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ARKANSAS OBITUARIES

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ARKANSAS OBITUARIES OF ALFORDS

AND SPELLING VARIATIONS

 

The Alford American Family Association (AAFA) held its 2003 Annual Meeting in Little Rock, AR. We made a special effort to obtain obituaries of all “Alfords” who died in that state, published them, and distributed the publication at the meeting.

 

We continue to obtain obituaries for “Alfords” who died in Arkansas. This compilation includes all Arkansas obituaries we have obtained to date. It will be updated periodically as we acquire new obituaries.

 

Obituaries are listed alphabetically by FIRST name. The name of the newspaper (or other source) and place and date of publication follow the name of the deceased. If we included the obituary in AAFA ACTION, the date is noted.

 

AAFA often adds notes to each obituary, including Social Security Death Index (SSDI) data, relationship of the deceased to other Alfords, and lineages. We will add to AAFA NOTES as time permits.

 

Where lineages are included (Alford unless otherwise stated), the format is: Name, year of birth, state or country of birth.

 

Obituaries of AAFA members and their spouses are also included on the AAFA Member Memorials web page and may include more information.

 

We welcome corrections and additional information. If you have an obituary from this state that is not included here, please share it with us!

 

Date posted: 18 OCTOBER 2011

 

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The families of many of the subjects of these Arkansas obituaries are represented in AAFA Alford Genealogies published on this website, where we are referring readers for more information.

 

*AAFA’s Online Published Genealogies:

 

1. Descendants of Robert Alford b. 1760 England (DNA Group Three)

 

2. Known Descendants of John Alford and Jane McElhattan (DNA Group One)

 

3. Descendants of John Alford b. about 1645, Three Generations (DNA Group One)

 

4. Known Descendants of John Alford b. ca 1801 NC (DNA Group One)

 

 

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ALETHEA KAY SHAMBURGER ALFORD

 

Source unknown (posted on www.findagrave.com), but probably:

ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE

Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR—Wednesday, 20 May 2008

 

Photo from Mount Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR, www.findagrave.com

 

            Alethea Kay Shamburger Alford, of Little Rock, went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 18, 2008 after a lengthy battle with Multi System Atrophy. Kay was born October 29, 1951 in Little Rock. She attended Trinity Episcopal Day School, Forest Heights Jr. High and Hall High before moving with her family to Wheaton, IL in 1969, where a year later she graduated from Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, IL. She went on to graduate from The University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science degree, having majored in Nursing. After becoming an RN she worked at St. Vincent's Infirmary where she was head nurse of Neurology/Neurosurgery.

            In 1986 she married Dale Alford. They made their home in Southbury, CT, where their son Tad was born in 1988. While living in Connecticut Kay was a head nurse at Yale-New Haven Hospital, in New Haven, CT. Kay returned to Little Rock with their son in 1989 after her husband's death.

            In 1991, she opened Wycoff Coffee Company, owning and operating it for a number of years. She continued her nursing career at McClellan V.A. Hospital, Baptist Medical Center and St. Vincent's Pain Center before retiring due to her own illness. Kay was a compassionate caregiver all her life and was loved by all who knew her. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and several Bible study groups. She was a loving mother and will be missed by all.

            Her husband, Thomas Dale Alford, Jr., her sister, Anne Shamburger Martin, her brother, John F. Shamburger and all of her grandparents, preceded Kay in death. She is survived by her son, Thomas Dale Alford, III, her parents Georgia W. and Paul E. Luehr of Little Rock and John K. and Virginia Shamburger of Fairfield Bay. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law Sally Shamburger Stevens and Jim Stevens, her brother Jeffrey W. Shamburger, her half brother J. Michael Shamburger, her step-sisters Cheryl Luehr Flaatten and Gayle Luehr, her sister-in-law Anne Alford Winans and her nieces and nephews Rob Goss, Fontaine Goss Leonard, Melissa Martin Cook, Jeffrey Martin, William Winans and Alex Winans, as well as her beloved pets, Miss Muphet and Tigger.

            Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 22, 2008, at 11:00 AM at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, with burial following at Mt. Holly Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were by Ruebel Funeral Home.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Aletha K. Alford (SS# issued in IL).

            See the obituaries of her husband’s parents, Thomas Dale Alford Sr. and L’Moore Smith Alford, in this compilation. We included the obituary of her husband, Thomas Dale Alford Jr., in Connecticut Obituaries.

            Her husband’s lineage: Thomas Dale 1943 AR1, Thomas Dale 1916 AR2, Thomas Franklin 1894 AR3, Samuel Thomas 1873 AR4.

 

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ALVA JOSHUA ALFORD

Father of Marjorie Faye Alford McDaniel, AAFA #0078

 

Source unknown

_____, AR—_____ March 1992

Included in AAFA ACTION, March 1993

 

NASHVILLE [Howard Co.], Ark.—Alva J. Alford, 79, of Nashville died Thursday, March 19, 1992, at his home.

            Mr. Alford was born Jan. 12, 1913, in New Hope, Ark. He was a retired mechanic for King Truck and Tractor Co. and a member of the Zion Baptist Church.

            Survivors include his wife, Bessie Robins Alford of Nashville; one son, Edwin Alford of Nashville; two daughters, Marjorie McDaniel of Athens, Texas, and Reba Jean Climer of Burleson, Texas, two sisters, Thera Dossey of Texarkana and Flora Swinney of Longview, Texas; two grandsons, Kevin Climer and Mike Climer; and two granddaughters, Kristin Alford and Rebecca Alford.

            Services will be 2 p.m. today at Latimer Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. David Blase officiating. Burial will be in Restland Memorial Park

            The family will be at their home, 403 W. College St., Nashville.

 

 

Photos from Restland Memorial Park, Nashville, Howard Co., AR—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Doss Walker

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Alva J. Alford (SS# issued in AR).

            See the obituaries of his brother William Preston Alford; and his cousin Joe H. Alford in this compilation. We included the obituaries of his father, William Anderson Alford; his wife, Bessie Audry Robins Alford; and his sister Labitha Lottie Alford Dossey in Texas Obituaries.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His lineage: Alva Joshua 1913 AR1, William Anderson 1881 AR2, Franklin Ewing 1861 AR3, Madison Ewing 1815 AL4, David 1785 VA5, Robert 1760 England6.

 

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ANNETTE PARNELL ALFORD

 

EL DORADO NEWS-TIMES

El Dorado, Union Co., AR—Saturday, 2 January 2010

 

            Annette Parnell Alford, 84, of New Edinburg [Cleveland Co.], died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, in Little Rock.

            She was born Jan. 19, 1925, in New Edinburg, the daughter of the late Roy Parnell and Evie Johnson Parnell. She was a housewife and homemaker, and a member of Emmus Baptist Church.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Alford.

            She is survived by a son, Gary Alford of New Edinburg; a daughter, Donna Szentranyi of DeBerry, Texas; a sister, Louise Roark of Fort Smith; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

            Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, at Frazer’s Chapel. Burial will be in Moseley Cemetery, with Frazer’s Funeral Home of Warren officiating.          Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

            Online guestbook is available at www.frazerfuneralhome.com.

 

Photo from Moseley Cemetery, Warren, Bradley Co., AR—www.findagrave.com

Photo taken 9 Sept 2011.

Permission granted by the photographer, Brian Rodgers

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Annette Alford (SS# issued in AR), last residence Springhill, Webster Parish, LA [?].

            See the obituary of her husband, Ralph Wallace Alford, in this compilation.

 

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ARLIE ARTHER ALFORD

 

GLENWOOD HERALD

Glenwood, Pike Co., AR—13 September 1928

 

            Mr. Arley Alford, aged 31, son of A.G. Alford, died at his home here Friday afternoon, Aug. 7th [sic: should be Sep. 7, which was a Friday] following a lingering illness. Besides his father, he is survived by two children, a boy and a girl, aged 5 and 7 years and by one uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Alford. Arley was born and raised in Pike County but had spent most of his life in Hot Springs.

            Funeral services were held Saturday in charge of Gross Undertakers and he was laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery, Hot Springs, where a host of friends came to pay a last tribute to this departed friend, and the many beautiful flowers bespoke the love and high esteem in which he was held by them.

            The Herald joins the many friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved, especially to the father, who by the passing of this son, loses the last member of the family circle.

 

AAFA NOTES: We included the obituary of his son Billy Thomas Alford in Indiana Obituaries.

            This obituary and further information on this family is from An Arkansas Connection, the website of the late Morris Myers, AAFA #1065.

            Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950 (Ancestry.com) lists Arlie Alford, died 7 Sept 1928 in Pike Co.

            His gravestone spells his name Arlie with dates 1897–1929. On his WWI Draft Registration Card (Ancestry.com), he signs his name Arlie Arther Alford, lists his birth date as 2 Sept 1897, and names Andy G. Alford of Hot Springs, Garland Co., AR, as his nearest relative. He is a cook living in Princess Ann Co., VA, but gives his permanent address as Hot Springs.

            Naomi Alford is his wife and the mother of his children.

            His lineage: Arlie Arther 1897 AR1, Andrew G. 1865 AR2, James Matthew 1834 AL3, John N. 1811 AL4.

 

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BEATRICE LAW ALFORD

 

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS TIMES

Fayetteville, Washington Co., AR—Thursday, 7 July 2005

 

            Beatrice Law Alford, 88, of Fayetteville died Tuesday, July 5, 2005, at Washington Regional Medical Center.

            She was born Sept. 11, 1916, in Lore City, Ohio, the daughter of Carl Casner and Alys Shipman Law. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray W. Alford, Lt. Col., USAF (Ret.); and one brother the Rev. Ronald S. Law.

            She attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and graduated from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

            She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville and the Outlook Book Club. She was a former volunteer at Fayetteville City Hospital, Washington Regional Medical Center and the Salvation Army dinners.

            She is survived by two daughters, Alys M. “Toddy” McAlister of Harlingen, Texas, and Antoinette R. “Toni” Thorn and her husband Harve Bell Thorn III of Fayetteville; a son, Thomas L. Alford and his wife Laurie of Phoenix; two grandsons, Michael R. Alford and David R. Alford, both of Phoenix; and two brothers, Carl C. Law Jr. and Harold L. Law, both of Utica, Ohio.

            Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.... Burial will be in National Cemetery in Fayetteville under the direction of Moore’s Chapel....

 

In another article:

 

MOUNT VERNON NEWS

Mount Vernon, Knox Co., OH—Friday, 15 July 2005

 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—Funeral for Beatrice (Law) Alford, 88, of Fayetteville, Ark., was held July 8, 2005, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Lowell E. Grisham officiating. Burial was at National Cemetery in Fayetteville. Mrs. Alford died July 5, 2005, at Washington Regional Medical Center.

            She was born Sept. 11, 1916, in Lore City, Ohio, to Carl Casner and Alys (Shipman) Law. She attended Denison University in Granville and graduated from Capital University in Columbus. Mrs. Alford was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville and the Outlook Book Club. She was a former volunteer at Fayetteville City Hospital, Washington Regional Medical Center and The Salvation Army dinners.

            She is survived by two daughters and son-in-law, Alys M. “Toddy” McAllister of Harlingen, Texas, and Antoinette R. “Toni” and Harve Bell Thorn III of Fayetteville, Ark; a son, Thomas L. (Laurie) Alford of Phoenix, Ariz; two grandsons; and two brothers, Carl C. (Frances) Law Jr. and Harold L. (Mary Ann) Law, both of Utica.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, USAF Lt. Col. (Ret.) Ray W. Alford; and brother, the Rev. Ronald S. Law.

            Moore’s Chapel in Fayetteville was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Beatrice L. Alford (SS# issued in OH).

            SSDI records show that Ray Alford was born 16 May 1911 and died _____ Feb 1981, last residence Fayetteville. His gravestone, also in Fayetteville National Cemetery, says Ray Wilbur Alford d. 13 Feb 1981, and he was a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Air Force.

 

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BELVIA ZADA “BELVIE” ALFORD ANDERSON

 

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Belvia Alford Anderson

 

Arthur and Belvia Anderson

 

Source unknown

Kirby, Pike Co., AR—_____ July 1971

 

            Mrs. Belvia Anderson, aged 82, died at home at Kirby Saturday, July 24 [1971]. She was born March 27, 1889, the daughter of Joseph and Margaret Elizabeth Owens Alford. She was the widow of the late William Arthur Anderson, a lifetime member of the Kirby community and a member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church.

            Survivors include one daughter: Mrs. Juanita Funderburk of Kirby; four brothers: Matthew Alford of Miami, Oklahoma, Forrest Alford of Madison, Wisconsin and Luther Alford and Lee Alford both of Murfreesboro; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A son, Aaron preceded her in death in 1968.

            Services were Monday afternoon at 2:30 in the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church.... Burial was in Kirby Cemetery by Davis Funeral Home.

            Pallbearers were Roy Johnson, Roy Tolleson, Otto Self, Clara Babbit, Delbert Babbit and Bobby Golden.

 

 

Photos from Kirby Cemetery, Pike Co., AR, www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Jerry McMenis

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death (_____ July 1971) date of Belvia Anderson (SS# issued in IN), last residence Amity, Clark Co., AR.

            See the obituaries of her father, William Joseph “Gunge” Alford; brothers Luther Homer Alford and William Lee Alford; and sister Mazella Iantha Alford in this compilation. We included the obituary of her brother Matthew Owen “Curly” Alford in Oklahoma Obituaries.

            This obituary and further information on this family is from An Arkansas Connection, the website of the late Morris Myers, AAFA #1065.

            Belvia was born in Kirby, Pike Co., AR. She m. William Anderson on 17 September 1916 in Pike Co.

            The Pike County Archives and History Society, Pike County Families Photo Album, has posted numerous photos of this family, including the two above.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            Belvia’s lineage: Belvia Zada 1889 AR1, William Joseph 1865 AR2, Joseph David 1842 AR3, David Winston 1823 AL4, David 1785 VA5, Robert 1760 England6.

 

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BERTHA JUNE ALFORD

 

JACKSONVILLE PATRIOT

Jacksonville, Pulaski Co., AR—Wednesday, 18 September 2002

 

            Bertha June Alford 60, of Jacksonville died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002.

            She is survived by a son, Carl “Andy” Alford of Cabot; and a daughter, Shelly Alford of Jacksonville; two brothers, and three sisters; and “adopted” grandchildren.

            Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, in the chapel of Moore’s Jacksonville. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Park….

 

Photo from Chapel Hill Memorial Park Cemetery, Jacksonville, Pulaski Co., AR—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Alvin Herrington

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that June Alford (SS# issued in NJ) was born 4 June 1942.

 

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BERTHA MARIE HALFORD

 

ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE

Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR—Saturday, 24 January 1998

Included in AAFA ACTION, Winter 2000

 

STUTTGART [Arkansas Co.]—Bertha Marie Halford, of Stuttgart died Thursday [January 22]. The widow of Lester Halford.

            Survivors are one son, James of Terrell, Texas; one daughter, Betty Patton of Houston, Texas; one sister, Marie Finch of Lonoke; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

            Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Turpin Chapel with burial in Lone Tree Cemetery by Turpin’s....

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Bertha M. Halford (SS# issued in AR) was born 12 April 1924.

 

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BESS MARIE DAULTON HALFORD

 

BOONEVILLE DEMOCRAT

Booneville, Logan Co., AR—Thursday, 25 September 2008

 

            Bess Marie Halford, 95, of Booneville, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008 in Booneville. She was born May 3, 1913 in the Carolan community near Booneville to Lewis and Nellie (Strickland) Daulton.

            She was a mother and housewife and a member of the Victory Baptist Church in Booneville. She enjoyed helping people and she loved her family very much.

            She is preceded in death by her husband, Hollis Halford.

            A graveside service was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 27, at Carolan Cemetery in Booneville, under the direction of Roberts Funeral Home of Booneville.

            She is survived by a son, Harmon Halford and wife Betty of Booneville; three grandchildren, Sam, Bob and Tom Halford; and seven great-grandchildren.

            Pallbearers were Harmon, Sam, Bob, Tom, Casey and Seth Halford.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Bess M. Halford (SS# issued in LA).

 

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BESSIE BURTON ALFORD

 

PINE BLUFF COMMERCIAL

Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co., AR—Wednesday, 23 May 2001

Included in AAFA ACTION, Spring 2003

 

            Bessie Alford, 101, of 823 Walnut Street, died May 17, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

            Born March 8, 1900, at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she was the daughter of the late Walter Burton and Nettie Johnson Burton.

            One sister, Beatrice Burton of Pine Bluff, survives her.

            Funeral services were held at P.K. Miller Mortuary with burial in Miller Memorial Cemetery.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Bessie B. Alford (SS# issued in LA).

 

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BETTIE ALFORD

 

Source unknown

_____, AR—_____ December 1980

Included in AAFA ACTION, Winter 1995

 

ROGERS [Benton Co.], Ark.—The funeral for Mrs. Bettie Alford, 55, Rogers, formerly of Concordia, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, Concordia, the Rev. Loren Werth officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

            Mrs. Alford died Thursday in Rogers.

            She was born Jan. 15, 1925, at Concordia. She and her husband operated the Concordia Country Club from 1962 to 1967 as well as country clubs in Lyons and McPherson before moving to Rogers four years ago.

            Surviving are her husband, LeRoy, of the home; a daughter, Mrs. Suzie Desilet, Independence, Mo., two brothers, William and James Erhardt, both of Concordia, and two grandchildren.

            Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth date of Bettie Alford (SS# issued in KS), death date listed as Dec 1980.

 

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BEVERLY DAN DUERSON ALFORD

 

Ruebel Funeral Home

Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR—Sunday, 4 June 2006

 

Beverly Dan Duerson Alford

 

            Beverly Dan Duerson Alford, of Little Rock, affectionately known as “Dannie”, was born September 22, 1926, in Shreveport, Louisiana, to Erline Johnson Duerson and Goodloe Kearney Duerson. After a lengthy illness, she died peacefully on June 4, 2006.

            Dannie grew up in Shreveport. She received her Bachelors in Religious Education from Centenary College, was an active member in both the Centenary Choir and the Zeta sorority. She married Phil English in 1947, and they had three children. They moved to Little Rock in 1957.

            In Little Rock, she was a devoted Mom and supported her children in their activities by being active as a Room-Mother, Girl Scout Leader, Den Mother, and PTA member. She was also an active member in First United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the choir, president of the United Methodist Women, and Director of the Children’s Education Department. She was a member of the Garden Club of Little Rock, PEO, Little Rock Country Club, and a Life Long Member of the Girl Scouts of America.

            She went on to receive a second degree from Little Rock University. She taught school at McDermott Elementary School. In 1972, she received her Master’s in Early Childhood Education from UCA. Dannie and Phil divorced in 1971.

            She moved to Sioux Falls and was the assistant director of an early childhood research project under Dr. Ralph Colvin. At the end of the research project, she moved home to Shreveport where she met and married John Alford in 1979.

            John and Dannie were happily married for 26 years. She certified in-home child-care givers across the United States. After John’s retirement, Dannie and John moved to
Little Rock, Arkansas in early 1990. John devoted many hours of love and support during her lengthy illness until his own illness forced him from her side.

            Dannie is survived by her husband John, her brother and sister-in-law Kearney and Margaret Duerson of Gainesville, Florida, her three children and their spouses Philip and Deborah English of Baltimore; Beverly and Jim McKenzie and Margaret English of Little Rock; four step sons and their spouses Bob and Kaji Alford of St. Paul, Steve and Jan Alford of Fort Worth, Don and Sukura Alford of New Jersey and Mike and Karen Alford of Denver. She is also survived by her grandchildren Elizabeth Kropf, Barksdale English, Katie Escovedo, Betsy Culp, Sarah Sandusky, Stuart Hiserodt, Philip Hiserodt, and Emily and Ashley English; step-grandchildren Suvi, Sara, Heidi, Lisa, David, Edward, William, and Wesley Alford, and seven and a half great-grandchildren.

            A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at First United Methodist
Church on June 10, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. A graveside burial service will be held in Shreveport at Forest Hill Cemetery on June 7, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. The Family asks that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to First United Methodist Church of Little Rock.

            Arrangements are by Ruebel Funeral Home, www.ruebelfuneralhome.com

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Beverly D. Alford (SS# issued in LA).

 

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CHARLES DENNIS ALFORD

 

PINE BLUFF COMMERCIAL

Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co., AR—4 August 2011

 

WHITE HALL—Charles Dennis Alford, 60, of White Hall, passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2011. He was born January 4, 1951 in Warren, Ark., to Sybil Snyder Alford and the late Charlie W. Alford.

            He attended schools in Greenville, Miss. and White Hall. He was a United States Army Vietnam Veteran. He was a carpenter and member of the Carpenters Union #576. He was avid fisherman and hunter and was a member of the Alford Hunting Club.

            He is survived by his wife, Tabby Riggs Alford, whom he married July 26, 1972; his poodle, Zorro; Mother, Sybil Snyder Alford; brothers, David Glenn Alford, Marty Williams (Frances) all of White Hall; Keith Douglas (Michelle) Alford of Harrison, Ark.; sisters, Becky Ouzts of Cleveland, Miss., Debra Lynn (JB) Allen of Hartsfield, Tenn; ten nieces and nephews; six great nieces and nephews.

            Memorial services will be at 10am, Saturday in the chapel of Cranford Funeral Home of White Hall with Chaplain Ricky Hayes officiating. Burial was in Good Faith Cemetery.

            Memorials may be made to Make a Wish Foundation, 3205 Executive Court, Suite 101, Little Rock, AR 72205.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Charles D. Alford (SS# issued in AR), last residence White Hall, Jefferson Co., AR.

            See the obituary of his uncle Ralph Wallace Alford in this compilation.

            His lineage: Charles Dennis 1951 AR1, Charles W. 1927 AR2, Willie A. 1893 TX3.

 

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CHARLES NORMAN ALFORD

 

THE LEADER

Cabot, Lonoke Co., AR—Wednesday, 10 December 1997

Included in AAFA ACTION, Winter 2000

 

            Charles Norman Alford, 67, of McRae, died Dec. 6. He was an Army veteran who served in Korea and received several medals for distinguished service. He was one of the few survivors when troops were cut off at the 38th parallel.

            He is survived by his wife, June Lindsey Alford; four stepsons, Paul, Gerald, Donald and Ralph Lindsey, all of McRae; two stepdaughters, Martha Sanders of Plano, TX; and Carolyn Sexton of Beebe; four brothers, J.O. [Junior Olas], Harold, Huston and Marvin Alford, all of McRae; three sisters, Barbara Reed of Austin, Linda Failoni of Green River, WY, and Betty Bundy of Cabot.

            He was preceded in death by his stepson, David Lindsey.

            Funeral services were held Dec. 9 at Westbrook Chapel. Burial was in Lebanon Cemetery by Westbrook Funeral Home of Beebe.

 

Photo from Lebanon Cemetery, White Co., AR—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Robert L. Young

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Charles N. Alford (SS# issued in AR) was born 22 February 1930, last residence McRae, White Co., AR.

            See the obituaries of his siblings Junior Olas Alford, Huston Andrew Alford, and Emma Louise Alford Cox Adkins in this compilation.

            His lineage: Charles Norman 1930 AR1, Elmer Olas 1902 TX2, Thomas A. 1879 AR2.

 

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CHINA LAVERNE WOODWORTH ALFORD

 

Ozarks Newstand

Source unknown, but probably:

DAILY TIMES

Harrison, Boone Co., AR—Wednesday, 7 February 2001

 

            China Laverne Alford, 77, of Alpena [Boone Co., AR] died Saturday, Feb. 3 at Hilltop Nursing Home in Harrison.

            Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Shady Grove Cemetery.... Burial will be under the direction of Christeson Funeral Home....

            The daughter of Joseph and Lizzie Underdown Woodworth was born April 14, 1923, at Delmar. She had lived in Boone County 30 years and was a prior resident of California. She was a homemaker and attended the United Baptist Church in Green Forest.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Truman Alford, and three brothers.

            Survivors include two sons, Steven Alford of Alpena and Timothy Alford of Liberty, Iowa; a sister, Freda Alford of Alpena; a brother, Verlin Woodworth of Alpena, and grandchildren Tom Alford and Stacey Alford....

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of China L. Alford (SS# issued in AR).

            See the obituaries of her sister-in-law Vernon Olta Estes Alford; and nephew Michael Tom “Mick” Alford, son of her sister Freeda, in this compilation.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #2.

            Her husband’s lineage: Truman Kessel 1916 AR1, William Thomas 1879 AR2, Franklin L. 1858 AR3, Thomas H. 1833 TN4, John 1786 NC5.

 

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CHRISTINE ELIZABETH ALFORD DEATON

 

PINE BLUFF COMMERCIAL

Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co., AR—Thursday, 21 September 2006

 

MCGEHEE [Desha Co.]—Christine Elizabeth Deaton, 80, of McGehee, died Tuesday [September 19] at Drew County Memorial Hospital at Monticello. She was born April 6, 1926, at Winston-Salem, N.C., a daughter of the late Prentice Alford and Emma Hasker Alford.

            She was a homemaker. She was a World War II veteran, having served in the Women’s Air Corps. She was a member of Westside Baptist Church of Dermott.

            Survivors include two sons, Johnny Deaton and Billy Deaton, both of McGehee; one brother, Lee Alford of Winston-Salem; one sister, Margaret Eaton of Yenkinville, N.C.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

            Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in McGehee Cemetery with Dwain Dennis officiating. Arrangements are by Griffin Funeral Services of McGehee. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Christine A. Deaton (SS# issued in AR).

            We included the obituary of her uncle Venice Lewis Alford in North Carolina Obituaries.

            Prentice Alford is probably the Prentiss Alford listed in SSDI records as born 3 Oct 1904 and died _____ July 1966 (SS# issued in NC).

            William appears as Walter on early census reports.

 

CENSUS

 

1930

Winston-Salem (District 48), Forsyth Co., NC

Dwelling #71

 

William L. Alford     head     52      MS MS MS     tobacco checker

                                                                                 age 36 at first marriage

Mattie                        wife     42      NC NC NC     age 26 at first marriage

Venice                         son     21      LA MS NC     tobacco factory machine operator

Prentice                        son     25      LA MS NC     tobacco factory machine operator

                                                                                 age 21 at first marriage

Emma               dau-in-law     19      NC NC NC     age 15 at first marriage

Christinia           granddau       3      NC LA NC

Margaret M.       granddau       1      NC LA NC

Willie                           son     15      NC MS NC

Ethel                            dau     12      NC MS NC

Howard                       son       9      NC MS NC

 

1920

Winston-Salem Ward 3 (District 96), Forsyth Co., NC

Dwelling #299

 

Willie L. Alford     head        35      MS MS MS     tobacco factory checker

Mattie                     wife        32      NC NC NC

Venice                     dau          9      LA MS NC

   [incorrectly identified as female and daughter]

Printice                     son        14      LA MS NC

Willie                        son          3      NC MS NC

Ethel                         dau  1-7/12      NC MS NC

 

1910

Police Jury Ward 2 (District 4), Bienville Parish, LA

Dwelling #205

 

Willie Alford          head        36      MS MS MS     lumber mill laborer

  [this name could be Walter]                                   first marriage, 7 years

Sallie                       wife        30      AL AL AL      3 children, 2 living

Prentis                       son          5      LA MS AL

Vennie                      son  1-3/12      LA MS AL

 

1900

Police Jury Ward 2 (District 4), Bienville Parish, LA

Dwelling #154

 

Julious C. Alford          head        77   b. Jan 1823      AL NC NC     farmer, m. 34 years

Arminacy                      wife        52   b. Jan 1848      MS SC SC      4 children, 4 living

Walter L.                        son        24   b. Dec 1875     MS AL MS

Sarah                              dau        20   b. Feb 1880     MS AL MS

 

1880

Steens Creek (District 74), Rankin Co., MS

Dwelling #90

 

J.C. Alford                   head        56   MS NC NC     farmer

Amarinthy                     wife        30   MS AL AL

Warren                            son        12   MS MS MS

Cathrine                         dau          8   MS MS MS

Walter                             son          5   MS MS MS

Laura                              dau          2   MS MS MS

 

1870

Township 4 (Post Office Brandon), Rankin Co., MS

Dwelling #90

 

Julius C. Alford                           40   AL       farmer

R. Manutha                                  19   MS

Warren                                         12   MS

John                                              14   MS

George                                         12   MS

William                                         10   MS

Warren                                           3   MS

Clark Alena                                  28   MS

  (female)

 

            On William Lewis Alford’s 1918 WWI Draft Registration Card (Ancestry.com), he is age 44, a foreman at R.J. Reynolds Co., living in Winston-Salem, Forsyth Co., NC. He names Mrs. Mattie Alford of the same address as his nearest relative. His birth date is 10 Dec 1873.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #4.

            Her lineage: Christine Elizabeth 1926 NC1, Prentice 1904 LA2, William/Walter Lewis 1875 MS3, Julius C. 1823 AL4, John 1801 NC5.

 

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CURTIS JOE ALFORD

 

COMMERCIAL APPEAL

Memphis, Shelby Co., TN—Thursday, 18 May 2006

 

WEST HELENA [Phillips Co., AR]—Curtis Joe Alford, 57, died Monday, May 16, 2006. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 19 at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home....

 

In another article:

 

Roller-Citizens Funeral Home

West Helena, Phillips Co., AR

 

            Funeral services for Curtis Joe Alford, 57, of West Helena will be held Friday, May 19, 2006 at 10 a.m. at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Helena.... Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park in West Helena. Mr. Alford passed away May 16, 2006 in Helena.

            He is survived by his wife, Linda Johnson Alford of West Helena; sons, Curtis Alford, Jr. and Raquel of West Helena, Keith Alford of West Helena, and Daniel King of West Helena; brothers, Virtis Alford and Virginia of West Helena, Roland Alford of Chicago, IL; sister, Aubra Dean Terry of Mountain Home; grandsons, Johnathan Richardson of Lexa, Camaron Alford of West Helena, Shelby Lane Alford of North Dakota, Amanda Alford of West Helena, and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mindy Alford....

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Curtis J. Alford (SS# issued in AR) was born 24 March 1949.

            We included the obituary of his brother Thermon Earl Alford in California Obituaries.

 

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D. BOYCE ALFORD

Brother of Thomas Dale Alford, AAFA #0268

 

ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE

Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR—Friday, 1 March 2002

 

PINE BLUFF [Jefferson Co.]—Dr. Boyce Alford, age 78, of Pine Bluff died Wednesday, February 27, 2002, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center [Pine Bluff].

            He was born Nov. 13, 1923, at Cove (Polk County), Ark., a son of the late Thomas Franklin “Tom” Alford, former State Commissioner of Education and the late Ida Womack Alford, also an educator.

            He was reared and educated in Little Rock, and graduated from Little Rock High School, where he was a member of Delta Sigma Fraternity. He attended Georgia Military College at Milledgeville, Georgia, and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He graduated from the Northern Illinois College of Optometry at Chicago. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and was a tail-gunner on an SBD (Scout Bomber by Douglas) in the South Pacific theater. He was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. T. Dale Alford.

            Dr. Alford moved to Pine Bluff in 1950 to establish his optometry practice. He later was a partner with Dr. Fletcher Baugh in Drs. Alford & Baugh until his retirement in 1988. He was a charter member of Grace Episcopal Church, where he served as an usher and a greeter.

            He had also been a member of the Jaycees, Lions Club, and Rotary International. An avid Little League Baseball supporter, he had served as president of the American and National Little Leagues; as umpire from 1959 until 1988; and as president of Pine Bluff Little League, Inc. Hill-Alford Field at 8th Avenue and Oak Street was named in his honor.

            Dr. Alford served as a Pine Bluff City Alderman from 1954-1958, and as a member of the Pine Bluff Civil Service Commission from 1960–1968 and 1978–1988. He also served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1969-1979 and was a past-chairman of the Legislative Joint Audit Committee.

            An avid Razorback Football supporter, he was a charter member of the Road Hogs, and traveled in his motor-home to the majority of Razorback Football games.

            Survivors include his wife, Dorothy “Mandy” Mandell, to whom he was married on May 9, 1948, at Chicago, Ill; two sons, James Nash Alford (Jimmy and Pam) of Fayetteville, Ark., and Michael Thomas Alford (Mike and Clare) of Houston, Texas; a twin sister, Joyce Gardner of Benton, Ark; a niece who he reared, Cheryl Gardner of Cleveland, Ohio; nephew, Dr. Dan Gardner of Benton, Ark; nieces, Anne Alford Winans and L’Moore Alford, both of Little Rock; and two granddaughters, Amy Alford of Little Rock and April Alford of Houston, Texas.

            Funeral Services will be Friday, March 1, 2002, 4:30 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church with the Rev. Edgar “Hap” Hoffman officiating. Burial will be in the Grace Church Memorial Garden. Memorials may be made to the Grace Episcopal Church Building Fund, 4101 Hazel Street, Pine Bluff, Ark. 71603. Charles E. Fuller Funeral & Memorial Services, 870-536-8994.

 

In another article:

 

ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE

Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR—Saturday, 2 March 2002

 

Boyce Alford, Legend, Legislator and tail-gunner

 

            It is too much. In one week Arkansas has lost two legends—Patrick J. Owens originally out of Hungry Horse, Mont., and Boyce Alford of Pine Bluff, Ark.

            Pat passed through the state’s newspapers like a whirlwind on his way to bigger bylines. Dr. Alford wound his way through the state’s politics like the Arkansas River, occasionally out of its banks but always rolling on.

            You could spot Boyce Alford at the Ledge or any other gathering: Just look for the brightest polyester sportcoat (he must have had dozens of ‘em ), the loudest laugh, and the firmest slap on the back. He was the kind of little guy with a crew-cut who’d make a perfect tail-gunner on a Navy Scout bomber, which he was in his war, and Heaven help anybody who tried to sneak up on him then or later.

            Like his brother Dale, Dr. Alford was an eye man—an optometrist during office hours and an optimist all the time, one who long ago had fitted himself with rose-colored glasses. Dr. Alford’s view of political and social affairs in the abstract may have been Hobbesian—a dark, fierce, savage contest between Good and Evil. Them and Us, in which the fittest won the Democratic primary, which was tantamount to salvation. But outside the Legislature, that is, in the real world, all his impulses were pure, bright, undiluted, love-thy-neighbor Christian. And Boyce Alford always acted on his impulses.

            If it was your ox in the ditch, Boyce Alford would be there to help even before he could slip on his sportcoat. Whatever your race, creed, color or hopelessly misguided pinko beliefs. Boyce’s politics would have been reactionary even in 1861, but his personal disposition was utopian.

            At the Ledge, Boyce Alford was much like the eccentric driver in a small towndangerous, but you could see him coming, and everybody soon learned to get out of the way or, if necessary, take away his keys. Because, as editorial writers had occasion to comment at least once during every session, Boyce would be Boyce.

            Dr. Alford’s view of complicated matters of jurisprudence could be summed up by a brief conversation we were privileged to have overheard between himself and an earnest young lawyer at some church function. The topic was the theory and cliché that people are presumed innocent unless proven guilty. To sum up Boyce’s position on the matter, he was agin it. And that was that.

            Trying to find common ground, the nice young attorney turned, as a kind of last resort, to reason. “At least we can agree on this,” he started off, “everybody’s entitled to a fair trial. . .” He didn’t get any farther because, at that point, Boyce laid down the Alford Doctrine: Not if they’re guilty, they don’t. End of discussion. We may have a few of the details wrong after all these years, but the spirit of that conversation, and Boyce Alford’s, will always stay with us.

            Happily, the sensible and adored Mandy—wife and guardian—kept Rep. and Dr. Alford from diving off too many rhetorical cliffs during his madcap decade in the Legislature (1969-79). But even when he did go way too far, Boyce always recovered with aplomb, sure in the unswerving assumption that he’d taken the right turn.

            If the state’s politics are a little safer now without Boyce in the Ledge, they’re also a lot duller. And with his death at 78 this week, Pine Bluff and the world are duller places, too. It will always be hard to think of Boyce Alford without smiling, and he would have wanted it that way.

 

In another article, same source, Saturday, 2 March 2002:

 

Optometrist active in politics 30 years

By Emmett George

 

PINE BLUFF—D. Boyce Alford earned a reputation as a scrapper during a decade in the Arkansas House of Representatives.

            “He liked to argue with people, but he would go to bat for anybody,” said his wife, Dorothy “Mandy” Mandell Alford.

            Alford battled to get a four lane highway completed between Pine Bluff and Little Rock that later became Interstate 530. Alford, an optometrist in Pine Bluff for 38 years, died Wednesday of heart failure at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was 78. Funeral services were Friday in Pine Bluff.

            Born on Nov. 13, 1923, at Cove in Polk County, he was the son of Thomas Franklin Alford, a Delight native, and Ida Womack Alford of Murfreesboro.

            His father was a former state commissioner of education and a former North Little Rock School District superintendent. His mother was an educator as well.

            Alford had an older brother, the late Dr. T. Dale Alford.

            Reared in the Little Rock area, Alford graduated from Catholic High School in 1942. He attended Georgia Military College at Milledgeville, Ga., and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, before graduating from the Northern Illinois College of Optometry at Chicago in 1949. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy as a tailgunner on a scout bomber plane in the South Pacific.

            In 1948, he married Dorothy Mandell, a native of Seligman, Mo. They had two sons.

            The couple moved to Pine Bluff in 1950, where he established his practice. He became a partner with Dr. Fletcher Baugh. They worked together until he retired in 1988. Alford was active in politics for more than three decades. He was a Pine Bluff alderman from 1954–58 and a civil service commissioner from 1960–68 and 1978–88. He was a state legislator from 1969–79 and at one time was chairman of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.

            Paul Greenberg, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorial page editor, said Alford was known for his sport coats and sense of humor.

            “He was the nicest guy, although I seldom agreed with his politics,” said Greenberg, a former Pine Bluff Commercial editorial writer. “He was the sort of guy if I ever got in trouble, he would be the first person I would call.”

            In 1972, Alford introduced legislation to make Arkansas AM&N College part of the University of Arkansas System. The college became the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

            “He did it because some of the instructors came to him and said they were receiving lower salaries and had trouble getting things [equipment],” his wife said.

            An avid Razorback supporter, Alford was also president of the Pine Bluff Little League Inc. and a member of the Jaycees, Lions Club and Rotary International. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, where he served as an usher and greeter.

            “He touched a lot of people in a really positive way,” said his son, James Nash Alford of Fayetteville. “He was always upbeat. It didn’t matter whether you agreed with him or not, you could always laugh with him. He thought having a sense of humor was important.”

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of D. Boyce Alford (SS# issued in AR).

            See the obituary of his brother Thomas Dale Alford in this compilation.

            No records reveal his full first name, but both he and his brother were consistently called by their middle names.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His paternal lineage: D. Boyce 1923 AR1, Thomas Franklin 1894 AR2, Samuel Thomas 1873 AR3.

            His maternal Alford lineage, starting with his great-great-grandmother, whose granddaughter Nancy Ann Flora Henderson m. Samuel Thomas Alford: Levisa Alford 1808 AL5, David 17875 VA6, Robert 1760 England7.

 

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DENNIS EDWARD ALFORD

Cousin of Daniel Ray Alford, AAFA #0522

 

MORNING NEWS

Springdale, Washington Co., AR—Wednesday, 11 December 2002

Included in AAFA ACTION, Spring 2003

 

ELKINS [Washington Co.]—Dennis Edward Alford, 60, of Elkins died on Saturday [December 7] at Washington Regional Medical Center at Fayetteville. Memorial services were held at Beards Funeral Chapel. Cremation followed at Beards Crematory.

            He was born on March 29, 1942, at Hegler to Elon Daniel and Lila Mae Benton Alford. He was a welder for the Quaker Oats Company and a member of the National Rifle Association.

            Survivors include one son, Richard Elon Alford of Tucker, four daughters, Denise Evelyn Cobbs of Blanchard, OK, Carmina Lunette Russell of Whiteman, MO, Carolyn Annette Alford and Jacquelyn Leigh Blanco, both of Moore, OK, three brothers, Elon J. Alford of Royal Palm Beach, FL, Delton L. Alford of Plant City, FL, and Olly Dean Alford of Okalla, FL, one sister, Betty Crews of Miami, and nine grandchildren.

            Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Beard’s Funeral Home in Fayetteville.... Cremation will follow.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Dennis E. Alford (SS# issued in FL).

            AAFA records show that Elon D. Alford married Lila May Benton on 19 Jan 1928 in Decatur Co., GA.

            Elon D. Alford, age 71 born 30 Oct 1904, died 23 June 1976 in Dade Co., FL [Florida Death Index, 1877–1998 (Ancestry.com)].

 

CENSUS

 

1930

Henderson Mill (District 3), Calhoun Co., FL

Dwelling #76

 

Elon D. Alford         head      25      FL FL FL        farmer        age 23 at first marriage

Lila M.                     wife       20      GA GA GA                      age 18 at first marriage

Florine                      dau     7/12      FL FL GA

 

Dwelling #75

 

Daniel W. Alford     head      56      FL US US       farmer        age 22 at first marriage

Jerusha                     wife       55      FL FL GA                         age 21 at first marriage

Sibley                       son         20      FL FL FL

Libbey                      dau        17      FL FL FL

Fletcher                    son         13      FL FL FL

 

1920

Hansford Mill (District 14), Calhoun Co., FL

Dwelling #73

 

Daniel Alford           head      46      FL NC FL       farmer

Jerusha                     wife       45      FL FL GA

Cleo                          dau        18      FL FL FL

Elon                          son         17      FL FL FL

Rural                        son         13      FL FL FL       

Sibley                       son         11      FL FL FL

Libby                        dau          7      FL FL FL

Carlene                     son  3-4/12      FL FL FL

 

1910

Hansford Mill (District 3), Calhoun Co., FL

Dwelling #73

 

D.W. Alford            head      35      FL US US       farmer        m. 13 years

Jerusha                     wife       35      FL FL GA                         5 children, 5 living

Leon                         son         11      FL FL FL

Cleo                          dau          8      FL FL FL

Elon                          son           5      FL FL FL

Ruel                          son           3      FL FL FL       

Brother                     son           1      FL FL FL

Robert Test              nephew  16      FL FL FL

 

            On Daniel Webster Alford’s 1918 World War I Draft Registration Card (Ancestry.com), he is age 44, a farmer living in Grand Ridge, Calhoun Co., FL. He was born 30 May 1874 and names Jerusha L. Alford as his nearest relative.

            For more information on this family, see “My Father, Daniel Webster Alford,” by Chleo Marie Alford Sanders, AAFA ACTION, Spring 2005.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #3.

            Dennis’s lineage: Dennis Edward 1942 FL1, Elon Daniel 1904 FL2, Daniel Webster 1874 FL3, Wiley Walton 1811 GA4, Cullen 1775 NC5, James 1740 VA/NC6, Lodwick 1710 VA7, James 1687 VA8, John 1645 VA9.

 

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DOROTHY DOLORES ALFORD BEARDSLEE

 

JONESBORO SUN

Jonesboro, Craighead Co., AR—Tuesday, 19 August 2008

 

HARDY—Dorothy Dolores Beardslee, 67, of Hardy died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Little Rock.

            Dorothy was born Sept. 24, 1940, at Cartersville, Ga., the daughter of Charles and Alice Mae Matthews Alford. She was united in marriage to Dean Beardslee on Jan. 1, 1973, at Moss Point, Miss. She was retired from the Boeing Co.

            She moved to Hardy in 1999 from Renton, Wash., with her family. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church at Cherokee Village.

            Survivors include her husband Dean of the home; one son, Thomas Beardslee of Cherokee Village; one daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and Bill Duncan of Hardy; one sister, Nina Bohl of Grand Bay, Ala.; and two grandchildren, Elizabeth and William.

            A Latin funeral Mass will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. in St. Michael’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Terrance Gordon FSSP, officiating. Burial will follow at 12:30 p.m. in Holy Cross Cemetery at Jonesboro. Arrangements are under the direction of Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.

            Visitation will be held this evening from 5-7 at the funeral home with rosary service at 6 p.m.

            Condolences can be left for the family at www.tricountyfunerals.com.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Dorothy D. Beardslee (SS# issued in MS).

 

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DOROTHY L. HALFORD BESHARSE

 

[Although she died in TN, we are also including her obituary here because of her close ties to AR.]

 

COMMERCIAL APPEAL

Memphis, Shelby Co., TN—31 January 2006

 

BLYTHEVILLE [Mississippi Co.]—Dorothy Halford Besharse, 79, retired City Court Clerk for Blytheville, AR, passed away Saturday, January 28, 2006 in Cordova [Shelby Co.], TN.

            Visitation will be from 12-1:30 p.m. with services to follow Wednesday, February 1 at First Assembly of God Church, 600 North Division Street, Blytheville, AR. Burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Blytheville.

            She leaves two daughters, Joyce Ann Pardue of Pasadena, TX and Gwendolyn Ahlemann of Memphis, TN; and one son, Scott Besharse of Strawberry, AR. Memorials may be sent to Alzheimer Day Services of Memphis.

            Bartlett Funeral Home 901-372-5555.

 

Photo from Elmwood Cemetery, Blytheville, Mississippi Co., AR—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Karon Hall

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Dorothy L. Besharse (SS# issued in MI) was born 20 March 1926, last residence Blytheville, Mississippi Co., AR.

 

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ELIZABETH ANN COLEMAN ALFORD

 

Stevens Funeral Home Chapel

Forrest City, St. Francis Co., AR—_____ October 2008

 

            Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Alford, age 73, of Forrest City, died Sunday [26 October 2008] at the Baptist Hospital in Memphis [TN]. She had been in the hospital for the past two weeks.

            Mrs. Alford was born October 6, 1935, in Hickory Ridge, Arkansas, and was the daughter of Joseph Coleman and Anna Belle Greenwood Coleman. She lived in Forrest City most of her life and was retired from General Industries.

            Mrs. Alford married Clarence Alford Jr. in 1952, he survives her along with one son, Donald Alford of Forrest City, three daughters; Deb Chapman and Brenda Morgan, both of Forrest City, and Jane Barnett of Cave City, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

            Services for Mrs. Alford will be held at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, 10:00 A.M., Wednesday [October 29], with burial in Hughes Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday evening 6:00 till 8:00 P.M., at Stevens Funeral Home with Stevens Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. You may log on to stevensfuneralhome.net for the on line registry.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Elizabeth A. Alford (SS# issued in IL), last residence Forrest City, St. Francis Co., AR.

 

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EMMA LOUISE ALFORD COX ADKINS

 

CABOT STAR-HERALD

Cabot, Lonoke Co., AR—Wednesday, 7 May 1997

 

            Emma Louise Cox Adkins, 69, of McRae [White Co.] died Tuesday, April 29, 1997.

            She was retired from the McRae School District.

            Survivors include her husband, Paul Adkins; three sons, Gene Bratcher and Chuck Bratcher, both of McRae, and Rex Bratcher of Winslow; a daughter, Sheila LaRue of Arlington, Texas; a stepson, Darrell Adkins of LaGrange, Texas; two stepdaughters, Sheila Huntzinger of DeRidder, La. and Sharie Schurmann of South Haven, Miss.; five brothers, Junior Alford, Charles Alford, Harold Alford, Huston Alford and Marvin Alford, all of McRae; three sisters, Barbara Reed of Ward, Betty Bundy of Cabot, and Linda Falloni of Green River, Wyo.; 17 grandchildren; and vie great-grandchildren.

            Funeral was May 2 at the McRae First Baptist Church. Burial was in Lebanon Cemetery by Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list her death.

            See the obituaries of her brothers Charles Norman Alford, Huston Andrew Alford, and Junior Olas Alford in this compilation.

            Emma’s gravestone record in Lebanon Cemetery lists her as Emma Louis Cox, 1 Sept 1927 –29 April 1997. [Lebanon Cemetery, McRae, Arkansas]

            Her lineage: Emma Louise 1927 AR1, Elmer Olas 1902 TX2, Thomas A. 1879 AR2.

 

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FLORA MURPHY COX ALFORD

 

Source unknown

Pike Co., AR—_____ January 1993

 

            Funeral services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 in Latimer Funeral Chapel for Flora Cox Alford, 83....

            Burial will be in the Woodall Cemetery [Pike Co., AR] under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home.

            Mrs. Alford was born July 15, 1909, in the Abner community near Murfreesboro, daughter of the late Austin Henry and Anna Golden Murphy. She died Wednesday, Jan. 20 at a Murfreesboro hospital.

            Survivors include: five sons, E.C. Cox of Murfreesboro, Roy Cox of Prescott, C.B. Cox, Jr. of Grandbury, Texas, Huey Len Cox of Carthage, Texas, and Buster Cox of Hartford, Conn; one brother, Bythal Murphy of Murfreesboro; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nephews and nieces.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Flora L. Alford (SS# issued in AR) was born 12 July 1909 and died 20 Jan 1993, last residence Murfreesboro, Pike Co., AR.

            This obituary and further information on this family is from An Arkansas Connection, the website of the late Morris Myers, AAFA #1065.

            See the obituary of her second husband, William Lee Alford, in this compilation.

            Her first husband was Columbus B. Cox.

 

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GEORGE MITCHELL ALFORD

Father of Doris Alford Lemen, AAFA #0419

 

PINE BLUFF COMMERCIAL

Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co., AR—Monday, 18 January 1960

Included in AAFA ACTION, March 1992

 

DEATH ENDS LONG CAREER OF PINE BLUFF FIRE CHIEF

 

            Fire Chief George Alford died at 9:15 a.m. today at Davis Hospital.

            The 79-year-old native of Columbus, Ga., had been on the critical list for the past 11 days and had been unconscious since Saturday. Death was attributed to cancer.

            Chief Alford was first stricken with cancer, which obstructed his stomach, last summer. He returned to his duties as head of the Fire Department late in the year.

            Shortly before Christmas, complications developed and the chief re-entered the Hospital. He underwent another operation at that time. From then until his death he was not removed from the “serious” list. On Jan. 7, a physician said that Mr. Alford was in critical condition.

            He was in a semi-conscious condition much of the time from Jan. 7 until Saturday when he lapsed into a coma.

            Chief Alford lived six years in Georgia before moving to Pine Bluff with his parents, the late Andrew Jackson and Catherine Alford, in 1886. He attended schools in Pine Bluff and upon his graduation went to work for the Cotton Belt Railroad.

            On April 10, 1905, he joined the Pine Bluff Fire Department as a hoseman and advanced through the ranks to chief....

            Exactly 23 years to the day after he went to work as a fireman he was promoted to chief—April 10, 1928. He had served under 12 mayors....

            Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Carrie Verret Alford, to whom he was married on April 10, 1920; one daughter, Mrs. Doris Lemen of Pine Bluff; one grandson; and a number of nieces and nephews.

            Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow at 4 p.m. at South Funeral Home by the Rev. George William Smith, pastor of Forrest Park Baptist Church. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery....

            The body will be at Funeral Home until funeral time.

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituary of his brother Jesse B. Alford in this compilation.

            We included this obituary, along with 3 other articles published in the Pine Bluff Commercial when George died, in AAFA ACTION, March 1992, “George Mitchell Alford, 1880–1960,” pp. 17–18.

            George’s lineage: George Mitchell 1880 GA1, Andrew Jackson 1851 GA2.

 

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GLADYS N. HATFIELD ALFORD

 

TEXARKANA GAZETTE

Texarkana, Bowie Co., TX—Friday, 9 May 2003

Included in AAFA ACTION, Spring 2003

 

HOPE [Hempstead Co.], AR—Gladys Alford, 88, of Hope died on Wednesday, May 7, 2003, in a local hospital. Services were held on Saturday at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Burial followed in Holly Grove Cemetery under the direction of Herndon Funeral Home.

            Mrs. Alford was born on December 5, 1914, in Washington, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and New Hope Women’s Auxiliary Association.

            Survivors include two daughters, Glendia Fay Reid and Marjorie Hampton of Texarkana; one brother, Dale Hatfield of El Dorado, Arkansas; one brother-in-law; five sisters-in-law; two grandchildren, Rickie Joe Alford of Texarkana and Carolyn Floyd of Ashdown, Arkansas; and four great-grandchildren, Joey, Nicole, Nicholas Floyd, and D.C. Marbut.

            Her husband, Horace Alford, preceded her in death.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Gladys N. Alford (SS# issued in AR).

            Washington, AR, is in Hempstead Co. It was probably Horace Alford, born about 1913, son of William A. and Cora Alford who were enumerated in Hempstead County in 1920 and 1930.

 

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GROVER HOWARD HALFORD

 

ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE

Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR—Saturday, 5 February 2005

 

HAZEN [Prairie Co.]—Grover Halford, 70, of Hazen, died on Thursday, February 3. Funeral services were held on Sunday, February 6, at the First Baptist Church in Hazen. Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen was in charge of arrangements.

            He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Sarah (Tommy) Donnell; sons, Robert (Janis) Halford, and Robbin (Keitha) Halford; three sisters; two brothers; ten grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

 

In another article by Grover’s granddaughter Bianca White.

 

Grover Howard Halford

May 22, 1934–February 3, 2005

 

 

            Grover Howard Halford, age 70, passed away on February 3, 2005, it was his 50th Wedding Anniversary.

            He is survived by his wife Mary Cole Halford, 1 daughter Sarah Donnell & husband Tommy of Hazen, 2 sons, Robert Halford & Janis of Cabot & Robbin Halford & wife Keitha of Odessa, Texas; 2 Brothers, Donnell Halford of Texas & Herbert Halford of Dumas; 3 Sisters, Ida Mae Phifer of Little Rock, Gertrude Pelinsky of Florida, & Lois Langley of Pine Bluff; 10 Grandchilden, Bianca White & husband Chris, Jonathan Halford, Maggie Stephens, Sheena Jenkins & husband Donnie, Kyle Donnell, Alex Wyly, Abe Wyly, & Dan Johnson; 1 Great-Grandchild, Blakely Donnell ; 2 Special Daughter-in-Laws, Sandra Buxton & Kathy Halford.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Grover H. Halford (SS# issued in AR) was born 22 May 1934.

            See the obituary of his brother Louie Nathaniel Halford in this compilation.

 

CENSUS

 

1900

Roberts (District 96), Jefferson Co., AR

Dwelling #50

 

N. Halford                  head       50   b. Jan 1850         AR AR AR     farmer

                                                                                                            m. 11 years

Laura                           wife       35   b. Aug 1864       AR AR AR     3 children, 2 living

Bert                               son         6   b. Dec 1893        AR AR AR

William Cox           stepson       13   b. Mar 1887        AR AR AR

Louis Alford                 son       12   b. Jan 1888         AR AR AR

 

            His HALFORD lineage, from Michael Kruse’s RootsWeb Family Tree, “Halford: Southern US”: Grover Howard 1934 AR1, Louis 1887 AR2, Nathaniel W. 1850 AR3, William Richard 1819 NC4.

 

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HAROLD D. ALFORD

 

ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE

Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR—Sunday, 22 February 2004

 

            Harold D. Alford, Jr., 46, of Hot Springs died on Friday [Feb 20]. A funeral service was held on Monday at Walnut Valley Baptist Church in Hot Springs. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery. Caruth-Hale Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

            Survivors include his parents, Harold and Wanda Alford; sons, Charlie and Jason Alford; and daughter, Stephanie Alford.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Harold D. Alford (SS# issued in AR) was born 22 July 1957.

            People Search records show that Harold F. Alford is age 79 and his wife Wanda S. Alford is 67, both of Hot Springs.

 

CENSUS

 

1930

Clark (District 6), Pike Co., AR

Dwelling #149

 

In household of:

G.W. Lawless             head           52     AL

Grace Alford                dau           21     AR AL AR     widow

Harold                  grandson     1-2/12     AR AR AR

 

 

            AAFA records show that F.W. Alford married Grace Lawless on 18 March 1928 in Pike Co., AR. Fletcher W. Alford married Nora Mae Mack on 10 May 1941 in Pike Co. It is quite likely that Fletcher is Harold’s grandfather.

 

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HERBERT CHARLES HALFORD

 

JONESBORO SUN

Jonesboro, Craighead Co., AR—Wednesday, 25 April 2007

 

Herbert Charles Halford

Photo from Gregg Funeral Home

 

            Herbert Charles Halford, 86, of Jonesboro died Tuesday morning, April 24, 2007 at Skilcare Nursing Home.

            Herbert served in the U.S. Army Air Force as a B-17 pilot and remained in the Air Force Reserves until he separated in 1963 with the rank of Captain. He was a Massey Ferguson dealer/salesman for over 45 years having retired from Cox Implement Company in Hoxie in 2002.

            He was active in the Valley View Ruritan Club with perfect attendance for 26 consecutive years having served as president of the local club and as National District Governor in 1993. He also served on the Keller's Chapel Cemetery Association Board for 23 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and The Friendship Sunday School Class.

            He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Sarah Catherine Gasaway Halford and his parents, James William and Dixie Lee Halford; one sister, Myrtle Steinegger; four brothers, William, Melvin, Allen and Woodrow Halford.

            Herbert is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Richard Duffel of Jonesboro; one son and daughter-in-law, Randall and Darlene Halford of Dallas, Texas; one sister, Dorothy Halford of Jonesboro.

            He is also survived by five grandchildren, Merideth Duffell Michaelis of Palestine, Arkansas, Jonathan Duffel of Jonesboro, Emily Snider, Erin Halford and Elyssa Halford all of Dallas, Texas and two great grandchildren, Ethan Duffal and Emily Michaelis.

            The family would like to thank the staff at Skilcare Nursing Home for their kind and excellent care of their loved one.

            The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at Gregg Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

            Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 26, 2007 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. John Miles, Rev. Carlton Cross and Rev. Dick Halton officiating with burial following at Keller's Chapel Cemetery.

            Honored to serve as pallbearers, Jerry Cox, Jerome Boyd, George Clogston, Jace Gasaway, Tom Craft and Ken Stallings.

            Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Friendship Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church and J.D. Salmons and Dr. Ben Owens Jr.

            For lasting memorials, the family asks that consideration be given to the First United Methodist Church.

            Personal condolences may be sent to the Halford family at www.greggfunerals.com.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Herbert C. Halford (SS# issued in AR) was born 25 Aug 1920.

            See the obituaries of his wife, Sarah Catherine Gasaway Halford; and his brother Woodrow W. Halford in this compilation.

            From Kellers Chapel Cemetery, Craighead Co., AR (www.findagrave.com):

 

                        Double gravestone

                        Halford, James William, Feb 28, 1877 – Mar 16, 1969

                        Halford, Dixie Lee [Burrow], Aug 21, 1884 – Mar 6, 1957

                       

                        Double gravestone [Herbert’s brothers]

                        James Melvin Halford, Nov 16, 1910 – Dec 3, 1922

                        Richard Allen Halford, Jan 17, 1913 – Oct 27, 1933

 

            His HALFORD lineage: Herbert Charles 1920 AR1, James William 1877 GA2.

 

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HERMAN L. ALFORD

 

THE SENTINEL-RECORD

Hot Springs, Garland Co., AR—Saturday, 16 December 1950

 

CAUSE OF DEATH OF MT. PINE MAN NOT DETERMINED

 

            Cause of death of Herman Alford, 25, Mt. Pine [Garland Co.], who was found dead Thursday [December 14] on the right-of-way near a Dierk’s Coal and Lumber company locomotive had not been determined last night by Coroner George J. Ellenbrook.

            An autopsy was performed on Alford Thursday night and the cause of death will probably be determined in the next several days, Ellenbrook said.

            Alford was found dead by the engineer of the locomotive. Efforts of a company physician to revive him proved futile and Ellenbrook was called to investigate.

            The body was sent to Nashville [Howard Co.], Ark., yesterday by Gross Mortuary for services and burial.

 

Photo from Palestine Cemetery, Kirby, Pike Co., AR—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Jerry McMenis

 

AAFA NOTES: Herman was the son of James Herman Alford and Madie Hutchings.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His lineage: Herman L. 1925 AR1, James Herman 1905 AR2, Joseph Riley 1874 AR3, Joseph David 1842 AR4, David Winston 1823 AL5, David 1785 VA6, Robert 1760 England7.

 

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HIRAM JOE HALFORD

 

SOUTHWEST TIMES

Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., AR—Tuesday, 2 October 2001

Included in AAFA ACTION, Spring 2003

 

            Joe Halford, 73, of Fort Smith, died on Monday, October 1, 2001, at his home. Funeral services were held at West-Ark Church of Christ with burial at Roselawn Cemetery in Fort Smith.

            Survivors include his wife, Judy; a son, Gary Halford of Rogers; a sister, Lillie Mae Ray of Booneville; and two grandchildren.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Hiram J. Halford (SS# issued in AR) was born 21 Feb 1928, last residence Fort Smith.

            His HALFORD lineage, from Michael Kruse’s RootsWeb Family Tree, “Halford: Southern US”: Hiram Joe 1928 AR1, Seaborn Jackson 1901 AR2, Joseph Louis Washington 1864 TN3, Alfred Marion 1831 TN4, Bradley about 1793 NC5, John about 1765 VA6, John before 1748 ?? 7.

 

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HUSTON ANDREW ALFORD

 

CABOT STAR-HERALD

Cabot, Lonoke Co., AR—Wednesday, 18 September 2002

 

            Huston Andrew Alford, 66, of McRae died Sept. 13, 2002.

            He was a retired Arkansas Highway Department employee, a Baptist and a veteran of the Army.

            Survivors include his wife, Susan Alford of McRae; a daughter, D’Andrea Jo Alford of McRae; a stepson, DaWayne Tipton of McRae; brothers, Junior O. Alford, Harold Alford and Marvin Alford, all of McRae; sisters, Barbara Reed of Austin, Linda Failoni of Green River, Wyo., and Betty Bundy of Cabot; and a grandson.

            Funeral was Sept. 16 at Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Lebanon Cemetery, McRae.

 

 

 

 

Photos from Lebanon Cemetery, White Co., AR—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Robert L. Young

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Huston A. Alford (SS# issued in AR) was born 12 Jan 1936.

            See the obituaries of his brothers Charles Norman Alford and Junior Olas Alford, and his sister Emma Louise Alford Cox Adkins in this compilation.

            Susan A. Alford, 30 May 1941 – 23 March 2003, is also buried in Lebanon Cemetery. [Lebanon Cemetery, McRae, Arkansas.

            His lineage: Huston Andrew 1925 AR1, Elmer Olas 1902 TX2, Thomas A. 1879 AR2.

 

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IDA LEE ALFORD COLEMAN

Aunt of Ann Alford Lewis, AAFA #1143

 

ARKANSAS GAZETTE

Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR—Sunday, 29 September 1991

 

            Mrs. Ida Lee Alford Coleman, 81, of Fort Smith died Friday [September 27]. She was a Catholic and the widow of James Coleman.

            Survivors are a brother, William E. Alford of Chillicothe, Mo.; two sisters, Helen Hart of Fort Smith and Lucy Curley of Buffalo, N.Y.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

            Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Monday at Christ the King Catholic Church. Burial will be in Fort Smith National Cemetery. Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. today at Edwards Funeral Home.

 

Photo from Fort Smith National Cemetery, Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., AR—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Eddie Warren

 

Photo from Fort Smith National Cemetery, Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., AR—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Aundra Page

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Ida L. Coleman (SS# issued in AR) was born 12 June 1910, last residence Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., AR.

            We included the obituaries of her brother William Edward Alford in Missouri Obituaries; and of her sister Lucy Catherine Alford Curley in New York Obituaries.

            Ida’s memorial at Find A Grave, but not her gravestone, includes the inscription “SN, US NAVY.”

            Her lineage: Ida Lee 1910 AR1, Lambert M. 1865 TN2, Lambert Meek 1835 NC3. Lambert Meek Alford’s mother was Nancy Alford born about 1800 in NC.

 

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J.B. HALLFORD

 

THE SPECTATOR

Ozark, Franklin Co., AR—Thursday, 24 April 2008

 

            J.B. Hallford, 92, of Charleston [Franklin Co.] died Monday, April 14, 2008, in Charleston.

            Born May 2, 1915, in Charleston, he was the son of John Blackwell Hallford and Lena Greathouse Hallford. He was retired from Lear-Siegler Aircraft in California and was preceded in death by his wife, Maria Hunton Hallford, his parents, three sisters and one son.

            Survivors include two daughters, Anita Varela of Titusville, Fla., and Lydia Keller of San Diego, Calif.; a son, Mike Hallford of San Jose, Calif.; two sisters, Helen Ruth Eaton of Charleston and Reba Delke of Rogers; and three brothers, Ben Hallford of Independence, Mo., Fred Hallford of Tucson, Ariz., and Chad Hallford of Fort Worth; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

            Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at Smith Mortuary Chapel in Charleston, with burial at Hickory Ridge Cemetery east of Lavaca [Sebastian Co.].

            Pallbearers were nieces and nephews.

            Memorials may be made to Charleston First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 297, Charleston, AR 72933, or Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 685, Greenwood, AR 72936.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of J.B. Hallford (SS# issued in AR).

            From Hickory Ridge Cemetery (www.findagrave.com): John Blackwell Hallford, born 30 Dec 1888 in McAlester, Pittsburg Co., OK, and died 18 Oct 1974 in Charleston, Franklin Co., AR. He was the son of Benjamin F. Hallford and Mattie Sands. His wife, Lena Greathouse Hallford, also buried at Hickory Ridge, was born 3 Dec 1888 in Nashville, Howard Co., AR, and died 20 March 1980 in Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., AR. She was the daughter of Benjamin Greathouse and Carrie Davidson.

 

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J.W. ALFORD

 

NEWS-BANNER

Bluffton, IN—Tuesday, 9 September 2003

 

            Services were held today in Murfreesboro [Pike Co.], Ark., for J.W. Alford, 76. Mr. Alford, of Delight [Pike Co.], Ark., died Friday, Sept. 5, at Hot Springs Hospital in Hot Springs Ark., of leukemia.

            Born June 1, 1927 in Murfreesboro to Walter and Susie Hutchings Alford, he was a construction foreman for Moellering Construction and a member of the American Legion. His final job for Moellering before retirement was the large Bluffton Revitalization project in the late 1980s.

            Survivors include his wife, Norene Elizabeth Alford of Delight; one son, Larry Alford Sr. of Fremont; one daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Deborah) Perfect of Delight; one brother, James Alford of Zanesville; four sisters, Beryl Jean (B.J.) Gray of Liberty Center, Helen White of Pike City, Ark., Maye Gnell Blair, of Huntington, and Erma Lee Piqegnot, of Columbia City; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Two brothers preceded him in death.

            Services were at Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Murfreesboro … and burial followed at Delight Cemetery.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of J. Alford (SS# issued in AR).

            He is listed as Franklin J.W. Alford, age 2-10/12, on the 1930 census in Brewer, Pike Co., AR, with his parents Walter and Susie A., and his younger brother James T. All were b. in AR. He apparently never used his first name.

 

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JAMES PATRICK ALFORD

 

THE SENTINEL-RECORD

Hot Springs, Garland Co., AR—13 December 1996

 

 

            James Patrick “Big Jim” Alford, 60, of Hot Springs died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1996, in a local hospital.

            Born April 23, 1936, he was a thoroughbred horse trainer and member of Trinity Church and Hot Springs Country Club. He was predeceased by his parents, Columbus Pebby Alford and Lenore Coordes Alford.

            Survivors include his wife, Billie Alford of Hot Springs, a daughter, Penny Alford of Hot Springs; a stepdaughter and her husband, Debra and leon Hunt of Camp Wood, Texas; a brother, John alford of Midland, Texas; three stepgrandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; and two cousins.

            Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. today.

            Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in Trinity Church.

Burial will be in Memorial Gardens.

            Arrangements are by Gross Funeral Home.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of James P. Alford (SS# issued in TX), last residence Hot Springs National Park, Garland Co., AR.

            We included the obituary of his father, Columbus Pebbie Alford, in Texas Obituaries.

            His lineage: James Patrick 1936 TX1, Columbus Pebbie 1906 TX2, Ollie 1879 GA3, Allen 1858 GA4.

 

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JAMES RAYMOND ALFORD

 

Luginbuel Funeral Home

Prairie Grove, AR—_____ September 2010

 

 

            James Raymond Alford 72 a resident of Hogeye, Arkansas, passed away September 16, 2010 at his home in Hogeye, Arkansas. He was born September 6, 1938 in Twin Falls, Idaho the son of Elmer and Agnes Bradshaw Alford.

            He was preceded in death by one daughter, Peggy Alford.

            Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Norma Spurgin Alford of the home; two sons, Robert Alford of Hogeye, Arkansas and Patrick Windle of Cloverdale, Oregon; five daughters, Charlotte Bower of Wheeler, Illinois, Patricia Warford of Elkins, Arkansas, Pamela Windle of Hogeye, Arkansas, Katherine Usher of Hartly, Texas and Laura Kildow of Fayetteville, Arkansas; twenty one grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

            The family will receive friends on Sunday afternoon from 2:00-3:00 P.M. at Luginbuel Funeral Home in Prairie Grove, Arkansas.

            Funeral Service will be held Monday, September 20, 2010 - 10:00 A.M. at Luginbuel Chapel in Prairie Grove, Arkansas with Luke George officiating. Graveside services will be held at 12:00 P.M. at the Round Mountain Cemetery near Elkins, Arkansas.

            Memorials may be made to Circle of Life Hospice 901 Jones Rd. Springdale, Arkansas 72762.

            Pallbearers will be: Bobby Kildow, Kenny Bower, Tim Richey, Jason Koch, Willis Warford Jr., Isayah Warford.

            Arrangements are under the direction of the Luginbuel Funeral Home of Prairie Grove, Arkansas. The complete obituary may be viewed on the Luginbuel Web Page. To sign the online guest book, visit www.luginbuel.com.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of James R. Alford (SS# issued in MO), last residence West Fork, Washington Co., AR.

            The funeral home memorial page includes a copy of his funeral program with photos.

 

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JAMES ROSSER HALLFORD

 

A similar article was published in the ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE on 6 February 2005.

 

Roller-Owens Funeral Home

Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR—_____ February 2005

 

September 8, 1939 – February 4, 2005

 

            James Rosser Hallford, age 65, of North Little Rock, passed away Friday, February 4, 2005. He was a member of Fellowship Bible Church and an Army Veteran.             He was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Carolyn Rosser Hallford, and a daughter; Paige Hallford.

            He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Barbara, two sons; Richard Davis and wife Cindy of Bartlett, Tennessee and Major Kenneth Davis and wife Tami of Conway, brother; Hal Hallford and wife Carol Ann of Florence, Alabama, four grandchildren; Erica, Brock, Ethan and Mitchell Davis.

            Memorial Service will be 6:30 P.M., Thursday, February 10, 2005 at Fellowship Bible Church in North Little Rock, under the direction of Roller-Owens Funeral Home (791-7400) with Dr. Craig Loibner officiating with a Celebration of Life Reception following the service.

            The family request in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the James Hallford Memorial Fund in care of Fellowship Bible Church #1 E. 52nd Place, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72116. To sign the online guest book visit www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/owens

 

In another article, found on www.zoominfo.com (last updated on 10 Dec 2001):

 

Jim Halford—Heart Transplant Candidate

 

            James Rosser Hallford born to Harold H. Hallford, Sr. and Carolyn Rosser Hallford, Friday, September 8, 1939 in Savannah, GA.

            Jim and his family moved to Cleveland Tennessee in 1942 when his dad took a job with the TVA. His dad’s job with the TVA also took Jim to Columbia, Dayton, and Chattanooga but in 1953 he and his family settled in Nashville. There he graduated from Isaac Litton High School in 1957 and entered the University of Tennessee in Knoxville after graduation.

            Jim went into the U.S. Army at 19 and served with the Army Security Agency from 1958 to 1961. After getting out of the service with an honorable discharge Jim returned to Nashville, TN where he pursued a career in banking, credit, and finance. Jim worked his way up to manager of General Finance in 1964 when he got a great job offer to be the credit manager for Haverty’s Furniture Company in Little Rock, AR in 1970. In 1972 Jim became the Assistant Vice President for First Commercial Bank in Little Rock.

            Jim’s only child, Paige, by a former marriage died tragically in a car wreck in 1985.

            Ricky & Cindy Davis live in Forrest City, AR with their two children Erica, age 10, and Brock, age 3½. Ricky and his family are in the process of moving to Memphis, TN., where he will be the manager of a Richwell Furniture Store. Major Kenny Davis and his wife Tami live in Conway, AR with Ethan, age 3. Kenny and Tami are in the process of adopting and are waiting the arrival of their daughter, Lilly Elizabeth, from Korea.

            Jim has been an active Christian with Fellowship Bible Church for over 15 years supporting his church as a Bible study community group leader, with the church nursery program, and is a member of the men’s prayer group.

            Jim enjoys his grandchildren, traveling, camping, gardening and woodcarving.

            Regrettably, Jim is currently on Social Security Disability because of Cardiomyopthy. Jim has been on the heart transplant list at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock since November of 1999.

            His family, relatives, and friends care for him and some 61 volunteers are helping him raise $200,000.00 for his heart transplant. Please visit the other sites of the WebPage for the support activities.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of James R. Hallford (SS# issued in TN).

 

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JAMES THOMAS ALFORD

 

DUNCAN BANNER

Duncan, Stephens Co., OK—20 July 2010

 

 

JONESBORO, Ark. — Aug. 21, 1934–July 18, 2010

 

            Rev. James Thomas Alford, 75, of Jonesboro, Ark., died on Sunday, July 18, 2010 at his home after a long illness. Rev. Alford was born on August 21, 1934 in Blytheville, Ark. to the late Jimmy Alford and Annie Mae Wicker Alford. Rev. Alford was a retired Assembly of God pastor of 53 years. He was a former Senior Adult Pastor for First Assembly of God in Jonesboro, pastor for Happy Home Assembly of God in Hampton, Arkansas, and Chaplain for Calhoun County Detention Center and he served as pastor for several churches in Oklahoma and Texas.

            Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Freda Alford; two daughters: Beverly Brooks and husband Rodney of Duncan and Brenda Sipes and husband Mike of Jonesboro, Ark.; three brothers: Jimmy Alford of Sikeston, Mo., Harold Alford of Hot Springs, Ark., and Frank Alford of West Memphis, Arkansas; two sisters: Ophelia VanHorn of Marion, Ark., and Carolyn Richardson of Blytheville, Ark.; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.

            Rev. Alford was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Burley Alford and Pat Alford; and two sisters: Lela Mae Alford and Ola Mae Petty.

            Funeral services will be today, July 21, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the First Assembly of God, 1404 Stone Street, Jonesboro, Ark., with Rev. Charles Taylor, Rev. Don Nance and Rev. Dewitt “Doc” Porter officiating. Burial to follow at Pine Log Cemetery near Brookland, Ark. The family will received visitors on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 from 6-8 pm at the First Assembly of God, Jonesboro, Ark.

 

Photo from Pine Log Cemetery, Brookland, Craighead Co., AR—www.findagrave.com

Waiting for permission from Tim Redden - redden1115@hotmail.com – sent 9/6/2011

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of James T. Alford (SS# issued in AR), last residence Jonesboro, Craighead Co., AR.

            We included the obituaries of his brother Burley H. Alford in Missouri Obituaries; and his brother Patrick F. Alford in Michigan Obituaries.

            His lineage: James Thomas 1934 AR1, James L. 1892 AR2, Pink Leroy? 1866 TN3, William Wilson 1830 TN4, Bertus 1782 GA5.

 

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JESSE B. ALFORD

Uncle of Doris Alford Lemen, AAFA #0419

 

Source unknown

_____, AR—Saturday, 23 January 1942

 

            Jesse B. Alford, 55, former assistant chief of the Pine Bluff Fire Department and later desk sergeant for the police department, died at 9:45 o’clock last night at the home of his brother, Fire Chief George Alford, 1920 West Pullen Street. Mr. Alford had been ill for, the past 18 months.

            He was born near Atlanta, Ga., on Nov. 3, l886, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Alford. He came to Jefferson county with his parents when he was one year old. Mr. Alford received his education in the PIne Bluff schools and in 1903 joined the PIne Bluff Fire Department. In 1918 he was injured when a piece of horse-drawn equipment overturned on Mulberry street, between Pullen and Barraque, en route to a fire. At that time he was assistant chief of the department. Mr. Alford was disabled for more than a year and the injury forced him to retire from the department. Later he became county jailer under Former Sheriff CurrIn Nichol and also served under Former Sheriff Sam Vaulx.

            In 1925 his wife, the former Miss Lucille Sinclair, to whom he was married in 1913, died, and he resigned the county jailer position to become a deputy constable under J.L. McBurnett.

            He served as an assistant to McBurnett until the constable offlce was abolished in 1934. Mr. Alford became a desk sergeant for the police department and served until 1940 when illness forced him to retire.

            In addition to his brother, Fire Chief Alford, he is survived by another brother, Tom Alford of Pine Bluff; two sisters, Mrs. H.H. Phillips of Detroit, Mich., and Mrs. Susie Branch of Pine Bluff; a number of nieces and nephews, and other relatives.

            He was a member of the First Methodist church of Pine Bluff.

            Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the chapel of Holderness-South Mortuary, conducted by the Rev. E.C. Rule, pastor of First Baptist church.

            Burial will be in Bellwood Annex cemetery in charge of Holderness-South Mortuary....

 

Photo from Bellwood Cemetery Annex, Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co., AR—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Gail Blackerby

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituary of his brother George Mitchell Alford in this compilation.

            Jesse’s lineage: Jesse B. 1886 GA1, Andrew Jackson 1851 GA2.

 

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JESSE THOMAS ALFORD

Great-Grandfather of Ann Kathryn Dickenson, AAFA#0783

 

Source unknown, but probably:

COURIER NEWS

Blytheville, Mississippi Co., AR—25 August 1938

 

Jesse Thomas Alford, long time resident of Blytheville, died at the Blytheville hospital at 1:30 o’clock this morning after having been in ill health for five years. He would have been 79 years of age on October 8.

            Despite having been in ill health, Mr. Alford was active until two years ago and much of the time since then had been spent in hospitals in a vain effort to regain his health.

            Funeral services will be held Thursday morning, 10 o’clock, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G.H Great, 108 South Franklin street, with the Rev. F.M. Sweet, pastor of the Lake Street Methodist church, officiating. Burial will be made at Maple Grove cemetery.

            Pallbearers will be: V.G. Holland, Z.A. McCuistion, W.M. Carn__, J.G. Barnes, George W. Barham, and Tom W. Jackson.

            A native of Lauderdale county, Tenn., Mr. Alford spent his early life in that section where he was a farmer, brick kiln owner, and later was in business at Ripley, Tenn., before he came here 28 years ago.

            His first interest in Blytheville was a farm he purchased from the Davis heirs and later the Frisco railroad purchased a right-of-way through this land for the road going to Memphis.

            A firm believer in the development of Blytheville, he erected a number of business houses and residences for investments, most of which he had constructed when Blytheville was only a small village. One of his business ventures was one of the buildings purchased by the S.K. Kress and company which was razed for the new store recently completed at that site.

            Since the death of Mrs. Alford, February 13, 1933, Mr. Alford had made his home with Mrs. Grear. He is also survived by two other daughters, Mrs. J. Allan Webb of Eldorado Springs, Mo., and Mrs. Evans Webb of here, and one son, Charles Alford, also of Blytheville.

            In addition to rearing his own five sons and daughters, including Mrs. Ed Johnson, formerly of here and late of Memphis, who died five years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Alford reared several orphaned relatives.

            Out of town people who will be here for the rites include: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Tipton, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Walters, Ed Johnson, Ed Johnson Jr. and Mrs. Roy Jacobs of Memphis, Dr. and Mrs. John Samuels of Hickman, Tenn., Mr. and Mrs. J.E. White of Ripley, Tenn. Mrs. J. Allan Webb, who had spent much of her time with her father since he became quite ill two years ago, arrived yesterday noon when his condition became critical.

            Cobb Funeral home is in charge of funeral arrangements.

 

AAFA NOTES: For more information on this family, see AAFA’s published genealogy, Known Descendants of William Wilkes Alford and Signa Carolina Stuckey.

            His lineage: Jesse Thomas 1859 TN1, William Wilkes 1831 SC2.

 

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JIMMY DALE ALFORD

 

MORNING NEWS

Springdale, Washington Co., AR—Thursday, 26 September 2002

Included in AAFA ACTION, Spring 2003

 

 

            Jimmy Dale Alford, 49, of Rogers died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002, at Rogers. He was born Oct. 27, 1952, in Hope to Dexter and Gracie Bright Alford.

            He was CEO of FM Corp. in Rogers and was a member of Central United Methodist Church. He previously worked at Pace Industries in Fayetteville as chief financial officer. Before that, he worked 13 years for Frost and Co. in Little Rock as a managing partner.

            He was a University of Arkansas graduate and a certified public accountant. He was a National Merit Scholarship recipient, a UA Presidential Scholar, a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, Arkansas All-State football player, and a Hope Football Hall of Fame inductee.

            Jim was the pure definition of a “soccer dad.” He worked tirelessly organizing, recruiting members, and carpooling for his children’s soccer games. He was also a Cub Scout dad, an avid snow skier and loved boating and traveling with his family.

            His family includes wife, Kelli Alford, and their four children, Jared, Brynn, Dax and Blakelee Alford, all of Rogers; daughter, Georgia Alford of Fayetteville; and son, Cody Alford of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; one brother, Larry Alford of Jonesboro; and sister, Terri Stark of Carrollton, Texas.

            Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Central United Methodist Church on West New Hope in Rogers…. Arrangements are by Callison-Lough Funeral Service in Rogers.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Jimmy D. Alford (SS# issued in AR).

            We are not certain about this one. Dexter is a very unusual name—interestingly William A. and Cora Alford, mentioned in the notes for the obituary of Gladys Hatfield Alford as the possible parents of her husband Horace, were enumerated in 1930 Hempstead County with a son Dexter, age 4 years and 5 months old at census time.

 

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JOE H. ALFORD

 

TEXARKANA GAZETTE

Texarkana, Bowie Co., TX—Sunday, 3 September 2000

Included in AAFA ACTION, Spring 2003

 

TEXARKANA [Miller Co.], AR—Joe H. Alford, 71, of Texarkana, Arkansas, died on Thursday, August 31, 2000. Services were held Monday at East Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with burial in the East Memorial Mausoleum.

            Mr. Alford was born on October 12, 1928, in Bingen [Hempstead Co.], Arkansas. He was a truck driver, a Baptist, a member of the Eagles Lodge, and an Army Air Corps veteran.

            Survivors include his wife, Patricia Alford of Texarkana, two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda (Ronny) Nantze and Victoria (Kevin) DuPree of Texarkana, three sisters, Vera Rinehart and Ruby Jones of Texarkana, and Ruth Yocum of Camden, Arkansas, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Joe H. Alford (SS# issued in AR).

            See the obituaries of his father, John Robert Alford, and cousins William Preston Alford and Alva Joshua Alford in this compilation. We included the obituary of his brother Thomas H. Alford in Texas Obituaries.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            Joe’s lineage: Joe H. 1928 AR1, John Robert 1884 AR2, Franklin Ewing 1860 AR3, Madison Ewing 1815 AL4, David 1785 VA5, Robert 1760 England6.

 

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JOHN HERMAN HALFORD

 

DAILY AMERICAN REPUBLIC

Poplar Bluff, Butler Co., MO—Monday, 19 July 1999

 

CORNING [Clay Co.], Ark.—John Halford, 80, of Success, Ark., died Friday, July 16, 1999, at Clay Healthcare in Corning.

            Mr. Halford was born Sept. 5, 1918, at Reyno [Randolph Co.], Ark. He was a farm laborer.

            June 14, 1938, he married Mildred Elizabeth Jones; she preceded him in death on Jan. 2, 1995.

            Surviving are two daughters, Scarlett Rose Dobbs of Oklahoma and Regina Mae Harris of Rockford, Ill.; one son, Wendell Halford of Tacoma, Wash.; three sisters, Janice Renie of Layton, Utah, Billie Rariden of St. Peters and Rosa Turner of Batesville, Ark.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

            Graveside services were held Saturday at the Nelson Cemetery in Reyno, Ark....

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of John H. Halford (SS# issued in KS).

            His middle name is from his gravestone in Nelson Cemetery.

 

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JOHN ROBERT ALFORD

 

MURFREESBORO DIAMOND

Murfreesboro, Pike Co., AR—8 February 1979

 

            [Funeral Services] of John R. Alford, were held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Latimer Funeral Chapel here.... Burial was in the Liberty Cemetery, near New Hope, under direction of the Latimer Funeral Home.

            He was a member of the First United Methodist Church at Mineral Springs.

            Survivors include three sons, Thomas Alford of Dallas, Texas, Noel Alford of Minden, Louisiana and Joe Alford of Texarkana, Arkansas. Mrs. Ruth Yocom of Camden, Arkansas and Mrs. Ruby Jones of Texarkana, Arkansas; one sister, Mrs. Eddie Turner of Dierks; 14 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

 

Photo from Liberty Church Cemetery, Howard Co., AR—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Jerry McMenis

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list his death.

            See the obituary of his son Joe H. Alford in this compilation. We included the obituaries of his son Thomas F. Alford; and brother William Anderson Alford in Texas Obituaries.

            His obituary was published in 1979, but his gravestone says he died in 1960.

            His 1918 WWI Draft Registration Card provides his full name and names Minnie Alford as his nearest relative. [She is Minnie Bell Ayler Alford.] He says his birth date is 4 March 1886, but he is age 34. The 1900 census, Pike Co., AR, says he was born in March 1884.

            This obituary and further information on this family is from An Arkansas Connection, the website of the late Morris Myers, AAFA #1065.

 

CENSUS

 

1930

Mine Creek (District 13), Hempstead Co., AR

Dwelling #253

 

John Alford                head           45     AR AR AR     farmer     age 23 at first marriage

Minnie                         wife           41     AR AR AR                    age 19 at first marriage

Thomas                          son           20     AR AR AR

Irene                             dau           18     AR AR AR

Vera                              dau           14     AR AR AR    

Noel                              son           13     AR AR AR

Ruth                              dau           10     AR AR AR

Ruby                             dau             7     AR AR AR

Joe                                 son     1-5/12     AR AR AR

 

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            John’s lineage: John Robert 1884 AR1, Franklin Ewing 1860 AR2, Madison Ewing 1815 AL3, David 1785 VA4, Robert 1760 England5.

 

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JOSIE E. ALFORD COX

 

[Josie died in AR, but we are also including her obituary in Missouri Obituaries because of her close connections there.]

 

SPRINGFIELD DAILY NEWS

Springfield, Greene Co., MO—Thursday, 5 September 1974

Included in AAFA ACTION, Fall 1996, with MO obituaries, and in Missouri Obituaries

 

BUFFALO—Funeral services for Mrs. Josie E. Cox, 87, a former resident of Buffalo, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Montgomery Chapel here. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery north of Buffalo.

            Mrs. Cox died of natural causes at 4 p.m. Wednesday [September 4] in her Little Rock AR home.

            Survivors include two sons, Elmer, of 808 Westview, Springfield, and Willard (Short) of Santa Paula CA; two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Dees of Little Rock, and Mrs. Beula Moore of Santa Paula CA; two brothers, Clint Alford of Des Moines, and Tommy of Springfield; a sister Mrs. Cecil Svoboda of St. Louis; and seven grandchildren.

 

Photo from New Hope Cemetery, Louisburg, Dallas Co., MO—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Mardi

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Josie Cox (SS# issued in AR) was born 12 Sept 1886. Her last residence was North Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR.

            We included the obituaries of her mother, Irene B. “Rena” Cook Alford; and her brothers Clint W. Alford, John Homer Alford, and Thomas Richard Alford Jr. in Missouri Obituaries.

            Josie is listed as Josephine in her mother’s obituary but in no other record.

            Josie Alford was a daughter of Thomas Richard Alford Sr. and Irene Cook of the Dallas County family. She married James E. Cox on 19 December 1908 in Buffalo, Dallas Co., MO [gravestone and Missouri Marriage Records, 1805–2002 (Ancestry.com)]. They had the children named above.

            On James Earnest Cox’s 1917 WWI Draft Registration Card, he was age 29, living in Buffalo, Dallas Co., MO, employed in farming and cattle breeding. He was born in Buffalo on 15 August 1887 and had a wife and 3 children. He had blue eyes and red hair and signed his full name.

            Her lineage: Josephine E. 1886 MO1, Thomas Richard 1900 MO2, Thomas Richard 1858 MO3, John M. 1821 TN4, John 1786 NC/TN5.

 

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JUNE WADE ALFORD

 

FRESNO BEE

Fresno, Fresno Co., CA—Friday, 8 September 1995

 

            Services for June Wade Alford, 85, of Searcy, Ark., formerly of Chowchilla, will be held at 2 p.m. today at Worden Funeral Chapel in Chowchilla. Mr. Alford, a retired warehouse supervisor for Mercy Hospital in Merced, died Tuesday.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that June W. Alford (SS# issued in AR) was born 8 June 1910 and died _____ Sept 1995, last residence Chowchilla, Madera Co., CA.

 

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JUNIOR OLAS ALFORD

 

ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE

Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR——Tuesday, 6 April 2004

 

MCRAE [White Co.]—Junior Olas Alford, 78, of McRae, died on April 5, 2004. Funeral services were held at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe, with burial in Lebanon Cemetery.

            The oldest of ten children, he was born to Elmer “Pete” Olas Alford and Maggie Mae Jackson Alford on September 19, 1925, at Des Arc [White Co.], AR. He attended the McRae Church of Christ and was a retired flooring and carpet layer. Junior was a naval veteran of World War II. He served with distinction at Iwo Jima and throughout the Pacific Theater. He was a member of the McRae Masonic Lodge and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also the retired owner of the original AK Drive-In at McRae. He and his wife built the restaurant in 1963 and ran it until 1973.

            Survivors include four daughters and their families, Patricia and Forest Blount of Garner, Phillis and Bill Wood of Searcy, Martha and Anthony and Martin of Beebe, and Jaronda and John McEuen of McRae; ten grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harold and Marvin Alford of McRae; three sisters, Barbara Reed of Austin, AR, Linda Failoni of Green River, WY, and Betty Bundy of Cabot, AR.

            His wife of 57 years, Lavell Shannon Alford; his parents, Pete and Maggie Alford; and three brothers, Charles Alford, Joe Merle Alford, and Huston Alford preceded him in death.

 

 

Photos from Lebanon Cemetery, White Co., AR—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Robert L. Young

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Junior O. Alford (SS# issued in AR).

            See the obituaries of his siblings Charles Norman Alford, Huston Andrew Alford, and Emma Louise Alford Cox Adkins in this compilation.

            E.O. “Pete” Alford, 28 Feb 1902 – 17 Feb 1973, is buried in Lebanon Cemetery in McRae. He shares a double stone with Maggie May Alford, 15 July 1904 – 1 March 1981. Also buried in this cemetery (double stone with Junior) is Junior’s wife Lavell Shannon Alford, 26 July 1926 – 11 Nov 2002; and Junior’s grandmother Lola R. Alford, whose gravestone’s only information is her death date: 8 Apr 1918. [Lebanon Cemetery, McRae, Arkansas.

 

CENSUS

 

1930

McRae (District 46), White Co., AR

Dwelling #38

 

Elmer O. Alford         head           28     TX US AR      farmer     age 22 at first marriage

Maggie M.                   wife           26     AR AR AR                    age 21 at first marriage

Olis Jr.            [blank-male]     4-6/12     AR TX AR

Emma L.      [blank-female]     2-4/12     AR TX AR

Charles N.       [blank-male]        1/12     AR TX AR    

 

1920

McRae (District 166), White Co., AR

Dwelling #138

 

Thomas A. Alford      head           41     AR US US      farmer

Bettie L.                      wife           26     AR AR AR

Olas E.                          son           18     TX AR AR

Josephine F.                  dau           15     TX AR AR

Lattice                          dau           13     AR AR AR

Harvey L.                      son             7     AR AR AR

Thilbert O.                     son     3-1/12     AR AR AR

 

1910

McRae (District 162), White Co., AR

Dwelling #131

 

Thomas A. Alford      head           31     AR AL AR     farmer     first marriage 11 years

Lola E.                         wife           26     AR MS MS                    first marriage 11 years

                                                                                                      5 children, 4 living

Della A.                        dau           10     AR AR AR

Elmer O.                        son             8     TX AR AR

Frances J.                      dau             6     TX AR AR

Lattis                            dau        4/12     AR AR AR

 

1900

McRae (District 162), White Co., AR

Dwelling #131

 

Thos. A. Alford          head       21   b. Dec 1879        AR GA AR     saw mill laborer

                                                                                                            m. 1 year

Lola S.                         wife       19   b. Apr 1881        AR MS MS     1 child, 1 living

Della A.                        dau    6/12   b. Nov 1899       AR AR AR

 

 

            Thomas A. Alford, age 19, married Miss Lolar Robinson, age 17, on 20 Dec 1898 in White Co., AR. His second marriage: T.A. Alford, age 40, married Mrs. Bettie Sanders, age 26, on 14 Oct 1919, in White Co., AR. [White County Unclaimed Marriage Record Index]

            On Thomas A. Alford’s 1918 World War I Draft Registration Card (Ancestry.com), he is age 40, a farmer living in McRae, White Co., AR. His date of birth is blank. He names his nearest relatives Olas, Josie, Lattis, and Harvie.

            Junior’s lineage: Junior Olas 1925 AR1, Elmer Olas 1902 TX2, Thomas A. 1879 AR2.

 

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LAURA BELLE ALFORD BAKER

 

TEXARKANA GAZETTE

Texarkana, Bowie Co., TX—Sunday, 20 July 1997

Included in AAFA ACTION, Winter 2000

 

            Laura Belle Alford Baker, 69, of East Ogden, AR, died Saturday, July 19, 1997, at her home.

            Mrs. Baker was born July 8, 1928 in Redwater, Texas. She was a homemaker, retired owner of Freeman Pittsburg Hot Links, Baptist and member of Ladies Auxillary Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4562 and Texarkana Area Veterans Council. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Alford, and two sons, Jimmy Alford and Michael Alford.

            Survivors include her husband, Delbert Baker; two daughters and sons-in- law, Mary Evelyn and Gary York of Owingsville, Ky. and Sheila Renee and T J Walls of Fouke, Ark. two stepsons, Clifford Lee Baker and Clayton Wayne Baker of Delight, Ar; two sisters, Evelyn Haynes of Marshall, TX and Faye Herrington of Grand Prairie, Tx; two brothers, Woody McInvale Jr. of Texarkana and Julius McInvale of Hooks, TX; her stepfather, Woody B. McInvale; and five grandchildren.

            Services will be 2 pm Monday at Texarkana Funeral Home with the Rev. Roy Ford officiating. Burial will be in Chapelwood Memorial Gardens.

            The family will be at their home in East Ogden.

            Memorials may be made to Hospice of St. Michael, PO Box 1140, Texarkana 75504.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list her death.

            Her first husband, Oscar Alford, was born 30 Apr 1926 and died May 1983. Son Michael born 1955 and died 1981. Both died in Hooks, Bowie Co. TX.

 

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LENA WILLINE ALFORD FANCHER

 

Ozarks Newstand / Community Publishers, Inc.

Source unknown, but probably:

HARRISON DAILY TIMES

Harrison, Boone Co., AR—Wednesday, 19 June 2002

 

            Lena W. Fancher, 83, of Harrison [Boone Co., AR] died Sunday, June 16 (2002) at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison.

            Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 19 in the Ozarks Park Cemetery under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home, Branson, Mo.

            The daughter of the late Willie and Mima Alford was born on Jan. 31, 1919 in Delmar. She was the wife of the late D.C. Fancher.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Lena W. Fancher (SS# issued in AR) was born 31 Jan 1919.

            From Mountain Meadows Massacre Genealogy: Lena Willine Alford married Darrel Charles Fancher on 24 July 1937 in Carroll Co., AR. His parents were Joseph Johnston Fancher and Ida Victoria Harp. Lena’s children are Charlotte Ida Fancher and Carole Victoria Fancher. John Tillman Fancher, a brother of Darrel, married Dottie Alford in Delmar, Carroll Co., AR.

 

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L’MOORE FONTAINE ALFORD

Daughter of Thomas Dale Alford, AAFA #0268

 

Ruebel Funeral Home

Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR—Friday, 18 October 2002

 

            L’Moore Fontaine Alford, teacher, artist, died Friday, October 18th, 2002. A Little Rock resident, she was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas to the late Dr. Thomas Dale and L’Moore Smith Alford. L’Moore graduated from Groveton High School in Alexandria, Virginia during her father’s time representing Arkansas in the House of Representatives. While living in Washington she was named a Cherry Blossom Princess in 1960, and in 1961 was a Country Club of Little Rock Debutant as well as being selected to the prestigious National Debutant Register in Richmond, Virginia. She attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority, later graduating from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with her degree in English. She taught first grade at the Cathedral School, Phillips Community College, and was once a teacher of art at the Arkansas Extended Learning Center. While living in California Lemoore studied art and acting from renowned teachers that included Agnes Moorehead, Marcel Marceau, Laurie Main and Natalie O’Hare. She performed at the U.A.L.R. theatre, and Little Rock’s Community Theatre. She was owner of the Exquisite Paints doing faux finishes, and murals.

             She is survived by one son Robert Wheat Goss, II and wife Robin of Minturn, Colorado, one daughter Elizabeth Fontaine Alford of Little Rock, one sister Anne Maury Alford Winanns of Little Rock and 2 grandchildren Pearl and Isabella Goss.

            There will be a visitation at the Ruebel Funeral Home Sunday from 5 to 7P.M. followed by a funeral service Monday at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral at 11 A.M. officiated by The Very Reverend Henry Hudson and The Reverend Canon R. Ewing Jackson. Burial will follow at Mount Holly Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home.

            Memorials in lieu of flowers should be made to the Arkansas Cancer Research Center, 4301 West Markham Street, Little Rock 72205.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list her death.

            See the obituaries of her father, Thomas Dale Alford (with lineage information), and her mother, L’Moore Smith Alford, in this compilation. We included the obituary of her brother, Thomas Dale Alford Jr., in Connecticut Obituaries.

 

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L’MOORE SMITH ALFORD

Wife of Thomas Dale Alford, AAFA #0268

 

ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE

Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR—Wednesday, 28 April 1999

Included in AAFA ACTION, Winter 2000

 

            L’Moore Smith Alford, age 79 years, of Little Rock died Tuesday, April 27, 1999. Mrs. Alford was born in Sardis, Miss., where she graduated as valedictorian from high school. She later attended Draughan Business School and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She was married to Dr. Thomas Dale Alford in 1940, raising three children and was active in civic and church organizations. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, where she was once active in the Churchwomen Organization, past member of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild, The Fine Arts Club, Arkansas Art Center, the Country Club of Little Rock, past member of the Arkansas Medical Auxiliary, past officer of the Daughters of The American Revolution Captain Basil Gaither Chapter, the Colonial Dames, Arkansas Easter Seal Society Auxiliary, past member of the Congressional Club of the United States Congress, and was named Arkansas’s Woman of the Year. She was also one of the founders of Arkansas Opera.

            Mrs. Alford in survived by her husband of 59 years, Dr. Dale Alford; two daughters, L’Moore Fontaine Alford and Anne Alford Winans both of Little Rock; a daughter-in-law, Kay Alford of Little Rock; five grandchildren—Robert Wheat Goss, II, Elizabeth Fontaine Goss, William Whistler Winans, Alexander Alford Winans, Thomas Dale “Tad” Alford, III; and one great-grandchild, Pearl F. Kelly-Goss. Mrs. Alford is preceded in death by her son, Thomas Dale Alford, Jr.

            There will be a visitation this evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ruebel Funeral Home, followed by funeral service at 2 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.... Burial will follow at Mount Holly Cemetery....

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituaries of her husband, Thomas Dale Alford, with a photo of their shared gravestone; and her daughter L’Moore Fontaine Alford, in this compilation. We included the obituary of her son, Thomas Dale Alford Jr., in Connecticut Obituaries.

 

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LORENDA LOVANA ALFORD ALFORD

 

GLENWOOD HERALD

Glenwood, Pike Co., AR—Thursday, 9 October 1941

 

            Glenwood’s oldest citizen is dead. Mrs. Lorenda Alford, aged 89, widow of the late John Alford, died at the home of her cousin, Tom Alford, at 12:30 Wednesday, October 8th. She had been in failing health since an attack of flu and pneumonia last winter.       

            She was a sister of the late Billy Alford, who died recently at New Hope. She was born near Kirby, September 26, 1852, the daughter of Winston and Mary Ann Alford. She was the last member of her immediate family. She was a member of the Methodist church. Was born and lived her entire life in Pike County where she was widely and affectionately known as “Aunt Ren.” She had no children of her own but raised a boy who has always seemed like a son, Kenneth Terrell whom she took in her home when an infant and raised to manhood. She had lived over 25 years in Glenwood.

            Funeral services were held Thursday morning (today) at the Methodist church in charge of the Rev. S.K. Burnett and burial in the Liberty cemetery at New Hope at 2:30 p.m.

            No words can adequately express the place “Aunt Ren” held in the hearts of her many friends here and over the county and we shall miss her for a long time to come. Several nieces and nephews survive.

 

AAFA NOTES: This obituary and further information on this family is from An Arkansas Connection, the website of the late Morris Myers, AAFA #1065.

            From Morris’s website, which has much additional information: Lorenda was born 26 Sept 1852 in Pike Co., AR, the daughter of David Winston Alford and Mary Ann McMenis. She married her first cousin John M. Alford, son of Madison Ewing Alford and Nancy Orrick.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            Her lineage: Lorenda Lovana 1852 AR1, David Winston 1823 AL2, David 1785 VA3, Robert 1760 England4.

            Her husband’s lineage: John M. 1837 AR1, Madison Ewing 1815 AL2, David 1785 VA3, Robert 1760 England4.

 

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LOUIE NATHANIEL HALFORD

 

CABOT STAR-HERALD

Cabot, Lonoke Co., AR—Thursday, 15 May 2003

 

            Louie Nathaniel Halford, age 88, died May 11, 2003.

            He was a member of Lonoke First United Methodist Church, a Mason and retired from Arkansas Power and Light.

            Survivors include his wife, Mary June Halford; one daughter, Louise Bashaw of Colorado; sisters, Ida Mae Pifer of Little Rock, Gertrude Pawlinski of Ohio, and Lois Langley of Pine Bluff; brothers, Donel Halford of Texas, Grover Halford of Hazen and Hubert Halford of Dumas; and two grandchildren.

            Funeral was May 14 at Lonoke First United Methodist Church. A Committal Service followed in Lone Tree Cemetery, Stuttgart with Military Honors by Leonard Stark VFW Post 3543, Honor Guard, Heber Springs. Arrangements by Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Louis N. Halford (SS# issued in AR) was born 9 May 1915.

            See the obituary of his brother Grover Howard Halford in this compilation.

            His HALFORD lineage, from Michael Kruse’s RootsWeb Family Tree, “Halford: Southern US”: Louie Nathaniel 1915 AR, Louis 1887 AR, Nathaniel W. 1850 AR, William Richard 1819 NC.

 

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LUTHER HOMER ALFORD

 

Source unknown

Pike Co., AR—_____ June 1983

 

            Funeral services for Luther Homer Alford, 88, were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the First Christian Church.... Burial with Masonic honors was in the Murfreesboro Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home of Nashville.

            Mr. Alford was born August 10, 1894 in Pike County, Arkansas, and he died Sunday [May 29, 1983] at a Murfreesboro [Pike County, AR] hospital.

            He was a retired self-employed maintenance worker and he was a member of the First Christian Church and the Pike Masonic Lodge.

            Survivors include: one brother, Forrest Alford of Madison, Wisconsin; one grandson, Carlos Wayne Alford of Shreveport, Louisiana; and one granddaughter, Mrs. Joyce Armistead of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

 

Photo from New Hope Church Cemetery, Gravel Hill, Carroll Co., TX—www.findagrave.com

Photo taken 26 August 2010

Permission granted by the photographer, Jerry McMenis

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituaries of his father, William Joseph “Gunge” Alford; and siblings William Lee Alford, Belvia Zada Alford Anderson, and Mazella Iantha Alford in this compilation. We included the obituary of his brother Matthew Owen “Curly” Alford in Oklahoma Obituaries.

            This obituary and further information on this family is from An Arkansas Connection, the website of the late Morris Myers, AAFA #1065.

            Luther was born at Mount Ida, Montgomery Co., AR. He married (1) Ellen Luticia Keen on 10 Jun 1915 in Pike Co. He married (2) Minnie Lee (Alford) Deal, the daughter of William Madison Alford and Malissa Etta Westerman.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            Luther’s lineage: Luther Homer 1894 AR1, William Joseph 1865 AR2, Joseph David 1842 AR3, David Winston 1823 AL4, David 1785 VA5, Robert 1760 England6.

 

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LYDIA ADELINE DOWTY ALFORD

Mother of Donald Ray Alford, AAFA #0059

 

COURIER DEMOCRAT

Russellville, Pope Co., AR—Wednesday, 12 December 1988

Included in AAFA ACTION, March 1989

 

            Mrs. Lydia Adeline Alford, 84, of Russellville died Sunday, Dec. 11, at AMI St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

            She was a native of Nashville, daughter of the late Sampson and Lydia Gray Dowty, and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.

            Survivors include her husband, Preston Alford; two sons Donald R. and Roy L. Alford of Russellville; a daughter, Martha L. Williamson of Lima, Ohio; two sisters, Martha Winchell of Medford, Ore., and Dollie Gibbs of Rowlett, Texas; nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

            Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Cornwell Chapel in Dardanelle by the Rev. David Moore. Burial will be in Brearley Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Service.

            Active pallbearers will be Randy Alford, Gary Alford, Kenneth Jeffery, Dane Williamson, Todd Williamson and Tyler Williamson.

            The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 tonight at Cornwell Funderal Home in Dardanelle.

            Memorials may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Lydia A. Alford (SS# issued in AR) was born 19 Feb 1904.

            See the obituaries of her husband, William Preston Alford, which includes a photo of their shared gravestone; and her son Roy Lee Alford in this compilation.

 

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MARY EDNA ALFORD HELMS

AAFA #0407

 

Photo from AAFA files

 

ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE

Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR—Friday, 23 February 1996

Included in AAFA ACTION, Spring 1996, “In Remembrance”

 

            Mary Edna Helms, of Little Rock, passed away February 21, 1996. She was a homemaker, a member of the Baptist faith, a graduate of Baptist School of Nursing, a volunteer with American Lung Association of Arkansas and CARTI.

Her survivors include her husband A. Leon Helms; one son, Alan L. Helms of Bryant; a daughter, Gail Helms Smart of Springfield, MO; and five grandchildren.

Funeral service will be Saturday, at 11 a.m., at Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth Chapel. Graveside service will be at Richland Cemetery at Arkadelphia on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Visitation will be today, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to American Lung Associations of Arkansas or one’s favorite charity.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Mary E. Helms (SS# issued in AR) was born 14 July 1935.

            Mary was born in Hot Springs, Garland Co., AR. She was the daughter of Robert Warren Alford and Edna Mae Williams. She married Leon Helms, Jr., on 19 May 1957 in Hot Springs. Mary and Leon had two children: Alan Helms and Gail Helms Smart. Before her retirement Mary was a nurse. S

            From Gil Alford: Over the years we’ve published several articles and poems that Mary sent about her feelings for AAFA and its members. Those who knew Mary will miss her optimism and enthusiasm, and all of us will miss her contributions to AAFA ACTION. She died on a Wednesday, and as late as Monday of that week she was still talking about going to the 1996 AAFA meeting in Springfield. She will be remembered and missed at the meeting.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            Her lineage: Mary Edna 1935 AR1, Robert Warren 1909 AR2, Joseph Warren 1886 AR3, Joseph Warren 1857 AR4, Madison Ewing 1815 AL5, David 1785 VA6, Robert 1760 England7.

 

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MARY ANN HALFORD BRANDON

 

ARKADELPHIA DAILY SIFTINGS

Arkadelphia, Clark Co., AR—Monday, 26 June 2000

Included in AAFA ACTION, Spring 2003

 

            Mary Halford Brandon, 64, of Arkadelphia died June 25, 2000. She was born October 9, 1936, in Hot Springs, a daughter of the late Herman Andrew and Viola Mae Halford. She was a retired employee of Henderson State University.

            Survivors include her husband, Morgan “Rusty” Brandon, two daughters, Karen Gilbert of Cedar Hill, Texas, and Debbie Keller of Fayetteville, four grandchildren, and a nephew.

            The funeral was held on Tuesday at First Baptist Church. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery at Hot Springs.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the death date of Mary A. Brandon (SS# issued in AR), but her birth date is listed as 9 Oct 1935.

            On Herman Andrew Halford’s 1942 WWII Draft Registration Card (Ancestry.com), he is age 46, employed by the Army & Navy General Hospital in Hot Springs, Garland Co., AR. He was born 24 May 1895 in Ravenden Springs, Randolph Co., AR. He names Viola Halford of the same address.

 

CENSUS

 

1900

Spring River (District 102), Randolph Co., AR

Dwelling #15

 

James A. Halford        head       45   b. Aug 1854       AR TN TN      farmer  widower

Else A.                          dau       10   b. Jan 1890         AR AR AR

Mollie E.                       dau         8   b. July 1891        AR AR AR

Ida M.                           dau         7   b. May 1893       AR AR AR

Herman                        son         5   b. May 1895       AR AR AR

Ollie I.                          dau         2   b. Jun 1897         AR AR AR

 

            From AAFA records: J.A. Halford married Eveline Wells in Randolph Co., AR, on 21 Feb 1889.

            Her HALFORD lineage, from Michael Kruse’s RootsWeb Family Tree, “Halford: Southern US”: Mary Ann 1935 AR1, Herman Andrew 1895 AR2, James Alexander 1854 MO3, Andrew W. 1827 TN4, Jacob ?? 5.

 

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MAZELLA IANTHA “ZELLA” ALFORD

 

AlfordMazella

Mazella Iantha “Zella” Alford

Photo from Pike County Archives and History Society, Pike County Families Photo Album

 

From an edited handwritten note provided by Annie Smith Funderburk

_____, AR—_____ March 1953

 

            Mazella Alford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Alford, was born near Kirby Ark. Aug. 2, 1886. She passed away March 31, 1953, age 66 years, 7 months.

            She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Belvia Anderson, Kirby Ark; four brothers, Matthew Alford, Kansas City, Mo., Luther Alford, Murfreesboro, Ark., Lee Alford, Kirby, Ark., Forrest Alford, Madison, Wisconsin; two nieces; seven nephews; 4 great-nieces and five great-nephews; one uncle, Laney Funderburk, Delight, Ark.

            She became a member of the Missionary Baptist Church at an early age [Sept. 9, 1903, baptised Sept. 10, 1903]. Known to all as “Aunt Zella,” she leaves a host of friends.

 

Photo from Kirby Cemetery, Pike Co., AR, www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Jerry McMenis

 

AAFA NOTES: This obituary and further information on this family is from An Arkansas Connection, the website of the late Morris Myers, AAFA #1065.

            See the obituaries of her father, William Joseph “Gunge” Alford; her brothers Luther Homer Alford and William Lee Alford; and her sister Belvia Zada Alford Anderson in this compilation. We included the obituary of her brother Matthew Owen “Curly” Alford in Oklahoma Obituaries.

            The Pike County Archives and History Society, Pike County Families Photo Album, has posted numerous photos of this family, including the one above.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            Her lineage: Mazella Iantha 1886 AR1, William Joseph 1865 AR2, Joseph David 1842 AR3, David Winston 1823 AL4, David 1785 VA5, Robert 1760 England6.

 

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MICHAEL TOM “MICK”ALFORD

 

Source unknown

_____, AR—_____ January 2006

 

            Mick Alford, age 58, of Alpena [Boone Co.], Arkansas, died Tuesday, January 17, 2006, at his home. He was born April 16, 1947, in Harrison, the son of Rev. Dell and Freeda (Woodworth) Alford. His parents; two brothers; and a son preceded him in death.

            Mick was a member of the United Baptist Church in Green Forest, Arkansas. He was a pipeline laborer. He enjoyed fishing; hunting; and reading.

            Michael “Mick” Tom Alford is survived by his wife, Linda (Harris) Alford, of the home; his sons, Wayne Merriman of North Pole, Alaska and Keith Alford of Mt. Home, Arkansas; his daughters, Amy Edmonds of Grant, Alabama and Misty Adkins of Lead Hill, Arkansas; eleven grandchildren; and a host of other family and dear friends throughout the community.

            Rev. Jerry Spurlock officiated the funeral service.

            Pallbearers were John Paul Alford, Glen Cole, Chris Dotson, Joe Dell Alford, Glen Willingham and Aaron Alford. Honorary pallbearers Chuck Clark, Claude Jones, Bob Morgan, Hospice of the Hills and Dr. Kevin Jackson.

            Interment was in Plumlee Cemetery.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Michiel T. Alford [sic] (SS# issued in AR).

            See the obituary of his aunt China Lavern Woodworth Alford (his mother’s sister) in this compilation.

            From AAFA records: Willard Dell Alford married Freda Woodworth in Boone Co., AR, about 1940.

            Michael’s parents share a gravestone in the same cemetery: W. Dell Alford, 9 Apr 1919 – 4 Oct 1978, and Freeda J. Woodworth Alford, 6 July 1921 – (blank).

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #2.

            His lineage: Michael Tom 1947 AR1, Willard Dell 1919 AR2, Jesse Edward 1887 AR3, Franklin L. 1858 AR4, Thomas H. 1833 TN5, John 1786 NC6.

 

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MIRIAM ELLA LANGDON ALFORD

AAFA #0246

 

From National Water Center website

 

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS TIMES

Fayetteville, Washington Co., AR—Monday, 5 December 2005

 

            Miriam Ella Langdon Alford, 73, of Fayetteville passed away Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005, in Fayetteville.

            She was born Dec. 21, 1931, in Dallas to John R. and Susan Landon Alford and was raised in Henderson, Texas.

            Miriam Ella was generous with her time and resources, spending much of her life on projects that benefit the environment, education and the underprivileged. She died peacefully at home, surrounded by her family. Her life touched and blessed so many.

            She is survived by two daughters: Susan McDonald-James of Fayetteville and Margaret Newton of Little Rock; a son, Allen McDonald of Fayetteville; two brothers, John Alford of Austin, Texas, and Landon Alford [AAFA #0002] of Henderson, Texas; and five grandchildren, Dillon, Kaitlyn, Anna, Daniel, and Claire.

            Miriam Ella was a member of Temple Shalom of Northwest Arkansas.

            Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship with burial to follow in Fairview Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville.... Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson-Berna Funeral Home and Crematory in Fayetteville.

 

In another source:

 

National Water Center

Eureka Springs, Carroll Co., AR

 

            Miriam Ella Alford was a major contributor and supporter of the National Water Center. Without her sensitivity, insight and generosity it could never have existed. We miss her so much.

            Miriam Ella Alford died at home in Fayetteville on December 3 at the age of 73 being loved and surrounded by her family. Ella's passing leaves a great legacy of open-heated alliance with so many good and abiding things that no one can even calculate or measure them; the list of things beneficial to the Earth and the life (including us) upon it that would not be here had Miriam Ella not helped to engender and support them goes on and on...

            I, for one, of a great many carry a great heartache that she is no longer with us, and I miss her being with us here on Earth. Not just people has she cared for, and befriended, and who will be living and breathing their thanks to her for many generations into the future. Consider for one instance the great Alford Forest and all the life within it that she gave for us to take care for in her family name.  —Tribute by David Haenke, Director, Alford Forest, Inc., Brixey, MO

 

            The Alford 4400 acre forest in northern Ozark County, MO, named after the Alford Family and Ella, who donated 3200 acres of it to the Ozark Regional Land Trust, and put the rest of it in Conservation Easements for permanent protection with ORLT.

            Miriam Ella Alford was the first major benefactor to AEEA back in 1996 when we were in our infancy. It was a gift that will always be remembered. This gift gave us the confidence to continue. She was a great supporter of environmental education and conservation. We appreciate her generosity and compassion for our natural environment. —Robert McAfee, Executive Director (Volunteer), AEEA - Arkansas Environmental Education Association

 

            Miriam was also the major contributor and supporter of the National Water Center. Without her sensitivity, insight and generosity, it could never have existed. We miss her so much. —Barbara Harmony, Coordinator

 

In another source:

 

One Garden

One Garden, Forest Garden

By David Haenke

 

            Running intermittently up to 4 miles along and in places over three miles to the west of Bryant Creek in Northern Ozark County, in the Missouri Ozarks, is the 4000 + acreage known as "The Alford Forest."

            Land constituting the Alford Forest was purchased in 1945 by John Alford, who, according to daughter Miriam Ella Alford, wanted a place where his children could go as a refuge from city life.

            Miriam Ella Alford is an extraordinary and visionary soul who has supported ecologically and socially responsible causes for decades, and she has a great love for the original family land that we now call "The Alford Forest." Miriam Ella gained controlling ownership of the land in 1975-6, and from that time forward she has done all she can to protect the forest, including, from the late 70’s on, maintaining a dialog with local and regional individuals and organizations who concern themselves with issues of ecological protection and management of forests to see what long term options might be out there for caring for the land as far into future as possible.

            After around 20 years of good stewardship and periodic planning and visioning discussions, Miriam Ella, along with advisors and local residents who cared deeply about the Alford Forest, engaged in a long-term plan to protect and manage the land through a combination of arrangements that included:

 

  • donating 3000 of the acres to the Ozark Regional Land Trust/ORLT
  • working towards putting protection on the rest of the land through conservations easements/CE’s
  • setting aside nearly 1000 acres into ecological protection reserves
  • allowing ecological improvement harvesting of logs, and other timber stand improvement activities, on appropriate areas of the Forest not set aside in ecological reserves.

 

            Starting in 2000, through lease agreements with a non-profit forest management organization, Alford Forest, Inc./AFI (AFI is not organizationally connected with Miriam Ella Alford, and is formally associated with her only through lease agreements), both Miriam Ella and ORLT have engaged AFI to carry out ecological management, including improvement harvesting, on the Forest.

 

In another source:

                       

The Other Economic Summit (TOES)

July 6–8, 1990, Houston, TX: Eco-Feminism

 

Under “Other Participants”:

 

            Ella Alford, Ozarks Resource Center, General Delivery, Brixey, MO 65618; (417) 679-4773. Ella Alford was raised in an affluent East Texas family. A major part of her path has been self-healing as she puts it, "for addictions to peoples, places and things." She has lived in Arkansas and Missouri for 30 years, and has 3 children. She is a founder of the Ozarks Resource Center (formerly New Life Farm), which as been important in establishing the Bioregional Congress. She is also a founding member of the Threshold Foundation.

 

In another source:

 

Ozark Regional Land Trust

“The Ozark Holler” - Summer 2006

 

Alford Memorial CD

 

            At the Ella L. Alford Memorial in Brixey, Missouri in April 2006, a recording was made of the stories and songs. It is on a CD and is available to anyone who wants one. Cost? Nothing! If you want one, email susan@wiseheart.com with your postal address.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI confirm the birth and death dates of Ella L. Alford (SS# issued in TX), last residence Brixey, Ozark Co., MO.

            We included the obituary of her brother John Rogers Alford Jr., AAFA #0200, in Texas Obituaries.

            Texas Birth Index, 1903–1997 (Ancestry.com) lists the birth of Ella Langdon Alford in Dallas Co. on 21 Dec 1931. Ella assumed the first name of Miriam later in her life.

            Ella married William Wray McDonald on 18 July 1957. They had three children: Susan Lee, Margaret Alford, and William Allen.

            Ella attended the AAFA meetings in 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, and 1996.

            We published a short biography of Ella’s father, John Rogers Alford Sr., in AAFA ACTION, December 1988.

            A biography of Ella’s paternal grandfather, Egbert Benson Alford, was published in A History of Texas and Texans, Volume III, by Frank W. Johnson (Chicago: American Historical Society, 1914). We reprinted it in AAFA ACTION, Summer 1999.

            Her lineage: Miriam Ella Langdon 1931 TX1, John Rogers 1885 TX2, Egbert Benson 1858 AL3, John Rogers 1810 GA4, Kinchen 1799 NC5, James 1741 NC/VA6, Lodwick 1710 VA7, James 1687 VA8.

 

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OTHEL GENEVA WEST ALFORD

 

SHERWOOD VOICE

Sherwood, Pulaski Co., AR—Wednesday, 18 September 2002

 

            Othel Geneva West Alford, 86, of Bryant [Saline Co.] died Sept. 11, 2002.

            She was a member of First Pentecostal Church in North Little Rock.

            She is survived by her children, Bea Hale of Bryant, Janice Richards of Daytona Beach, Fla., Connie Alford of Bryant, Geneva Healey of Jacksonville and Dianne Meriweather of Sherwood; a brother, Lee West; a sister, Dee Johnston of Edmond, Okla.; 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grand-children.

            Funeral was Saturday at North Little Rock Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Pinecrest Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Assoc....

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Othel G. Alford (SS# issued in AR) was born 30 June 1916.

            From AAFA records: Carlee Alford married Othil West on 16 March 1932 in Lonoke Co., AR.

 

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PATTY JUNE ALFORD

 

EVENING TIMES

West Memphis, Crittenden Co., AR—Tuesday, 5 October 2004

 

            Patty June Alford of West Memphis died Saturday [October 2] at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, Tenn....

            Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion.

            Mrs. Alford, 63, a retired telephone operator for AT&T, was a member of First Christian Church in West Memphis. She leaves her husband, Frank D. Alford; a son, Mitch Alford of Marion, and three grandchildren.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Patty J. Alford (SS# issued in MO) was born 20 June 1941, last residence West Memphis, Crittenden Co., AR.

 

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PAULINE ALFORD HARRISON

 

MORNING NEWS

Springdale, Washington Co., AR—Tuesday, 30 April 2002

Included in AAFA ACTION, Spring 2003

 

            Pauline Alford Harrison, 87, of Pine Bluff [Jefferson Co.] died April 29, 2002, at Arkansas Convalescent Center.

            She was born Dec. 10, 1914, in Dora [Walker Co.], Ala., to Edwin Lee and Catherine Porterfield Alford. She assisted her husband as he pastored Assembly of God churches in Oklahoma, Leslie, Marshall, Mountain Home, Fordyce and Leola.

            Her husband, the Rev. Roba Harrison, preceded her in death.

            Survivors include one son, Rondell “Ron” E. Harrison of Springdale; three daughters, Carolyn Stover of Pine Bluff, Wilma DeFoggi of North Little Rock and Tudy Dorey of Leola; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren.

            Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Home in Pine Bluff…. Burial will be in Taylor Cemetery in Leola.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth date of Pauline Harrison (SS# issued in AR), but her death date is listed, apparently incorrectly, as 17 May 2002.

 

CENSUS

 

1920

Logan (District 54), Cullman Co., AL

Dwelling #55

 

Ed L. Alford            head      36      MS GA AL     farmer        widowed

Evelyn E.                 dau        12      AL MS AL

Bonnie A.                 dau          8      AL MS AL

Eddie L.                   son           6      AL MS AL

Pauline                     dau          5      AL MS AL

 

1900

Hoyles (District 89), Pontotoc Co., MS

Dwelling #122

 

(in the residence of John L. Roane)

Edward Allford    boarder  17     b. Mar 1883     MS GA AL     farm laborer

Egbert Allford      boarder  15     b. Dec 1884     MS GA AL     farm laborer

  [Ed’s brother James Egbert Alford—their mother, Sarah Mooney Alford, died in 1893]

 

 

            On Ed Lee Alford’s 1918 WWI Draft Registration Card, he is age 35, a coal miner living in Dora, Walker Co., AL. His birth date is 18 March 1883, and he names Whit Alford [probably his brother Charles Whitfield “Whit” Alford] as his nearest relative.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #3.

            Pauline’s lineage: Pauline 1914 AL1, Edwin Lee 1883 MS2, George Towns 1848 GA3, George Washington 1825 GA4, Clinton 1798 NC5, Job 1763 NC6, Julius 1717 VA7, James 1687 VA8, John 1645 VA9.

 

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PERMELIA BELLE HALFORD LEWIS

 

JONESBORO SUN

Jonesboro, Craighead Co., AR—Friday, 3 October 2008

 

DELL—Mrs. Belle Lewis, 75, of Dell died Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Blytheville.

            Born to the late Lehman Joseph and Cora Mae Woodruff Halford, she was a homemaker and member of Dell Baptist Church.

            She is survived by her husband, Jack Lewis; daughters, Jacqueline Baker and Gay Gantz; sons, Randy Lewis and Ronnie Lewis; one brother; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

            Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Cobb Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Elmwood Cemetery.

            Visitation will be tonight from 6-8 in the funeral home. Condolences may be e-mailed to cobbfuneralhome@sbcglobal.net.

 

In another article:

 

Source unknown, but probably:

Cobb Funeral Home Chapel

Blytheville, Mississippi Co., AR—_____ October 2008

 

Name                                 Permelia Belle Lewis

Age                                   75

Date and Place of Birth    10/18/1932 Biggers, AR

Date and Place of Death   10/1/2008 Great River Medical Center, Blytheville, AR

 

            Mrs. Belle Lewis, 75, of Dell, died Wednesday, October 1, 2008, at Great River Medical Center in Blytheville. Born in Biggers, AR to the late Lehman Joseph and Cora Mae Woodruff Halford, she was a long time area resident, a homemaker, and a member of Dell Baptist Church.

            Mrs. Lewis was a member of Lone Oak Extension Homemakers Club, very active in her church, having served as president of the WMU, and enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, quilting, canning, and was an excellent cook.

            She is survived by her husband, Jack Lewis, of the home; two daughters, Jacqueline Baker and her husband Bruce of Mammoth Springs, AR, and Gay Gantz and her husband Steve of Bryant, AR; two sons, Randy Lewis and his wife Linda of Bryant, and Ronnie Lewis and his wife Judy of Bella Vista, AR; one brother, Joe Halford and his wife Linda of Abingdon, IL; six grandchildren, Courtney Lewis, Scott Lewis, Casey Lewis, Kelly Moore, Steven Lewis, and Whitney Greenway; and two great-grandchildren, Zander Lewis and Samantha Lewis.

            Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 4, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. in Cobb Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jeff Lammers officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Condolences may be emailed to cobbfuneralhome@sbcglobal.net.

 

Photo from Elmwood Cemetery, Blytheville, Mississippi Co., AR—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Karon Hall

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Permelia B. Lewis (SS# issued in MO), last residence Dell, Mississippi Co., AR.

            Lehman Halford married Cora M. Woodruff in Randolph Co., AR, in 1932 [Arkansas Marriages, 1779–1992 (Ancestry.com)].

 

CENSUS

 

1920

Reyno (District 116), Randolph Co., AR

Page 18, Dwelling #2

 

Daily Halford           head      28      AR AR AR     farmer

Willie                        wife       27      AR AR AR

Homer                      son           9      AR AR AR

Lehman                   son           7      AR AR AR

Hasel                        dau          6      AR AR AR

Imogene                   dau  3-3/12      AR AR AR

John                          son  1-1/12      AR AR AR

 

            On Daily Halford’s 1917 WWI Draft Registration Card, he says his birth date is 15 March 1891 and signs his name Daily Halford. On his SSDI record, he is Daly Halford, born 15 March 1890.

            Her HALFORD lineage, from Michael Kruse’s RootsWeb Family Tree, “Halford: Southern US”: Permelia Belle 1932 AR1, Lehman Joseph 1912 AR2, Daily 1891 AR3, John C. 1857 MO4, Andrew W. 1827 TN5, Jacob ?? 6.

 

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RALPH WALLACE ALFORD

 

SHREVEPORT TIMES

Shreveport, Caddo Parish, LA—Monday, 4 May 1998

Included in AAFA ACTION, Winter 2000

 

NEW EDINBURG [Cleveland Co.], AR—Ralph Alford, age 73, of New Edinburg, AR died Friday, May 1, at JRMC at Pine Bluff [Jefferson Co.]. He was born March 11, 1925 in Bradley County, AR a son of the late Willie Alford and Annie Mae Scroggins Alford. He was a US Navy veteran of World War II, a member of the Emmaus Baptist Church and the owner and operator of Bill and Ralph’s Poultry Company.

            Surviving are his wife, Annette Parnell Alford, whom he married in Bradley County, AR in 1964; a son, Gary Alford, New Edinburg, AR; a daughter, Donna Szentivanyi, Bossier City, LA; a brother, Lee Roy Rodgers, Arkadelphia, AR; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a brother, Charlie Alford.

            Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Frazer’s Chapel. Burial will be at Moseley Cemetery [Bradley Co.] near Warren by Frazer’s Funeral Home.

 

 

Photos from Moseley Cemetery, Warren, Bradley Co., AR—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Brian Rodgers

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Ralph W. Alford (SS# issued in AR).

            See the obituary of his wife, Annette Parnell Alford, in this compilation.

 

CENSUS

 

1930

Sumpter (District 16), Bradley Co., AR

Dwelling #79

 

In household of:

Charley E. Scroggins  head           75     MS GA IL

Annie M. Alford          dau           36     AR MS AR     widow

Ralph                   grandson             8     AR TX AR

Charley                grandson             3     AR TX AR

  Annie: incorrect age—she is 18 in 1920 and 8 in 1910, both Bradley Co., AR.

NOTE: Brian Rodgers, photographer and grandson of Annie Mae Scroggins and her second husband, wants to be notified if we ever find the lineage of Willie or what happened to him. His family believes that Willie “ up and left and was never seen or heard from again, So many men back then did the same thing during the depression.” rodg951@wildblue.net

 

            From the Find A Grave memorial for Annie Mae Scroggins [Alford] Rodgers: Annie Mae Scroggins, age 22, of Warren, Bradley Co., AR, married (1) W.A. Alford, age 30, of Warren, Bradley Co., AR, on December 1, 1923 in Bradley Co., AR. Annie Mae Alford, age 29, of Warren, Bradley Co., AR, m. (2) Roy Rodgers, age 37, of Warren, Bradley Co., AR, on February 2, 1931 in Bradley Co., AR.

            His lineage: Ralph Wallace 1925 AR1, Willie A. 1893 TX2.

 

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RICHARD E. ALFORD

 

SPRINGFIELD DAILY NEWS

Springfield, Greene Co., MO—Wednesday, 14 December 1983

 

Autopsy Set in Shooting Death

 

STEELE [Pemiscot Co., MO]—An autopsy is scheduled to be performed today on a Blytheville [Mississippi Co.] AR man whose body was found several hours after his blood-splattered car was found at a Missouri rest area.

            He was identified as Richard E. Alford, 44. His abandoned car was found at a rest area along the northbound lanes of Interstate 55 outside Steele about 10:30 a.m. yesterday. The body was found in a water-filled ditch about two miles south of the rest area near the AR border. The body was evidently thrown into the ditch beneath the Cooter-Holland exit and floated to the east where it was found. Investigation continues.

 

In another article:

 

Death Row: Capital Punishment in Missouri

State of Missouri v. Roosevelt Pollard

735 S.W.2d 345 (Mo.banc 1987)

 

Roosevelt Pollard has been declared mentally incompetent and his execution stayed. He remains on the capital punishment list because he can be re-evaluated by the court on his death sentence if his mental condition improves.

 

            Case Facts: On the morning of December 12, 1985 [this year is incorrect], Pollard had decided to visit relatives in Arkansas. Pollard, accompanied by Maurice Alexander, Michael Hammon, and Robert Sands drove south from St. Louis on Interstate 55 in Pollard’s car. While driving, the battery went dead. Pollard removed a .22 caliber automatic rifle from his truck and loaded it with ammunition. Pollard brought the loaded rifle with him while he and Hammon sought another battery. They found a battery in a car at a nearby farm. They got the battery and brought it back to his car. Pollard returned the rifle to his car and they took off down Interstate 55 again. Later, one of the tires went flat and he exited the highway at the rest area near Steele, Missouri. Having no spare tire, Alexander and Hammon went with Howard Henry, the rest area maintenance person, to a nearby service station to purchase a new tire.

            Shortly after Alexander and Hammon left for a new tire, the victim, Richard Alford, drove into the rest area in his new 1984 Pontiac Bonneville and parked on one spot away from Pollard’s car. Pollard told Sands that he wanted that car and he was going to get it. Pollard removed the loaded rifle from the car and waited for Alford to return to his car. Pollard stood in the space between the two cars and shot Alford through the window, turned and looked at Sands, then turned back and shot Alford two more times.

            Pollard moved Alford’s body from the driver’s seat, got into the car, and drove off with the body. Twelve to thirteen minutes later, Pollard returned to see if his friends had made it back with the new tire. They had not, so Pollard left again in Alford’s car and left it at the rest area on the northbound side of Interstate 55. Pollard and his friends left and stopped in Blytheville, Arkansas to spend the night. Pollard had stolen a ring from the victim’s finger and was wiping the blood from it. He later sold it in a pawn shop. The body of Alford was found near the rest area in a drainage ditch under an Interstate 55 overpass.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list his death.

            His Alford line is not known at this time and any additional information would be helpful.

 

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ROSE LEE ALFORD MORRIS

 

PINE BLUFF COMMERCIAL

Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co., AR—Monday, 20 December 2004

 

            Rose Lee Morris, 72, of Pine Bluff, died on Tuesday [Dec 14] at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Graveside services were held at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

            She was born on April 2, 1932, at Pine Bluff, and was the daughter of the late Van Alford, Sr. and Hattie Owens Alford. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Morris.

            Survivors include a son, Andrew Alford of Pine Bluff; a stepson, Robert Morris of Pine Bluff; a stepdaughter, Jean Morris of Pine Bluff; a brother, Van Alford, Jr. of Chicago; sisters, Minnie Alford of Pine Bluff and Beulah Friedson of Chicago; and three grandchildren.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Rosie L. Morris (SS# issued in AR).

            This is an African-American family. They are enumerated as such on the censuses, and Van’s race is listed as Ethiopian on his WWI Draft Registration Card.

            Van Alford’s SSDI records say he was born 9 Jan 1892 and died 4 Apr 1996. He was 104 if the birth date is correct, but his 1900 census birth year is 1895, and his WWI Draft Reg says 1894.

 

CENSUS

 

1930

Perkins (District 71), Pulaski Co., AR

Dwelling #71

 

Van Alford                head           34     AR SC SC      railroad   age 26 at first marriage

Hattie                          wife           33     AR AR AR                    age 16 at first marriage

Van Jr.                           son             7     AR AR AR

Samuel                          son             4     AR AR AR

Beaulah                         dau             2     AR AR AR

J.C.                                son        6/12     AR AR AR

 

1900

Perkins (District 146), Saline Co., AR

Dwelling #71

 

Fred Alford                head       50   b. Jan 1850    SC SC SC      farmer       

                                                                                                      married 26 years

Louisa                          wife       45   b. May 1855  SC SC SC      15 children, 5 living

Henrietta                       dau       15   b. July 1885   SC SC SC

Bertha                           dau         7   b. May 1895  AR SC SC

Vando                           son         5   b. Apr 1895   AR SC SC

Emma                           dau         3   b. Aug 1896   AR SC SC

John                     grandson    2/12   b. Mar 1900   AR SC SC

 

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ROY LEE ALFORD

Brother of Donald Ray Alford, AAFA #0059

 

Shinn Funeral Service

Russellville, Pope Co., AR—_____ February 2009

 

 

            Roy Lee Alford, age 78, a resident of Russellville, Arkansas, died Saturday, February 21, 2009, at his home.

            He was born July 15, 1930 at Nashville, Arkansas, to William Preston and Lydia Adeline Dowty Alford. He was an investigator with Equifax Services, Inc. for over 30 years and retired as a Master Sergeant in the Arkansas Army National Guard after 37 years of service. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church for 50 years. He enjoyed 4-wheeling, hunting, fishing and traveling.

            He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Jeremy Levitt.

            Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Agnes Josephine Vodrazka Alford; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary Allen and Diane Alford of Farmington, Randall Glenn and Holly Alford of Russellville; one daughter and son-in-law, Sherry Lee and Bill Srygley of Russellville; a brother and sister-in-law, Donald R. and Joan Alford of Melbourne, Florida; a sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Floyd C. Williamson of Lima, Ohio; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

            The funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at the Wesley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Blake Bradford officiating. Burial will be in Brearley Cemetery at Dardanelle [Yell Co.], under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service with military honors provided by the Arkansas Army National Guard.

            Active pallbearers will be Bill Standridge, Dennis Lowe, Dean Castleberry, Jerryle Davis, Freddy Bowden and Leonard Elliott. Honorary pallbearers will be Lewis Weir, Leo Elliott, Sam Goza and Bill Eaton.

            Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at the funeral home.

 

 

Photo from Brearley Cemetery, Dardanelle, Yell Co., AR—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Vicki G.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Roy L. Alford (SS# issued in AR), last residence Russellville, Pope Co., AR.

            See the obituaries of his parents, William Preston Alford and Lydia Adeline Dowty Alford, in this compilation.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His lineage: Roy Lee 1930 AR1, William Preston 1905 AR2, William Anderson 1881 AR3, Franklin Ewing 1861 AR4, Madison Ewing 1815 AL5, David 1785 VA6, Robert 1760 England7.

 

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RUBY BUCKNER LOGUE ALFORD

 

MORNING NEWS

Bentonville, Benton Co., AR—Sunday, 29 February 2004

 

SPRINGDALE [Washington Co.]—Ruby Alford, 82, died on February 26, 2004 in Bentonville. A funeral service was held on Tuesday at Sisco Funeral Chapel in Springdale, Arkansas. Burial was in Friendship Cemetery.

            She was born on February 9, 1922, in Marcel, North Carolina, to John Lee and Lodemie Willis Buckner. She moved to northwest Arkansas from North Carolina in 1939. She worked as a nurse at Springdale Memorial Hospital for 26 years until her retirement. She was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church.

            Surviving are three sons, Glenn Alford and wife, Mary, of Fayetteville, Bill Alford and wife, Berniece, of Springdale, and Timothy Logue and wife, Patricia, of Springdale; two daughters, Brenda Mullins and husband, Neil, of Bentonville, Sharon Gibbins of Salt Lake City, Utah; two brothers, Bob Buckner of Pennington, Virginia and Clyde Buckner of Mars Hill, North Carolina; one sister, Bertha Ponder of Mars Hill; ten grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Owen Alford, in 1969, and her husband, Clifford Logue, in 1990.

 

In another article:

 

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES

Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC—Sunday, 29 February 2004

 

            Ruby Alford, 82, of Springdale [Washington Co.], Ark., died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004, in Bentonville, Ark.

            Born Feb. 9, 1922, at Marcel, she was the daughter of John Lee and Lodemic Willis Buckner.

            She moved to Arkansas in 1939. She was a retired nurse for Springdale Memorial Hospital for 26 years and was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church. She raised cocker spaniels and enjoyed her flowers and gardening. She was preceded in death by her husband, Owen Alford, in 1969 and her husband, Clifford Logue, in 1990.

            Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-laws, Glenn Alford and his wife, Mary, of Fayetteville, Ark., Bill Alford and his wife, Berniece of Springdale, Ark. and Timothy Logue and his wife, Patricia, also of Springdale, Ark.; two daughters and son-in-law, Brenda Mullins and her husband, Niel, of Bentonville, Ark. and Sharon Gibbins of Salt Lake City, Utah; two brothers, Bob Buckner of Pennnington, Va. and Clyde Buckner of Mars Hill; one sister, Bertha Ponder of Mars Hill; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

            A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sisco Funeral Chapel in of Springdale, Ark..... Burial will be in the Friendship Cemetery.

            Pallbearers will be Jim Ed Duncan, Kelly Alford, Jason Harter, Spence Mabry, Mark Herber and Terron Hartley.

            Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Sisco Funeral Chapel.

            Arrangements are under the direction of Sisco Funeral Chapel of 705 West Meadow, Springdale, AR, 72764-4461.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list her death or the deaths of her husbands.

            From Friendship Cemetery (www.findagrave.com): her husband Owen Alford was born 29 Oct 1914 and died 21 Jan 1969.

            Owen was the son of Franklin D. Alford and Ellen Bell Sims.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #2.

            Her husband’s lineage: Owen 1914 AR1, Franklin D. 1881 AR2, Franklin L. 1858 AR3, Thomas H. 1833 TN4, John 1786 NC5.

 

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RUTH S. ALVORD BRISSETT

 

SYRACUSE HERALD-JOURNAL

Syracuse, Onondaga Co., NY—Monday, 20 July 1992

 

            Former King Ferry and Syracuse resident Ruth S. Alvord Brissett, 77, of London [Pope Co.], Ark., died May 8, at home.

            Mrs. Brissett was born in Syracuse and lived in the area for 40 years. In 1955 she moved to King Ferry, where she lived until moving to Arkansas in 1985. Mrs. Brissett and her late husband Donald Alvord had owned and published the former Southern Cayuga Tribune weekly newspaper.

            She was a member of the Genoa “Craker Jacks” home demonstration group.

            In Arkansas, Mrs. Brissett was a communicant of the London United Methodist Church, the “Crafy Ladies” sewing group and the London Extension Home-makers.

            Surviving are her husband, Leon of London; a son, Covert Alvord of Locke; two daughters, Connie Sykes of Russellville, Ark., and Melanie Carr of Norwich, Conn.; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

            Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Belle Isle Cemetery, Camillus, with the Rev. James Barbour officiating.

            Shurtleleff Funeral Home, Genoa, has charge of arrangements.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list her death.

            We included the obituary of her first husband, Donald W. Alvord, in New York Obituaries.

 

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SARAH CATHERINE GASAWAY HALFORD

 

JONESBORO SUN

Jonesboro, Craighead Co., AR—Wednesday, 6 October 2004

 

            Sarah Catherine Halford, 80, of Jonesboro died Monday, Oct. 4, at St. Bernard’s Medical Center.

            She was a lifelong resident of Jonesboro and member of First United Methodist Church. She was a bookkeeper at the family business, Gasaway’s Grocery.

            Survivors include her husband, Herbert Charles Halford of the home; one son, Randall Allen Halford of Dallas; one daughter, Janet Duffel of Jonesboro; one brother, Gerald Winston Gasaway of Jonesboro; and five grandchildren, Merideth Duffel of Hunter, Jonathan Duffel of Jonesboro, and Emily Snider, Erin Halford and Elyssa Halford, all of Dallas.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, W.E. and Mae Gasaway.

            Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church…. Burial will be in Keller’s Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

            Active pallbearers will be Jace Gasaway, Jerry Gasaway, Larry Ransone, Leland Worlow, Mike Duncan, Dale Ransone and George Clogston.

            Honorary pallbearers will include members of the friendship Sunday school class and Dr. Ben Owens Jr….

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Sarah C. Alford (SS# issued in AR) was born 23 Aug 1924.

            See the obituary of her husband, Herbert Charles Halford, in this compilation.

 

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SARAH FRANCES ALFORD WILSON

Great-Grandmother of Kathryn Elizabeth Snodgrass Schultz, AAFA #0568

 

Photo from Kathryn Schulz, AAFA #0568

 

DAILY GRAPHIC

Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co., AR—3 August 1939

 

Final Rites for Mrs. J.W. Wilson To Be Held Today

Widow of Presbyterian Minister Died Yesterday At Home of Daughter

 

            Funeral services will be held at 3 o’clock this afternoon from the chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son Mortuary for Mrs. Sarah Frances Wilson, 86, widow of Rev. J.W. Wilson, pioneer Presbyterian minister who served as pastor at Watson Chapel for a number of years, who died at 8:30 a.m. yesterday at the son of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Reichen, 1904 Cherry street. She had been ill for one week.

            Services will be conducted by the Rev. John D. Spragins, pastor of Central Presbyterian Church and the Rev. R.S. Taylor of Little Rock. Burial will be on the family lot in Bellwood Cemetery in charge of Ralph Robinson and Son Mortuary.

            The following grandsons will serve as active pallbearers: Christian Reichen, Franklin Reichen, Murray Reichen, Jo Wilson Jones, Russell Craig, Bruce Wilson, Wayne Thompson, Jr., James Wilson, Olcie Wilson, Homer Wilson, Woodrow Wilson and Harry Wilson. Honorary pallbearers will be J.L. West, J. H. Culpepper, E.M. Doty, C.I. Shell, Ernest Reichen, Howard K. Adams and Harry Daniels, Sr.

            Mrs. Wilson was born on July 19, 1853, at Trenton, Tenn., a daughter of the late Tom and Frances Alford, pioneer Tennessee residents. She was married to the late Rev. Mr. Wilson at Trenton on January 30, 1872, and they moved to Arkansas shortly after their marriage. She had made her home in the Pine Bluff vicinity since that time, moving to Watson Chapel in 1900. Her late husband was pastor of Watson Chapel church and was engaged in mission work until his death in 1922. Mrs. Wilson made her home with her daughters in Pine Bluff, Mrs. Reichen and Mrs. T.R. Craig, for several years. She was a member of the Watson Chapel Presbyterian Church.

            Surviving her in addition to Mrs. Reichen and Mrs. Craig, are three other daughters, Mrs. Ewing West of Pine Bluff, Mrs. J.J. Jones of Memphis, Tenn., and Mrs. Wayne Thompson of Shelby, Miss.; two sons, Tom J. Wilson and R.L. Wilson of Pine Bluff; a sister, Mrs. Mary Harrison of Stephens, Ark., 17 grandchildren and 11

great-grandchildren.”

 

Photo from Bellwood Cemetery Annex, Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co., AR—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Gail Blackerby

 

AAFA NOTES: Sarah was the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Alford and Agga Frances Richardson. She married James William Wilson on 30 Jan 1872 in Gibson Co., TN, where she was born.

            Her lineage: Sarah Frances 1853 TN1, Thomas Jefferson 1825 TN2, William 1780 VA3.

 

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SHELIA DENISE ALFORD

 

TEXARKANA GAZETTE

Texarkana, Bowie Co., TX—Tuesday, 31 March 2009

 

HOPE, Ark.—Sheila D. Alford, 46, of Hope died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at her home.

            Arrangements are pending with Hicks Funeral Home.

 

In another article:

 

TEXARKANA GAZETTE

Texarkana, Bowie Co., TX—Wednesday, 1 April 2009

 

HOPE, Ark.—Shelia Denise Alford, 46, of Hope died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at her home.

            Mrs. Alford was born Aug. 13, 1962, in Hope. She was formerly a Clerical III with Solution Secure Bank Association, Dallas, and a member of Lonoke Baptist Church.

            Survivors include three sisters, Patricia Nelson of Hope, Teresa Fletcher of Dallas and Vickye Mitchell of Little Rock; four brothers, Rickey Alford of El Dorado, Ark., Steven Alford of Atlanta, Ga., Alex Davis of Dallas and Sylvester Davis Jr. of Texarkana; one special friend, Ray McClure of Hope; and a number of other relatives.

            Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Lonoke Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Alvin Hunter officiating. Burial will be in Cave Hill Cemetery, Hope, under direction of Hicks Funeral Home.

            Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth date of Shelia D. Alford (SS# issued in AR), but her death date is listed as 30 March 2009, last residence Hope, Hempstead Co., AR.

 

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SHERMAN GRANT HALFORD

 

ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE

Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR—Monday, 3 January 2000

Included in AAFA ACTION, Spring 2003

 

            Sherman Grant Halford, 83, Jacksonville, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000. He was retired from Southwestern Transportation with 27 years of service, and retired from Schroeders Catfish House, a former Boy Scout Leader and member of Hope Lutheran Church.

            Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Martha; three sons, Alvin and his wife Leanne, Jacksonville, Milton and his wife Tommie, Maumelle, Carl and his wife Susan, Cordova, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Paige Wolff, Jacksonville, Mark Halford, Palm Bay, Fla., Scott Halford, Youngsville, N.C., Hope Halford, Atlanta; four step-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Stella Gardner, Jacksonville, and Bea Simmons, Austin.

            Funeral will be Monday, 2 p.m. Westbrook Funeral Home [Beebe, AR] with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens [Beebe, White Co., AR] by Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe.

 

Photo from Meadowbrook Memorial Garden, Beebe, White Co., AR—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Robert L. Young

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that S.G. Halford (SS# issued by the Railroad Board) was born 28 Jan 1916.

            See the obituary of his sister Stella Mary Halford Gardner in this compilation.

            From Sharlene Miller’s RootsWeb Family Tree, “Sieckmann Ancestors (SkM)”: Sherman’s wife was Martha Margaret Elizabeth Schroeder, born 12 Dec 1922 in Slovac, Prairie Co., AR.

            His HALFORD lineage, from Michael Kruse’s RootsWeb Family Tree, “Halford: Southern US”: Sherman Grant 1916 AR1, Bert True 1893 AR2, Nathaniel W. 1850 AR3, William Richard 1819 NC4.

 

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STELLA MARY HALFORD GARDNER

 

SHERWOOD VOICE

Sherwood, Pulaski Co., AR—Thursday, 16 August 2001

Included in AAFA ACTION, Spring 2003

 

            Stella M. Halford Gardner, 79, of Jacksonville [Pulaski Co.], died Saturday, August 11, 2001. She was a real estate broker and a member of Park Hill Christian Disciples of Christ.

            Three daughters, Harriett Foster of Paradise, California, Fran Dorman of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sharen Lamuel of Sherwood, and five grandchildren survive her.

            Funeral services were Tuesday at North Little Rock Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Carlisle Cemetery. North Little Rock Funeral Home was in charge.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Stella M. Gardner (SS# issued in AR) was born 6 Apr 1922.

            See the obituary of her brother Sherman Grant Halford in this compilation.

            From Michael Kruse’s RootsWeb Family Tree, “Halford: Southern US”: Stella’s husband was Sebastian Lancelot Gardner, born 22 Aug 1914.

            Her HALFORD lineage, again from Michael Kruse: Stella Mary 1922 AR1, Bert True 1893 AR2, Nathaniel W. 1850 AR3, William Richard 1819 NC4.

 

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THOMAS DALE ALFORD, SR.

AAFA #0268

 

Photo from Mount Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR, www.findagrave.com

 

ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE

Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR—Wednesday, 26 January 2000

Included in AAFA ACTION, Spring 2000

 

            Thomas Dale Alford, M.D., age 83, of Little Rock died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000. He was born in Pike County and graduated from high school in Rector at the age of 16. He attended Arkansas State University and what is now the University of Central Arkansas before receiving his doctorate in medicine from the University of Arkansas Medical Science Center in 1939. He served his internship at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City before serving his residency in general surgery at the Missouri Pacific Hospital in Little Rock. While in college, Dr. Alford has extensive experience as a radio sportscaster, covering all Southwest Conference football games for a period of five years. Dr. Alford had an opportunity of leaving the regional network and go national in radio broadcasting but chose to continue in the medical profession. Dr. Alford served in World War II from 1940-46 as a captain in the U.S. Army, having active duty as a surgeon in the European Theatre with the 160th Station Hospital.

            After the war, Dale served his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in Chicago, becoming an ophthalmology surgeon. In 1947, Dale became an assistant professor of ophthalmic with Dr. J. Mason Baird at Emory University serving one year before returning to Little Rock beginning his private practice in ophthalmology in 1948. From 1949-56, Dr. Alford was chief assistant in ophthalmology surgery at the Little Rock Veterans Hospital, also serving as a diplomat on the American Board of Ophthalmology, a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a fellow of the College of Surgeons as well as a fellow of International Surgeons, a member of the Cataract Refractive Surgeons, a member for over 50 years of the American Medical Association, the Pulaski County Medical Society, the Arkansas Medical Society, Past Vestry member of Christ Episcopal Church, a founding member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

            He served on the Little Rock School District Board, on the board of trustees at Little Rock University, now University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and was a past board member of All Saints Episcopal School in Vicksburg, Miss. Dr. Alford was also very active in his community, serving as a founding member and once president of the Arkansas State Opera Association, Past President of the Association of University of Illinois Eye Alumni, and a 32nd Degree Mason, Hot Springs F.&A.M., #62, and a member of the Scimitar Shrine.

            He was a member of the Phi Chi Medical Fraternity and Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, past state commander of the American Legion, a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, disabled American Veterans Association, past vice chairman of the National Commission on Americanism of the American Legion, a member of the Country Club of Little Rock, the Little Rock Yacht Club, the U.S. Power Squadron, Trinity Episcopal Churches.

            Dr. Alford was elected to the 86th and 87th United States Congress as a representative of the state of Arkansas. During his service, President John F. Kennedy appointed Dr. Alford the keynote speaker and delegate to represent the United States at the 51st Inter-parliamentary Conference held in Brasilia, Brazil, in 1962. Dr. Alford also appointed General Wesley Clark as a cadet at West Point College. General Clark went on to be the head of NATO Forces.

            Dr. Alford is preceded in death by his wife, L’Moore Smith Alford, marrying in 1940, and his son, Thomas Dale Alford Jr. who died in 1989. Dr. Alford is survived by two daughters, L’Moore Fontaine Alford and Anne Maury Alford Winans, both of Little Rock; a daughter-in-law, Kay Alford of Little Rock; one brother, Dr. Boyce Alford of Pine Bluff; one sister, Joyce Gardner of Bryant; five grandchildren, Robert Wheat Kelly-Goss, Elizabeth Fontaine Goss Gardner, William Whistler Winans, Alexander Alford Winans, Thomas Dale “Tad” Alford III, and one great-grandchild, Pearl Fontaine Kelly-Goss.

            There will be a visitation Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ruebel Funeral Home, followed by a funeral service Thursday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church officiated by The Reverend Henry Hudson. Burial will be at Mount Holly Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral or the St. Vincent Infirmary Foundation.

 

In another article, same source, 27 January 2000:

 

Alford, write-in House winner of Central era, dies

By Larry Ault

 

            Dr. Dale Alford, an ophthalmologist who served in Congress from 1959 to 1963 after winning office in a write-in campaign on a tide of segregationist sentiment from the integration of Central High School, died Tuesday in Little Rock. He was 83.

            Alford, who died of complications from congestive heart failure, mounted the write-in campaign in the fall of 1958 after he served on the Little Rock School Board. He defeated eight-term Rep. Brooks Hays, considered a moderate, for the seat in Congress.

            Alford often felt that he was misunderstood and that the media inaccurately portrayed his position on integration

            In a 1976 interview, Alford said he was “one of the most misunderstood persons who ever advocated anything.” He said he was interested in preserving the Little Rock public school system without discrimination.

            “I made mistakes, as other people have made mistakes,” Alford said. “One thing I never made clear during all the disturbed emotions [of that period] was that I was taking what I took to be a constitutional stand against unconstitutional stormtroopers in our midst—in making our home state a battleground.”

            Little Rock Central High School became internationally known Sept. 2, 1957, when Gov. Orval Faubus sent Arkansas National Guardsmen there. Faubus said he called out the guard “to maintain ... the peace and good order of the community” and directed the National Guard to prevent nine black students from entering the all-white school.

            Faubus removed the Guardsmen on the order of a federal judge. When the black students went to Central three days later, on Sept. 23, a violent crowd gathered. The students were removed for their protection.

            President Eisenhower then federalized the National Guard and sent 101st Airborne Division troops to the school the next day to enforce the school’s integration. The black students attended school the rest of the year under federal protection.

            Alford often contended that “outside forces” picked Little Rock to be the battleground for desegregation.

            In 1958, Alford said he had never voted for integration when he was a member of the Little Rock School Board.

            “I am a segregationist because I sincerely believe that ‘evolution rather than revolution’ is the only practical, sensible and peaceful approach to this age-old problem,” he said.

            Grandson Robert Kelly-Goss of Minturn, Colo., said recently that Alford “was fearful for the potential for violence at the high school.” He said his grandfather favored integrating the schools, beginning with the elementary schools.

            Professionally, Alford was an eye doctor with a racially integrated medical practice, Kelly-Goss said.

            Alford was born on a farm near Murfreesboro on Jan. 28, 1916, in Pike County to Thomas H. Alford and Ida Womack Alford, struggling young teachers in an isolated country school.

            His father eventually served as president of the Arkansas Education Association and as principal of Jacksonville High School. Like other high schools in the Pulaski County district, Jacksonville admitted dozens of Little Rock students in 1958-59, when Little Rock voters closed the city’s senior high schools rather than integrate them.

            Alford attended Arkansas State College, now Arkansas State University, at Jonesboro and graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine.

            Alford married L’Moore Fontaine Smith of Sardis, Miss., on July 27, 1940. He served five years of active duty in the Army Medical Corps during World War II.

            After World War II, Alford served about two years in private medical practice in Atlanta. He returned home to Little Rock in 1948.

            He served on the staffs of several major Little Rock hospitals.

            Alford was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 4, 1958, and re-elected in 1960. He retired after those two terms, then ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1962 and 1966.

            After serving on the Little Rock School Board during the school desegregation crisis, he started a write-in campaign eight days before the November 1958 general election, which he won with 30,739 votes to Hays’ 29,483. His campaign workers handed out stickers bearing his name, which voters could then affix to the ballot.

            Alford chose not to seek a third term because reapportionment after the 1960 census cost the state one of its House seats and placed him in the same district as U.S. Rep. Wilbur Mills of Kensett.

            In 1984 he ran again for the 2nd Congressional District seat, which includes Little Rock, but finished last in a field of five in the Democratic primary.

            Alford’s health had deteriorated in recent years because of cancer and after he sustained a stroke.

            Jim Johnson of Conway, who during the Central High crisis was an outspoken segregationist, promoted Alford’s political endeavors and called his old friend “one of God’s noble men.”

            “He stood for states’ rights and constitutional government,” Johnson said. “He was a great American. Dale Alford was a tremendous congressmen, who would have made Arkansas a great governor. With the kind of zeal and kind of enthusiasm he had, it never fades away.

            “He was of a kindred spirit with that little band of patriots who left bloody footprints in the snow at Valley Forge. I wouldn’t worry about the future of America if we had more Dale Alfords.”

            Claude Carpenter Jr., a Little Rock lawyer, served as Alford’s campaign manager during the 1958 campaign.

            Carpenter lauded Alford’s involvement in the American Legion and veterans affairs in his later years.

            Arkansas historian and author Roy Reed interviewed Alford in the early 1990s for his book, Faubus: the Life and Times of an American Prodigal.

            Reed said that behind closed doors, Faubus supported Alford in his write-in campaign but would never admit it publicly.

            “Both men never acknowledged that support,” Reed said. “Supporting a write-in candidate isn’t good for the party. There was considerable evidence, though, that Faubus’ people worked hard for Alford.” He was buried on January 27, 2000 at Mount Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski County, AR.

 

In another article, same source, 2 February 2000:

 

The Eye Man

 

            It was an act of both justice and mercy that, on his death, Dale Alford had long outlived his political sobriquet—The Eye Man. For he was a warm and generous friend, a skilled and caring physician, but a low politician.

            Happily, a younger generation would have to be reminded of just what role he had played in the Furious Fifties, for it was not a noble one. He was one of various politicians to exploit the bad feelings of his time, and he was highly successful at it—for a mercifully brief season.

            It was the year after the Crisis of 1957, which holds a place in Arkansas history roughly equivalent to that of the San Francisco earthquake in California’s. In that ugly atmosphere, The Eye Man was able to win election to Congress. He ran as a write-in candidate in the Second District, with the help of the Faubus machine and the tacit encouragement of the Eternal Incumbent himself. And he managed to beat the very moderate Brooks Hays, a beloved figure now remembered more for his good-natured stories than his politics.

            Dr. Alford would later try to best Orval Faubus himself in a governor’s race, but there was no besting the Old Master, who knew just how far to go—and no farther—when it came to political opportunism.

            What a blessing: His successive defeats saved The Eye Man for medicine, allowing him to serve others usefully, and to escape any great responsibility for the continuation of Arkansas’ era of bad feelings into the seggish Sixties.

            Naturally the good doctor remembered it all a bit differently. The centers of memory in the brain, scientists tell us, are located close to those associated with creativity. Which may explain why all of us are constantly recasting the past to fit the needs of the present. By 1976, Dr. Alford would describe himself as “one of the most misunderstood persons who ever advocated anything,” and explain that he was just trying to defend certain constitutional principles—not racial segregation.

            Back in hot-and-heavy 1958, it was a slightly different story. “I am a segregationist,” he would proclaim back then, “because I sincerely believe that ‘evolution rather than revolution’ is the only practical, sensible and peaceful and peaceable approach to this age-old program.” Whatever all that meant, it was that one word, his identifying himself as a segregationist, that was clear enough to elect him over Brooks Hays.

            Indeed, it was The Eye Man’s stand against desegregation as a member of Little Rock’s school board that first brought him to public attention and acclaim, both of which can prove highly addictive. He was back running for Congress as late as in 1984, though by then he finished fifth in the five-man field. Like his florid oratory, Dr. Alford’s political appeal had grown dated, and, in another act of grace, almost forgotten.

            Dale Alford was at last freed to do his best work. Fortunate man, fortunate us. The Eye Man would go back to tending eyes, and leave the political vision to others.

 

Photo from Mount Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR, www.findagrave.com

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of T. Dale Alford (SS# issued in AR).

            See the obituaries of his wife, L’Moore Smith Alford; daughter L’Moore Fontaine Alford; daughter-in-law Alethea Kay Shamburger Alford’ and brother D. Boyce Alford in this compilation. We included the obituary of his son, Thomas Dale Alford Jr., in Connecticut Obituaries.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His paternal lineage: Thomas Dale 1916 AR1, Thomas Franklin 1894 AR2, Samuel Thomas 1873 AR3.

            His maternal Alford lineage, starting with his great-great-grandmother, whose granddaughter Nancy Ann Flora Henderson m. Samuel Thomas Alford: Levisa Alford 1808 AL5, David 17875 VA6, Robert 1760 England7.

 

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VERNON OLTA ESTES ALFORD

 

HARRISON DAILY TIMES

Harrison, Boone Co., AR—Wednesday, 3 March 2004

 

            Vernon Olta Alford, 99, of Harrison [Boone Co., AR], died Sunday, Feb. 29 at Hillcrest Nursing Home in Harrison.

            She was the daughter of the late Oliver and Martha (White) Estes and was born in Capps [Boone Co.] on May 19, 1904.

            She attended the Shiloh Baptist Church. She was a member of the Capps Homemaker Club and the Hilltop Quilters.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Alford; three brothers and a sister.

            Survivors are a son, James Roy Alford and a grandson, Lex James Alford, both of Harrison.

            Services were 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 3 at Christeson Funeral Home. Burial was in the Plumlee Cemetery....

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Vernon Alford (SS# issued in AR).

            See the obituary of her sister-in-law China Laverne Woodworth Alford in this compilation.

            Vernon Estes married Roy Monroe Alford on 26 Feb 1928 in Boone Co., AR.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #2.

            Her husband’s lineage: Roy Monroe 1899 AR1, William Thomas 1879 AR2, Franklin L. 1858 AR3, Thomas H. 1833 TN4, John 1786 NC5.

 

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WILLIAM DAVID ALFORD

 

PIKE COUNTY TRIBUNE

Murfreesboro, Pike Co., AR—Friday, 18 May 1923

 

            Dr. W.D. Alford, aged 89, a pioneer citizen of this county, died at his home at Murfreesboro early Saturday morning [May 12]. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church by Rev. Powell, Pastor of the M.E. Church at that place. The body was buried in Murfreesboro cemetery with Masonic honors. Dr. Alford is said to be one of the oldest Masons in the state.

 

AAFA NOTES: This obituary and further information on this family is from An Arkansas Connection, the website of the late Morris Myers, AAFA #1065.

            From Morris’s website, which has much additional information: William was the eldest son of Madison Ewing Alford and Nancy Orrick. He was born 31 March 1835 in AL. He married (1) Mary E. Brewer; they had 3 children. After her death in 1869, he married (2) Rebecca Ann Sharp, and they had 3 children. He served in the Civil War and later became a medical doctor.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His lineage: William David 1835 AL1, Madison Ewing 1815 AL2, David 1785 VA3, Robert 1760 England4.

 

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WILLIAM EARL “AL” ALFORD

 

THE TIMES-HERALD

Forrest City, St. Francis Co., AR—Monday, 24 October 2005

 

            Mr. William Earl “Al” Alford, age 77, of Forrest City, died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005, at Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis.

            Mr. Alford was born Oct. 15, 1928, in St. Francis County, the son of Clarence Alford and Blanche Roberts Alford. He lived in St. Francis County for most of his life and was owner-operator of Al’s Electric.

            Mr. Alford is survived by three sons, Gary Alford of Mississippi, Allen Alford and Scott Alford both of Little Rock; one brother, Junior Alford of Forrest City; two sisters, Gerry Whittenton and Laverne Laws both of Forrest City and several grandchildren.

            .... Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Stevens Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Hughes Cemetery.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Earl W. Alford (SS# issued in AR) was born 15 Sept 1928, last residence Forrest City, AR.

            On Clarence Alford’s 1918 WWI Draft Registration Card (Ancestry.com), he is age 20, a farmer working for W.A. Alford, living in St. Francis Co., AR. He was born 27 May 1898.

           

CENSUS

 

1920

Johnson (District 220), St. Francis Co., AR

Dwelling #68

[Next door in dwelling #69 is the family of their son Oscar Alford.]

 

Will A. Alford           head             58     KY TN TN             farmer 

Lizzie C.                      wife             50     AL AL AL            

Clarence                       son             21     AR KY AL            farmer

   [this name, at the bottom of the page, appears to be a correction to the line above,

   which looks like “Danver M.” or “Donna M.”]

Dama                            dau             14     AR KY AL

Emma M. [illeg]  granddau      4-3/12

 

1910

Johnson (District 122), St. Francis Co., AR

Dwelling #117

 

Wm. Alford         head      47     KY TN TN      first marriage, 21 years       farmer

Lizzie                    wife       43     AL AL AL      second marriage, 21 years

                                                                             10 children, 6 living

Oscar                     son         16     AR KY AL

Sallie                     dau        14     AR KY AL

Clarence               son         12     AR KY AL

Lee                        dau          7     AR KY AL

D. May                  dau          4     AR KY AL

 

1900

Johnson (District 93), St. Francis Co., AR

Dwelling #103

 

William Alford    head      37     b. July 1862     KY TN TN      m. 11 years

Elizabeth               wife       30     b. Sept 1869    AR AL AL     7 children, 4 living

John                       son         14     b. Dec 1885     TN KY AR

Oscar                     son           6     b. Mar 1894     AR KY AR

Sallie                     dau          4     b. Feb 1896     AR KY AR

Clarence               son           2     b. May 1898    AR KY AR

 

            His lineage: William Earl 1928 AR1, Clarence 1898 AR2, William A. 1862 KY3.

 

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WILLIAM J. ALFORD

 

Source unknown

Montgomery, AL—Thursday, 23 February 1928 (date written on microfilm frame)

 

            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 [Union Co.], 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.

 

AAFA NOTES: AAFA obtained William J. Alford’s Spanish American War record. It confirms that William served in the unit stated in the obituary, but his enlistment date is listed as 12 July 1898, when he was age 21y 3m. He was born in Pugh, AL, and resided in Montgomery, AL, occupation carpenter. (An historical post office for Pugh, Montgomery Co., AL, is listed at Place Names. Lake Pugh is a reservoir in Montgomery Co., southeast of Montgomery.) He was single and named H.J. Alford as his nearest relative. He was 5 feet 8 inches and weighed 123 pounds; a “Remark” says: “Family characteristic light of weight.” On July 14 he reported for duty at Miami, FL. A record dated Oct 6 says he contracted a “very bad cold and cough, located in chest” caused by “insufficient clothing.” Another record dated Oct 24 in Montgomery says he had “malarial fever.” He was on furlough from Sept 20 to Oct 19.

            If William stated his age correctly, he was born about April 1877. The censuses below may be William’s family, but his birth date, June 1880, is different—note that this William/Willie is not included on the 1880 census:

 

CENSUS

 

1900

Porters (District 115), Montgomery Co., AL

Dwelling #190

 

Henry J. Alford            head        62   b. Dec 1837     AL GA SC      farmer  widower

Henrietta                        dau        24   b. Apr 1876     AL AL AL

Willie T.J.                      son        19   b. June 1880    AL AL AL

Cleveland H.                  son        16   b. Apr 1884     AL AL AL

 

In dwelling #188 is Judge H. Alford, age 34 b. Apr 1866 in AL. Although the family head is named Henry J. Alford on this census, he is identified as Hilliard Judge Alford in online family trees, and Judge H. Alford on this census is his son.

 

1880

Porters (District 139), Montgomery Co., AL (June 1)

Dwelling #9

 

Judge Alford                head        43   AL GA SC      farmer

Henretta                        wife        37   AL AL GA

Elizabeth                        dau        18   AL AL GA

Hilliard                           son        14   AL AL GA

David                              son          4   AL AL GA

Charlie                            son          2   AL AL GA

Henretta                         dau          7   AL AL GA

Julius                         brother        24   AL AL GA     merchant

 

            His possible lineage: William J. 1880 AL1, Hilliard Judge 1837 AL2, Levin Ellis 1814 GA3, William 1787 NC4, William 1734 VA5, Lodwick 1710 VA6, James 1687 VA7, John 1645 VA8.

 

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WILLIAM JOSEPH “GUNGE” ALFORD

 

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William Joseph “Gunge” ALFORD

 

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“Gunge” Alford, Margrette E. “Mag” Owens, and daughter, Mazella Iantha “Zella”

 

PIKE COUNTY COURIER

Murfreesboro, Pike Co., AR—Friday, 6 November 1931

Included in AAFA ACTION, Winter 2000

 

Pioneer Citizen of County Died Saturday.

 

            W.J. Alford, aged 66, died at the family home at Kirby last Saturday [October 31]. Mr. Alford fell dead in the yard at his home, and never regained consciousness. He had been a resident of Pike county practically all of his life, and was one of the pioneer citizens that was well and favorably known throughout this section of the state. He is survived by his widow, six children, 4 boys and two girls: Luther of Murfreesboro, Matthew and Lee of Kansas City, Forest of Grover, Texas, Mrs. Belvie Anderson of Kirby, and Miss Zella Alford of Kirby. Funeral services and burial was had at Kirby Sunday.

Photo from Kirby Cemetery, Pike Co., AR, www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Jerry McMenis

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituaries of his daughters Belvia Zada Alford Anderson and Mazella Iantha Alford and his sons Luther Homer Alford and William Lee Alford in this compilation. We included the obituary of his son Matthew Owen “Curly” Alford in Oklahoma Obituaries.

            This obituary and further information on this family is from An Arkansas Connection, the website of the late Morris Myers, AAFA #1065.

            William was born 1 July 1865 in Pike Co., the son of Joseph David Alford and Delila Jourdon. He married Margaret Elizabeth Owens in Sept 1885.

            The Pike County Archives and History Society, Pike County Families Photo Album, has posted numerous photos of this family, including the two above.

            The late Morris Myers, AAFA #1065, wrote “Arkansas Alfords – Descendants of Robert Alford,” that we published in AAFA ACTION, Spring 2003. The article includes an extensive history of William’s family.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His lineage: William Joseph 1865 AR1, Joseph David 1842 AR2, David Winston 1823 AL3, David 1785 VA4, Robert 1760 England5.

 

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WILLIAM LEE ALFORD

 

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William Lee Alford

 

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William Lee Alford and his mail delivery wagon

 

Source unknown

Pike Co., AR—_____ May 1976

 

            Lee Alford, 79, died Monday evening [May 24] at a Murfreesboro nursing home.

            He was born April 24, 1897, at Kirby, was retired farmer, and attended the Baptist Church.

            Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Flora Murphy Alford of the home; two sons: Harlon Alford of Hot Springs and Donald G. Alford of Madison, Wisconsin; five step-sons: E.C. Cox, Huey L. Cox, and Buster Cox, all of Murfreesboro, and Ray D. Cox of Prescott, C.B. Cox of Grandbury, Texas; two brothers, Luther Alford of Murfreesboro and Forrest Alford of Madison, Wisconsin; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; 19 step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren and two nieces and four nephews.

            Services were May 27 at the Knighten Cemetery near Kirby....

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Lee Alford (SS# issued in MO) was born 24 April 1898, and his death date is listed as _____ May 1976.

            This obituary and further information on this family is from An Arkansas Connection, the website of the late Morris Myers, AAFA #1065.

            See the obituaries of his second wife, Flora Murphy Cox Alford; father, William Joseph “Gunge” Alford; brother Luther Homer Alford; and sisters Belvia Zada Alford Anderson and Mazella Iantha Alford in this compilation. We included the obituary of his son Cecil Harlon Alford in Texas Obituaries. We included the obituary of his brother Matthew Owen “Curly” Alford in Oklahoma Obituaries.

            Lee, as he was apparently called, married (1) Bertha Johnson and (2) Flora (Murphy) Cox. Knighten Cemetery is also known as Woodall Valley Cemetery or Wallace Cemetery.

            There is a discrepancy in Lee’s birth year: his gravestone, obituary, and the 1900 census say 1897, but his WWI Draft Registration Card and SSDI say 1898.

            The Pike County Archives and History Society, Pike County Families Photo Album, has posted numerous photos of this family, including the two above.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His lineage: William Lee 1897 AR1, William Joseph 1865 AR2, Joseph David 1842 AR3, David Winston 1823 AL4, David 1785 VA5, Robert 1760 England6.

 

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WILLIAM PRESTON ALFORD

Father of Donald Ray Alford, AAFA #0059

 

COURIER DEMOCRAT

Russellville, Pope Co., AR—Monday, 29 January 1990

Included in AAFA ACTION, March 1990

 

            William Preston Alford, 84, of Russellville died Saturday, Jan. 27, at AMI St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

            He was a native of Pike County, a retired peach orchard manager and operator, son of the late William Anderson and Sarah Adeline Barrentine Alford, and a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Lydia Adeline Dowdy Alford.

            Survivors include two sons, Donald R. Alford and Roy Alford of Russellville; a daughter, Martha Williamson of Lima, Ohio; a brother, Alva Alford of Nashville; two sisters, Thera Dossey of Nash, Texas, and Flora Swinney of Longview, Texas; nine grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.

            Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wesley United Methodist Church by the Rev. David Moose. Burial will be in Brearley Cemetery [Yell County, AR] by Seay Funeral Service of Daardanelle.

            Active pallbearers will be Gary, Randy and Evan Alford, Dane, Todd and Tyler Williamson, and Ken Jeffery.

            The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 tonight at Seay Funeral Home.

            Memorials may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 300 North Cumberland, Russellville, Ark. 72801.

 

Photo from Brearley Cemetery, Dardanelle, Yell Co., AR—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Vicki G.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Preston Alford (SS# issued in AR) was born 20 Aug 1905.

            See the obituaries of his wife, Lydia Adeline Dowty Alford; his son Roy Lee Alford; and his brother Alva Joshua Alford in this compilation. We included the obituaries of his father, William Anderson Alford; and his sister Labitha Lottie Alford Dossey in Texas Obituaries.

            He preferred to be called Preston, as he is listed in SSDI.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His lineage: William Preston 1905 AR1, William Anderson 1881 AR2, Franklin Ewing 1861 AR3, Madison Ewing 1815 AL4, David 1785 VA5, Robert 1760 England6.

 

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WILLIAM TRAVIS ALFORD

 

[Although Travis died in IN, we are also publishing his obituary here because of his close ties to AR.]

 

ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE

Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR—25 May 1999

Included in AAFA ACTION, Winter 2003

 

MISHAWAKA [St. Joseph Co.], Ind.—William “Travis” Alford Sr., 76, of Mishawaka, Ind., passed away [May 20] at 10:20 a.m. in Memorial Hospital, South Bend, Ind., after a long illness. He was born on July 17, 1922 in Des Arc [Prairie Co.], Ark., to Emma and George Alford. He married Laura Norene King on Sept. 4, 1942.

            He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.

            He is survived by one daughter, Sandy Dollarhide of North Little Rock, Ark.; two sons, Ron Alford and William Travis Alford Jr. (Bill) of Mishawaka, Ind.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Francis Lee and Jean Wiggs of Des Arc, Ark.; two brothers, Herschel Alford of Cabot, Ark. and Bobby Dale Alford of DeValls Bluff, Ark.

            Travis was retired from the Bendix Corporation in April of 1981 after 31 years of employment.

            Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Faith Missionary Baptist Church with burial in Lakeside Cemetery by Garth Funeral Home of Des Arc.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth date of William T. Alford (SS# issued in AR) and list his death date as 20 May 1999, last residence Mishawaka, St Joseph Co., IN.

            In 1920 there were two Alford households in Prairie Co., AR. James T. Alford born about 1861 in TN and wife Mattie born there about 1863 had a son George born about 1899. It might have been this George who later married Emma and had William Travis Alford. It is interesting to note that the other Alford family was that of William T. Alford born about 1887 in TN and his wife Clara.

            On George William Alford’s 1918 WWI Draft Registration Card (Ancestry.com), he is age 18, living in Des Arc, Prairie Co., AR. His birth date is 13 Oct 1900, and he names his father, James T. Alford of the same address, as his nearest relative. He signed with his mark.

            In George Washington Alford’s memorial in Lakeside Cemetery, Des Arc (no gravestone photo), it says he was born 13 Feb 1898 in Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co., TN, the son of James and Martha Parchman Alford, and died 8 Sept 1971.

            Prairie County, Arkansas Cemetery Inscriptions by Marilyn Hambrick Sickel, compiled in 1989, Lakeside Cemetery shows a George Washington Alford (13 Feb 1898 or 13 Oct 1899? – 8 Sept 1971) who was the son of James Thomas Alford and Mattie Parchman.

            1900 census in Bullard, Prairie Co., AR: James Alford, age 39 b. Nov 1860 in TN; his wife Mattie 36 b. Sept 1863 in TN, 4 children, 4 living—married 15 years; and 4 children b. in AR, including George W. 1 b. Oct 1898.

            His lineage: William Travis 1922 AR1, George Washington 1898 TN2, James Thomas 1860 TN3.

 

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WILLIE MAE ALFORD JAMES

 

PINE BLUFF COMMERCIAL

Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co., AR—13 August 2011

 

 

            Funeral services for Willie Mae James, 80, of Pine Bluff died August 9, 2011 at Davis Life Care, will be held Tuesday 12 noon Damascus, MBC Rev. LaVara Henry, Pastor.

            She was born March 30, 1931, a daughter of the late Charlie and Rosie B. Alford.

            She received her education at Dermott School District, she was employed with Watson Chapel School District until her retirement. She was a member of Damascus MBC serving in inspirational Choir.

            Survivors: Six sons, Larry (Jeanett) James, Bruce (Linda) Allen, Rev. Douglas (Darlene) Allen, Ronald (Vernella) James all of Pine Bluff, Moses (Dawn) James, Victor (Paula) Smith both of Dallas, Texas; two daughters, Diane (John L.) Gray of Pine Bluff, Linda F. Perkins of Little Rock; four sisters, Georgia M. Taylor, Charlie M. Ferguson both of Pine Bluff, Versie D. (Ivory) Shaw of Little Rock, Charlie M. Alford of Crystal Springs, Miss., one brother, James Alford of Crystal Springs, Miss., 30 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins.

            Visitation may be made Monday 6-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

            Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery by Perry Funeral Home.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Willie M. James (SS# issued in AR), last residence Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co., AR.

 

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WILMA JANE ALFORD MCCARTY

 

PINE BLUFF COMMERCIAL

Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co., AR—Monday, 6 February 2006

 

NORTH LITTLE ROCK—Wilma Jane “Shine” McCarty, 88, of North Little Rock, died Friday [February 3] at Arkansas Hospice at Fort Roots.

            She was born March 5, 1917, at Pine Bluff, a daughter of the late Will and Vera Alford.

            She was reared and received her early education at Pine Bluff and graduated from Pine Bluff High School.

            She also attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

            She was one of the first female commercial airline pilots in the United States.

            She was a member of First Baptist Church at Pine Bluff.

            There were no immediate survivors.

            Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Memorial Park Cemetery at Pine Bluff with the Rev. Charles Spillyards officiating by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Wilma J. McCarty (SS# issued in AR).

 

CENSUS

 

1930

Pine Bluff (District 43), Jefferson Co., AR

Dwelling #281

 

William L. Alford    head      41              AR AR AR      bank teller

Vera M.                    wife       31              AR AR AR

Wilma J.                   dau        13              LA AR AR

 

1920

Pine Bluff Ward 2 (District 135), Jefferson Co., AR

Page 18, Dwelling #243

 

William L. Alford    boarder  30              AR AL SC       bank teller

Vera M.                    boarder  21              AR GA AR

Wilma J.                   boarder 2-9/12         LA AR AR

 

            On Wm. Lee Alford’s 1918 WWI Draft Registration Card, he is age 28, a bank bookkeeper living in Shreveport, LA, with a wife and baby. He was born 6 Feb 1889 in Grady, Lincoln Co., AR.

            On William Lee Alford’s 1942 WWII Draft Registration Card, he is age 53, working for a bank in Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co., AR. He confirms his birth date and place and names Mrs. Vera M. Alford.

            Wilma’s parents are also buried in Memorial Park Cemetery: William Lee Alford, 1889–1960, and Vera Manning Alford, 1898–1983. [www.findagrave.com]

            Her lineage: Wilma Jane 1917 LA1, William Lee 1889 AR2.

 

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WOODROW W. “WOODY” HALFORD

 

JONESBORO SUN

Jonesboro, Craighead Co., AR—Friday, 3 October 2003

 

PINE BLUFF—Woodrow W. "Woody" Halford, 86, of Pine Bluff, formerly of Little Rock, died Friday, Sept. 26, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

            Born in Jonesboro, he was a farmer, a former owner of a Texaco service station in North Little Rock and a driver for Wheeling Pipeline Co. in North Little Rock.

            He attended First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Little Rock and was a member of Friends of His Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Sherwood.

            Survivors include his wife, Erma Neal of Little Rock; three daughters, Shirley Smith of Gravette, Joan Horton of Gentry and the Rev. Angela Denise Halford of Pine Bluff; a brother, Herbert Halford of Jonesboro; a sister, Dorothy Halford of Jonesboro; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, James W. and Dixie L. Burrow Halford.

            Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. today in the chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors in Pine Bluff, with the Rev. Michael Qualls and Dwight "Skip" Shanley officiating. Burial will follow at 1 p.m. in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens in Beebe.

 

In another article:

 

ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE

Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR—Thursday, 2 October 2003

 

            Woodrow W. “Woody” Halford, 86, of Pine Bluff, formerly of Little Rock, died on Friday [September 26] at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

            Mr. Halford was born on December 6, 1916, at Jonesboro, a son of the late James W. and Dixie L. Burrow Halford. He was a farmer, owned a Texaco Service Station in North Little Rock, and recently worked as a driver for Wheeling Pipeline Company also in North Little Rock. He was a member of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Little Rock and a recent member of Friends of His Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Sherwood.

            Survivors include his wife, Erma Neal Halford, one son, Gary Samuel Halford of Glen Burnie, Maryland, and two daughters, the Rev. Angela Denise Halford of Pine Bluff and Erma Lea Shipley of West Monroe, Louisiana.

            Funeral services were held on Friday at Ralph Robinson and Sons Funeral Directors. Burial was in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens in Beebe.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Woodrow W. Halford (SS# issued in AR).

            See the obituary of his brother Herbert Charles Halford in this compilation.

            From Kellers Chapel Cemetery, Craighead Co., AR:

 

                        Double gravestone

                        Halford, James William, b. Feb 28, 1877 – d. Mar 16, 1969

                        Halford, Dixie Lee, b. Aug 21, 1884 – d. Mar 6, 1957

 

            His HALFORD lineage: Woodrow W. 1916 AR1, James William 1877 GA2.