, Jim Oliver, Curtis Windham and S. Wesley Teague, of the circulation department of The Birmingham Age-Herald and The Birmingham News.
Birmingham News, 29 Jul 1951 [has picture]Horace Coleman Alford, native of Alabama and a practicing attorney in Birmingham for the past 35 years, died Saturday morning in a local hospital. He was 65.
Horace C. Alford, Attorney, Dies In Birmingham Hospital
Born in Riverside, Ala., Mr. Alford was graduated from Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., and then came to Birmingham. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Birmingham chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police and "The Club."
Funeral services will be held at Johns Chapel at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dr. John L. Slaughter officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be John S. Foster, John M. Raines, Little Rock, Ark.; John Tucker, Hawood Shirley, James Wylie, John D. Tutwiler.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. T.F. Scofield, Dr. Sterling J. Foster, Dr. Claude Hagan, N.N. Seabury, John W. Cunningham, Johnny O'Donnell, James Johnson, Bowie S. Tutwiler, Sr., W.T. McCurdy, A.W. Brazelton, Lonnie Abel, members of the Birmingham Bar Association, judges and employees of the Jefferson County Courthouse.
Mr. Alford is survived by his widow; his mother, Mrs. Agnes C. Alford, Birmingham; two sisters, Mrs. T.F. Scofield and Miss Margaret E. Alford, Birmingham; three brothers, Hawood O. Alford, Gainesville, Fla.; Hugh M. Alford, Birmingham; Phillip H.Alford, Miami, Fla.; one nephew and three nieces.Charles Nutting Alford; 1898-96, B.S., '96; M.S., '97; C.E., '00. County Surveyor of Marshall County, 1897-1900; Construction Engineer for Dwight Manufacturing Co., 1898-1900. In 1900 Architect and Engineer in Birmingham, Ala.Believe it or not, that's all the obits. See any new stuff? I still have a good bit of other Alford information from the tapes. I printed out most of the rest of the stuff today. I'll be working through that as time permits.
Oliver Hannibal Alford, Gadsden, Ala. 1898-1902, B.S., '02. Chemist, republic Steel and Iron Co., Thomas, Ala.; Chemist, Ala. Steel and Wire Co., Gadsden, Ala. Drug and meat market business.
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 7/23/95 9:52 PM
SUBJECT: Alford Tapes 7/23/95
No. I did not know you were ill. I suppose that didn't come through between your lines. You are in mine and Wanda's prayers. My mom has fought and so far won the battle against the big C. I'm very glad that was not the diagnosis for you.
I'll be the first to understand how works gets backed up. As for my stuff I'm sending, just put it in some electronic pile someplace until you get to it as you can. I get sorta type-happy sometimes and thought I'd plink at this stuff until the pile of papers on the left of my desk gets smaller than the pile on the right.
Speaking of the particular Alfords your are missing from Alabama: can you give me a name or two of your Most Wanted Alfords in case I run across any other stuff?
Also, one time you mentioned access to microfilm. You'll have to remind me how it worked, but sometime I'd like to review the 1880 and 1900 soundex for Texas and Louisiana (S-364). Let me pay for any charge you incur, postage, etc.
Anyway, no rush on the above.
Here's some more from the Alford Tapes:More later. The pile on the left is definitely getting smaller...
Alabama Journal, 15 Sep 1960The annual reunion of the Alford and Barfoot familes was held Sunday at Snowdoun Community Center.
W.D. Alford of Montgomery, gave the invocation. A picnic dinner was spread.
Those registered were Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Alford, Jr. and daugther, Laurie, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Alford and children, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Alford and son, Butch, Mrs. Margie E. Mellring, Mr. and Mrs. H.V. Lawhorn, Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Frizzell and Don, Mr. and Mrs. Burl Everage and Sonny, Mr. and Mrs. C.L. McMoy Sr., Mrs. Kathleen McMoy, Mr. and Mrs. John McMoy and children, Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Bird and children, Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Price and children, Miss Helen Brooks, Mrs. Elanor Evans and children, Mrs. E.M. Barfoot, and Fay, all of Montgomery.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Alford and Tommie Jean, Letohatchie Route; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Alford and Edward Jr., Pike Road; Mr. and Mrs. M.L. McMoy, Mr. and Mrs. Grover Henley and children, Mrs. Corinthia Alford, Ramer; Mrs. Georgia Mae Griffin, Troy.
Mr. and Mrs. C.L. McMoy Jr. and Mike Dothan; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Barfoot, Mr. and Mrs. Grady Barfoot and children, Mr. and Mrs. Horace Barfoot and Diane, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Thomason and Family, Andalusia; Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Barfoot, Luverne; Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Barfoot and children, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Barfoot and children, Selma; Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Barfoot and children, Pike Road.
Visitors were: Russ Fox, Tommy Floyd, Mrs. Iola Morgan, Miss Gayle Lambert, Miss Nettie Barber, Gerry Clark, Helen Brooks, Mongtomery, and Jackie Gaston, Tuskegee.
Luverne Journal & News, 3 Jan 1968Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Alford of Luverne had a family reunion which was the first time in 34 years, they have been together.
Alford Family Reunion Held
Present were Mr. and Mrs. Claude Alford, Buster Alford and Thomas Alford, Bobbie Alford, all of New York; Mr. and Mrs. Theo Carpenter, and son Terry of Panama City, Fla.
Also present were Gerturde Martin, Hollywood, Fla., Mrs. Ethel Villa and daughter, Darlene of Charleston, S.C., Mrs. Mamie Dorman and Mrs. Marvin Stephens of Montgomery.
Samson Ledger, 3 Apr 1969The Alford family reunion was held Sunday at New Home Baptist Church.
Alford Family Holds Reunion
Attending were Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Meigs, Margaret, John and Fort of Adams, Tenn., Mr. and Mrs. Benny Adams, Columbus, GA., Mrs. Cecil Alford, Foley, Ala.; Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Alford and son, Eric, Pensacola; Mr. and Mrs. Houston Aplin and Linda, Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Alford, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Aplin and Sheila, Mr. and Mrs. Royce Crews, Gayle, Jim, Joyce and Rosemary of Samson.
Guests presetnt were Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Owens and Rev. Carl Dunn.
Mobile Press, 22 Feb 1944Pvt. William H. Alford, so of Will Alford, of Brewton, and Pvt. Wilbur Tarwater, son of Mrs. W.C. Tarwater, of Crichton, have won the right to wear the famous wings and boots of the Army volunteer paratroopers. Both recently made their fifth and qualifying jump, a night tactical leap identical to actual combat work, which completed their four weeks of jump training.
Ashland Progress, 15 May 1969 [with picture]The children of Mr. and Mrs. William Brady Alford, the former Myrtle Hand, entertained for their parents at their home in the Mountain Community, Sun., April 13th, in honor of their fiftieth Wedding Anniversary. The real wedding date was Dec. 27, 1918, but because of illness the celebration was postponed.
Mr. and Mrs. Brady Alford Celebrate 50th
Approximately one hundred guests were registered by Mrs. Lorene Hand.
A three-tiered cake decorated with yellow spun roses and bearing the number 50 was served from a table covered with ecru lace cloth over yellow. Beautiful arrangements of yellow pom-pons arranged by Mrs. Thurber Colley added to the attractiveness of the refreshment table where buring yellow tapers were also used.
Golden punch, nuts and mints were served by Kathy Hand and Debra Jackson from a beautiful crystal service.
The hostesses were Lawson Alford, Cusseta; Cecil Alford, Sybil Alford Jones, Alex City; Maxine Alford Plier, Thorsby. They also have 12 grandchildren.
Mrs. Alford chose a blue printed crepe dress for the occasion. Her corsage was of yellow mums and Mr. Alford wore a yellow bouttonniere. Pictures were made by Lorine Hand and Rev. B.B. McGinty.
Montgomery Advertiser, 25 Nov 1943Kansas City, Kan., Nov. 24, - First Lieut. Wilburn E. Alford, of Montgomery, Ala., a navigator for the Second Ferrying Squadron, which is based at Fairfax Airport here, has been awarded the American Theater of Operations ribbon for having been a member of a crew ferrying a plane outside the continental limits of the United States.
Lieut. Wilburn Alford Ferrying Big Bombers
The Second Ferrying Squadron, attached to the Fifth Ferrying Group of the Air Transport Command, has as its purpose the ferrying of B-25 Mitchell bombers built at the Kansas City plant of North American Aviation, Inc.
Lieut. Alford is a graduate of Sidney Lanier High School of Montgomery. He served in the United Stations Marine Corps from 1935 to 1939 and reenterd military service on March 26, 1942. Prior to that time he was with the operations department of American Airlines, Inc., at Washington, D.C.
Birmingham News, 27 Feb 1944 [has picture]Corp. Thomas Carl Alford (above), son of Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Alford, Montgomery, has beenmissing in action since Dec. 21, according to a message received by his parents. Entering the Marine Corps in March, 1942, Corp. Alford is stationed in the Pacific area. He has two brothers and a sister-in-law also serving in that area.
Missing In Pacific
Mobile Press, 14 Mar 1944 [has picture]A member of the twenty-third class of aviation cadets to be graduated from the Columbus Army Airfield near Columbus Miss., recently was Sterling R. Alford (left), 28-year-old son of Mrs. Sterling R. Alford, Sr., of Bay Minette. He received the silver wings of a flying officer and was commissioned second lieutenant in the Army Air Force. Lieut. Alford entered pilot training last March and attended flying schools at Arcadia, Fla., and Gunter Field, Ala.
Montgomery Advertiser, 9 Oct 1955Eufaula, Ala., Oct. 8 - Mr. and Mrs. Edward Broughton Martin, Jr. of Eufaula announce the engagement of their daughter, Sue Flournoy, to Russell Alger Alford, Jr., of Birmingham, the wedding to take place in December.
Miss Sue Flournoy Martin To Wed Russell Alford, Jr.
The bride-elect is a graduate of Eufaula High School and she attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute in Auburn, where she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority.
Her maternal grandparents are Mrs. Perry G. Wright and the late Mr. Wright of Selma. Paternally she is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Broughton Martin Sr. of Birmingham. She now holds a position in Birmingham.
Mr. Alford is the son of Mr. Alford and the late Mrs. Alma Dilger Alford of Birmingham. He graduated at Birmingham High School and is in electrical engineering school of API in Auburn. He is a member of ATO fraternity and of Bachelor's Cotillion club of Birmingham. He served two years in the U.S. Navy and now holds a position in Birmingham.
Montgomery Advertiser, 10 Feb 1944Montgomery, Ala., - (AP) - Sgt. Ralph Alford, believed to be a prisioner of war in Germany, has an Air Medal with four Oak Leaf clusters waiting when he returns.
Prison Of Germans Has Medal Awaiting
Col. Elmer J. Bowling, Maxwell Field commandant, Wednesday presented his mother, Mrs. L.P. Alford with the fourth cluster.
At a special review Jan. 22, Col. Bowling awarded the sergeant the Air Medal and three clusters "for gallant actions in the European theater of operations."
Montgomery Advertiser, 10 Oct 1943Staff Sergt. Ralph H. Alford, 18-year-old Montgomery boy, has been reported missing in action serving with the American Air Force in Britian. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lynch Thomas Alford, Kilby Reservation, have been informed by Air Forces officials that Sergt. Alford has been missing since Sept. 27.
Ralph H. Alford Missing In Action
Sergt. Alford had been on seven daylight bombing raids over Nazi Europe and when asked what was his outstanding raid replied:
"The raids on Kassel, Germany, on July 29 was outstanding because the flack was so thick and the enemy attacks in the air so numerous. We were hit three times, and I fired about 500 rounds of ammunition. I liked it."
Sergt. Alford graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in 1942 and after joining the Army Air Corps he attended the aerial gunnery school at Fort Myers.
Birmingham News, 9 Jul 1944Announcement is made by Mrs. Elizabeth Byers Alford of the marriage of her daughter, Orris Patricia Alford, to Karl Denton Baker, of Birmingham and San Antonio, Tex.
Miss Patricia Alford Is Married To Texan
The bride, a teacher in the Birmingham public school, is a graduate of Howard College. she also attended University of Alabama and Peabody College, Nashville.
Mr. Baker received his education at Texas A&M.
Montgomery Advertiser, 23 Jul 1953The bodies of 125 Americans who gave their lives as a result of the fighting in Korea are being returned to the United States aboard the SS Greenbay Vicktory, the Department of Defense announced today.
4 Alabamians Among War Dead Arriving
The ship is expected to arrive at the San Francisco Port of Embarkation on or about July 23.
Alabamians included in the list of dead being returned are;
Army: Cpl. Ottis F. Alford, son of Coy Alford, Rt. 1, Falkville; Pfc. Ellis Barnes, son of Alex Barnes, Tuscaloosa; Pvt. Judge Daniels, husband of Mrs. Ruth C. Daniels, Rt. 3, Box 69, Abbeville.
Air Force: Capt. Floyd W. Saize, son of Leonce B. Saize, 3025 Prince Ave., Birmingham.
Birmingham News, 7 May 1953Another Alabamian has been killed action in Korea.
Falkville Soldier Killed in Korea
Two have been wounded and one captured by the Reds.
Killed In Action: Corp. Ottis F. Alford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Coy Alford, Falkville Rt. 1.
Gadsden Times, 20 Apr [can't make year] [has picture]Mrs. Mattie Swindall announces the marriage of her daughter, Orene, to Curtis Alford, son of Mrs. J.F. Alford, April 20. The ceremony was performed by Judge W. W. Hale at Rising Fawn, Ga.
Miss Orene Swindall Weds Curtis Alford
The bride wore a navy blue suit with white accessories. Her flowers were sweetheart roses.
The only attendants were Miss Mildred Good and Zelmon Alford.
Immediately following the wedding, Mr. and Mrs. Alford left for a wedding trip to Chattanooga, after which they are at home in Garden City.
Mr. Alford recieved his discharge from the army last September after serving four years, part of this time being spent in the Pacific theater.
Birmingham News, 27 Jun 1954 [has picture]Miss Mildred Alford, formerly of Gadsden, has assumed her new duties as assistant manager, stewardess administration, with American Airlines general office at LaGuardia Field, New York. In 1953 Miss Alford was honored by the alabama Alumnae Assn. when she was named [rest is missing]
Methodist Christian Advertiser, 4 Feb 1964Mr. and Mrs. John F. Alford, Albertville, were also among the 23 candidates commissioned missionaries and deaconesses of The Methodist Church January 24 at Buck Hill Falls, Pa.
Mr. and Mrs. Alford, who are being commissioned as home missionaries, will serve as social workers in a community center. Mrs. Alford is the daughter of the Rev. L. Harold Spradley, pastor of the Center Point Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and Mrs. Spradley.
Born in Albertville, Mr. Alford attended the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., and graduated in 1950 with a bachelor of arts degree in English and Spanish. He received the master of arts degree in physical education from the University of Alabama in 1954. From 1954 to 1956, he was coach and physical education teacher at the Albertville High School and then from 1957 to 1961 was coach and physical education instructor at Athen College, Athens, Ala.
Mrs. Alford was born in Lafayette, Ala., and attended Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham. She graducated in 1955 with a bachelor of arts degree in music. She has taught in the public schools of Albertville and been choir director at Athens College.
Montgomery Advertiser-Journal, 1 Aug 1982 [has picture]James G. Alford, a 17-year-old Montgomery resident, recently became an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouting. The member of Boy Scout Troop 107 was awarded a medal in a presentation by the Court of Honor.
His mother was presented with an Eagle Scout miniature pin and his father was given a necktie slide. Alford said that although this is the highest rank he can receive as a scout, he will continue to work in the organization and add palms to his latest medal.
Montgomery Advertiser-Journal, 11 Jul 1982Mr. and Mrs. Jack L. Alford of Montgomery were honored on their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception held at St. Marks United Methodist Church. The reception was given by the couple's children, Blanche and Norman Alford of Hendersonville, N.C., Anne and Jimmy Sharpe of Gadsden, and Sue and Robert Flaherty of Montgomery. The couple has nine grandchildren.
Reception Honors 50th Anniversary
Montgomery Advertiser, 16 Aug 1947The retirement today, after more than 20 years service, of Police Inspector J.R. Alford has been announced by Chief of Police Ralph B. King.
Inspector Alford Will Retire Today
Inspector Alford, who lives at 18 Speigle Street, joined the Montgomery Police Department July 24, 1937, as a motorcycle patrolman, in which capacity he served for several years. After duty for a year in a scout car, he was appointed to the detective force, and was later promoted to lieutenant and captain. He has been police inspector since September, 1940, when Chief King, who had been police inspector, took over the duties of his present office.
Inspector Alford is proud of his good record, and said in this connection that he had never been reprimanded during his 20 years of service. Although he is eligible to receive a pension, he is considering the operation of a curb market in Montgomery. Alford has two cousins who are now on the police force.
Birmingham News, 19 Nov 1943Tech. Sgt. Homer W. Alford, Stella Route, Florala, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for meritorious service as a radio operator, the War Department announced Thursday in an Associated Press dispatch.
DFC Award Is Made To Sgt. Homer Alford
Similar awards were given to 2nd Lt. Edwin R. Davies, 817 39th Avenue, Gulfport, Miss., who was serving as a co-pilot, and 2nd Lt. Robert L. McIntosh, Magee, Miss., a bombardier. All three men are members of the United States Army 10th Air Force based in India.
Geneva County Reaper, 13 Jun 1974Mr. and Mrs. Houston Alford were honored on their Golden Wedding Anniversary Sunday, Jun. 2, with a party at the home of their son, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Alford.
Alfords Honored On Golden Wedding Anniversary
Guests were greeted by the hosts, Ray and Pat Alford, and the honoree's granddaughter, Barbara.
Miss Sandra Kay Alford, also a granddaughter, resigtered the sixty guests who called during the afternoon.
Decorating the registry was an arrangement of gold and yellow chrysanthemums.
The tea table was draped with a gold lace cloth over a gold liner. A cluster of satin rossettes and satin streamers depicting the front of the serving table. A design of yellow and gold mums with yellow burning tapers in a crystal epergne glowed over the brass and crystal appointments holding nuts and mints.
Mrs. Bobby Crews of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. cut and served the wedding cake which was decorated in shades of yellow and gold and topped with bells and the golden numbers "50." Presiding at the punch service was Miss Debbie crews also of Ft. Walton.
Assisting with the entertaining were Mrs. Ed Howell, Mrs. James L. Crowell and Mrs. Don Carroll.
Mrs. Hubert Childs presided in the gift room.
Out of town guests who attended the party included Mrs. D.C. Gilmore, Mrs. Mary Dot Middlebrooks, Mrs. Helen Clary, Mrs. Belinda Gilmore, Hunanly, Pensacola, Mrs. Bobby Crews, Miss Debbie Crews, Ft. Walton, Mrs. Alma Peters, Geneva.
The Alford's older son, Kenneth, and wife Sylvia who reside in Kent, Washington were unable to attend the afternoon party.
Montgomery Advertiser, 25 Jan 1948The marriage of Mrs. Sonia van Name, to Hendricks C. Alford, Jr., took place in the late afternoon yesterday, in the home of Mrs. William H. Webber on South Perry Street, at a ceremony of beauty and simplicity with Dr. Henry E. Russell, pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, officiating.
Alford-Van Name Wedding Is At Ceremony At Home
The musical program was by Mrs. John Walker, pianist.
An altar was improvised in the drawing room of palms and seven-branched candelabra, placed before a mirror. An antique bowl filled with a wide-spread arrange of Ascension lilies, chrysanthemums, and snapdragons centered the mantelpiece.
The bride's only attendant was Mrs. Top Horner, who was marton of honor. She wore a costume of coral-toned crepe with a fitted bodice. The skirt had a side drapery and a bustle effect. The black hat was trimmed in coral feathers with black veiling. Her flowers were an arm cluster of Talisman roses.
Weldon Doe, Jr., was the groom's best man.
The bride, given in marriage by Mr. Horner, wore an original model of aqua sheer crepe, with a flared skirt, and Ballerina length. The neck was boat-shaped and the deep yoke was made of pearls and gold braiding. Epaulets were designed of the pearls and gold braid, and extended down the sleeves. The hat of gold felt was an off-the-face model, with trimming of ivory roses and tulle veiling of blue. The bride's flowers were a shower bouquet of Claudius Pernet roses.
A small reception followed the ceremony.
The bride's table held the tiered wedding cake, in octagonal shape, embossed in valley lilies and Calia lilies, placed on a mirrored plaque, and topped with a silver wedding bell.
The bride is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mr.s Nolen Reid, of Los Angeles, Calif. Her girlhood was spent in Mexico and in South America. For the past four years she has made her home with Mrs. Webber in this city.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Alford of this city. He was graduated from Lanier High School and received his degree from Washington and Lee University. He is a veteran of World War II, having served in the European theater of operations.
Following a trip to New Orleans, Mr. and Mrs. Alford will reside in Atlanta, where he holds a government position.
Montgomery Advertiser, 13 Feb 1944 [has picture]Col Elmer J. Bowling, right, Maxwell Field commanding officer, presents a fourth Oak Leaf Cluster to Mrs. Grocie M. Alford, won by her son, Sergt. Ralph H. Alford believed to be a prisoner of war in Germany. Sergt. Alford's father, Lynch H. Alford, left, gazes at the award of his airman son. The presentation was made in Col. Bowling's office at post headquarters. The presentation took place Wednesday. (AAF Training Command photo from Maxwell Field)
War Prisoner Honored
Birmingham News, 23 Jan 1944Montgomery, Ala. - (AP) - Mrs. Grocie Alford, of Montgomery, Friday was presented the air medal awarded her son, Air Force Sgt. Ralph Alford, believed to be a German prisoner of war.
Mother Accepts Medal Awarded Missing Son
The presentation was made by Col. Elmer J. Bowling, post commandant at Maxwell Field.
The citation said the medal was awarded for "exceptionally meritorious achievement" reflecting great credit upon the armed forces of the United States.
Montgomery Advertiser, 22 Jan 1944Mrs. Grocie M. Alford was on the Maxwell Field parade ground late yesterday afternoon to receive the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters for her son Ralph Alford, who is believed to be in a German prison camp.
Mrs. Grocie M. Alford Receives Them For Son, Ralph
At simple and impressive rites, Col. Elmer J. Bowling, Maxwell Field commanding officer, pinned the medal on the Montgomery mother, whose son typifies the gallant crewmen of the Army Air Forces, that day after day are prosecuting Armerica's air-war against the Nazis.
Standing at Mrs. Alford's side during the presentation rites was her husband, Lynch T. Alford. And in the reviewing stand were the Alfords' children, Nell, Peter, Burke and Lynch, Jr. A score of friends were there, too, to witness the recognition of Sergt. Ralph H. Alford's valor.
This is what the citation said of that valor:
"The Air Medal-for exceptionally meritorious achievement, while participating in five separate combat missions over enemy occupied Continental Europe. The courage, coolness and skill displayed . . . . upon these occasions reflect great credit . . . . upon the Armed Forces of the United States.
"First Oak Leaf Cluster-for meritorious achievement in the destruction of one enemy airplane, while serving as crewman on a bombardier mission over enemy occupied Continental Europe."
After the medal presentation, which followed the playing of the national anthem, Mr. and Mrs. Alford walked back to the stand, where with their children and friends they watched a wing of aviation-cadets of the Maxwell Field Pre-Flight School pass in review.
Also participating in the ceremonies were Lieut. Col. Roy Jones, director of services; Lieut. Col. Charles R. Cross, director of the pre-flight school; and Maj. Mark C. Bane, Jr., commandant of aviation cadets.
When the rites were over, their friends pressed about the Alfords to see the awards which their son's bravery had achieved. One of them, a tall and distinguished man who is one of Montgomery's leading citizens, quietly observed:
"Ralph is one of our boys who came from Boyiston. All of us out there are mighty proud of them."
Then Mrs. Alford closed the black leather boxes containing the decorations, and the family went out to Kilby Reservation where they live, to await word from their son, Ralph.
Montgomery Advertiser, 1 Nov 1942Among those promoted to the grade of corporal recently, according to accouncement from Post Headquarters at Fort Slocum, New York is Private First Class Claude Alford. Corp. Alford entered the army on Nov. 28, 1939 at Fort Benning, Ga., as a member of the 18th Infantry, First Division. In April, 1940 he was sent to Fort Hamilton, N.Y. and later was transferred to Fort Slocum, attached to the Medical Corps. Since then he has been assigned to the DEML Detachment here. Corp. Alford is married to the former Lillian Grote of White Plains, N.Y.
Montgomery Advertiser, 13 Feb 1944Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Alford, 125 Audubon Road, have been notified by a War Department telegram that their son, Marine Corp. Carl Alford, has been missing in action in the Southwest Pacific since Dec. 21, 1943. Corp. Alford, who has been in the service since March, 1942, was a radio operator.
Corp. Carl Alford Missing In Pacific
Mr. and Mrs. Alford have three other sons, and a daughter-in-law in the service. Capt. J.E. Alford, in the Air Corps, and S. Allison Alford, in the Seabees, are both serving in the Pacific. Capt. Alford's wife is a nurse at an Army hospital. Another son is an aviation student at Dickerson College, Carlisle, Penn.
Montgomery Advertiser, 26 Jan 1944Marine Corp. Carl Alford, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Alford, 125 Audubon Road, was reported yesterday by the Marine Department of the U.S. Navy as being missing in action.
Corp. Carl Alford Missing In Action
Corp. Alford is the fifth member of the Alford family serving in some branch of the armed service.
His brothers, Capt. Julius Alford, Pvt. Allison Alford and sister-in-law, Mrs. Julius Alford, are all serving overseas. Another brother Bryant is an aviation student at the University of Pennsylvania.
Capt. Alford is serving in the U.S. Air Forces while Pvt. Allison Alford is in the U.S> Army. Corp. Carl Alford was serving with the Marines in the South Pacific war theater.
Alabama Journal, 8 Feb 1943Pvt. Gerald W. Alford, of Elmore, has completed his course of studies as an aviation mechanic in the Army Air Forces Technical Training School at Amarrillo, Tex., Army Air Field. His graduation now fits him for airplane maintenance and he will be sent to some air base where he will assist in keeping America's Flying Fortresses in the air for Allied victory.
Montgomery Advertiser, 20 Aug 1944 [has picture]The destruction of an enemy ME-410 fighter plane during a bombing mission against important German-controlled oil refineries at Vienna, Austria, on July 8, 1944, was the highlight of 51 successful bombing missions flown by Tech. Sergt. Gerald W. Alford, of Elmore, aerial engineer-gunner in a AAF B-17 Flying Fortress.
Sergt. Gerald Alford Completes 51st Mission Against Enemy
"There were so many planes attacking us at once that I didn't know which one to shoot at," said Sergt. Alford. "I tracked one from 1000 yards with my upper turret, and started firing at 600 yards. At 400 yards the twin engine fighter caught fire and plunged straight down out of control. My ball turret gunner saw a wing shear off, and the tail gunner got another Jerry during the same attack."
Of the six planes in his element, only his ship, "Ragged But Right," fought its way through to bomb the target. The refineries, vital to the oil-starved Wehrmacht, were heavily pounded. Yankee P-51 fighters arrived on the scene to chase the Nazis away and save the formation from serious damage.
Sergt. Alford, a member of a an Italy-based squadron of the 15th Air Force, flew his first combat bombing mission against axis-controlled airfields at Immotski, Yugoslavia, on March 30, 1944.
The Alabama gunner was graduated from Holtville High School in 1940, and entered the Army on September 15, 1942 at Fort McClellan. After graduating from airplane mechanics school at Amarillo, Texas, Sergt. Alford won his gunnery wings in May, 1943, after completeing a course at Las Vegas, Nev.
Alabama Journal, 12 Sep 1944 [has picture]Technical Sergt. Gerald Alford, 22, Elmore, Ala., engineer-gunner in an Italy based AAF B-17 Flying Fortress, shot down his first enemy fighter plane on his 45th daylight bombing mission on July 7, 1944, while participating in the destruction of Axis synthetic oil refineries at Blechhammer, Germany. He is the brother of Mrs. Louise A. Tatum, of Elmore.
Elmore Boy Downs First German Plane
Fifteenth AAF In Italy
"Our formation was attacked by nearly 50 enemy fighters about 45 minutes before the target," Alford related. "First about 15 peeled off and made a pass at us while the rest circled. After the first attacked, about 19 more, including twin-engined ME-410 rocket-firing fighters, bore in desperately for a frontal attack. I began firing in long bursts at the nearest M-410 and when he was within about 300 yards, fire broke out in his right-wing engine and in the fuselage, the plane diving steeply. The wing plane exploded as it hit the ground."
The sergeant has participated in bombing missions over Yugoslavia, Romania, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Italy but stated that his toughest one was flown July 8, 1944, over Vienna, Austria, while bombing oil refineries. Intense and heavy flak was encountered, the interphone and oxygen systems both being destroyed in his ship. The bomb run was completed successfully, however, and the ship made a safe return.
Alford graduated from Holtville High School, Deatsville, Ala., in 1940, and prior to his induction in the AAF on Sept. 15, 1942, was employed as a clerk by International Agricultural Corp., Montgomery, Ala. He completed airplane mechanic's school at Amarillo, Tex., in October of 1943, and an advance course at the Douglas Aircraft Corp., Long Beach, Cal., in February of 1943. He then attended aerial gunnery school at Las Vegas, Nev., graduating in April of 1943.
Birmingham Post, 10 Jul 1944Announcement is made by Mrs. Elizabeth Byers Alford of the marriage of her daughter, Orris Patricia Alford, to Karl Denton Baker of Birmingham and San Antonio, Tex.
Miss Alford, Mr. Baker Are Married
Mrs. Baker is a graduate of Howard College and has attended the University of Alabama and has done graduate work at Peabody College in Nashville. She was a member of the Springville High School faculty and is at present teaching in the Birmingham city schools.
Mr. Baker was educated in the schools of San Antonio and attended Texas A&M. He is an instructor at the Normoyle Ordance School.
Letters from and to Mrs. Margarette E. Cook, 9 Jul 1972To Archives
P.O. Box 82 Jupiter, Florida 33458
I am doing ancestral tracing of my husband's family and I have a family rumor that his mother placed her family's bible in the Archives Building in Montgomery. Her name was Cora Conell Alford (born July 4, 1887). She was the daughter of Lodwick (Herrin) Alford (1857 - 1919) and Sally Crow.
Could you tell me if the bible is there and how I might obtain a copy of the pages relating to the family?
Thank you for any assistance in this matter. Our children were born in Montgomery, but I have only recently heard that the bible may be there.
Sincerely, Margarette E. Cook.
Letter from the Archives, 24 July 1972My dear Mrs. Cook:
We have the Bible to which you refer in your letter of July 9. It was presented July 18, 1916 by Lodwick H. Alford, Montgomery. The original Bible and a typed copy of it can be xeroxed for you for $2.10.
Two ladies, who did not give their names, were in the Archives last week asking to see this Bible. At that time it was not located under the name Alford or Herin. Do you have any idea who these ladies might be? If so, would you let them know that we have the Bible, or let me know who they are in order that I may write them.
Very sincerly, Milo B. Howard, Jr. Director
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 7/25/95 8:11 PM
SUBJECT: Huntsville Obits
Although all the following say Huntsville Times, after I typed them I realized some of them may be from the morning paper, the Huntsville News. Unfortunately, the librarians didn't write down the name of the paper the clippings come from and I can only guess about which paper. The good news is that the obits usually ran the same in both papers.As usual, more later!
Huntsville Times, 29 Mar 1988J.R. Alford
Boaz - J.R. Alford, 85, of 241 Church St., Boaz, died Friday at a Boaz hospital.
The funeral will be today at 2 p.m. in the Carr Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Walter Thweatt and the Rev. Gary Shaffer officiating.
Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Seppie Bramblett Alford; a daughter Mary Ann Wells of Boaz; a son Donald Alford of Huntsville; and two grandchildren.
Huntsville Times, 29 Nov 1988Mrs. Anita T. Alford, 61, of 3000 Clopton Ave., Huntsville, died Sunday at a local hospital. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Laughlin Service Funeral Home with the Rev. C.W. Bridges officiating.
Burial will be in Huntsville Memory Gardens.
Survivors include six sons, John C. Alford of Florida, William D. Alford of Tuscaloosa and Patrick R. Alford, Steven L. Alford, Michael A. Alford and Thomas K. Alford, all of Huntsville; three brothers, Roland Tew of Japan, Raymond Tew of Florida and Steve Tew of Indiana; three sisters Grace Powers of Texas, Louise Smith of Tennessee and Patricia Tew of California; and four grandchildren.
Visitation will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Huntsville Times, 27 Aug 1988Gene Allford, Sr.
Baileyton - Gene Allford, Sr., 75, of Route 1, Baileyton, died Thursday at his residence. A graveside service will be Monday at 10 a.m. at Decatur City Cemetery with the Rev. Gene Crawford officiating and Brown Service Funeral Home directing.
He was retired from the civil service.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Allford of Ryan; a son Ernest E. Allford Jr. of Ryan; a daughter, Loretta S. Allford of Huntsville; and a sister Rosella Srygley of New Orleans.
In lieu of memorial gifts, donations may be made to the Tri-County Emergency Response Team.
Visitation will be Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Huntsville Times, 10 Oct 1985Harold B. Alford
Altertville - Harold Bennett Allford, 63, of 506 Florence Ave., Albertville, died Tuesday at his residence. The funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the First Methodist Church in Albertville with the Rev. Burl Oliver officiating.
Burial will be in the Memory Hill Cemetery with Adams Funeral Home of Albertville in charge.
Mr. Alford was a cotton merchant and a World War II veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Eunice Alford; four sons, Harold B. Alford, Jr. of Evanston, Ill., Steven Alford of Niceville, Fla., Victor Alford of Marietta, GA., and Timothy "Pat" Alford of Guatemala; a sister, Vivian Walter of Albertville, William Alford of Auburn and Frank Alford of Carrollton, Ga.; and three grandchildren.
Huntsville Times, 19 Dec 1985Ruby Maddux Alford
Albertville - Mrs. Ruby Maddux Alford, 72, of 409 Forestdale Ave., Albertville, died Wednesday in a local hospital. The funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Albertville with the Rev. Burl Oliver officiating.
Burial will be in Memory Hill Cemetery with Adams Funeral Home of Albertville in charge.
Survivors inlcude her husband, James H. Alford; three sons, Dr. James H. Alford of Montgomery and Dr. Bennett A. Alford and Dr. Thomas J. Alford, both of Birmingham; a sister, Maureen Darden of Albertville; and 10 grandchildren.
Huntsville Times, 15 Aug 1985Maude Lee Alford
Mrs. Maude Lee Alford, 94, 416 Ewing St., died Wednesday at a local hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Spry Funeral Home.
Mrs. Alford was a member of the Eastern Star and the Columbus First Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Ida A. Keel of Huntsville; a son, John C. Alford Jr. of Florida, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Huntsville Times, 8 Dec 1994Cecil H. Alford
Cecil Horace Alford, 88, of 6914 Steeplechase Drive, died Wednesday at his residence. The funeral will be Saturday at 4 p.m. at McCades Funeral Home in Livoma, Mich.
Burial will be in Glen Eden Cemetery in Livoma with Madison Chapel Funeral Home in charge of local arrangements.
Survivors include three duaghters, Mariellen Greenbury of Michigan, Carol Chubb of Harvest and Lynne Foulds of Texas; nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be today from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Madison Chapel Funeral Home.
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 7/26/95 11:09 PM
SUBJECT: Alford Tapes 7/26/95
Here's some lenthty articles; some from Alford Authors:[Here's another Alford Author]
Research Prof - Dr. Alford Named to Meyer ChairDr. Charles A. Alford, Jr., developer of a simple test to find if a newborn child has a virus infection, is the new Meyer research professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Alabama and The Children's Hospital.
Dr. Alford, already on the Medical College faculty, was named to the professorship in a joint announcement by John A. Hand, president of the First National Bank, trustees of the Robert A. Meyer Foundation; Alford M. Shook III, president of The Children's Hospital and Dr. S. Richardson Hill, dean of the Medical College of Alabama.
The appointment of Dr. Alford ends a long search involving a number of promient workers in pediatric research the announcement said.
The Meyer chair was created in July 1964 as the first endowed chair at the Medical College of Alabama.
Dr. Alford was "one of the earlierst contributor" to his budding field, Dr. Hill said. He worked with Dr. Thomas Weller, Nobel Prize winner, just after Dr. Weller isolated the German measles virus.
More recently Dr. Alford has developed a simple test to determine if a newborn child has a virus infection. Every child born at University Hospital is being tested under a research grant provided by the National Foundation.
The appointment of a research professor, Dr. Harry C. Shirkey, director of the Children's Hospital, said, adds to the "cooperative strength" of the hospital "to give the best kind of patient care."
Dr. Alford is a native of Birmingham. He was graduated from the University of Alabama and the Medical College of Alabama earning his MD degree in 1955. He took both his internship and residency at University Hospital.
Completeing a tour of duty with the United States Navy in 1960, Dr. Alford joined the staff of the Medical College as instructor in pediatrics. Two years later he joined the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for a post-doctoral fellowship in virology.
He also studied at the department of tropical public health Harvard School of Public Health and as a research fellow at the Children's Hospital Center in Boston, Mass. In Boston he conducted post-doctoral studies on the role of rubella virus in congenital infection.
Dr. Alford returned to the Medical College of Alabama in 1965 as assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor a year later.
Birmingham Post-Herald, 26 Sep 1967Dr. Charles A. Alford, Jr., a pioneer in the fight to conquer to the effects of virus diseases on unborn infants, Monday was named Meyer Research Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Alabama and The Children's Hospital.
In Pediatrics - Dr. Alford Named Meyer Professor
By Leonard Chamblee
Dr. Alford, who is already on the faculty, was named to the professorship in a joint announcement by John A. Hand, president of the First National Bank, trustees of the Robert A. Meyer Foundation; Alfred M. Shook III, president of The Children's Hospital, and Dr. S. Richardson Hill, dean of the Medical College of Alabama.
The creation of the Meyer chair was announced in July 1964, as thr first endowed chair at the Medical College of Alabama. There are now four such chairs.
The appointment of Dr. Alford culminates a long search involving many of the nation's most prominent workers in pediatric research, the announcement said.
Dr. Alford was "one of the earliest contributors" to his budding field, Dr. Hill said. He went to Boston to work with Dr. Thomas Weller, Nobel Prize winner, just after Dr. Weller isolated the German measles virus.
When a mother has German measles during the first three months of pregnancy, it has been proven that her child is likely to be born with a birth defect.
Developed TestDr. Alford has developed a simple test to determine if a newborn child has a virus infection. Every child born at University Hospital is being tested under a research grand provided by the National Foundation and is the only hospital private patients can get the test.
Dr. Alford, in the short time he has been doing the test, has found one infant in which the virus disease has been identified and he knows "what to expect."
The appointment of a research professor, Dr. Harry C. Shirkey, director of The Children's Hospital, said, adds to the "cooperative strength" of the hospital "to give the best kind of patient care."
Would Know Which VaccinesDr. Alford said if doctors knew which diseases in pregnancy could cause defects, they would know which diseases to develop vaccines against.
Dean Hill said it was appropriate that a specialist in virus diseases receive the Meyer chair.
Dr. Shirkey pointed out it was a research professor - Dr. Albert Sabin - working in another Children's Hospital - in Cincinnatti-who developed the oral vaccine which helped to eradicate polio.
Dr. Alford, a Birmingham native, was graduated from the Medical College of Alabama in the second class to go through all four years on the Birmingham campus. He received his undergraduate degree from the University also.
Birmingham News-Age Herald, 13 Apr 1947 [has picture]Martha was worried - And Red was so changed. What brought about her worry is shown in the little story "Red's Hope," written by S-Sgt Ralph H. Alford (above), Davis Monthan Field, Tucson, Ariz. The author states that his home is in Montgomery, where he attended Sidney Lanier High School and Starke's University School, and before being stationed in Arizona, he was confined in a German prison camp from August, 1943 to May 1945. He also states that he has been writing and telling stories all his life, but really started serious writing during the time he was a prisoner of war. This is his first fiction sale. The story to be published Sunday, April 20, is called, "Head on a Shoulder." The author is Lester E. Adams, Birmingham.
By S-Sgt Ralph H. Alford
Red paused momentarily in the kitchen doorway and stared at his pale little wife. The steam from the pot of peas boiling away on the wood stove seemed to have collected on her brow and the trailing edge of her dark hair, giving each a moist, sticky appearance. There was a touch of sadness and submission about her as she looked first at Red and then to the rope coiled about his shoulder and back to him as if she were imploring for some small favor.
"Peas again, huh?" Red asked as his big freckled hand caressed the half-inch plow line. "Poor kid," he thought, "Four skinny young ones to care for and never certain of the next meal."
"Yes, darling," she answered, barely parting her moist lips and still staring fascinated at the new rope.
Red turned on his heel and walked across the porch and into the yard. No work, debts, bills, a weak and weary wife, four kids, all his little war savings gone for whisky-whisky that helped Red to forget that he wasn't really what he thought he was-a few scards, a handful of medals, and an inflated ego that rehabilitation had stuck a pin to.
That was just about all there was left to Red Bolton, the same smiling, handsome Red Bolton that had been valedictorian of the graduating class and the most likely to succeed a few years before the war. There was a tight, dry shadow of a smile of Red's lips as he stood under the big pecan tree in the yard and stared up at the nearest branch some 10 feet above.
* * *Perhaps it would be best if something could happen to him, something drastic. He still had his government insurance. Martha and the kids would be well fixed with $10,000. He was sure that he would never hold a job even if he got another. Each job seemed a little below what he thought himself capable of and entitled to. He had drifted from job to job until there were no more. No, things couldn't be any worse, he thought, as he took the rope from his shoulders and looked up at the moody, threatening sky.
In that moment all the world seem to close in on him and his misery. He turned and stared at the house. No one was looking. Carefully he tied a loop into the new rope and threw it over the nearest branch.
"Land of cotton," he mused, "where good times are never forgotten."
He ran one end of the rope through the loop and pulled it tight against the branch overhead. He jerked on the rope several times to test its strength. The rope writhed and convulsed like some live thing. It was strong. It would hold a man's weight. He had seen a flier hung in Germany with a rope much smaller and weaker than his. This rope here was a strong good rope.
If he had just gotten killed in the war, Martha and the kids would have been well off and the town would have had a beautiful memory of him. It was terrible - this being such a failure and disappointment. The evening breeze swung the rope gently as Red watched.
* * *It was funny, him finding this new rope the way he had. It had been lying in the road when he came home yesterday drunk, discouraged and lost. Probably had fallen from some wagon bound for the country. He had picked it up and taken it home, feeling sure that he had some purpose for it. Now he knew what it was. It was such a little thing to do for his kids. Just something to make them love him. Again he looked at the kitchen window. Martha wasn't looking. Slowly and with expert hands he began to make his knot.
"Daddy, daddy!" his oldest boy called to him breathlessly as he ran around the house. "A telegram for you, daddy."
Red took the telegram and tore into the envelope. The slow, whimsical smile that his boy knew and loved spread over his face.
"What do you know, Bill? I have got a job. A real job. I am going to tell your mother," he started on the run for the house. When he came to the steps he turned and saw his soon looking up at the rope.
"Don't worry, Bill. I'll finish y'all's swing tomorrow." Red called out as he stepped into the kitchen where Martha was waiting unprepared for the glorious news.
The EndWhat do Montgomery boys fighting in Korea do in their spare time? We can't answer for all of them, but we do know that one, Ralph H. Alford, recently wrote a little story and sent it to his mother, Mrs. Gracie Alford, 522 Montgomery Street. It may not be literature, but the bit of fiction tells something of American spirit in the Far East that should stir the hearts of those back home at least a little bit.
Mongomery Examiner, 5 Oct 1950
By Ralph H. Alford
Out of the poor red hills of Wilcox County, Alabama, the corporal had come. He had been treated in his home town according to the customer established for "red necks" or "cracker" or "hillbilly" or "country," whichever the term may be in different places. That is to say, he had been both snubbed and interrogated, shunned and sought after, ignored and suspected. He had been made to feel very much what he really was-a poor boy, financially and intellectually.
Being uncommunicative and haveing a speech so painfully slow he was quickly tagged in the Army as a "stupe" which means just plain dull witted. He just didn't fit most of the time. However, he was easily persuaded to any type of detail, minor or great, grueling or boring. He went through his basic training abused and "chewed out" constantly.
He was strictly KP and guard duty material. After his basic he was promptly shipped to the occupation forces of the Far East. He had written few letters and received less to and from home, but nevertheless he missed his home in the warm South a great deal. He missed his dog and he missed his mule and he missed field peas and buttermilk and cornbread but, as I have said before, he was very uncommunicative and one would never have denied all this by looking at his freckled face. It was as impressive and remote of feeling as the Japanese people about him.
* * *When the war broke out in Korea he was quickly listed as non-essential personnel and hauled off to Korea. He fought in several skirmishes with guerillas and though there is no record to show just how well he performed, we will assume that he did his share. He was stationed at an advanced aid field near the front lines and once again resumed his regular duties which consisted of anything his superiors could find to keep him busy. Eventually it narrowed down until he had a shift of guard duty eight hours at a time on the gas dump.
I don't really know just how this corporal faired at this job standing eight hours with an M1 rifle near tons of high explosive gasoline. We do know that he was never caught asleep and he only failed to answer his general orders one time to the Officer of the Day; and that might have been because the particular officer involved was rather high tempered and impatient with the red heads' slow drawl.
There was one remark by a sergeant of the guard that caused something of a furor about the installation when he told a group of relief guards-"I could of swore that Rebel at the gas dump had been crying before the relief came this morning. What's the matter with the guy? Does he miss his momsie-womsie or something?"
I don't know whether the boy from the hills had been crying, but it does stand to reason that a young boy like him would be given much to thought in the late hours at night on a lonely guard post with the guns booming in the north and rumors flying of a terrific Communist advance. Anyway, the whole affair was forgotten afterwards. . .
* * *He was still pulling his lowly duties of guard on the gas dump when the North Koreans attacked the air field. There were ack ack gunners, flying crews, frontline fighters, and maintenance specialists to feed, clothe, ration and take care of before such lowly personnel as himself could be cared for. In other words, he had last priority on everything. He still plodded along his post in his old slow methodical walk with his lips drawn tight and his eyes all dreamy and grey. He was a "little man," had always been a nobody, so he wasn't disturbed too much about the whole deal.
But a Yak 9 fighter swooped in one morning when the rifle fire and machine gun fire was cracking lively and dropped a fuse bomb in the vicinity of the gas dump. The dull witted corporal must have just gazed at it a few moments before he realized the enormity of the situation.
The bomb was timed to enable the plane to escape destruction upon the explosion of the gasoline. The bomb was too large to throw away. The corporal really didn't know just how much time he had to run and get clear of the gas dump area. Surely his first thought must have been to flee as fast as those good old hillbilly legs would take him. But he didn't.
He lifted the bomb up into his arms and began to run in gool old halfback fashion toward a little hill some distance from the dump. I often wonder what really went on inside the dull witted little man's head thouse few moments he lugged that bomb away from the gasoline. Perhaps he thought I am life. I am an experience. He may have smiled when his foot struck the decline of the hill and his glance behind him told him the gasoline was safe. He may have even sighed kind of happily and thought "I know what it all means now, it means . . . ."
The EndThat's all for now. More later from the Alford Tapes. I'm looking forward to getting the soundex! Birmingham News-Age-Herald, 17 Jul 1938 [has picture]Ernest E. Allford, author of "No Better Fast," lives at 906 Sherman Street, Decatur, Ala. He has had a few non-fiction articles and poems published. He says "I have been trying to write fiction for years and was optimistic enought to try and sell a story to The Saturday Evening Post when only 14." This is Mr. Allford's first fiction sale.
The little Chinese god sat behind the tall perfume bottle and beamed from the top of the vanity. He beamed his very brightest for the queen of the universe had just walked into the room. He beamed until the chipped porcelain of his face fairly gleamed, but tonight she did not seem to see him-not by nod nor glance did she acknowledge his presence.
She came and sat before him and stared with grave, unseeing eyes into the mirror over his head. He noted with alarm the little worry lines that were forming beneath those wide gray eyes and he drew his ugly little face into a scowl because she had not taken him into her confidence.
Since childhood she had shared her joys and sorrows with him. Now he waited patiently as she slipped out of her neglegee and started to dress. Those slim, silken legs had been short and stubby when they first met, he reflected; yes, with dimpled knees. Then she had talked to him and together they had solved her problems.
Perhaps she would tell him when she had finished dressing. Of course she was grown up now and much too ladylike to really talk to him any more, but they had been together much too long for anything like that to be necessary. Without speaking, her eyes often and said, "Oh, there you are, Ol' Timer, do you know how happy I am tonight?" and they would chuckle over their little secret. Or perhaps it would be something funny that had happened years ago, and they would laught at it all over again.
* * *She was back before him now dressed in a gown of some soft clinging material that reminded him of a temple some 1,200 years back in his memory, cool and shadowy. A little breeze came through the window and played with a stray lock as she brushed her ebony hair. He could see a sprinkling of stars over her shoulder twinkling through the window like jewels against the velvet back drop of the night. Some of the lines of care and worry seemed to have flown from her lovely, elfin face-or was that some trick of lights or makeup, he wondered.
Then he heard it-it was the strong, measured tread of the king of the outdoors. The little Chinese god could see him through the open door in the sitting room beyond. He strode into the room, bringing with him a breath of the outdoor air and the little Chinese god waited for his low, husky call and quick laughter, but he did not speak tonight, he merely sat in a chair by the door like a stranger and waited until the queen gathered her wrap and went to him.
Whatever they said was spoken too low for the little Chinese god to understand, but he knew from the casual way they spoke that something was wrong-that they were merely forming words, meaningless words, which hid their true feelings. In a short while they went out and he could hear their footsteps as they passed beneath his window. Then all was still with only the faint rumble of downtwon traffic and an occasional headlight on the wall flickering briefing past the window.
The little Chinese god slept fitfully that night and awoke with the sure convition that something was going to happen. Didn't something dire always happen when he dreamed of dragons?
* * *Haphazard is the only word that could describe the week that followed-haphazard and tragic-. It was bad when the King of the Outdoors came, but it was worse when he did not come.
When he did not come the queen would sit by the window and try to hide the fear that clutched at her breast and welled up in her throat. When he did come it was pathetic to see her rush to him and place her frail hand in his and try bravely to be gay and cheerful. And all the time the entire house grew more and more quiet and the little Chinese god's frown grew darker and darker.
Well he remembered the first time the king had come, tall and shy with a Southern drawl and a quick blush. What a couple they had made, he and the queen of the quick laughter and the raven locks. That had been when the queen was always happy and a song was always on her lips. It was then that they became engaged and she had made the little Chinese god very happy that night. She came and sat before him after the king had left and talked to him as in days of old, her eyes still starry and her lips still dewy and they had both been very, very happy. But that seemed long ago, too long, if they could but forget.
Things got no better fast and the queen lost weight and the Little Brown Mouse told the Big Gray Rat that he saw the little Chinese god making faces in the mirror in the dead of the night and the Pin Cushion Doll swore that he never did sleep. Still the queen did not appeal to him and wise as he was, he did not understand the problem that confronted them.
And then it happened. The day had been long and gloomy and the rain was still coming down in sheets when they heard it. It was the steady, measured tread of the king and the little Chinese god was astonished to see him stride rapidly past the sitting room and on into the queen's bedroom and now he stood before them, with tiny droplets of rain gleaming on his shoulders and in his hair. Now his eyes were drawn and haggard and there was a look of shame on his face. He stood just inside the door and still no one spoke and a little pool of water formed at the tip of his rain-soaked shoe.
* * *The queen was seated on the vanity stool and now she turned to face him with eyes dull and frightened and her face pale as old ivory. The rain pattered outside and except for the faint ticking of a clock, the house was silent-waiting-.
"I had to come and tell you," the king hung his head, "I tried to go away without saying anything, but you have done nothing to merit such treatment. I had to come and tell you."
"You had to tell me . . ." the queen's voice was just a whisper.
"There is another woman!" he raised his head and shame burned on his face like a white, hot coal. "Oh, God, that I should bring myself to do a thing like this to you."
And then the queen had told a gallant lie. While the little Chinese god blinked in surprise, she had gone and placed her hands on his and looked up into his eyes with a smile. "Don't feel that way," she said, "it's really all right-you see there's another man-and it's best this way."
Relief had flooded his face like light upon a stormy sea and he had placed a reverent kiss upon her lips and turned away. Even after his soft footsteps had died away, his last words echoed back and forth across the room-"God bless you and love forever and ever."
The queen had told a lie! The little Chinese god blinked and scowled and frowned, but still the fact remained. The queen had told a lie. The queen could do no wrong and yet she had told a lie. She came and sat before him and the rain pattered softly outside.
Time flickered on and somewhere in the house a clock chimed the hour and then the little Chinese god smiled-for a tear had fallen on his cheek from above. Tear followed tear as they spashed on his little wrinkled face, hot and salty and heedless. And he smiled and beamed his very brightest, for the queen could do no wrong. The queen could do no wrong and time was swiftly passing-time which solves all problems and heals all hurts-time-was passing and the little Chinese god was very, very happy.
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 7/27/95 10:16 PM
SUBJECT: Alford Tapes 7/27/95
Here's some more from the Alford Tapes:
[I know you've seen all this before; it looks like it was clipped from a Who's Who book on Alabamians.]Alford, Julius Caesar, lawyer and member of congress, was born May 10, 1799, in Greensboro, N.C., and died January, 1863, near Montgomery; son of Ludwick and Judith (Jackson) Alford, the former of England who emigrated to America and located in Wake County, served as captain in the War of 1812, removed to Greene county, and later to Troup County, Ga.; grandson of Reuben Jackson, of North Carolina, who won distinction at the battle of New Orleans. Mr. Alford was educated in the common schools and an academy in North Carolina; studied law under Col. Foster of Greensboro, N.C., was admitted to the bar, and began the practice of law at LaGrange, Ga. He commanded a company in the Creek War of 1836; was elected as a States Rights Whig to the 24th congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of George W.B. Towns; was defeated for re-election to the 25th congress, but was re-elected as a Harrison Whig to the 26th and 27th congresses. Because of his fearless and stormy declaration in popular assemblies, he was known as the War horse of Troup. He moved to Tuskegee about 1850, resumed the practice of law and later settled near Montgomery; was a prominent member of the Union convention that assembled in Montgomery in 1862 and ran for re-election in congress, 1855, but was defeated, after which he retired from public life. Married: (1) Eliza Cook; (2) Mrs. (Baldwin) Underwood; (3) Mrs. Martha (Herin) Boswell, widow of Thomas Coke Boswell, and daughter of Henry and Sally (McClendon) Herin. Children by first wife; 1. daughter, m. A.E. Cox, of LaGrange, Ga.; 2. Antionnette Lafayette, m. Benjamin Baldwin; 3. George Cook, lawyer, died from wounds received while in C.S. Army; by second wife: 4. Julius Caesar, planter, student at University of Alabama 1862-63, Corporal Rucker's escort, C.S. Army, m. Carolina Judith Ellsberry, d. 1871; 5. daughter, d. young; 6. Sallie, m. Cadwalader H. Beale, son of Jessie D. and Tremallah (Neale) Beale of Suffolk, Va.; by third wife: 7. Mattie Belle, m. _____ Booth; 8. Cecile; 9. Ludwick H. Last residence: Montgomery County.[The following series of articles is on Rebecca Alford, Miss Alabama for 1967]
[Unknown Birmingham Newspaper], 16 Jun 1946 [has picture][Picture Caption:] Two Sisters From Birmingham-Betty (left) and Rose Alford, who do a double-duet and many other specialties in double rhythm . . . Tabsters salute these tapsters, who prove once more that if there's anything better than the label Maid in Birmingham, it's twins; or at least two sisters. (See story by Steve Douglas).
Tap, Tap, Tap And Away They Go!Tab! Tab! Tab! - I mean, Tap! Tap! Tap!
By Steve Douglas
It's the Two Sisters - Betty and Rose Alford, who do the tapping. And while they tap, they play the marimba . . . sort of a double duet, isn't it?
It all started back there, and not so long ago either, when Betty and Rose got the theatrical bug from watching the show troupes rehearse in their parents' hotels in Americus, Ga., and Troy, Ala.
That's for us, they said in unison, and they've been doing twosomes ever since. Doing them well, too, from all reports of those who have heard and seen them in the leading Birmingham hotels, not to mention engagements in Jacsonville, St. Petersburg and Tampa, Fla, New York, Steubenville, Ohio, Montgomery, Ala., Fort Benning, Maxwell Field, Fort McClellan and the Birmingham Air Base among others . . . and now they're off on a six weeks billing at Shreveport, La., . . . maybe longer. Between times, they tapped twoseys at the Saxon School of the Dance in Birmingham, and played, too.
They're Southern belles . . . even Senator Claghorn we're sure approves of their Southern extremities . . . and if he doesn't, he's a phony (See accompanying photo).
Betty has a honey-suckle voice . . . she really sings . . . wheras Rose aspires to be an orchestra leader. Aside: She can lead our orchestra.
The Two Sisters from Birmingham, not Bosten, also play the xylophone, the vibraharp, and the piano. They've graced the orchestras of Willie Lee at the Mountain Brook Country Club, and Bill Nappi's at the Pickwick club, among others. While on the subject of talent, their 14-year-old brother, Percy, Jr., plays the sax and does vocals-he's a Ramsey luminary.
Let's introduce Mr. and Mrs. Percy Alford, parents of the Two Sisters from Birmingham, who reside at 1153 Eleventh Ave., So. They're truly theatrical, and their home is the meeting place of transient hands that go there to thump their drums and whip their latest arrangements into shape. Mrs. Thekla Alford, the mother, is a designer and stylist, she creates the costumes for the Two Sisters . . . and even their brevity runs into money and work, reflecting, too, much originality and imagination. We surmise, although our informant didn't say so, that Papa Alford doesn't stand idly by when Mrs. Alford creates costumes. Or does he?
Back to the Two Sisters. They have these hobbies in common . . . they like roller skating, badminton, and swimming. Rose, who in June obtained her degree from the Birmingham Conservatory of Music, has a hankerin' for mechanics . . . doesn't ever want to be called the lady in distress . . . sort of self sufficient in that way, yet like her sister Betty, quite feminine, free, 21, and - what the heck you waitin' on, Tabsters?
Betty and Rose-they know more than 6,000 songs-don't indulge in drinking nor smoking, and we ask: Why should they?The next set of stuff from the Alford Tapes is the pieces on Alford movie star Phillip Alford. There's a lot of stuff there so it will take me a day or so. After that there's that pesky 1916 letter I've been putting off transcribing because it's a little hard to read. Then, I'll re-review the tape to see if I missed anything significant, e-mail that to you, and then ship you the tape and all the paper prints (about an inch and a half thick so far) for the Alford Archives.
Alabama Journal, 28 Jul 1967 [has picture]New Miss Alabama - Miss Rebecca Alford (left) sang her way into the Miss Alabama of 1967 title ahead of 24 finalists last night in Birmingham. The 5-foot-5 Birmingham Southern burnette performed an operatic aria from Turnadot. Angi Grooms, past state queen, crowned the 20-year-old Birmingham college junior. Alternate is Miss Ann Fowler (left), 19, of Birmingham, and Birmingham-Southern.
Birmingham News, 3 Sep 1967 [has picture]Becky Alford, Miss Alabama of 1967, sped northward aborad the Silver coment Saturday toward a date with a dream come true at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City.
On way to Atlantic City - Alabamians' Hopes Riding With Becky
By James Spotswood, News Staff Writer
Riding with her were the hopes of all Alabamians that the personalbe, talented burnette will bring home to her state the Miss America title last won for Alabama in 1951. That was the year striking Yolande Betbeze of Mobile was crowned.
Arrangements for the trip aboard the Seaboard Coast Line streamliner were made by Marvin A. Chandler, district sales manager. Conductor, B.N. Smith was the mother hen as the Silver comet pulled out of the Terminal Station and sped northward.
Miss Alford, 20-year-old Birmingham resident and Birmingham-Southern College music major, is being chaperoned by Maggie Dix, director of the Miss Alabama Pageant sponsored by the Birmingham News.
Both were looking forward to relaxing hours aboard the train after the last hectic days of preparation for the Atlantic City competition. They will arrive at Philadelphia shortly after noon Sunday, enjoy a lobster lunch at a famed eatery, and then go on to the pageant scene.
Miss Alford's talent competition is scheduled Wednesday night, the swimsuit event Thursday and evening gown appearance Friday. The nationally televised finals will be Saturday night.
Miss Alabama is one of 22 vocalists among the 50 girls, and one of the only two brunettes.
She was startled to hear the latter, exclaiming, "Oh, really? I didn't know that."
Becky sings - I Aim To Leave This Valley[Becky is] educated, she's sophisticated in a sort of conservative way, and she's traveled, at least as far as Kansas City. But this is her first trip east.
I wonder what it's like out there, beyond them mountains where the folks talk nice, and the folks dress nice like y' see in the mail-order catalogs . . .
Becky's costumes, all quite chic, are amply described elsewhere in today's Sunday News. But the one she'll wear for her singing of Ain't it a pretty night is attractively Susannah-style: orange and white checked gingham with a square neck. Lace around the neck and near the hem of the dress has black velvet ribbon woven through it.
She'll wear this dress on stage Wednesday night, when she recreates Susannah in her talent appearance. And, hopefully, she'll don it again Saturday night for the finals before the hugh television audience.
I aim to leave this valley some day an' find out fer myself . . .
Back when Becky was five or six, she went down to the Alabama Theater to see her first Miss Alabama contest. And she hasn't missed one since. When she was six, she set her mind to becoming a singer-a good enough singer to win the Miss Alabama crown, to leave this valley some day and go to Atlantic City.
When she got to Banks High School, she joined the choir there, and beginning her sophomore year took lessons with Andy Gainey. It was natural that she should continue her singing and music study at Birmingham-Southern. She aims to do graduate work and teach music and/or singing eventually at the college level.
And how does a young Birmingham girl get interested in music? I can remember way back, when Mom used to play lots of opera records. I guess that's when it started, Becky recalls. And of course Mr. Gainey has been a wonderful guide for me.
I aim . . . to see all the tall buildin's and all the street lights an' to be one o' them folks myself . . .
She'll see the tall buildin's all right. If she's chosen as Miss America it'll be one round of big cities after another, beginning with New York. If not, she'll have a big week in the big city, starting a week from today. She'll see the musical comedy Ilya Darling, have a date with an Air Force lieutenant just returned from Vietnam. MGM movies and ABC television will also be among her hosts there.
But be one o' them folks? In ways, yes, in other ways, no. The mini-skirt fad is alien to Becky's philosophy, which includes activity in the Young Republican Club here. And beatniks? I just don't understand them, and I certainly couldn't be one.
I wonder if I'd get lonesome for the valley though . . . I could always come back if I got homesick for the valley . . .
If Becky becomes Miss America, she'll have a whole year in which to be homesick, but what a wonderful year! If not, she's eager to return to 'Southern in time for the rush season (she's a Zeta Tau Alpha). She'll be ready to come home to mom and dad, the Lewis Alfords, and nine-year-old brother Andy. And she'll have plenty to do as Miss Alabama, attending many dozens of functions and singing many times.
. . . So I'll leave it an' then I'll come back when I've seen what's beyond them mountains . . .*
*Words copyright 1956, 1957 by Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
Birmingham News, 9 Sep 1967 [has picture]Atlantic City - Will stars fall on Alabama again tonight?
Finals tonight - Will Radiant Becky Shine Brightest?
By Maggie Dix, News Staff Writer
A new Miss America will be chosen from among 50 lovely state contenders sometime near midnight, and our Becky Alford certainly is among the loveliest of them.
Judges complimented Miss Alabama on her thrilling lyric soprano voice during her interviews Friday, as well as praising her teacher, Andrew Gainey.
And she was radiant Friday night in the evening gown competition, results of which are never announced.
Montgomery Advertiser, 11 Sep 1967Atlantic City (AP) - Miss Alabama, Rebecca Alford of Birmingham, received a special judges $1,000 scholarship Sunday for her singing in the Miss America Pageant.
Miss 'Bama Surprised By Award
Although she did not win preliminary talent competition or place in the 10 semifinalists, the judges believed that her singing ability should still be recognized and awarded her the scholarship.
The surprise announcement was made at a farewell luncheon for the 50 contestants.
Miss Alford, 20, a junior at Birmingham-Southern College, sang Ain't It a Pretty Night.
Birmingham News, 9 Nov 1967Becky Alford, Alabama's reigning Miss Alabama, has received a new honor.
Named By Veterans - New Honor Comes To Becky: She's Miss Freedom, Too
Becky has been named Miss Freedom by the combined Veterans organizations. She will represent the 26 million living veterans during the Veteran's Day program to be held in Birmingham this weekend.
Becky will open the two-day celebration Friday night as she sings the national anthem at the beginning of the National Veterans Award dinner.
At this dinner to be held at the Tutwiler Hotel, America's outstanding veteran of the current year will be named and honored.
Saturday morning at 9 the Avenue of Flags will be dedicated to veterans living and dead by Maj. Gen. Edwin Chess, chief of chaplains. U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
The World Peace Luncheon, to be held at 11:30 Saturday at the Tutwiler Hotel, will be opened with the national anthem sung by Becky. Gen. John L. Throckmorton will be the guest speaker at the luncheon. Until six months ago, Gen. Throckmorton was deputy commander to General Westmoreland in Vietnam. The luncheon will be followed by the veterans day parade.
Miss Freedom will view the parade along with Joseph Scerra, South Gardner, Mass., commander in chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.A. Many distinguished representatives of national veterans organizations will also be present.
The Birmingham Veterans Day program is recognized by the National Veterans Day committee and Department of Defense as one of four nationally sponsored programs across the country. Raymond Weeks is the National Director for National Veterans Day.
Now that you've got most everything, when you get time to work on it, you'll see (better than I) how the articles, obits, and such will clump together by region and family. There will be some rearranging to do, such as, all the Ralph Alford clips can go together. Finally, I suggest Pam spell check everything. I'm a pretty good typist, but I don't have a spell checker on the Q&D (quick and dirty) word program I've used to type this up.
I believe I have discovered how the Alabama Surname Clipping Files were collected: apparently the State employed a newspaper clipping service for many years. I suppose it was somebody's job to go through newspapers and cut out articles peculiar to a specific surname.
By now, the Alford Tapes have taken on a kind of infamy because I'm sure you didn't realize really how much stuff was there. (Well, actually, neither did I). I was re-reviewing the handout I got from the state archives and I just noticed that there was a SEPARATE obit clipping file from the Surname Clipping File from which the Alford information comes. The handout states, "This file contains obituaries from 1950 to 1979, clipped from Alabama newspapers, which are filed by name of the deceased." Ready for another round? I will call the Archives in the next few days and see if they can tell me how much the information we have is duplicated in the obit file. It could be there's a whole other Alford stash lurking around. I'll keep you posted.
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 7/30/95 12:04 AM
SUBJECT: Alford Tapes, 29 July 1995, Part 1
I've got a long transmission following about Phillip Alford, Birmingham movie star.
I talked with the State Archives man last Friday about the other obit microfilm reel. I will order it, transcribe it and ship it to you in the same manner I have before. I'll try and watch for duplicates from the other stuff, but there's bound to be a few. Willie Maryland, my contact at the archives, said the obits were collected only during one of the archives administrators term, albiet a long one from the 50s to the 70s. Apparently they quit collecting obits when that administrator retired.
This transmission consists of articles on Phillip Alford,More later,
[Unknown Newspaper], 5 Feb 1962 [has picture]Phillip Alford, 13, and Mary Badham, 9, both of Birmingham, posed outside a courtroom in Los Angeles Thursday where their movie contracts were approved. The two will have parts in the movie, "To Kill a Mockingbird," being filmed by Universal-International. They'll receive $500 a week apiece for a minimum of 10 weeks. In addition, Phillip will receive $200 and Mary $250 a week for living expenses.
Movie Contracts OK'd
15 Mar 1962, Birmingham News [has picture]Hollywood, March 15 - Phillip Alford, 13, of Birmingham, Ala., making his acting debut as Gregory Peck's son in "To Kill a Mockingbird," has discovered Hollywood is really a crazy place. Writing to a chum back home, Phillip jotted down the following:
Birmingham Boy Discovers Movie Capital Is Really a Crazy, Goofy Place
By Harold Heffernan, North American Newspaper Alliance
"The town built here at Universal Studios for the movie looks just like Alabama, all right, except on the south side is the western street, the Far East set for "The Ugly American" is north of us, and when I look east, there's Alaska."
These particular candidates for highest acting achievements in 1961 are taking the suspense and excitement in stride. No hard feelings or tempermental withdrawals. No expensive trade-paper ads to extol one's personality or performance. Actually, none of these contestants would think of writing a begging letter, much less a "dear cousin" note to the voters.
These tranquil candidates for high acting honors are much in the battle nevertheless - for "Patsy" time is here again and some 25 aspirants who merely do their master's bidding on the sound stages are whooping it up in the 14th annual balloting.
In the film division "Patsy" stands for "Picture animal top star of the year," in TV it's "performing animal television star of the year."
The films nominated are: Cat, cat in "Breakfast at Tiffany's"; Pete, dog, "The Silent Call"; Scuttlebutt, duck, "Everything's Ducky"; horse, "The Clown and the Kid"; and Owasso, turkey, in "All Hands on Deck."
Television nominees are the Marquis Chimps, chimpanzees in "The Hathaways," ABC-TV; Lassie, dog, "Lassie," CBS-TV; Tramp, dog, "My Three Sons," ABC-TV; King, horse, "National Velvet," NBC-TV; Mr. Ed., Horse in "Mr. Ed," CBS-TV.
Mobile Press, 8 Apr 1962One of Mobile's people most interested in "To Kill a Mockingbird" activity is M-Sgt. J.M. Alford at Brookley Air Force Base.
Mockingbird' Player Has Uncle In Mobile
He is the uncle of Birmingham's young Phillip Alford who has been cast in the Universal-International production now being filmed in Hollywood.
"His father is my younger brother," said the analyst specialist in the 1919th Communications Sqd. "I've had several letters from him since they all moved out to Hollywood."
Sgt. Alford had the last letter from his brother, Lem, just shortly after Gregory Peck - who is starring in the movie based on Harper Lee's novel - hosted the family at his home.
"From what I can gather the actor's home looks like some small ranch," said the Mobile-based uncle of 13-year-old Phillip. "They had a wonderful time while there."
Phillip, however, isn't the only member of the family connected with the film.
"His sister, Eugenia Alford, 9, has been named stand-in to Mary Badham who has the leading role with Peck in the film," said Sgt Alford. "She is also taking a screen test for another movie but they hadn't any results yet when my brother wrote me."
Eugenia has had no acting experience at all, althrough Phillip has appeared in some locally produced plays in Birmingham.
Mary has had no acting experience either.
The children were chosen for the roles following a somewhat extensive search for some new young people to fill the roles of "Scout" - played by Mary - and her brother "Jem" - played by Phillip.
Both youngsters have fallen right into good paying jobs.
"They've got seven-year contracts with salaries ranging from $500 to $1,500 a week," said Sgt. Alford, "and Phillip is getting a $200 expense allowance per week while Mary has $250 on the present film."
Sgt. Alford who has been based about three years at Mobile is rounding out 23 years of active duty with the Air Force in June. He is planning on retiring and moving into a job at Dayton, Ohio.
Attempts are now being made to get the world premiere of the U-I picture here in Mobile.
Birmingham News, 11 Jun 1962 [has picture]Back from Hollywood, where he co-starred with Birmingham's Mary Badham and Gregory Peck in "To Kill a Mockingbird," Phillip Alford Sunday was making plans to star in a Town and Gown play next month.
Phillip Alford Back Home After Filming
By Lily May Caldwell, News Staff Writer
If Mulligan and Pakula, the producers to whom he's under contract, agree, he will return to the stage of Clark Theater where he received all of his training.
Phillip, his little sister Eugenia, who had a bit part in the screen version of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize novel, and their parents, the Lem Alfords, returned from California Saturday night.
After church Sunday, they were over at Clark to see old friends and deliver a Hollywood director's chair to James Hatcher.
The Alfords plan a vaction at home. They will return to Hollywood in the fall, probably in October, for publicity pictures. The future is up to Mulligan and Pakula. There's nothing definite now.
Phillip has signed with William Morris Agency, and before he left California, they set up a number of appointments for interviews for upcoming TV shows. One part for which he is being considered is that of one of Lucille Ball's children in her new television series which starts next fall.
Birmingham News, 31 Mar 1963Second Avenue and 21st Street North, will be transformed into a sort of Hollywood and Vine Wednesday night when "To Kill a Mockingbird" comes at the Melba Theater at 8:30 p.m.
By Lily Mae Caldwell
The Birmingham Jaycees have taken over the theater for that night to stage a gala showing in Hollywood style, with the two young stars of the picture, Mary Badham, and Phillip Alford, both of Birmingham, there in person to meet the audience, give autographs and otherwise participate in the big doings.
Mary turned down an offer to do a lead in a "Ben Casey" TV show this week because her commitments to appear at the special showingss of "To Kill a Mockingbird" in both Birmingham and Gadsden conflicted with the shooting schedule.
The offer was rejected by Mary's mother and father "because we must teach Mary integrity, that when she gives her word, she must keep it."
Immediately after the Gadsden and Birmingham appearances, Mary and her parents will fly out to Hollywood as guests of Universal-International Studios for the Academy Awards festivities.
As a nominee for an Oscar, Mary will be one of the big stars of the Oscar show, and many people within the industry - as well as this writer - are betting on her to win. She is in there competing with pros like Thelma Writter, Angela Lansbury, Shirley Knight, and with Patty Duke, a child star of the Broadway stage.
Of course, Mary and her family were sorry they had to turn down the Ben Casey TV appearance. But there will be others - more than our little Mary can accept. Alice Boatwright, the Universal talent scout in New York who discovered Mary and Phillip on a visit to Birmingham, writes Mary's parents of a book, "No Hiding Place," that producer Robert Lawrence is sending them to read. He wants Mary to do a leading role in the motion picture version of the novel he is to film in New York this summer.
"I get inquiries from various producers who are interested in Mary," Miss Boatwright writes. "This is quite natural since her recent success in "To Kill a Mockingbird", plus the Academy Award nomination, has made her a very sought-after child actress. Because of this I feel very strongly that Mary should not do just anything, as she is in a position where she can be very selecteive in accepting any future offers."
And Alan Black, foreign public relations head for Universal, writes that "To Kill a Mockingbird" opens in London early in May with a gala premiere, which will be attended by Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret. He points out that there is tremendous interest in the pciture, in Mary, and in "big Mary," her mother, since she was born in Manchester, England. So - the Badhams may be taking off for the London premiere.
Right now, they're looking to the big night in Birmingham Wednesday, when her homefolks get a first look at "To Kill a Mockingbird." And to the trip to California for the Academy Awards event.
Phillip Alford, that handsome lad who did such a fine job in "To Kill a Mockingbird," is enjoying himself back home in Birmingham while waiting for the producers to let him know about shooting time for the next episode of the TV series for which he's recently made a pilot film.
Walt Disney wants Phillip for a contract and some of those Disney screen classics, but Phillip can make no committments to Disney, or anyone else, until the TV series is set.
He and Mary returned last weekend from Mobile where they were feted as stars at the colorful opening of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize novel movie in the Azalea City.
"To Kill a Mockingbird" is almost an "Alabama picture." Not only is the story written by an Alabama woman, Harper Lee of Monroeville, but three of the stars are from Birmingham - Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, and James O. (Buddy) Anderson, who gives such a fine character performance that he well might have placed in the Oscar class.
The Birmingham Jaycees will be hosts at a pre-gala dinner at The Club Wednesday night for the children and special invited guests.
Proceeds from the gala opening will go to their philanthropic fund.
Birmingham News, 14 Apr 1963 [has picture]Tuscaloosa, Ala., April 13 - Hollywood came to Tuscaloosa Thursday night.
Filmland 'Visits" Tuscaloosa At Opening Of Capri Theater
By Lily Mae Caldwell, News Amusement Editor
It came in telegrams from the big names of the movies, and in person with the arrival of Phillip Alford, 14, Birmingham actor, who is a star of "To Kill a Mockingbird," the first feature picture that will play the new Capri.
Phillip, with his parents, the Lem Alfords, of Birmingham, and his little sister, Eugenia, were among the special guests at the opening of the new art theater.
Mayor George Van Tassell, members of the Legislature, and other dignitaries were on hand for the colorful opening of the Capri Theater, along with officials of the Wilby-Kincey theater chain from Atlanta and Birmingham.
Young Phillip, who stars with Gregory Peck, Mary Badham and James O. Anderson in "To Kill a Mockingbird" screen version of the Pulitzer Prize novel by Alabama's Harper Lee, was introduced to the audience. He told something of his experiences in being signed for the role, and of what life in Hollywood was like for a young fellow suddenly tossed into stardom in an important motion picture.
Phillip is under contract with Four Star Playhouse for a TV series, "The Tyrees of Capitol Hill," and is wanted by Walt Disney for a movie and two hour-long TV shows.
The new theater in Tuscaloosa is one of the most unusual little houses in the state.
The Wilby-Kincey people have completely rebuilt it, with beautiful interior decorations, deep-cushioned foam-rubber seats, deep carpets, and the finest projections equipment. It is a little gem, comfortable and intimate, and a real credit to the University town.
Birmingham News, 23 Jun 1963 [has picture]Birmingham's young movie actor, Phillip Alford, who leaves for Hollywood next month to begin work with Walt Ë Disney, may be appearing with "Cleopatra," no less.
Phillip Alford May Do Movie With Liz
Elizabeth Taylor has been signed for the lead in "The Sandpiper," the picture for which Phillip has been sought by Columbia, and about which his manager is now huddling with the studios.
"The Sandpiper" is based on a story by Martin Ransohoff and deals with the love affair between a young artist (Elizabeth Taylor) living in Carmel, and the minister head of a boys' school
Negotiations are now under way for an actor to protray the minister, and word is that Gregory Peck is the man they want.
This would bring Phillip together again with his screen father of his first movie, the Oscar picture and Pulitzer Prize story, "To Kill a Mockingbird."
The film will be shot in the Big Sur country of Southern California, with interior filming in the Columbia Hollywood studios. It will mark Miss Taylor's first production since her 1960 Academy Award winning "Butterfield 8."
William Wyler, a three-time Academy Award winner, will direct "The Sandpiper."
[Phillip Alford] begins shooting "Bristle Face" at the Disney Buena Vista Studios in Burbank in mid-July. He and his family will drive out from Birmingham, leaving here about the first of July.
The first assignment for Disney will be a two-hour film that first will be shown in two one-hour segments on television, then in motion picture theaters over the country.
"Bristle Face" is the story of a boy and a dog, and is being written especially for Phillip. Disney will use it as a showcase to introduce him to the vast TV audiences as a "build up" follow-up to "Mockingbird" for future pictures.
As the Alfords plan for their Hollywood trip, Walt Disney announces that he has completed the deal for purchasing the rights to "A Journey to Matecumbe," an adventure novel by Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert Lewis Taylor, and has assigned A.J. Carothers to adapt the novel for the screen.
"A Journey to Matecumbe" was the first picture about which Walt Disney interviewed Phillip when he was in California last winter to film the pilot of the TV series "The Tyrees of Capitol Hill" for Four Star Playhouse. This upcoming motion picture, a post Civil War drama, will enter into the negotiations of Phillip's manager with Columbia Studios about "The Sandpiper," with dates for production of both films to play a part in working out the contracts.
Montgomery Advertiser, 3 Oct 1963Enterprise (Special) - Phillip Alford, who co-starred with Gregory Peck in "To Kill a Mockingbird," will be in Enterprise Saturday night to participate in the "Miss Enterprise" pageant.
Co-Star In "Mockingbird" Plans Visit To Enterprise
He will escort the reigning "Miss Enterprise" and the new queen to be selected.
Alford lives in Birmingham and commutes with his family to Hollywood for television and motion picture assignements. He tours with Town and Gown Theater, and his most recent stage appearance was in "Stars Fell on Alabama," which was produced by James Hatcher for the Lions International Convention in Miami Beach.
New MovieAlford has just returned from Hollywood where he filmed two segments for Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, entitled "Bristle Face."
James Hatcher, son of Mrs. Urcer Hatcher and the late Frank Hatcher, of Enterprise, has directed the "Miss Enterprise" pageant for the past several years, and will be master of ceremonies again on Saturday night.
Also coming with Hatcher will be "Miss Alabama," Judy Short, of Birmingham, who will play the marimba. She was the first "Miss Alabama," to win two preliminaries in competition at Atlantic City.
Junior MissMiss Eleanor Warr, of Clayton, the Junior Miss Alabama, will also be present and will perform her talent act which helped her to win this title.
Also attending will be the Dairy Princess, Miss Susan Buckner, of Oneonta.
Thirteen girls will vie for the "Miss Enterprise" title. The pageant is sponsored by the Altrusa Club, and will be held in the High School auditorium at 8 o'clock.
Birmingham News, 24 Nov 1963 [has picture]Phillip Alford, Birmingham movie and TV star, will be seen in the leading role in "The Happy Time" at Clark Theater, Dec. 10-14.
Alford Home For T&G [Town and Gown] Production of "Happy Time"
Phillip flew home from Hollywood last week to begin rehearsals of the Broadway comedy-drama that was presented on the New York stage by Rodgers and Hammerstein, and later made into a movie.
He has been in Hollywood for some dubbing of the Walt Disney "Wonderful World of Color" production of "Bristle Face," that has been filmed for two one-hour segments on television. It will be shown shortly after the first of the year. Plans now are in the works to write two more "Bristle Face" episodes, which would be taking Phillip back to California and the Disney studios.
In "The Happy Time," Phillip will be returning to the stage of Clark Theater, where he received his only stage training under the direction of James Hatcher. This time, he will be directed by Frank Treschel Jr., associate director of Town and Gown Civic Theater, who is at the helm for the Broadway comedy-drama.
"The Happy Time" is the story of a Canadian family in Ottowa in the mid-20's, and of the young boy who learns about love and truth and justice. There is some powerful drama, and some funny comedy wrapped up in the play that is based on the story of Robert Fontaine.
Mr. Treschel is well known in Birmingham and Alabama for his fine performances as an actor with Town and Gown, and for his expert direction of such plays as Tennessee Williams one-act plays, in which he also appeared; "The Lark," "The Rainmaker," and others.
Phillip Alford has appeared in a number of shows at Clark Theater, starting his acting career there when he was a very small boy, and doing a variety of roles, one of the most recent having been the son in "The King and I."
He was discovered by Alice Boatwright, Universal-International Studios Eastern Talent Representative, when she came to Birmingham in search of two children for the movie version of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," was one of the stars of the picture, and has been commuting between Birmingham and Hollywood for television and movies ever since "Mockingbird" hit the nation's movie screens and Oscar honors.
End Part 1
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 7/30/95 12:04 AM
SUBJECT: Alford Tapes, 29 July 1995, Part 2
End Part 2
Mobile Press Register, 26 Jan 1964 [has picture]Two Alabamians will be caught in a national spotlight tonight because of Walt Disney.
2 Alabamians Will Share Disney Spotlight Tonight
By Vivian Cannon, Press Register Reporter
He has them starring in a two-part production of "Bristle Face" to be presented this Sunday and next Sunday on his "Wonderful World of Color" which is seen at 6:30 p.m. on WALA-TV's Channel 10.
Phillip Alford of Birmingham - who broke into stardom with his role in "To Kill a Mockingbird" which was written by Harper Lee of Monroeville - actually has the lead in the dramatic story about a boy and a dog, but George Lindsey of Jasper, who has been getting laughs for several years now, has a good role as a Tennessee Mountain man fond of fox hunting.
It will be their first time to act together.
Both Phillip and Lindsey have contacts in Mobile, too.
Phil, who did come to Mobile for the Alabama premiere of the "Mockingbird" production, is the nephew of Sgt. J.M. Alford, stationed at Brookley Air Force Base.
Birmingham News, 31 Aug 1964 [has picture]Hollywood, Aug. 31 - (NANA) - What happens to kids who score sensationally in a debut picture? Sometimes they're heard from again; more often they drop out of sight.
Harold Herrernan - Phillip Alford's Back In Limelight In 'Heavenly Pasture of "Shenandoah"
Phillip Alford, who deservedly won raves as Greg Peck's young son in "To Kill a Mockingbird," rises again - up in the "Heavenly Pasture" of Eugene, Ore. He's the youngest of Stewart's six sons in Shenandoah. Jimmy plays a farmer in the lush land of Virginia before war ravages-and again Phillip is without a mother in the plot. That adds up to four starts in which he's been without one, and he's beginning to feel jumpy.
"I sure do hope I can have a whole family pretty soon," he pined. "For a fellow my age (he'll soon be 16) this can very traumatic."
Synopsis of Jimmy Stewart's current movie, "Shenandoah" (doesn't this man ever relax?) describes its Virginia Civil War locale as "a valley that might be a pasture in heaven."
Tall order for any studio to match, but Universal feels it's found just such a setting-so the whole company of 96 is encamped on a sprawling Mohawk Valley site a few miles from Eugene, Ore. With color cameras trained on the action in this region, and considering - for just one thing - that the leaves are beginning to turn, spectators could be in for a gorgeous eyeful.
Even camerman Bill Clothier, who has searched out and shot some of the screen's most magnificient backgrounds, drew in his breath as he gazed through his finder. "After this picture is released," he predicted, "all Hollywood will be rusing up to Oregon for locations."
The night after the company's arrival, director Andy McLaglen (Victor's strapping son) hosted a party celebrating the start of the star's 67th film. Jimmy, who has spend 30 of his 56 years making movies, cut a gold and blue cake two feet high, each layer representing one of his Oscar-winning starts. There were congratulatory telegrams, including one from Oregon's Governor Mark Hatfield, speeches by fellow actors and finally a whopping jam session topped by Steward taking over the piano and pounding out rock 'n' roll until Director McLaglen clamped on the lid and sent his actors to bed.
Harry Carey Jr. has a rugged path to hew if he starts living up to his famed father's silent movie reputation - and he's trying it in "Shenandoah."
First day's shooting found him hanging like a bat from the rafters of an old covered bridge, some 70 feet straight up. He'd just escaped from a Union stockade and was hiding out from the cavalry in blue. It was close to 90 in the shade, and for 45 minutes Harry was the forgotten man as McLaglen casually assembled his actors and crew for a shot. And once action began, it was another 45 minutes before all the Union troops had thundered by below him.
The director finally called, "Cut - print it," and Harry descended tortuously, one foot bleeding. After a day's scrambling over the rugged terrain, his feet wrapped only in rags, Harry is now sure that the South lost the war because the Confederates had to eat their shoes.
The wheel of misfortune paid off at a big price for "Shenandoah" cameraman Bill Clothier many years and top credits ago. He was reminded of it through a reunion in Eugene with a pal of long ago.
In Gary, Ind., following their discharge from the Army in World War I, Bill and his buddy vied for the job of delivery boy at a local laundry. But they both failed to pass the written test!
Richard Eymann is now Lane County's representative in Oregon's House of Representatives-while Clothier's path led to Hollywood and the photographing of such outdoor epics as "The Alamo," "Cheyenne Autumn," and now "Shenandoah." Both fellows have their own laundry delivered nowadays.
Mobile Press Register, [can't read day] May 1965 [has picture][Picture Caption:] A rebel look - Young Phillip Alford, who was in Mobile Wednesday for the Alabama engagement premiere of "Shenandoah," turns a Birmingham-eye on a Confederate flag. He noted the flag at a press premiere held at Oakleigh which is typical setting that ties in with the film starring James Stewart and now showing at the Downtown Theater. (Mobile Press Register Photo by Ed Harris)
"Shenandoah" Star Swarmed by GirlsIf there's anything 17-year-old Phillip Alford likes more than girls, it is more girls.
By Vivian Cannon, Register Staff Reporter
The "Shenandoah" star had more than his share of them Wednesday with his second visit to Mobile too.
He was usually surrounded by a milling group of young fans of the opposite sex-who also included a graceful and colorful mass of girls wearing antebellum dresses for the occasion and providing some pretty viewing on a rainy day.
Phil admits his own role as an up and coming movie star doesn't hurt his dating schedule either.
"It helps a lot with the girl friends," grinned the teenager who reacts much like any other lad his age.
His success with "To Kill a Mockingbird" and the current picture that stars James Stewart - and is now playing at the Downtown Theater - as well as a two-hour television program titled "Bristle Face" for Walt Disney last year has not affected his life in Birmingham too much though.
"I'm just going to school like everybody else," stated Phil who has spent the summer working as a construction laborer for his father, Lem Alford.
He is watching out for other movie or television roles however.
"I can't make up my mind if I like the movies or a series," stated Phill.
Television goes so fast that there is no time to really develop any character in a role, he explained, "and movies are more easy going and give you a chance to show your ability."
He himself has had only one class in dramatics.
"I couldn't stand it though," he added and proceeded to demonstrate how silly he felt acting like a tree.
"I think if you can't act all the teachers in the world couldn't teach you how to," stated Phil. "You just can't do anything opposite to your personality - for instance, I don't think I could ever play a bad guy."
His hardest scene in the Universal release which opened Wednesday at the Downtown was the ending where he had to cry too. It took about nine hours of turning on the tears to get it filmed as desired.
Phil, accompanied to Mobile by his parents and sister, Eugenia, made an afternoon appearance on state and the matinee showing of the picture.
He then returned for a short parade through the downtown area that proceded his official welcome return to Mobile by Mayor Charles Trimmier.
Phil was made an honorary citizen of Mobile and member of the mayor's staff before a completely packed house at the theater.
By the evening, he undoubtedly had a touch of writer's cramp too for the swarm of fans kept him busy signing his name to pictures provided for the occasion.
Mobile Press Regiser, 23 Apr 1967 [has picture][Picture Caption:] Motherly Touch-Eighteen-year-old Phillip Alford - known throughout the country for his moving making in "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Shenandoah" - gets a tie adjustment from his big sister-looking mother, Mrs. Lem Alford during a recent visit here. (Mobile Press Register Photo By Ed Harris)
...Old Fashioned Upbringing Rules By Vivian Cannon, Press Register ReporterHaving a son star in a couple of movies hasn't helped Mrs. Lem Alford of Birmingham carry out her old-fashioned ideas of child raising at all.
She is doing it with 18-year-old Phillip Alford.
He says, "Yes, ma'am" and companion polite phrases, gets home by 10 o'clock from a Sunday night date and still looks upon his mother as a pal.
"It hasn't been easy," admitted his attractive parent who looks more like an older sister, "and I guess one of the most difficult problems has been making Phillip realize he is just a person like anyone else."
Both the public and Phillip's own family "which has never had a movie star before and has been awed by him" have made that task a big one because the've wanted to put him on a pedestal and made him feel important.
"I have just refused to let that happen," his mother stated. "If Phillip grows up feeling so important and if he gets to be 21 without making another movie, it will be difficult for him to realize he is just Phillip Alford - a young man."
Going To CollegeMrs. Alford and her husband have particularly encouraged Phillip to go to college, as he will do this fall upon graduation from high school next month. Plans are for him to major in history and minor in literature at Huntingdon College.
School for the past several years - since the 1963 release of "To Kill a Mockingbird," now showing at the Downtown Theater - has really presented both him and his mother the biggest problem.
"He has had to struggle with his studies - especially in the beginning of it all," stated Mrs. Alford, "but Phillip makes B's now and nothing lower than a C and that's pretty good."
There were also difficulties with people.
"On one hand, he has been idolozed as a movie star by some but on the other he has been looked down upon," admitted Mrs. Alford.
Friends who have meant well, for instance, have wanted to publicize facts about which Mrs. Alford has felt shouldn't be given attention.
"He got a car when he was 17 for example," she explained, "but I don't think that is any different from any other boy and I just wouldn't let them say anything about it."
More surprising really has been the resentment from others who have let their jealousy show when Phillip has been recognized for his talent and place in the entertainment field.
"It has made it hard on him," revealed his Mother. "I guess it would have been easier if we had lived on the West Coast where a movie start isn't out of the ordinary and if he hadn't been so young when the fame did come . . . "
Ideas During WarMrs. Alford got her ideas about bringing up her children - there is also 15-year-old Eugenia-when she was growing up during World War II.
"I remember seeing so many mothers who would let their children do anything and have anything because 'Daddy's in the service and we don't know if he'll come home again'," said Mrs. Alford. "Some of the children were impossible . . . "
"I made up my mind then if I ever had any children, they were going to mind me-regardless," she said, "I wanted my children to be the kind other people would want around . . . "
"A lot of people have remarked about his politeness," she said. "His 'Yes, Ma'am' and 'No, Sir' seem sort of surprising . . ."
"Phillip comes in at 10 p.m. on Sunday and midnight other time," said Mrs. Alford. "Children have to be taught a set of values because if they are not, how are they going to know how to react now or teach their own children when they are grown?"
Too many parents do not accept the responsibility of their children, according to Mrs. Alford.
"It is a lot easier to sit back and let your children do as they want," she admitted. It saves fussing and disciplining and a lot of discord at home."
As to a movie career or his future, she and her husband want Phillip "to be what he wants to be as long as it is honorable."
The movie-making has been a good thing for Phillip despite some growing up pains, because "it has given him an opportunity to travel and afforded him some things that he wouldn't have had otherwise."
"So many people think he is so rich and they are wrong," added his mother. "Children don't make that much money in movies."
Active in the Highlands Methodist Church where he helps with Bible school and children's programs. Phillip does some little theater work.
"Actually, he doesn't have a lot of time for the theater here-with his school and church work and sports," revealed his mother.
There are now no plans for making another movie or television show, though Phillip has been selected for two pictures which have been temporarily shelved. It is hoped a July trip to Los Angeles will turn up something movie or television-wise.
Birmingham Post-Herald, 19 May 1967The mother of Birmingham film star Phillip Alford, Mrs. Lem Alford, dropped our column a line this week to inform us that Phillip is busy working on a movie which will be seen on TV next fall.
Phillip Alford In TV Movie
The name of the script is "The League of Frightened Men," a Western starring Phillip, Don Murray, your actor John Saxon and Gene Evans.
Universal Studios (the same Hollywood moviemaking firm which had the big fire this week) is filming the feature-length movie which will be seen next season "Premier."
Writes Mrs. Alford from the Sportsman Lodge in Hollywood where she and her son are staying: "Phillip is at work today, but I did not go out because they are on location at a ranch about an hour away and it's terribly windy and dusty." Sounds like typical California weather.
Birmingham Post-Herald, 25 Aug 1967Birmingham's Phillip Alford will be seen this Fall in the opening "World Premier" feature-length movie produced for NBC-TV.
Phillip Alford In TV Movie
Alford, who is now back home and is entering Alabama College at Montevallo this September, plays a teenage boy who idolizes the town's sheriff in the Western Universal movie "The Fire and the Wind."
The Magic City lad spent a good part of this Summer on the West filming the TV movie with such stars as Don Murray, John Saxon, Anne Francis, Edward Andrews, and Gene Evans.
Birmingham News, 24 Oct 1969 [has picture]Phillip Alford, 21-year-old Birmingham actor who has made a name for himself in movies and television, left for Hollywood Thursday night to play a part in "The Virginian" TV series.
Phillip Alford To Play Part In "Virginian"
Alford has dropped out of school at Montevallo University, where he was a junior, because his stay on the West Coast will be "indefinite."
The "Virginian" episode in which he will play is a 90-minute show. It will be made at Universal Studios.
Recently Alford was seen in "Appalachian Autumn," the CBS playhouse special on TV.
His first big movie role was in "To Kill a Mockingbird." Next he played with James Stewart in "Shenandoah."
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Lem Alford, the young man received his first training as an actor from James Hatcher at Town and Gown Theater, an affiliate of the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
[Unknown Newspaper, no date on clipping, about 1963]Hollywood (AP) - Notes and comment on the Hollywood scene.
Young Alabama Star Working On TV Pilot
By Bob Thomas, AP Movie-Television Writer
Jane Withers is making one of her periodic returns to movies. Having dropped 20 pounds, she looks as pert and sassy as when she found fame as the movies' brat in her childhood.
She is playing a nurse in the University comedy, Captain Newman, M.D.," with Gregory Peck and Tony Curtis. It's fun for Jane, but it isn't as if she needs the work. She has been busy in television and just signed a deal that will put her in an entirely new field.
She'll be in television - but as the spokeswoman for a kitchen cleaner.
The town is talking about Darryl Zanuck's crack at the producer's dinner. He cited the dangers of romance with Cleopatra; Julius Caesar was assassinated, Marc Anthony committed suicide and Spyros Skouras was beheaded. It was the first pointed reference to Zanuck's predecessor as president of 20th-Fox.
Bing Crosby may join Bob Hope, Judy Garland, Jerry Lewis and Danny Kaye as a weekly television star next season. Bing made a pitch for sponsors on a closed-circuit telecast. He would head a weekly anthology.
Tony Curtis may do four pictures this year. "There's no such thing as over-exposure in films," he reasons, "as long as the films are good."
Young Phillip Alford was here from his Birmingham, Ala., home and visited Gregory Peck, who played his father in "To Kill a Mockingbird." Peck could scarecely recognize his own movie son, the boy having added 23 pounds and six inches in height since he finished the film. Phillip was here for a Four Star television pilot film about a Senate page boy.
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 7/31/95 9:57 PM
SUBJECT: A Few More Pages from The Alford Tapes
Here are a couple of things in the Alford Tapes. The first 3 are extracts of some Alford Wills. I'm sure you already have these:1. James Alford, Hancock County, Georgia[This next is from something "Gazette" like the one above. It may be the same thing, but I'm having trouble making it out. The date is 13 May 1960 or 1966.]
Date of Will: 29 Jul 1812
Probated: 7 Feb 1814
Sons: Collen (Cullen), Kinchen, Allen Willie
Sons-in-law: Solomon Locket, John bush, Collen Wooten, Redman Thornton
Executors: Luranee Alford, Collin Alford, Allen Alford, Solomon Lockett, John Rush
Witnesses: Elijah Jourdon, Thomas Howell, Benjamine Read
2. WIlliam Alford, Sr., Hancock County, Georgia
Date of Will: 31 Jul 1822
Probated: 2 May 1825
Sons: Jacob, John, William, Jr., Owen
Dau: Milly Reed, Jane Ellis, Martha Newsome
Others mentioned in will: Micajah Middlebrooks, Joshua Grace, Alford Middlebrooks
Grand dau: Elizabeth Driskell, Ann Vinson
Grand son: Cannon Grace
Executors: Joel D. Newsom, Hardy Jernigan
Witnesses: Henry Dortch, Levi Cobb, James Marshman
3. Susan H. Alford, Hancock County, Georgia
Date of Will: 19 Oct 1859
Probated: 9 Jan 1860
Husband: John L. Alford
Dau: Edna L. Cain
Grand son: James William C. Cain
Witnesses: Chas W. DuBose, E.M. Pendleton, Thomas I. Little
No Executor mentioned in will
Letters issued to Elisah Cain
Thomas T. Windsor is mentioned as "Purchaser of gun for grandson"
VA. GAZETTE, 31 Dec 1965.Wish date of marriage of Jacob Alford, b. ca 1766, Warren Co., N.C.; m. Frankie Seaborn, b. 1770, Va., prob. New Kent Co. Wish to correspond with anyone working on either of these families. (Mrs. Marie T. Greer, P.O. Box 955, Many, La. 71449)
(B) Alford - Seaborn.
There are a couple more letters yet. I have to go back to the library and get better copies. I'll also check for any misc. information I left out before. I ordered the other obit tape today. I'll start on it as soon as it comes back. I'll donate this one to the Association too.
5744 (A) Alford - Hartley - Ferrell.Want data on parents of Lodwick Alford. DAR records state he was born ca 1715 in Craven Co., No. Car. (Believe this incorrect, as his 2nd mar. to Susannah Hartley is recorded in New Kent Co., Va. in 1735. His 1st wife was Elizabeth _____. Who? Susannah died after giving birth to a son, and in 1740, he m. (3) Rebecca Ferrell. Want parents of 2nd and 3rd wives.
[Undated Letter to the Archives]Thomas M. Owen
File No. B.
Department of Archives and History
State of Alabama
I regret, regret very much the delay in my replay to your of Aug 10th. I have been absent from home. I enclose a copy of an article I have had several years, and I do not think I can add very much more and I will only add the statement that Alford is an English name and the first emigrates of that name settled in North Carolina, Wake County. The eldest - Lodwick Alford - [something missing] daughter of Reuben Jackson of North Carolina, who was a Captain at the Battle of New Orleans and he is buried in the old Alford place near West Point, Georgia where his tombstone says he died from service to his country.
I can not get another copy of this type writing. I send you, and per ___ must trouble you to return it to me after you have made a copy (if you desire). I regret that my age and feebleness will not permit me to write more of my own recollections of my adored grandfather, "The War Horse of Troup."
Mrs. M.A. Tuggle
LaGrange, R.F.D. No. 2
[Letter dated 30 Aug 1926]Mrs. William A. Wright
[From printed stationery]
99 East Fifteen Street
Mr. Peter Bronnon
My Dear Mr. Bronnon,
My grandfather Julius Caesar Alford died at his prairie home, about thirty (30) miles from Montgomery, Pike Co., and was buried in the County church yard near his home. Born June 10, 1799, Wake Co. N.C. Died Jan 1, 1863.
His father was Lodwick Alford, not Ludwick as per your letter. Mr. Mack Beale must have gained his idea of his being buried in Opelika from the fact that later on his widow lived in Opelika, Ala. Mrs. Travis, (formerly Miss Jane Beale) an aunt of Mr. Mack Beale might be able to aid you as her brother, Mr. C.H. Beale knew all the Alford history.
I have quite a bit of the history of the Alford family, but just now am not able to put it in shape to send you and there are links missing, rather conflicting.
Mrs. Margaret Alford Hogg of Macon, Ga. is a daughter of Mr. William Alford and I have written her asking for information. Mrs. J.W. Hogg 678 Courtland St., Macon, Ga.
Some records say Julius C. Alford lived in Montgomery Co; some say Pike Co. Certainly his last home was about 30 miles below Montgomery and that he died was buried. This we know from records in the handwriting of one eldest sister, Mrs Margaret A. (Cox) Tuggle in which she tells of her last visit to our grandfather Julius Caesar Alford, in company with Mr. William Alford son of Julius C. Alford.
Brother of Julius C. Alford, he being the eldest child of Lodwick Alford, Jr. and Judith Jackson.
Erasmus Alford Andrew Alford Lodwick Aldord Whit Alford William Alford
This information I had from Mary Hogg Schaub, daugher of Mrs. J. R.[?] Hogg, Macon, Ga.
Pardon my delay in answering your of Aug 15th. Have been ill.
Should you get other information, I will be glad to verify it and to send you later my fuller record of the Alford's you would like to have.
Mary L. (Cox) Wright
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 8/4/95 10:11 PM
SUBJECT: Alford Tapes, 8 Aug 95
Note my new e-mail address, if you missed it. It has changed.
My old college roommate, who is visiting from Colorado, says he will stay at the Alford bed and breakfast on Alford Hill in Chattanooga. Familiar with this place?
Here's more from the Alford Tapes:More later,
Dothan Eagle, 21 Jan 1946John C. Alford, Jr., ARM3-c, USNR, Columbia, and J.H. Register, SI-c, USNR, Slocomb, have been discharged from the Naval Service, at the U.S. Naval Personnel Separation Center, Jacksonville, Fla., it was announced today.
Western Union Telegram, 3 Aug 1922In addition to affidavit mailed you by special delivery that will reach your office today add the following and make it a part of same, "I further certify that I have not used nor had any baliffs or deputy sheriffs distributing my literature tacking my signs and begging voters to please vote for me while drawing salaries from the tax payers of Jefferson County when they should have been helping to catch law violators and prevent crime from being committed in Jefferson County."
Received at main offices, COR, Commerce and Bibb Sts., Montgomery, Ala.
Hon William P. Cobb Secretary of State, Montgomery, Ala
Horace C. Alford
Birmingham News, 3 Sep 1943Tech. Sgt. Homer W. Alford, of Stella Route, Florala, Ala., has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by Maj. Gen. Clayton Bissell. Alford is a member of the 10th Air Force stationed somewhere in India, it was revealed by an Associated Press dispatch.
Florala Sergeant Gets DFC From General
Unknown newspaper, 1952 [has picture]Herston E. Alford, water tender at Gadsden Steam Plant, left for military service February 13 and was assigned to duty in the Marine Corps. He was sent to Parris Island for training. Mr. Alford has been an employee of the Company since September 15, 1947.
Alford in Marine Corps
Birmingham News, 28 Jan 1954 [has picture]Pvt. Haskel S. Alford of 814 42nd St. N, is completing recruit training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.
Geneva County Reaper, 11 Sep 1952Sgt. H. Alford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dearon A. Alford, Route 2, Samson, Ala., is en route home from the 7th Infantry Division in Korea under the Army's rotation plan.
His former division, famous for the Inchon landing which turned the tide against the No. Koreans in Sept. 1950, is now entrenced along the west central front in the mud of the Korean rainy season.
Unknown paper and date [has picture]Pfc. Curtis G. Alford, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.W. Alford of Birmingham, is in the Air Forces at Gunter Field.
Mobile Press, 16 Jul 1947Serving abroad the destroyer USS Hyman which is touring the Mediterranean are Charles A. Alford, fireman second class, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. B.E. Alford of Fairhope, and Victor D. Royce, seaman first class, USN, husband of Mrs. Doris L. Royce of Brewton.
Birmingham News, 14 Jan 1943 [has picture]Alford Brothers - Tech Sgt. Boots Alford (left above) and his brother, Tech. Sgt. R.T. Alford, Jr. (right) were in the National Guard before entering the service in November, 1940, and have been stationed at Camp Shelby, Miss., Sgt. Alford is the husband of Mrs. Marguerite Moody Alford, of Moulton. They are sons of Mrs. C. Alford, of Ramer, Ala.
Montgomery Examiner, 6 Sep 1951T-Sgt. Bollon A. Alford, son of Mr. and Mrs. B.A. Alford, Montgomery, was recently recalled to active duty with the U.S. Air Force. He is presently assigned to the 3810th Medical Group at Maxwell AFB as hospital sergeant major. He is married to the former Miss Vitty R. Vernon of Montgomery.
Alabama Journal, 30 Aug 1951News of this week of service men from Montgomery and surrounding areas includes the following:
T-Sgt. Bollon A. Alford and S-Sgt. Wallace M. Sadler, both of Montgomery, have been ordered back into active military duty.
Albertville Herald, 5 Jan 1944The B.A. Alfords had quite a reunion of service men over the weekend. Pvt. William Alford who has been stationed at Eugene, Oregon for the past year or more was home for a few days before leaving for U. of Canada to continue his work. Ens. Bennett Alford flew up from New Orleans, where he is awaiting his assignment. Pvt. James Alford of Aberdeen, Md. came in for ten days, and J.W. Walker Jr. of Keesler Field spent the weekend here. The boys have all returned to their stations except James Alford, who will be home for a few days more.
Gadsden Times, 14 Aug 1945Staff Sgt. Zelman E. Alford, son of Mrs. Maggie P. Alford, Gadsden Route 2, is serving with the 19th Portable Surgical Hospital on Luzon. He has been overseas 14 months and saw action on Leyte before going to Luzon. He wears the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with four campaign stars, the Phillippin Liberation Ribbon with two stars and Bronze Arrowhead.
Mobile Press, 4 Nov 1944Second Lieut. Sterling R. Alford, son of Mrs. S.R. Alford of Bay Minette, has arrived at Rosecrans Field, a base of the Ferrying Division, Air Transport Command, near St. Joseph, Mo. He is at the Missouri base for an advanced night training course. After attending the University of Maryland, Lieut. Alford was a draftsman in government service in Washington, D.C. He has served at Maxwell Field, Ala.; Gunter Field, Ala., and Columbus Army Air Base, Miss., where he received his commission in March. His wife lives in Mobile.
Montgomery Advertiser, 9 Aug 1942Technician Sergt. R.T. Alford, Jr., and Technician Corp. William D. (Boots) Alford, sons of Mrs. Corinthia Alford of Ramer, were both members of the National Guard and left with Company D in November, 1940, for Camp Blanding. Sergt. Alford spent three months in Baltimore last year and a similar period this year at Ft. Moultrie, S.C., studying motor transport mechanics. Corp. Alford was chosen driver of the command car and his duties bring him in constant contact with Capt. Sellers. Both boys attended school at Ramer, both have taken part in company maneuvers, both left Blanding for Bowie, and both are now in Louisiana on maneuvers.
Montgomery Advertiser, 20 Aug 1944 [has picture]Pvt. Murry L. Alford, son of Mr. and Mrs. B.A. Alford, of 321 Sayre Street, is attending the Cooks and Bakers School in San Diego, Calif.
Pvt. Murry L. Alford Is Attending Cooks School
Pvt. Alford enlisted in the Marine Corps on March 20, 1944, and completed his boot training at Camp Matthews, San Diego, Calif. He was granted a furlough home before reporting back to San Diego for his present assignment.
Besides Murry there are five members of the Alford family in service. He has three brothers, Pvt. Eldredge E. Alford, Sergt. Henry D. Alford, and Sergt. Bollen A. Alford; a brother-in-law, Pvt. David R. Hamilton; and a nephew, Corp. Alvin F. Turner. They are all in overseas service.
Montgomery Advertiser, 24 Oct 1943 [has picture]Pfc. Lummie Alford, Jr., certainly enjoyed his 15-day furlough with his parents and friends; however, everything has to end, and he has returned to Camp Shelby, Miss., where he is stationed in the 69th Infantry Division.
Pfc. Lummie Alford Home On Furlough
Pfc. Alford is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lummie Alford, Sr., of Pike Road. He tries to cheer his mother, who misses her only son very much, by writing her often.
Pfc. Alford attended school at Pike Road.
Montomery Advertiser, 13 Sep 1944 [has picture]Pfc. Lummie Alford, Jr., of Pike Road, is currently stationed in England. He writes hs parents that he finds England a very beautiful country, and is getting along very well.
Pfc. Lummie Alford Is Now Serving In England
Before leaving the States, Pfc. Alford was stationed at Camp Shelby, Miss., for almost a year.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Lummie Alford, Sr., he attended the Pike Road School.
Montgomery Advertiser, 28 Oct 1945 [has picture]Pvt. Lummie Alford, Jr., recently spent 10 days with his family and friends at Pike Road. It was his first visit home in 18 months.
Pvt. Lummie Alford, Jr. Home From Overseas
Young Alford went overseas in June, 1943, and was stationed in England. He is happy to be back, "There is no place quite so nice as the good old U.S.A.," he says.
Pvt. Alford is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Lummie Alford, Sr., of Pike Road.
Alabama Journal, 2 Apr 1945Maj. Julius E. Alford, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.S. Alford, 125 Audubon Road, Montgomery, a Seventh AAF fighter pilot, was among the first to land on Iwo Jima's Motoyama Number One field to begin land-based fighter operations less than 750 miles from Tokyo, it was learned today in a delayed dispatch from Iwo Jima. Led by Brig. Gen. Ernest M. Moore, commanding the Seventh AAF Fighter command, the fighter planes were flown from bases in the Marianas to land on the newly repaired Jap airstrip while Marine ground forces were still savagely fighting Jap troops on the northern tip of the embattled island.
Note, 19 Jun 1970Do you have anyone listed as doing Alford research (Pickens and Sumpter Co.)? Am especially interested in Julius C. b. Pickens Co. 1-1-1823.
Mrs. R.R. Risher
Rt. 1 Box 150
Morton, Miss. 39117
Geneva County Reaper, 28 Jun 1956Pvt. John G. Alford, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerrimiah Alford, Route 3, Samson, recently was picked to serve in the 3rd Infantry Regiment, the Army's top ceremonial unit, in Washington, D.C.
Pvt. John Alford, Honor Guard
The 3rd, the oldest active Army regiment, performs at military funerals, parades and wreath layings at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Members of the regiment maintain 24-hour sentry duty at the tomb.
Private Alford, an honor guard, just completed basic training at Fort Hood, Tex.
He was a farmer before entering the Army last Jan.
Alabama Journal, 5 Jul 1956Washington, D.C. - Pvt. John G. Alford whose parents are of Rt. 3, Samson, Ala., recently was picked to serve in the 3rd Infantry Regiment, the Army's top ceremonial unit, in Washington, D.C. A rifleman in Co. F of the regiment, Alford completed basic training at Ft. Hood, Texas.
In the Service
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling
TO: "Gilbert K. Alford", 72154,1610
DATE: 8/8/95 9:26 PM
SUBJECTt: Alford Tapes 8 Aug 95
Huntsville Times, 5 Aug 95Eva - Gilbert William Hill, 85, of Route 1, Falkville, died Thursday at a Decatur hospital. The funeral will be today at 2 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home in Hartselle with the Rev. Hollis Preston officiating.
Gilbert William Hill
[Gilbert William Hill is the husband of Irene Alford. Irene is the daughter of Pleasant Miller Alford of Morgan County.]
Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery in Eva.
Mr. Hill was a member of Hills Chapel Church of God for 59 years and was a Sunday School teacher. He was retired from the Morgan County Board of Education, where he was a school bus driver for 17 years.
Survivors include his wife, Irene Hill; four sons, Carl Hill of Falkville, David Hill, Paul Gene Hill and Joe Hill, all of Eva; four daughters, Margie Anderson of Hayesville, N.C., Dean Stevens of Snellville, Ga., Eulene Hutchins of Marietta and Sandra Roberts of Eva; three brothers, Alvin Hill, Wilburn Hill and Aubrey Hill, all of Falkville; a sister Virginia Sartin of Hartselle; 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
The Dothan Eagle, 12 Oct 1945John Cornelius Alford, son of Mrs. J.C. Alford, of Columbia, who is training to become a U.S. Naval Aircrewman, was graduated this week as an honor student from aerial gunner's school at the U.S. Naval Air Station, it was announced.
The 19 year old blue jacket previously completed a course at aviation radioman school, and was advanced to the petty officer.
Birmingham News, 20 Jun 1945Lt. (jg) Jessie Gay Alford, USN nurse, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Alford, of Ashland, is on duty at a naval base hospital in the Mariannas.
Montgomery Advertiser, 4 Feb 1945The Alford and the Gilliand families favor the Navy. And any wonder?
Deatsville Trio Are Navy Crewmen
James Ralph Alford, seaman second class, and his two brothers-in-law, specialist first class Harvey H. Gilliand and Grover C. Gilliland, all wear Navy blue.
Alford, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. D.W. Alford, of Deatsville, came home recently on a three-day leave after two and a half months in the Atlantic. He took his boot training at Camp Peary, Va., and attended gunnery school at Camp SHelton, Norfolk, Va. His wife is now staying at the Alford residence in Deatsville.
Her brothers, Harvey Gilliland is in the South Pacific and Grover Gilliland is in New Guinea.
Birmingham News, 26 Aug 1945Pfc. Hubert C. Alford, of 1401 Thomason Avenue, Tarrant, is at the LeHavre port of embarkation in France awaiting shipment to the States. Overseas six months, he has been awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and two battle stars.
Wetumpka Herald, 28 Sep 1944Tech. Sergt. Gerald W. Alford left Wednesday morning for Miami, Fla., after spending a furlough at his home in Elmore.
Alabama Journal, 11 Mar 1954Kokura, Japan - Pvt. George L. Alford of Rt. 1, Elmore, recently arrived in Japan for duty at the Kokura General Depot. He is a travel and per diem clerk in the 192d Finance Disbursing Section of the depot which furnishes quartermaster and other military supplies to U.S. security forces in Korea and southern Japan.
Montgomery Advertiser, 16 Aug 1942Douglas Lamar Alford, Phenix City; Coy Franklin Hurst, Alden, and Ablie Reeves Smith, Birmingham, have been graduated from the Engineer's School, Fort Belvoir, Va., and commissioned second lieutenants.
Mobile Register, 2 Dec 1943Aviation Machinist's Mate, Second Class, James Dewrell Dennis of Atmore was listed as missing in action in a casualty list made public by the Navy last night. His next of kin was listed as James Edna Dennis, father, of Atmore.
Atmore Navy Man Reported Missing
3 Alabama Soldiers Are Listed Among Wounded in Mediterranean
Other casualties reported by the Navy were:
Seaman Second Class Opal Alford, son of Dearon Alto Alford, Samson, Ala., missing, and Pfc. William K Burns, Marine Corps, son of Mrs. Annie c. Burns, Bessemer, Ala., wounded.
Montgomery Advertiser, 9 Jan 19441st Lieut. Clay Frederick Alford came through Montgomery on Jan. 6 en route to Fort Monmouth, N.J., from Camp Bowie, Texas, and spent the day with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Alford of 51 1/2 West Jeff Davis Avenue. Lieut. Alford's wife, the former Miss Jeannette Reeves of Lineville will be with him at Fort Monmouth, where he will receive a two-month course. After enlisting on Sept. 22, 1942, Lieut. Alford was placed in the Signal Corps. and on Jan 1, 1943, received promotion from from lieutenant.
Montgomery Advertiser, 8 Oct 1944Bryant Alford, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Alford, of 125 Audubon Road, has been graduated from Deming Army Air Field, Deming, N.M., "The AAF's Border Bombardier School," it was announced recently by Col. Milton M. Murday commanding officer. He has been commissioned a second lieutenant and awarded silver bombardier wings after successfully undergoing the rigid 18-week course in high-altitude precision bombing as well as important phases of navigation.
Montgomery Advertiser, 8 May 1943Boots Alford, a member of the former National Guard of Ramer, is located at Camp Bowie, Texas.
Montgomery Advertiser, 11 Jul 1943Corp. Boots Alford and Sergt. Woodrow Duffell, of Camp Shelby, Miss., visited at their respective homes in Ramer on weekend passes.
Alabama Journal, 4 Jan 1944R.T. Alford and Boots Alford have returned to Camp Pickett, Va., after pre-holiday visits to their mother, Mrs. Corintha Alford of Ramer.
Montgomery Advertiser, 13 Jan 1946 [has picture]Clay Frederick Alford, 51 1/2 West Jeff Davis Avenue, stationed in Yokahama was recently promoted to the rank of captain in the Signal Corps.
Clay Frederick Alford Promoted To Captain
Capt. Alford entered the Army as a private and six months later March 22, 1942, was commissioned second lieutenant at the Signal Corps Officer Candidate School at Fort Monmouth, N.J. He became a first lieutenant in January, 1943.
A veteran of the Euopean theater, he has been in the Pacific for the past four months, serving in the Phillipines and now in Japan.
Capt. Alford is a graduate of Luverne High School. His wife, Jeannette, lives in Lineville, Ala. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Alford, Montgomery.
Fairhope Advertiser, 7 Nov 1946 [has pictures]Private Billy J. Alford enlisted in infantry in June 1946. Received Basic Training at Ft. McClellan. Is now stationed in Manilla with the Balck Hawk Division.
Charles A. Alford fireman 1st class, enlisted in Marcy 1946. Received training at Norfolk, is now aboard U.S.S. Haymen. They are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Alford, who now own and operate the Fairhope Cafe.
Unknown Newspaper and DdateTroy, Ala., June 9, (AP) - Dale County High School of Ozark, Ala., has named two Troy State Teachers College graduates to the school's coaching staff for the coming year. They are Ansel Alford of West Point, Ga., and James Spear of Lanett, Ala.
Ansel Alford Named Football Coach at Ozark High School
James Spear Selected As Grid Assistant
Alford will assume his duties as athletic director and head football coach, July 15. Spear is slated to report Sept. 4. An assistant at Coffee County High in Enterprise for the past year, Spear will serve as assistant football tutor at Dale County High.
While working on a degree in physical education at Troy, Alford served as head baseball coach, B team basketball mentor and assistant grid coach to Buddy McCollum for one year. His 1950 diamond aggregation, composed primarily of first year performers, completed the season recently with a record of 13 victories and 10 defeats.
Alford entered Troy in 1949 after two years as head coach at Brantley High School. Before that he performed on the gridiron for West Georgia College. A veteran of World War II, he served three years with the Army Air Force, playing two seasons with the 8th Air Force eleven in England.
Spear participated in high school athletics at Lanett. After a three-year stint in the Air Force he enrolled in Livingston State Teachers College playing one season for Tiger eleven before transferring to Troy where he was a starting guard on the 1948 Red Wave crew.
Alford and Spear join four other Troy graduates who have accepted coaching positions within recent weeks. Carlos Bassett of Roanoke, a mainstay at tackle on Red Wave grid positions for three years goes to Brantley High as head football coacy.
Bill Trussell, a former Tallassee High athlete and captain and quarterback on the 1948 Troy eleven, will serve as assistant coach at Fort Payne. Ken Avinger of Foley, Ala., an all AIC choice at tackle in 1949, will assist Mal Morgan at Lanett, and Eufaula product Guy Wilkes, outstanding Wave last season, has accepted an assistant's position at Georgiana.
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling
TO: Gilbert K. Alford, 72154,1610
DATE: 8/20/95 10:58 AM
SUBJECT: Alford Tapes 20 Aug 95
Here are a couple of letters I mentioned I had trouble reading a couple weeks ago. I went to the library and made some better copies:
These names are not in order of seniority, strictly.
La Grange, Ga. Nov 17, 1916Thomas M. Owen
Department of Archives and History
To reply to your questions of Aug. 18, 1916, I have written to members of my family, and made a visit to the graveyard at the Old Alford Place near West Point, Ga.
I enclose you the short letter I received from my mother's aged cousin, now 86 years of age.
I regret that I cannot give you the names of the parents of Lodwick Alford, but of Judith Jackson. I can give the names of her father, Capt. Reuben Jackson of N.C. who was killed-one of the few at the Battle of New Orleans. Upon the handsome and well kept marble tomb of his wife, Judith Jackson Alford, Capt. Lodwick Alford recorded the name of his wife's father.
Living to extreme old age, Lodwick Alford buried many of his family and his wife Judith Jackson slept years by the place he kept by her side for himself. He was born 1775, died 1857, 82 years of age. It was this Lodwick Alford and his wife Judith Jackson Alford (daughter of Capt Reuben Jackson of N.C.) who were the parents of Julius C. Alford.
You ask a definite statement as to whether both Lodwick Alford and his wife were both from Wake County, N.C. I cannot say definitely. I infer so, because both men were in the Battle of New Orleans in the same company and they were son and father-in-law. Unfortunately, the old Alford Bible was burned not very long ago in the house of one of the living Alfords. I was much disappointed when I asked to see it to find that it had been destroyed. You see that I have no way to get the names of Lodwick Alford's parents as he emigrated from England I suppose to Wake county, N.C.
In the interest of correct history, the records of the courthouses in North Carolina could be examined perhaps event now in Wake County. But no one cares or is able to afford the expense of verifying tradition.
I wish to request Mr. Beale through you to furnish the history of my grandfather's life, the names of his family and children after his first marriage. I was with them very little, and I see my memory is failing fast and I am not now able to rely upon the correctness of what I read. I am now seventy-five years old.
James M.A. Tuggle
This is another letter.Nov. 17, 1916
Mr. C.H. Beale
I am about ready to send some papers to your Department of Archives and History.
[Some words illegible]Dear Sir,Reserving only the Georgia record of the life of Julius C. Alford in the first manuscript which I wrote several years before I knew anything of the Alabama Department of Archives and History. That first memorial of Julius C. Alford's life, I gave to my cousin Eugenia Sanders[?] who is now past 80 years [few illegible words] she gave a copy of it to her near relative, a minister who is now dead, but I was prudent enough to keep a copy myself.
I have been to the Alford house recently. I found the old house standing in very good repair and the burial grounds well kept with marble cover over each grave. Now I have come to this conclusion. Julius C. Alford was a man belonging to two states: Georgia and Alabama and his first brilliant career in Georgia was the short life of youth. His long life in Alabama is his history. I well remember upon a visit to him during the Confederacy when Uncle Bill Alford and I as my mother's representative went to Montgomery from West Point to carry contraband medicine obtained by my father in Virginia through the blockade to our sick grandfather and brother that we found Julius C. Alford surrounded by wife and children of that good wife working for the Confederacy under his direction.
The looms were weaving cloth. Shoes were being made from the tannery for the Alford guards. I saw recruits march by his gate going to the army. While his pretty step daughter sat upon the front gate post and handed socks to each recruit as he passed. Those socks were knit by his family. A devoted Confederate, he was working for the Alford guards through fast failing in health. [Some words illegible] Now I realize as never before the sorrow that [I do not have] the accurate memory I was once so blest with. I am now seventy-five years old. You and others in Alabama can still have names and dates correct to record his long life as an Alabamian, but I have not.
I have sent all I can now obtain or recall. I am glad to turn this over to the Department of Archives and History.
Thomas M. Owen
When you put the material I now send to Dr. Owen in shape for reliable keeping let me have a copy of the Alabama history of Julius C. Alford or let me have the privilege of reading it over. I will be glad to have see you and Lod at any time at my home.
Note on a scrap of paperLodwick Alford 1st emigrant to America
Judith Jackson his wife, daughter of Capt. Reuben Jackson of Battle of New Orleans
Sons of Lodwick Alford: Julius C. Alford, died 1863; Erasmus Andrew William, Mexican War, served his country;Julius Ceasar, War Horse of Troup, died Jan 1863; Whitman George Cook Alford, son of Julius C. and Eliza Cook, his wife, was lawyer in Alabama, went into Confederate service, was wounded in battle, went home on furlough and died there from the wound.
Hope these are of use to the Association. I think I got most of the words correct.
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling
TO: "Gilbert K. Alford", 72154,1610
DATE: 8/30/95 2:40 AM
SUBJECT: Alford Tapes #2 Part One
Here's the first part of the obits from Alford Tapes #2.More later,
Montgomery Advertiser, 1 Aug 1967Alford, A.A. (Ab), 74, a lifelong resident of this area died unexpectedly at his home, 2816 Biltmore Ave., Sunday. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Margaret C. Alford, Montgomery; son, William R. Alford, Mobile; and a daughter, Mrs. Betty A. Barker, Montgomery. Graveside services will be at Greenwood Cemetery Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., with Dr. S. Louis Armstrong officiating, White Chapel directing. The family requests the omission of flowers. Pallbearers will be J.P. Sansom, John H. Morgan, William H. Pierce, Paul G. Morrison, G.M. Hudson, and T.R. Newman.
Montgomery Advertiser, 9 May 1978Alford, Mrs. A.B. (Claudia) E., age 93 and a resident of Audubon Road for 42 years, died Sunday, May 7, 1978 at 12:20 am in a local nursing home after a brief illness. Funeral services will be Monday, May 8, 1978 from at 2 pm from St. Mark's Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Corbitt officiating. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery, with Leak Memory Chapel directing. Survivors include three sons, J.B. Alford, S.A. Alford, Bryant Alford, all of Montgomery; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Pallbearers, J.E. (Butch) Alford, Jr., Al Alford, Jr., Richard Ledyard, Jimmy Tyus, Owen Smith, Robert Kennedy.
Montgomery Advertiser, 26 Dec 1963Alford, Allison Bryant, 78. The funeral for Allison B. Alford was held from the St. Marks Methodist Church Monday at 2 p.m. with Rev. R.M. Spikes, Dr. Arch McNair and Dr. Joel McDavid officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, White Chapel directing. Pallbearers were Robert Starr, Harry Rives, Fred Moseley, Tommy Eckford, O.L. Copeland and Robert Gholston.
Alabama Journal, 14 Jul 1963Alexander City - Alford, Almon C., 83, died Saturday. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday from the Mount Pisgah Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Bethany Cemetery, Radney's Funeral Home of Alexander City directing.
Alabama Journal, 1 Nov 1962Alford, Andrew L., age 78, a lifetime resident of Route 2, Deatsville, died in a local hospital Wednesday following an extended illness. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Mae Carpenter and Mrs. Lillie Naile, both of Montgomery; four brothers, Odie Alford and Julian Alford of Wetumpka, Roy Alford and Emmette Alford of Montgomery; one sister, Mrs. Mamie Hudson of Gray, Ga.; one granddaughter, Mrs. Ruth Potts, Washington, D.C.; three great-granddaughters. Funeral services will be from Shoal Creek Baptist Church Friday at 10:30 a.m. with burial in Coosa River Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the church from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m., White Chapel directing.
Birmingham News, 8 Nov 1959Gadsden, Ala., Nov. 7 - Funeral services were held Friday at Collier-Butler Chapel for Mrs. Annie Webb Alford, 70, of 113 South Ninth St. East Gadsden, who died at a Gadsden hospital Wednesday. Burial was in the Tillison Cemetery.
Mrs. Annie Alford, Gadsden Resident
Mrs. Alford was a member of the East Gadsden Methodist Church. She was native of Georgia but had been a resident of Etowah County for the past 60 years.
Surviving are three sons, Robert H. Alford of San Pedro, Calif., James H. Alford of Big Springs, Tex., and Charles S. Alford of Gadsden; a daughter, Mrs. C.B. Sumner of Ft. Bragg, N.C.; her mother, Mrs. Nora B. Webb of Gadsden; two sisters, Mrs. Claud Caudle of Gadsden and Mrs. J.M. Honeycutt of Birmingham, and a brother, A.J. Webb of Steele.
Montgomery Advertiser, 16 Feb 1961Alford, Miss Annie Mae, a lifelong resident of Pine Level, died at her home in Pine Level Wednesday at 7 a.m. after a long illness. Surviving are a brother, Grover C. Alford, Pine Level; two sisters, Mrs. S.O. Peeples, Holtville, and Mrs. J.A. Pugh, Downing; three nephews and four nieces; a number of great nephews and great nieces. The funeral will be held at the Pine Level Methodist Church Firday at 3 p.m. with the Rev. S.A. Thompson officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Level Cemetery, White Chapel directing. The body will lie in state at the church from 2:30 p.m. until 3 p.m.
Birmingham News, 24 Dec 1957Alford, Mrs. Bertie Mae (Horace C.) of the Ridgely Apts., passed away Monday a.m., at a local infirmary. Survived by 2 cousins, Mrs. Hoyt P. Smiley Sr. of Athens, Tenn.; Mrs. Walter Scott of Athens, Tenn. There will be a graveside service Tuesday at 3 p.m. in Elmwood Cemetery, the Rev. Monroe Lewis officiating. Johns-Ridout's directing, 2116 8th Ave., S.
Alabama Journal, 19 Jul 1962Alford, Billy, 36, a resident of Montgomery for six years, died Wednesday at 9 p.m. following a brief illness. Surviving are five uncles, Roy and E.L. Alford both of Montgomery; Odie, Julian, and Andrew Alford, all of Wetumpka. Funeral services will be held from Coosa River Church Friday at 11 a.m. with burial in the Coosa River Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 until 11 a.m., White Chapel directing.
Montgomery Advertiser, 17 May 1975Alford, Bollen A. (Al) Jr., retired Major in U.S.A.F., 52, a lifelong resident of Montgomery and of 1943 Kingsbury, died 12:50 p.m. Thursday after an extended illness. Funeral services will be held from White Chapel 11 a.m. Saturday with Rev. Jack Higgins officiating. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Betty V. Alford; three sons, B.A. Alford, Birmingham, Barry V. Alford, Rod A. Alford, both of Montgomery; one sister, Mrs. Genero Hamilton, Montgomery; four brothers, E.E. Alford, Pensacola, FL., Murry L. Alford, Birmingham, Henry D. Alford, Thomas Alford, both of Montgomery.
Alabama Journal, 30 Dec 1959Alford, Bollen Amigrade Sr.
The funeral for Bolen A. Alford Sr., was held from White Chapel Wednesday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Noel Lisenby officating with burial in Verneledge Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ray Hamilton, Bollen L. Hamilton, Alvin Turner, Sidney Turner, Lislie Turner and Clay F. Alford.
Montgomery Advertiser, 17 Jun 1970Mobile - Alford, Mrs. Callie M., a native of Beatrice and a former resident of Montgomery for 40 years, died Monday in a Mobile hospital after an extended illness. Survivors include a stepson, Robert Alford, Florida; one sister, Mrs. C.C. Hamilton, Mobile; nieces, nephews and other relatives. Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the Indian Springs Baptist Church, Beatrice. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Rodney Funeral Home of Mobile directing.
Montgomery Advertiser, 6 Aug 1975Alford, Mrs. Carol M., a resident of Holiday, Fla, for 7 years and of 1210 Nineth Avenue and a former resident of Montgomery died in Newport Richey, Fla., Sunday at 9:30 a.m. after a brief illness. Services will be held from White Chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m. with Minister Dabney Phillips and Minister V.P. Black officiating. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Survivors include the husband, Walter G. Alford, Holiday, Fla.; parents, Mr. & Mrs. D. Carroll Gregory, Montgomery; one son, Walter Gregory Alford, Holiday, Fla.; one daughter, Karen Nitus Alford, Holiday, Fla.; one brother, David T. Gregory, Montgomery; one sister, Mrs. Sara Gafford, Montgomery; Mother-in-law, Mrs. Lillie Alford, Newport Richey, Fla.; 10 nieces and 5 nephews.
Montgomery Advertiser, 5 Feb 1966Alford, Mrs. Carrie Fail, 75, a resdient of 2216 McCarter Ave. and Camden, Ala., died Friday morning at a Montgomery hospital. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Ed Jones Jr., and Mrs. Bill Cassity of Montgomery; one son, Jack Alford of Camden; five grandchildren, Ed Jones of Montgomery, Mrs. Warren Munday of Marietta, Ga., Mary Scott, George and Rob Alford of Camden; two sisters, Mrs. Haden Jones of Camden, and Mrs. George Owens of Troy. Services will be held from her home in Camden Saturday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. J.G. Green officiating. Burial will be in Camden Cemetery, Matthews Funeral Home of Camden directing. The family request the omission of flowers.
Montgomery Advertiser, 7 Feb 1962Alford, Mrs. Catherine Lee Bostwick (Mrs. H.C.), a native of Montgomery and Robinson Springs died at her home in Robinson Springs Monday at 3:30 p.m. after an extended illness. She was a member of the Millbrook Presbyterian Church. Surviving are one son, Hendricks C. Alford, Jr., Pensacola, Fla.; one daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Alford Madden, Robinson Springs; one brother, William C. Bostwick, Montgomery, one sister, Mrs. J.E. Sypher, Charlotte, N.C. Funeral services will be held from Leak-Memory Chapel today at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Robert Conner officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery with Leak-Memory Chapel directing. Active pallbearers will be Joe R. Warren, George E. Graff Jr., Ray Campbell, Will Reynolds, Kendrick Stallings, Albert Gresham and Herbert Hinds Jr. The family requests the omission of remembrances.
Montgomery Advertiser, 8 Jan 1971Alford, Curtis G., 69, a resident of 412 East Shawnee Drive and of Montgomery for 31 years, died at 2 a.m. Thursday after a brief illness at his home. Graveside services will be from Elmwood Cemetery at 11 a.m. Saturday. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Frances Howard Alford, Montgomery. Pallbearers will be Bill Mangum, W.H. Pierce, John Camp, J.C. Goss, J.G. Scalfe, Walter Sharp and Durward Stinson.
Montgomery Advertiser, 8 Apr 1960Alford, Mrs. Della E. (Mrs. T. W.), 84, a resident of 412 E. Shawnee Dr., and a former resident of Birmingham, died Thursday at 3:45 a.m. after an illness of one year. She was a charter member of the East Birmingham Eastern Star Chapter and a member of the Methodist Church. Survivors include three sons, Dr. Othar T. Alford, Birmingham, Curtis G. Alford, Montgomery; charles A. Alford, St. Paul, Minn.; three sisters, Mrs. Nannie Whitley and Miss Fannie Shew, both of Springville, Mrs. Thelma Warren, Richmond, Va.; and 10 grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery, Birmingham today at 2 p.m. with Rev. Paul Duffey officiating and Leak-Memory Chapel directing.
Montgomery Advertiser, 11 Mar 1963Brewton - Alford, Dock, 64, died in a McMillian hospital Saturday. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday from the Douglas Chapel Church in Damascus. Burial will be in the Damascus Cemetery. Craver's Funeral Home of Brewton directing. Survivors include the daughter, Mrs. Mary Nix, Brewton; two sisters; five brothers.
Montgomery Advertiser, 18 Jul 1962Luverne - Alford, Earkeul A., 76, died in a local hospital Monday. Funeral services will be held 4 p.m. Wednesday from the Vernledge Methodist Church with the Rev. Fred Davis and the Rev. M. Hyland officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery, Turner's Funeral Home directing. Survivors include the mother, Mrs. J.W. Alford, Montgomery; two sons, C.C. Alford and J.A. Alford, both of Luverne; three sisters, Mrs. Mattie Youngblood, Crestview, Fla.; Mrs. C.T. Mills and Mrs. B.L. Bray, both of Alford, Beaumont, Tex.; J.C. Alford, Houston, Tex.; J.R. Alford, Layfette, La., and J.L. Alford, Montgomery; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
Montgomery Advertiser, 25 Mar 1976Alford, Earl T. (Tommy), 57, a resident of 1918 Worley Lane, and a lifetime resident of Montgomery died Wednesday, March 23, 1976 in a local hospital after an extended illness. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday from Leak Memory Chapel with Rev. Jim Simpson officiating; interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Leak-Memory Chapel directing. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Florence Wyatt Alford, Montgomery, two sons, Gary Thomas Alford, Randy Wyatt Alford both of Montgomery; one sister, Mrs. Genero A. Hamilton, Montgomery, three brothers, Eldridge E. Alford, Pensacola, Fla., Henry D. Alford, Montgomery, Murry L. Alford, Birmingham, three grandchildren, Tonia, Tara, Tina Alford all of Montgomery. Active pallbearers will be Bowlen A. Alford III, John Bibb Spivey, Alvin F. Turner, Charles W. Hamilton, Bernard Harbin, Donald A. Cameron.
Montgomery Advertiser, 15 Sep 1972Alford, Emmitt Lee, 64, a resident of Montgomery for 42 years and of 414 Fourth Street, Boviston, died in a local hospital Wednesday at 3:50 a.m. after an extended illness. Service will be from White Chapel Friday at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. Paul Gowins and Rev. R.E. Thorton officiating, burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Pearl Alford, Montgomery; two brothers, Roy Alford, Montgomery, and Odie Alford, Wetumpka; two grandchildren, Ronnie Alford, Tallassee and Warren Alford, U.S. Navy.
Alabama Journal, 8 Dec 1962Alford, Mrs. Florence Windham, 92, a resident of Montgomery for 36 years, died at her home, 165 Wade St., Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. after an extended illness. Surviving are four sons, J.L. Alford, Montgomery, Fred Alford, Beaumont, Tex., Robert Alford, Lafayette, La., and J.C. Alford, Houston, Tex.; three daughters, Mrs. C.L. Mills and Mrs. B.L. Bray, both of Montgomery, and Mrs. Mattie Youngblood, Crestview, Fla.; 23 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren, and 15 great-great grandchildren. The funeral was held from White Chapel Saturday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. R. Millard Spikes officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery.
Montgomery Advertiser, 24 Aug 1965Alford, Gerald Wayne, 43, a lifelong resident of Elmore, died Sunday. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Marion Cox Alford, Elmore; daughter, Barbara Sue Alford, Elmore; sisters, Mrs. B.R. Tatum, Elmore, and Mrs. J.W. Harrington, Montgomery. The funeral will be from White Chapel Tuesday, 10 a.m., with Rev. Earl Crutchfield officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Hebron Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Frank Beckfield, Edward McGramery, Amos Wilson, W.L. Beale, Jack Simpson and Virgil N. Storey. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the American Legion and the V.F.W.
Montgomery Advertiser, 39 Oct 1963Alford, Grover C., 70, a lifelong resident of Mathews, Ala., died in the Bullock County Hospital at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday after an extended illness. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Alice Greswold Alford, Mathews, Ala.; a son, L.B. Alford, Montgomery; a sister Mrs. Helen Pugh, Fitzpatrick, Ala.; one grandson. The funeral will be from the Pine Level Methodist Church Wednesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Mr. Cruishank and Dr. Henry L. Lyon Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the Union Hill Cemetery, White Chapel directing. Pallbearers will be Luther Pugh, Larry Pugh, Leon Pugh, Clevie Johnson and Wyman Pugh.
Birmingham News, 5 Jun 1978Miss Ida Mae Alford, of Watson, who died Saturday, was a lifelong Jefferson County resident. She was a retired school teacher with 35 years' service in Jefferson and Cullman Counties. She was owner of Alford Grocery in Watson and was a member of Bivens Chapel Methodist Church. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bell Crumly Chapel, with burial in Walker's Chapel Cemetery. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Ada Echols, Watson.
Montgomery Advertiser, 11 Nov 1968Crestview, Fla. - Alford, Mrs. Ila Mae, 36, of John King Road, Crestview, Fla., died at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the home of relatives in Lockhart, Ala. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 3 p.m. from Brooks Holiness Church in Brooks with the Rev. C.L. Dyess officiating. Burial will be in Brooks Cemetery with Whitehurst Funeral Home of Crestview directing. Survivors include her widower, Willie D. Alford, Crestview; a daughter, Mrs. Wanda Patricia Allen, Fernandina Beach, Fla.; mother, Mrs. Estell Lee, Lockhart; a brother, Billie Lee Jr., Montgomery; grandmother, Mrs. Susie Josey, Lockhard, and a grandchild. The body will lie in state at the home of an aunt, Mrs. Herman Thompson, in Lockhart until funeral hour.
Birmingham News, 1 Nov 1962Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Elmwood Chapel for J.B. Alford, 64, who died Thursday at a local hospital. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.
A native of St. Clair County, Mr. Alford had been a resident of Birmingham for 50 years and resided at 1801 Lakeshore Drive South. He was an automobile dealer and was an active member of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife; a son, James H. Alford, a daughter, Mrs. Mildred Skinner, all of Birmingham; two sisters, Mrs. Oris Baker and Mrs. Gladys Ramsey, both of Ashville; a brother, H.B. Alford of Birmingham and five grandchildren.
****************************************FROM: Bob and Wanda Sterling,
TO: "Gilbert K. Alford", 72154,1610
DATE: 8/30/95 10:01 PM
SUBJECT: Re: Alford Tapes #2 Part One
Seems like there's some sort of time lag between computers. I assure you I don't stay up until 2:40 or so to type up stuff. (I've never stayed up that late just surfin' the net!) I sent that last batch more like 8 pm.
There are two sets of Alford Tapes. The first was from a surname clipping file maintained by the Archives from around the turn of the century until the early 1950s. The second was from an obituary-only file which was maintained from the early 1950s until around 1980. That file was retired when the Archives administrator for that era stepped down. It seems the State of Alabama has been collecting dead Alfords from across the state for most of 80 years.
By the way, this message represents the last batch of obits from Alford Tape #2. The well is dry. There may be a couple scraps left on the first tape, but this is pretty much all.
Anyway, here's the last batch:More messages (but no more obits) later,
Montgomery Advertiser, 13 Sep 1974Alford, James Robert, 79, a resident of Montgomery for 50 years, died at his home 2049 Speigle Street, Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. unexpectedly. Graveside services will be held from Greenwood Cemetery Friday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Fred Bueto officating. White Chapel directing. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. J.R. Alford, Montgomery; one son, Julian M. Alford Sr., Montgomery; one brother, Raymond Alford, Eclectic, AL; two sisters, Mrs. Era McHenry, Eclectic, AL and Mrs. Honey Adams, Longview, Texas; one grandson, Julian M. Alford, Jr., Montgomery. Pallbearerers will be H.B. Richards, Joe Bush, C.F. Martin, E.G. Boyd, F.B. Dozier and J.W. Switzer.
Montgomery Advertiser, 8 Mar 1977Alford, Mr. Jodie W., 68, a resident of Montgomery for 29 years, died at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 6, 1977 at his home, 112 Grovewood Dr. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 1977 from White Chapel with Rev. Al Carlot officiating. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mildred Alford, Montgomery; three sons, Charles Alford, Wyndell Alford, and Grady Alford, all of Montgomery; two brothers, Dick Alford, Velma Alford, both of Banebridge, Ga.; four grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Reece Brooks, Dan DeVaughn, Tom McGough, Jackie Leverett, Lavon Brooks, and Earl North. Honorary pallbearers will be the Men's Bible Class of the Hunter Station Baptist Church, James Hayes, Bob Miller, Louis Nash, Fred Henderson and Bobby Layton.
Birmingham News, 12 Feb 1960New Orleans, Feb. 11 - John Alford, prominent art teacher and author, died yesterday at a local hospital. He was 69.
Art Teacher, Author Dies in Louisiana
Alford was a lecturer in art history at Tulane University.
He served as visiting professor of art at Birmingham-Southern College.
Montgomery Advertiser, 23 Jun 1960Alford, Mrs. Josephine Evans, a resident of Montgomery for 40 years, died in a local hospital at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday after a brief illness. Surviving are three sons, J.R. Alford, Montgomery, Raymond Guy Alford, and Norman Winston Alford, both of Houston, Tex.; two daughters, Mrs. Rufus C. McHenry, Montgomery and Mrs. Roy Adams, Longview, Tex.; a brother, L.B. Evans, Montgomery, 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be announced by White Chapel.
Montgomery Advertiser, 23 Jun 1965Alford, Jule B. (Judge), 73, Montgomery resident for 20 years at 816 Washington Ave., died Wednesday at 5 p.m. after an extended illness. Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Zelma Turnipseed and Mrs. Annie L. Murphy both of Montgomery; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral plans will be announced by White Chapel.
Montgomery Advertiser, 24 May 1966Deatsville - Alford Julian A., 61, died at his home Sunday after a brief illness. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday from Deatsville Baptist Church with the Rev. J.T. Gregory and the Rev. Don Gordy officiating. Burial will be in the Deatville Cemetery, Campbell Funeral Home of Wetumpka directing. The body will lie in state at the church for 30 minutes prior to service. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Ruth Alford, Deatsville; a daughter, Mrs. Louise Abrams, Metropolis, Ill.; three brothers Odie Alford, Wetumpka, Emmett and Roy Alford, both of Montgomery; three grandchildren.
Montgomery Advertiser, 31 Dec 1961Brewton - Alford, Mrs. Lanie, 70, died Saturday. Funeral services will be held 2:30 p.m. Sunday from the Damascus Methodist Church with the Rev. Bennett Murphy officiating. Burial will be in the Damascus Cemetery. Craver's Funeral Home directing. Survivors include the husband, Dock Alford, Brewton; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Nix Brewton; two grandchildren; two brothers, John Thomas, Rome, Ga., and Leonard Thomas, Evergreen; a sister, Mrs. A.H. Landon, Evergreen.
Montgomery Advertiser, 20 Aug 1958Alford, Luther F., 47, a lifetime resident of Montgomery, died unexpectedly Tuesday at 5:45 a.m. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Lillie N. Alford, Montgomery; two brothers, William Thomas Alford and Walter G. Alford, both of Montgomery; two sisters, Mrs. Benis Tucker, Panama City, Fla., Mrs. Maxine Landgraff, Huntsville; a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held from White Chapel today at 4:30 p.m. with Minister Louis Casey officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Carl Vinson, John Dean, Walter Jones, Charles Nordberg, R.W. Crumpton, and George Haynes. Honorary pallbearers will be O.R. Crocket, M.B. Huffman, Horace Dillard, Willie Duncan, Captain Edding, Lt. Lawrence, Chief R.L. Lampley and J.R. Brown.
Montgomery Advertiser, 26 Mar 1970Alford, Mrs. Marguerite C. (Mrs. Ab), a life long resident of Montgomery and of 2816 Biltmore Ave., died in a local hospital at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday after an extended illness. Survivors are, a son William A. Alford, Mobile, a daughter, Mrs. George F. Barker, Montgomery. Graveside services will be held at Greenwood Cemetery Friday at 10:30 a.m. with Dr. Donald C. Graham officiating and White Chapel directing. The family requests no flowers.
Montgomery Advertiser, 16 Apr 1964Alford, Mrs. Mary Alice, a resident of Montgomery for 28 years, died at her home, 2058 Harmon St., Tuesday at 2:25 p.m. following an extended illness. Surviving are a son, Judson Alford, Montgomery; four daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Endress, Montgomery, Mrs. Myrtle Walker, Wetumpka, Mrs. Ocille Harwill and Mrs. Anne Croucher, both of Miami, Fla.; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held from White Chapel, Thursday at 3:30 p.m. with the Rev. Henry Hulgan officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons.
Alabama Journal, 20 Apr 1960Mobile - Alford, Mrs. Mary Emma, 84, formerly of Samson, died Monday in Mobile. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. today at the New Home Baptist Church, the Rev. Brink Barnes officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery, Pittman Funeral Home directing.
Montgomery Advertiser, 27 Oct 1964Alford, Mrs. Mary Frances, a resident of Rt. 3, Troy, (China Grove), died in a local hospital at noon Monday after an extended illness. Surviving are two sons, Albert E. Harris, Columbus, Ga., and Charles P. Harris, Montgomery; a brother, Milton Woods Cloud, Montgomery; and a sister, Mrs. Mamie Canada, Montgomery. The funeral will be from White Chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m. with Dr. Louis Armstrong officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Y.C. Stewart, H.L. Smith, David Harris, J.A. collins, C.W. Davis and J.S. Carr.
Montgomery Advertiser, 11 Jun 1969Alford, Mrs. Mattie J., of 2049 Speigle St., a resident of Montgomery for 50 years, died at 8:20 Tuesday in a local hospital after an extended illness. Survivors include her husband, J.R. Alford, Montgomery; a son Julian M. Alford, Montgomery; two sisters, Mrs. Annie Missildine, Montgomery and Mrs. K.S. Pugh, Mobile; and a grandchild, Julian M. Alford Jr., Montgomery. Funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday from White Chapel with the Rev. Henry Hulgan officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
Birmingham News, 9 Sep 1978Mrs. Mattie Mae Alford of 1533 Cahaba St., died Wednesday. Funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Shiloh Baptist Church with burial in Shadow Lawn, Davenport and Harris directing. Survivors include her husband, John Alford; a son, Robert Lee McGaddis; father, Will McGaddis; four sisters, Odella Fuller, and Lillie Boyd of Birmingham; Evelyn Edwards and Lavinia [?] Huard of Cleveland, Ohio; three brothers, Charles Carson of Cincinnati, Ohio and John Galloway and Willie Hughley of Birmingham.
Alabama Journal, 15 May 1969Alford, Mina Ruth, 60, 576 Morgan Ave., died unexpectedly Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in her home. She was a member of the First Christian Church. Surviving are one son, Joseph T. Alford, Miami, Fla.; and two sisters, Mrs. Eula N. Payne, Montgomery; and Mrs. Fleeta Cameron, La Jolla, Calif. Services will be held from Leak-Memory Chapel Saturday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. William J. Lineback officiating. Burial will be held in Greenwood Cemetery with Leak-Memory Chapel directing.
Mobile Register, 3 Aug 1978Miss Pamela Kay Alford
Funeral services were held from the chapel of Radney Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 2, 1978 at 3:30 with Jerry O. Davison, officiating. Pallbearers were Charles Gunter, Glen Gunter, Hampton Dewberry, Daniel Alford, Bobby Cornielson and Mitchell Hutto. Interment was in the Wilson Annex of the Whistler Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by Radney Funeral Home, Dauphin Street Extension, Mobile, Alabama.
Montgomery Advertiser, 19 Dec 1974Alford, Robert Judson, 63, a resident of Montgomery for 40 years and of 1929 Harmon Street died in a local hospital Tuesday at 2:45 a.m. after a brief illness. Services will be held from the Highland Gardens Baptist Church Thursday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Fred W. Bueto officiating. Burial in Memorial Cemetery, White Chapel directing. The body will lie in state at the church from 1:30 p.m. until service time; he was a member of the Highland Gardens Baptist Church; survivors include four sisters, Mrs. Myrtie Walker, Wetumpka, Ala., Mrs. Ocille Harwell, Hileah, Fla., Mrs. Ann Croucher, Miami, Fla., and Mrs. Evelyn A. Endress, Montgomery, Ala.; a number of nieces and nephews.
Alabama Journal, 27 Nov 1978Alford, R.T. Sr., age 82, a resident of Route 1, Pike Road, AL died Saturday, November 25 at the residence after an extended illness. Funeral services were held from Leak-Memory Chapel Monday November 27, 1978 at 1:00 pm. Interment at Ramer Cemetery with Rev. Bobby Hicks and Rev. Kenneth Alford officiating. Leak-Memory Chapel directing. He is survived by his wife, Decie Alford of Pike Road, AL; six sons, R.T. Alford, Jr. of Montgomery, AL, W.D. Alford of Montgomery, AL, E.B. Alford of Grady, AL, Charles J. Alford of Cullman, AL, R.V. Alford of Opelika, AL and Jimmy Alford of Pike Road, AL; two daughters, Mrs. Lillian Duffell of Ramer, AL and Mrs. Joyce Whitfield of Niceville, FL; 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Pallbearers were, William Whitfield, Ed Alford, Robert V. Alford Jr., Butch Alford, James Duffell, and Wayne Stovalle.
Montgomery Advertiser, 6 Aug 1961Thomasville - Alford, Rufus, 73, died Saturday. Funeral services will be held 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Westbound Baptist Church near Coffeeville, the Rev. Z.V. Crawford officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery, Kimbrough Funeral Home directing. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Ollie Mae Alford, Thomasville; eight sons, five daughters; a brother and a sister.
Alabama Journal, 7 Sep 1978Alford, Mrs. Susie, died Wednesday September 6, 1978 in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 8, 1978 at 12 noon, from Ross-Clayton Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. John E. May officiating. Burial in Jericho Cemetery. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Emma Lee Toles; nephew, Mr. Eugene Tate; niece, Mrs. Vinnie Felder; cousin, Mr. Roosevelt Dillihay, Pensacola, Florida; a host of other relatives and friends. Ross-Clayton Funeral Home directing.
Montgomery Advertiser, 7 Nov 1963Alford, S.W., 90, a lifetime resident of Fitzpatrick, died at his home Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. Surviving are two sons, Dock Alford, Fitzpatrick, and Lummie alford Jr., Matthews, Ala.; a daughter, Mrs. M.L. Pugh, Fitzpatrick; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. The funeral will be from White Chapel Thursday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Lummie Alford Jr., James Flint Alford, Jack Cantey, C.T. Johnson, E.N. Wright and Wyman Pugh.
Alabama Journal, 19 May 1958Alford, Mrs. Sally Jane, a resident of Dowling, died at home at 7 p.m. Sunday after an extended illness. Surviving are the husband, S.W. Alford, two sons, Dock Alford and Lummie Alford, Sr., a daughter, Mrs. Pearl Pugh, all of Dowling; two Jacksonville, Fla.; Mrs. Mary Allen, Montgomery; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held from Pine Level Methodist Church at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday with Minister Leo Brannon officiating. Burial will be in Pine Level Cemetery with White Chapel directing.
Montgomery Advertiser, 8 Mar 1961Alford, Sloan
The funeral for Sloan Alford will be held at White Chapel Wednesday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. R.E. McKee officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be R.P. Richardson, W.G. Welch, E.I. Newman, A.J. Culpepper, B.F. Kennedy and H.L. Canterbury.
Montgomery Advertiser, 5 Feb 1974Alford, Mrs. Susie, 93, 109 Hope Dr., died at 4:35 a.m. Sunday at her residence. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday from Pine Level Baptist Church with Rev. Ocie Colley officiating. Burial in the churchyard cemetery with Leak Memory Chapel directing. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Minnie Gibson, Montgomery; seven grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; nine great great grandchildren. Active pallbearers will be J.T. Yarbrough, Harold Rhodes, Joe Carr, Ray Dees, C.T. Johnson, Henry H. Houton. The body will lie in state at the church 30 minutes prior to services. The body will then be taken to her home Monday afternoon.
Montgomery Advertiser, 20 Jun 1961Alford, Mrs. Thelma M., 55, died in Savannah, Ga., Monday. Funeral services will be held 4 p.m. Wednesday from the Colonial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Paul Williamson officiating. Burial will be in the Riverdale Cemetery, Colonial Funeral Home directing. Survivors include the husband, Hollis P. Alford, Savannah, Ga.; two daughters, Mrs. Betty Thames and Mary Lou Alford, both of Savannah, Ga.; three sons, Hollis Alford Jr., Savannah, Ga., Jesse Cole, Phenix City, and James Cole, Columbus, Ga.; a brother, Lee R. White, Columbus, Ga.
Montgomery Advertiser, 22 Dec 1968Alford, Thomas, 38, a lifelong resident of Fleta, died in a local hospital at 7 a.m. Saturday after a brief illness. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Betty Jean Alford, Fleta; his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. R.T. Alford Sr., Pike Road; a daughter, Miss Tommye Jean Alford, Fleta; six brothers, R.T. Alford Jr., and W.D. Alford, both of Montgomery, Charles J. Alford, Cullman, E.B. Alford, Ramer, Robert V. Alford, Opelika, and Jimmy Alford, Pike Road, two sisters, Mrs. Joyce Whitfield, Niceville, Fla. and Mrs. M.W. Duffell, Ramer. Services will be held from the Mt. Carmel Methodist Church Monday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Harold DeVane and the Rev. Pruitt Willis officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery with White Chapel directing. The body will lie in state at the church from 1:30 p.m. until 2 p.m.
Montgomery Advertiser, 17 Jul 1969Luverne - Alford, Warner H., 84, died Tuesday in a Luverne hospital. Services will be Thursday at 3:30 p.m. from the Luverne First Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. J.L. Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Luverne Cemetery with Turner's Funeral Home directing. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Glennie Corine Alford, Luverne; six daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Martin, Miami, Fla., Mrs. Ethel Villa, Charleston, S.C., Mrs. Mamie Dorman and Mrs. Jimmie Stevens, both of Montgomery, Mrs. Hazel Carpenter, Panama City, Fla., and Miss Bobbie Alford, New York; three sons, Buster Alford, Claude Alford, and Woodrow Alford, all of New York; 16 grandchildren; and 31 great grandchildren.
Alabama Journal, 16 Jul 1964Alford, William J., 89, a lifetime resident of China Grove, died in a local hospital Wednesday at 7:45 a.m. after a brief illness. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Mary Frances Alford, China Grove; one son, R.T. Alford Sr., Pike Road; one brother, Warner Alford, Luverne; two sisters, Mrs. Mittie Farnell and Mrs. Mattie Lou Watson, both of Montgomery; a number of grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held from Leak-Memory Chapel, Lincoln road, today at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jimmy Spikes officiating. Burial was in Salem Cemetery near China Grove with Leak-Memory Chapel directing. Active pallbearers were R.T. Alford Jr., W.D. Alford, E.B. Alford, C.J. Alford, Tom Alford and R.V. Alford.
Montgomery Advertiser, 29 Nov 1962Alexander City - Alford, William Richard, 2, died in Birmingham Wednesday. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Thursday from the Bethel Church with the Rev. Grady Birchfield and the Rev. J.H. Tapley officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery, Radney's directing. Survivors include the parents, Mr. and Mrs. William V. Alford, Alexander City; a brother, Davis Alford, Alexander City; the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. David Watts, Cragford; the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Alford, Whatley.
Alabama Journal, 29 Sep 1978Alford, Mr. Willie of 1508 St. John Street died Tuesday, September 26, 1978 in a local nursing home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 30, 1978 from the St. Mark Baptist Church, hour to be announced later, Dr. G.H. Smith officiating. Burial will be held in Remount Cemetery. Survivors include her daughters, Mrs. Mary E. Wilcox, Washington, D.C., Mrs. Verline Oliver, Washington, D.C.; one brother, Mr. Roosevelt Alford, Montgomery, AL.; three grandchildren, one son-in-law; one brother-in-law, Mr. Lawson Ivery; a host of nieces, nephews; relatives and friends. Ross-Clayton Funeral Home directing.