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Checked Genealogy Bank, Historical Newspapers, for Alford only on 7 April 2011

 

11/23/2013 – Checked GenealogyBank for Alford 2013 (16 obits)

11/23/2013 – Checked GenealogyBank for Alford 2012 (4 obits)

11/23/2013 – Checked GenealogyBank for Alford 2011 (1 obit)

11/23/2013 – Checked GenealogyBank for Alford 2010 (11 obits)

11/23/2013 – Checked GenealogyBank for Alford 2009 (3 obits – Perry Roy Alford is really Roy Alford Perry)

11/23/2013 – Checked GenealogyBank for Alford 2008 (9 obits)

11/23/2013 – Checked GenealogyBank for Alford 2007 (19 obits)

11/23/2013 – Checked GenealogyBank for Alford 2006 (5 obits)

11/23/2013 – Checked GenealogyBank for Alford 2005 (11 obits)

11/23/2013 – Checked GenealogyBank for Alford 2004 (5 obits)

11/23/2013 – Checked GenealogyBank for Alford 2000-2003 (9 obits)

11/23/2013 – Checked GenealogyBank for Alford 1990-1999 (2 obits)

 

11/23/2013 – Checked GenealogyBank for Alvord 2013 (4 obits)

11/23/2013 – Checked GenealogyBank for Alvord 2010-2012 (5 obits)

11/23/2013 – Checked GenealogyBank for Alvord 2005-2009 (4 obits)

11/23/2013 – Checked GenealogyBank for Alvord 1995-2004 (1 obit)

 

 

 

MICHIGAN OBITUARIES OF ALFORDS

AND SPELLING VARIATIONS

 

Obituaries are listed alphabetically by FIRST name. Included are people whose last name, maiden name, or married name is Alford or a spelling variation: Alfred, Alvord, Allford, Halford, Hallford, Holford, etc.

 

The name of the newspaper (or other source) and place and date of publication follow the name of the deceased. If we published the obituary in AAFA ACTION, the issue is noted.

 

The Alford American Family Association (AAFA) usually adds notes for each obituary, including Social Security Death Index (SSDI) data, relationship of the deceased to other Alfords, and lineages. However, in the interest of making the obituaries available online, we did not add notes to most of these Michigan obituaries. 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: 4 DECEMBER 2013

 

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The families of some of the subjects of these Nebraska 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. Known Descendants of Benedict Alford and Joan Newton (DNA Group 4) and Thomas Alford b. about 1598 England (DNA Group Four)

 

2. Known Descendants of Alexander Alvord and Mary Vore (DNA Group 4) and Thomas Alford b. about 1598 England (DNA Group Four)

            See also Open Library’s A Genealogy of the Descendants of Alexander Alvord

 

 

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ABIGAIL HANNAH ALFORD LEWIS

 

KALAMAZOO GAZETTE

Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI—19 May 1918

 

            Mrs. Abbie Lewis, aged 82, a pioneer resident of Oshtemo township, died at 5 o’clock Saturday afternoon at the home of her son, W.A. [William Alford] Lewis, 1043 North Pitcher street. Following the death of her husband only a week ago, Mrs. Lewis came to the city to live, but she could not survive the shock caused by the loss of her beloved companion. Announcement of funeral later.

 

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KALAMAZOO GAZETTE

Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI—20 May 1918

 

            Funeral of Mrs. Abbie Lewis will be held at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon from Truesdale’s chapel, 425 West Main street. Burial in Genessee Prairie Cemetery [Oshtemo, Kalamazoo Co].

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituaries of her mother Martha Ann McCullough Alford Stewart; and siblings Eliza Jane Alford Musselman and William Henry Harrison Alford in this compilation.

            The Thomas Gunn Family Tree (Ancestry.com) posted by James Gunn says Abigail Hannah Alford was born 8 May 1836 in Eramosa, Wellington, Ontario, Canada.

            Her lineage: Abigail Hannah 1836 Canada1, William 1799 MA2.

 

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AGNES HACKETT ALFORD

 

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Detroit, Wayne Co., MI—Wednesday, 21 June 2006

 

            Agnes H. Alford—Age 93, June 14, 2006 of Grosse Ile [Wayne Co.]. Beloved wife of the late Judson B. Loving mother of Nancy (George) Nicholson and Jud (Judy). Dearest grandmother of six and great-grandmother of six.

            Memorial service Friday, June 30, 2006 at 4 p.m. at the Chapel of St. James Episcopal Church, 25150 East River Rd., Grosse Ile. Arrangements by the Trenton Chapel - Martenson Family of Funeral Homes.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Agnes H. Alford (SS# issued in MI) was born 20 Sept 1912, last residence Grosse Ile, Wayne Co., MI.

            The obituary of Charles R Hackett lists his daughter “Agnes, Mrs. Judson B. Alford on Grosse Ile.” His wife was Agnes McGregor Hackett and his grandchildren were Nancy (Mrs. George Nicholson) and J.B. Alford of Grosse Ile.

            In 1930, Judson B. Alford, age 29, is a greenhouse bookkeeper rooming in Grosse Ile, Wayne Co., MI. He and his parents were born in OH.

            In 1910 Judson Alford, age 7, is living in Maumee, Lucas Co., OH, with his parents Fay A. Alford, age 32, second marriage 7 years, and his wife Eunice, age 32 first marriage 7 years, 1 child, 1 living. All were b. in OH.

            From The Ontario Vital Statistics Project, Ontario Marriage Registrations:

 

(Essex Co): Fay Andrews Alford, 25, widower, farmer, [birth place] Ohio, Grand Rapids, s/o J.B. Alford & Mary S. Andrews, married Eunice E. Luce, 25, [birth place] Ohio, Grand Rapids, d/o N.R. Luce & Mary E. Stauffer, 28 May 1902 at Windsor

 

            In 1900 Judson B. Alford, age 66 born Sept 1833 in OH, is living in Grand Rapids, Wood Co., OH, with his wife Mary S., age 64 born Sept 1835 in OH. They were married 39 years, and Mary had 3 children, 2 living. Judson’s parents were born in CT and Mary’s in NY.

            In 1880 they are in Grand Rapids, Wood Co., OH: Judson B. Alfred, physician age 46 born OH (parents b. MA); wife Mary 44 b. OH; daughter Myra 17 b. Canada; and son Fay 2 b. OH.

            In 1850, Geneva, Ashtabula Co. OH, Judson Alford, age 17 b. OH, is living with his father, Dan C. Alford, age 42 b. CT, Martha Ann 26 b. CT; and 4 siblings, all b. in OH. Two houses away is the family of Josiah Alford, 78 CT, Maria 69 CT, and Eliza M. 40 CT. Josiah is probably the brother of Dan C. Alford’s probable father, Dan Alford.

            On 14 Jan 1837, the Connecticut Courant published a death notice for Dan Alford: “Deaths: At his residence in Geneva, Ashtabula county, (Ohio) on the 6th inst., after twenty-nine hours of apparently slight suffering, Mr. Dan Alford, aged 63.” Dan Alford, son of Josiah Alford and Martha Phelps, was born 24 March 1774 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT. Josiah Alford married Martha Phelps 11 Dec 1770.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            Her husband’s probable lineage: Judson B. 1903 OH1, Fay Andrews 1878 OH2, Judson B. 1833 OH3, Dan C. 1808 CT4, Dan 1774 CT5, Josiah 1727 CT6, Josiah 1696 CT7, Josiah 1649 CT8, Benedict 1619 England9, Thomas 1598 England10.

 

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ALAN RICHARD “BUTCH” ALVORD

 

TIMES HERALD

Port Huron, St. Clair Co., MI—7 February 2013

 

Alan R Alvord

 

            Alan Richard “Butch” Alvord, 70, of Kimball Township, died Monday, February 4, 2013.

            He was born May 4, 1942 in Port Huron to the late Dwain and Mearl Alvord.

            Mr. Alvord was a welder and a member of the Pipe Fitters Union. He enjoyed hunting, watching softball, playing chess, Texas Hold’em and watching the birds in the backyard. In his younger years he was active with rodeo especially bull riding. He served in the U. S Army during the Vietnam War.

            He is survived by his wife, Susan; four children, Beth and Anne Marie Hayes, Mark (Angela) Hayes, and Dwain Alvord; two grandchildren; four great grandchildren; his sister, Sharon (Jack) Brown; brother-in-law, Robert (Viria) Walls; several nieces and nephews including a special niece, Debbie (Gabriel) DiPippa; step daughter, Amy Shillander; and several stepchildren in Nebraska.

            He was preceded in death by a sister, Gayle McFarlane.

            A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2013 in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home with visitation from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service. The Reverend Douglas Studaker will officiate.

            Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted under the auspices of the St. Clair County Allied Veterans Council. To send condolences, visit pollockrandallfuneralhome.com.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Alan R. Alvord (SS# issued in MI), last residence not listed.

 

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ALBERTA “BERTA” JEAN ALFORD

 

TRAVERSE CITY RECORD-EAGLE

Traverse City, MI—21 June 2009

 

TRAVERSE CITY—Alberta “Berta” Jean Alford, 86, of Traverse City, passed away Friday, June 19, 2009, with her loving family by her side, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.

            Alberta was born on May 28, 1923, to the late Albert and Ella Ruddy in Cleveland, Ohio. She was a graduate of Andrews School for Girls in Willoughby, Ohio, before entering into marriage with Ronald Alford on Jan. 21, 1946, in Fairview, Ohio.

            Berta and Ron were active members of the former Asbury United Methodist Church. After retirement they spent winters in Gulf Shores, Ala., where they attended the Gulf Shores United Methodist Church.

            Berta and Ron were members of the Gulf Shores Country Club, playing golf five times a week, usually walking 18 holes. Berta and Ron also spent time in the summer at Grand Marais and were very fond of their many adventures traveling.

            Berta enjoyed needlework, most any craft and painting. Family was everything to Berta; her favorite statement was, “We have the best family.”

            Berta is survived by her husband of 63 years, Ronald Alford of Traverse City; two sons, John (Kathy) Alford of Williamsburg and Mark (Kathie) Alford of Traverse City; her daughter, Lynn (Erik Furseth) Alford of Traverse City; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many other loving family members and friends.

            Berta was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, “Vi” and “Allie”; and her brother, “Marsh”.

            Visitation for friends and family will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2009, also at the funeral home. Graveside committal services will be held at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.

            Memorial contributions may be directed to the Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging or the Traverse Bay United Methodist Church.

            Please share thoughts and memories with the family at Berta’s online guest book at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.

            The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Alberta J. Alford (SS# issued in OH), last residence Traverse City, Grand Traverse Co., MI.

 

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ANGUS E. “TEX” ALFORD

 

BAY CITY TIMES

Bay City, Bay Co., MI—14 February 2003

 

ESSEXVILLE [Bay Co.]—Angus E. (Tex) Alford, age 71, died Saturday, February 8, 2003, at Bay Regional Medical Center. Memorial services will be held on February 22, 2003, at In His Presence Ministries, 4521 Monitor Road, Bay City. W.A. Trahan Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

            Mr. Alford was born on October 4, 1931, in Pioneer [West Carroll Parish], Louisiana, to the late William Haywood and Florene Gaddy Alford. Angus was employed for many years as a union boilermaker. Following his retirement, Tex Alford Real Estate employed him. He was a member of the Essexville Baptist Church.

            Surviving are his wife, Sandra Stratton Alford, whom he married on June 29, 1973; his children Gloria (Claude) Turner of Illinois, Kelly (Randy) Wiedyk of Essexville, Edward William (Kaye) Alford of San Antonio, Texas, and Florene Kay (Joseph) Lauzon of Essexville; four grandchildren, Charles, Austin, Joseph, and Kathryn; two sisters, Louise (Terry) Affolter of Texas City, Texas and Mary Foy of Brazoria, Texas.

            In addition to his parents, two brothers, William and Penny Alford and his sister, Ruby Alford, preceded him in death.

 

Photo from Sweeny Cemetery, Sweeny, Brazoria Co., TX—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Jerry Reeves

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Angus E. Alford (SS# issued in TX), last residence Essexville, Bay Co., MI.

            See the obituary of his wife, Sandra Kay Stratton Alford, in this compilation.

            For more information about this family, see AAFA’s published genealogy, Probable Known Descendants of Benjamin Alford b. about 1740 NC.

            His lineage: Angus E. 1931 LA1, William Haywood 1907 LA2, John W. 1848 MS3, Ferney 1795 NC4.

 

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ANNA JEANETTE TILLAPAUGH ALFORD

 

DAILY NEWS

Midland, Midland Co., MI—Thursday, 10 May 2007

 

            Anna Jeanette Alford, our dearly beloved mother, went to sleep Tuesday, May 8, 2007, 7:42 p.m. at Tendercare Midland, after 100 years of caring for her family.

            Her labors are over and she is now sleeping peacefully, awaiting the return of her Savior and that great resurrection morning.

            She is survived by her three children, James Alfred of Ocala, Fla., Ruthella (Alford) McDonald of Midland and William Alford of Whitesburg, Ga.; seven grandchildren; 13 great- grandchildren; and 14 great-great grandchildren.

            Funeral services will be held at the Stone Funeral Home in Petoskey on Friday, May 11, 2007, 1 p.m. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

            Memorials may be mailed to the Midland Adventist Community Services, 1113 E. Carpenter St., Midland, MI 48640.

 

AAFA NOTES: Her maiden name is included in the article’s headline.

            Wells Family Tree (Ancestry.com) lists her parents as Edwin Edward Tillapaugh and Ella Inez Vanderhoof.

 

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ANNETTE LOUISE ALFORD

 

FLINT JOURNAL

Flint, Genesee Co., MI—Thursday, 25 October 2007

 

            Alford, Ms. Annette Louise—Age 56, passed away Sunday, October 21, 2007 at Hurley Medical Center. Family and friends will gather in the sanctuary of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, 317 E. Hamilton Ave., Flint, MI on Friday, October 26, 2007 at 11AM with services beginning promptly at 12Noon, Pastor Leroy Shelton, officiating. Ms. Alford will lie in state at Swanson Funeral Home on Thursday, October 25, 2007 and may be viewed from 11AM-5PM. Interment Gracelawn Cemetery.

            Surviving are: son, Melvin Alford; daughter, Miracle Alford; mother, Helen Alford; and 5 grandchildren.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Annette L. Alford (SS# issued in MI) was born 18 Feb 1951, last residence not listed.

            See the obituaries of her parents, Earl Alford Sr. and Helen Marie Alford; and her sister Sandra Marie Alford-Wilson in this compilation.

 

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ARCHIE HALFORD, SR.

 

FLINT JOURNAL

Flint, Genesee Co., MI—3 April 2001

 

            Halford, Mr. Archie—Age 94, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001 at Hurley Medical Center. Family hour 1:30PM Friday, April 13, 2001 from the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Blvd., with funeral service commencing immediately at 2PM. Pastor Malik Shabazz officiating. Interment River Rest Cemetery, G-4413 Flushing Rd. Friends and pallbearers will assemble at the funeral home 1:30PM Friday. Mr. Halford will lie in state in the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, and may be viewed after 12noon Thursday.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Archie Halford (SS# issued in AR) was born 23 Sept 1907, last residence Southfield, Oakland Co., MI.

            See the obituary of his son Chester Halford Sr.; and grandsons James E. Halford and Richard Louis Halford in this compilation.

 

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ARVILLA LOSSEY ALFORD

 

DAILY TELEGRAM

Adrian, Lenawee Co., MI—Wednesday, 27 January 1915

 

HUDSON [Lenawee Co.], Mich., Jan. 27—Mrs. Arvilla Alford died yesterday afternoon about two o’clock after a painful illness of several months. Mrs. Alford was 61years of age and had lived in Hudson for the last 15 years of her life. Her husband, Henry Alford, died two years ago.

            She leaves two sons, Harvey of Chicago and Earle, who lived with her, also one sister, Mrs. Loup of Adrian.

            Mrs. Alford has been a great sufferer at times during the last two years, but kept up with remarkable courage until her last illness obliged her to give up.

            The funeral will be held at the house Thursday at 10:30. The remains will be taken to Adrian for burial.

 

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CITIZEN-PATRIOT

Jackson, Jackson Co., MI—29 January 1915

 

Mrs. Henry Alford, of Hudson, Passes Away, 61 Years of Age

 

HUDSON [Lenawee Co.], Mich., Jan. 29—Mrs. Arvilia Alford, of North Church street, died Tuesday afternoon at about two o’clock after a painful illness of several months. Mrs. Alford was sixty-one years of age and had been a resident of Hudson for many years.

            She leaves two sons, Harry, of Chicago, and Earle, who has made his home with his mother, also one sister, Mrs. Loup, of Adrian.

 

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Photo from Oakwood Cemetery, Adrian, Lenawee Co., MI—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, David Clark

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituary of her husband, Henry Alford, in this compilation.

            All records except the second obituary list her has Arvilla or Villa. Her maiden name is from her marriage record.

 

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ATHALEAN LEWIS ALFORD

 

FLINT JOURNAL

Flint, Genesee Co., MI—13 February 2004

 

            Alford, Mother Athalean—Age 77, departed this life Sunday, February 8, 2004 at Hurley Medical Center. Family hour 11AM Saturday, February 14, 2004 at Greater Holy Temple Church of God In Christ, 6702 N. Dort Hwy, with the homegoing service commencing immediately at 12 Noon.… Interment River Rest Cemetery, G-4413 Flushing Rd….

            Mother Athalean Alford was born to Ethel and Robert Lewis on November 16, 1926 in Conway, Arkansas. She has been a resident of Flint, MI since 1949. Mother Alford united with the Greater Holy Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ where she was an active, faithful member of the Mother’s Board. Mother Alford worked at Flint Osteopathic Hospital in Flint, MI, for approximately 29 years. She enjoyed shopping, her grandchildren and her church family.

            Mother Alford leaves to cherish her sweet memories: 2 daughters, Marva (Melvin) Porter, Gwendolyn (James) Huddleston; 8 grandchildren, Monique (Tim) Tyler, Curtis Smith, Matika (Abdul) Fisher, Kaleka (Johnny) Harris, Jaileah and James Huddleston, Andrea and Kendra Porter, all of Flint; 14 great grandchildren; 5 sisters, Bobbie Landers, Vernesteen Nelson of Little Rock, Arkansas, Louise (Raymond) Greene of North Little Rock, Arkansas, Ioma (Ben) Bryant, Patty Pace of Flint, Michigan; 2 brothers, Glen Lewis and Charles (Faye) Lewis of Conway, Arkansas; 3 sisters-in-law, Mittie Alford, Cleo Alford of North Little Rock, Arkansas, and Gloria Alford of Flint, Michigan. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives survive. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Ben; son, Edward; grandson, Askia; brother, Otis and her parents.

            Special thanks to Ann Thibodeau, Victorious Believers Ministries Church of God In Christ, Living Word Ministry and Greater Holy Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Athalean Alford (SS# issued in AR), last residence Flint, Genesee Co., MI.

            See the obituary of her husband, Ben Junest Alford, in this compilation.

 

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AUGUSTUS STANLEY ALFORD

 

ELKHART TRUTH

Elkhart, Elkhart Co., IN—Tuesday, 6 September 2005

 

CASSOPOLIS [Cass Co., MI]—Stanley Alford, 59, of 240 N. First St., died at 5:55 a.m. Monday (Sept. 5, 2005), at Borgess Lee Memorial Hospital, Dowagiac [Cass Co., MI].

            He was born Feb. 23, 1946, in Dowagiac to Gus and Lannie M. (Dillahunty) Alford. On May 12, 2003, he married Sheila M. Wilson in Cassopolis.

            She survives along with a daughter, Carla Nelson of Cassopolis; a son, DuWhan Alford of Mishawaka; two stepsons, Deric Wilson of Mishawaka and Phillip Wilson of Rolling Prairie; seven grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and a step-great-grandson.

            Friends may call one hour before the 2 p.m. service (Michigan time) Thursday, at Connelly Funeral Home, 202 N. Broadway St., Cassopolis.... Cremation will follow the service. Burial will be in Community Chapel Cemetery, Cass County, Mich.

            A lifetime area resident, Mr. Alford worked in the Village of Cassopolis maintenance department. He was also a crossing guard for Cassopolis Public Schools. He was a member of Peoples Protestant Church....

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Augustus S. Alford (SS# issued in MI), last residence Cassopolis, Cass Co., MI.

 

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BARRY H. ALFORD

 

DETROIT NEWS

Detroit, Wayne Co., MI—8 September 1999

 

            Alford, Barry H. M.D. Age 80, September 6, 1999, of Portage, formerly of Plymouth.

            Predeceased in death by his wife Nadine.

            Survivors include his children Peter (Evelyn), Richard, Michael (Nancy), Thomas and Janet Alford; his former wife Ruth Ellen MacFarlane; stepchildren Jennifer (Dennis) Davidson, Janice (Larry) Ritterbush, Laura LaRoque and Lisa (Todd) Jochim; sisters Nancy (Robert) Weiskopf and Elizabeth Alford; also 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

            Graveside services Friday 11 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth. Visitation Thursday 7–9 p.m. at Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, 280 S. Main St., Plymouth. Memorials to American Heart Association or the Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo appreciated.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Barry H. Alford (SS# issued in MI) was born 22 Aug 1919, last residence Portage, Kalamazoo Co., MI.

            Barry and Nadine (1931–1990) share a gravestone in Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth, Wayne Co., MI.

            In 1920, Barry H. Alford, age 4 months, was with his parents John B Alford, 30 MI, and Lucy who were lodging with the George J. Tedder family in Ypsilanti, Washtenaw Co.

            It was probably he who was enumerated as John Alfred 20 with parents Martin 45 MI and Elen in Ypsilanti in 1910. Martin W. Alford 35 MI and wife Ellene 35 Canada with son John L. 10 in 1900 are these folks.

 

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BEN JUNEST ALFORD

 

FLINT JOURNAL

Flint, Genesee Co., MI—Thursday, 18 March 1999

 

            Alford, Mr. Ben Junest—Age 74, died Sunday, March 14, 1999 at Hurley Medical Center. Family hour 10:30AM Friday, March 19, 1999 from the Greater Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, 6702 N. Dort Hwy., with funeral service commencing immediately at 11AM. Bishop Roger L. Jones, Sr. officiating. Interment River Rest Cemetery, G-4413 Flushing Rd. Friends and pallbearers will assemble at the church 10:30AM Friday. Mr. Alford now lies in state in the Chapel of the Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Blvd., and may be viewed after 12Noon today.

            Mr. Ben Junest Alford was born September 3, 1924 in North Little Rock, Arkansas, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Austin and Arbell (Johnson) Alford, and had been a resident of Flint since 1949. He was a member of Greater Holy Temple Church of God in Christ. Mr. Alford was an Honorable Discharged Veteran of the U.S. Army. He retired in 1980 from the foundry at Buick, a division of General Motors Corporation. Mr. Alford enjoyed spending time with his family and doing crossword puzzles and word searches. He celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary on February 20, 1999.

            He leaves to cherish his memory: loving and devoted wife of 50th years, Athalean (Lewis) Alford; 2 daughters, Marva Smith and Gwendolyn (James) Huddleston; 6 grandchildren, Monique and Kaleka Lewis, Curtis Smith, Matika Smith-Jones, Jaileah and James Huddleston; 11 great grandchildren, all of Flint; 3 sisters, Mae Gray and Cleo Ambers, both of North Little Rock, AR, and Mora (Emmett) Wash of Milwaukee WI; brother, Robert (Elender) Alford; 7 sisters-in-law, Bobbie Landers and Vernesteen Nelson, all of Little Rock, AR, Mittie Alford and Louise (Raymond) Greene, both of North Little Rock, AR, Ioma (Ben) Bryant, Patty Pace, and Gloria Alford, all of Flint; 3 brothers-in-law, Otis Lewis of Poplar Bluff, MO, Glen Lewis of Conway, AR, and Charles (Faye) Lewis of Flint; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, neighbors and friends.

            Mr. Alford was preceded in death by his son, Edward Lewis; grandson, Askia; parents; sister, Cora; 2 brothers, Austin and Leo.

            The family wishes to express special thanks to Dr. R. Peddireddy and Dr. M. Amlani.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Ben J. Alford (SS# issued in AR), last residence Flint, Genesee Co., MI.

            See the obituary of his wife, Athalean Lewis Alford, in this compilation.

 

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BENJAMIN GARRETT ALFORD

 

Source unknown

Detroit, Wayne Co., MI—_____ July 1985

 

            Benjamin Garrett Alford was born February 20, 1900 in Tennille [Jefferson Co.], Georgia. He was the oldest son of Howard and Eunice Alford, and one of ten children. He confessed Christ at an early age and was united with Union Hill Baptist Church, Tennille, Georgia. Later he moved his membership to New Testament Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Alford came to Detroit in 1932 with his wife Mary and two step children, Frank and Mae. Benjamin and Mary were blessed with one son Benjamin R. Alford. All preceded him in death.

            He was employed by Rockwell Standard where he retired in 1964 after 32 years of service.

            He married Ethel Gilbert on March 9, 1968. He leaves to cherish his memory, a loving and devoted wife, Ethel; two stepdaughters; one stepson; two sisters, Maude Sullivan of Detroit and Oreada Bagley of Vero Beach, Fla. He also leaves four sister-in-laws; two brother-in-laws; 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews and a multitude of friends.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth date of Benjamin Alford (SS# issued in MI) and provide his death date as July 1985.

            Michigan Deaths, 1971–1996 (Ancestry.com) lists Benjamin G. Alford, died 28 July 1985 in Detroit.

            Information from Morris Gibbons Family Tree on Ancestry.com, the source of Benjamin’s obituary, provides information on this African-American family: Benjamin was the son of Howard and Eunice Alford (no further information). He married Mary Sally Gibbons (1899 GA–1965 MI). They had one son, Benjamin R. Alford (1938 MI–1984 MI).

 

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BERDINA ALMA HOLFORD

 

CITIZEN-PATRIOT

Jackson, Jackson Co., MI—9 December 2003

 

            Berdina Alma Holford, 82, of Jackson, died at home on Sunday, December 7, 2003. According to her wishes, she was cremated. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, December 10, 2003 at Trinity Lutheran Church.

            Survivors include her daughter, Rochelle (Orvel) Poling; her son, James (Linda) Holford; grandchildren, Bob (Lourie) Poling, Greg (Tina) Poling, Kim (Paul) Lemen, Monica (Bryan) Mobbs, and Brian Holford; great-grandchildren, Lindsay Poling, Brianna Mobbs, Zack and Eric Poling, Nathan and Joey Lemen; sisters, Virginia Priest, Shirley Leonard, and Marian Alyesworth.

            Her husband, Charles; a son, Chick; a brother, James; and a great-grandson, Matthew, preceded her in death.

 

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BETTY LOU SCHAU ALFORD

 

SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE

South Bend, St. Joseph Co., IN—Sunday, 31 January 2010

 

 

March 2, 1925 - Jan. 29, 2010

 

NILES [Berrien Co., MI]—Betty Lou Alford, 84, of Niles, died at home at 4:00 p.m. Friday, January 29, 2010, under hospice care following an extended illness.

            She was born March 2, 1925, in Niles, to Christian and Lillian (Rook) Schau, living in the Niles, Dayton and Galien areas most of her life. Betty married the love of her life, William F. Alford Sr., on October 11, 1941, who survives.

            In addition to her husband, she is survived by son, William F. Alford Jr. (fiancee, Nancy Lane), Niles; sister, Lila Brown of Buchanan; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; a large, extended family and longtime caregiver, Diana Brooks.

            Preceding her in death were her daughter, Martha Lou Alford Rudoni; parents; sisters; Alice Crocker and Luella Ladonski; and a brother, Charles (Sonny) Schau.

            She was a member of Four Flags Floozies Red Hat Society of Niles, a life member of Niles Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 332, life member of AMVETS Post 98, Holiday, Florida, and was a member of the First Baptist Church, Niles.

            Memorial services conducted by Rev. James Wing will take place at 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 1, 2010, at Brown Funeral Home, 521 E. Main Street, Niles, MI, where friends and family may gather one hour prior to services. Interment at Silverbrook Cemetery.

            Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Niles, 1446 E. Main St., Niles; or to Hospice at Home, 4017 Chamberlain Road, Buchanan, MI 49107. Condolences, photos, and memories may be left for the family at www.brownfuneralhomeniles.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Betty L. Alford (SS# issued in MI), last residence Niles, Berrien Co., MI.

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

 

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BEVERLY JACOBS ALFORD BARRETT

 

KALAMAZOO GAZETTE

Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI—26 March 2001

 

            Beverly Barrett, 62, died March 24, 2001, at Borgess Medical Center.

            She was born December 29, 1938, in Hartford [Van Buren Co.], MI, the daughter of Orrie and Pauline (Lafonti) Jacobs.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon D. Barrett, son James Alford of Livonia, MI, son Roger Alford of Dexter, MI, daughter Diane Barnhart of Bowling Green, KY, four grandchildren, and a sister, Pauline Alford of Paw Paw.

            Funeral services were held at the Wesleyan Church with entombment at Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.

 

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Photo from Mount Ever-Rest Memorial Park South, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI—www.findagrave.com

Waiting for permission from Amy Dunn Hohler – sent message thru Edit 11/24/2013

Permission granted by the photographer,

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AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Beverly J. Barrett (SS# issued in MI), last residence Portage, Kalamazoo Co., MI.

            See the obituary of her husband’s grandfather, William Henry Harrison Alford, in this compilation.

            Beverly J. Barrett shares a gravestone in Mount Ever-Rest Memorial Park South, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI, with her first husband, Ervel V. Alford (1921–1979).

            Her husband’s lineage: Ervel Verle 1921 MI1, Clyde Rudolph 1876 MI2, William Henry Harrison 1840 MI3, William 1799 MA4.

 

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BILLY C. “CLEO” ALFORD

 

SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE

South Bend, St. Joseph Co., IN—Saturday, 29 November 2008

 

Aug. 24, 1927 - Nov. 28, 2008

 

NILES [Berrien Co., MI]—Billy C. Alford, 81, of S. Thirteenth St., died Nov. 28 in West Woods of Niles.

            He is survived by his wife, Madalyn Crocker Alford; children, Allen W. Alford of Niles and Pegg King of Peculiar, MO; stepchildren, Kathrine (Scott) Zeider, Pam Crocker, Craig (Mindy) Crocker, Jim (Linda) Crocker and Kevin (Linda) Crocker, all of Niles; and a brother, William (Betty) Alford of Niles.

            Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in First Missionary Church, Niles, where friends may call one hour before services. Arrangements were made by Halbritter Funeral Home, Niles.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Billy C. Alford (SS# issued in TN), last residence Niles, Berrien Co., MI.

            His nickname is from the obituary headline.

 

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BILLY M. HALFORD

 

THE TELEGRAPH

Alton, Madison Co., IL—Thursday, 2 June 2005

 

            Billy M. Halford, 72, formerly of Alton, died Monday, May 30, 2005, at home. He and his wife, Linda, owned and operated the family insulation company.

            Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. today, Stone Funeral Home, Petoskey [Emmet Co., MI], where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Billy M. Halford (SS# issued in IL) was born 28 March 1944, last residence Petoskey, Emmet Co., MI.

 

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BRENDA L. ALFORD HERINGTON

AAFA #1033

 

Photo from Handler Funeral Homes

 

DAILY TELEGRAM

Adrian, Lenawee Co., MI—30 April 2011

 

TECUMSEH, Mich.—Brenda L. Herington, 62, of Tecumseh passed away Thursday, April 28, 2011, with her loving family by her side. Brenda was born Feb. 4, 1949, in Ypsilanti, the daughter of John W. and Lois E. (Hollaway) Alford. On Oct. 12, 1968, she married Robert J. Herington at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Belleville and he survives.

            Brenda attended Belleville High School, graduating in 1967. She also received her associate degree from Georgetown College in Kentucky. Brenda was a lifelong collector of antiques and worked for many years as an antique dealer for the Tecumseh Antique Mall.

            She enjoyed gardening, playing cards and researching her genealogy and history. Brenda was a member of the Tecumseh Garden Club and Tecumseh Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling to Kentucky and Florida as well as taking cruises. She loved spending time with her family and was an especially devoted grandmother who enjoyed attending sporting and school events as well as shopping for her grandchildren.

            Brenda is survived by her husband, Robert; her parents John and Lois Alford of Corbin, Ky.; her sons, Jeffrey R. (Jennifer) Herington of Clinton and Jason W. (Katherine) Herington of Tecumseh; her brother, John W. (Dawn) Alford II of Ypsilanti; and her three loving grandchildren, Dominic, Ethan and Brooklyn.

            Visitation for Brenda will be at the Tecumseh Chapel of Handler Funeral Home on Sunday, May 1, from 2 to 8 p.m. and Monday, May 2, from 2 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 3, at the Tecumseh Missionary Baptist Church at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Brian Jones officiating. She will lie in state from noon until the time of service. Burial will follow at Brookside Cemetery in Tecumseh.

            In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the March of Dimes. Condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.handlerfuneralhomes.com.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Brenda L. Herington (SS# issued in MI), last residence Adrian, Lenawee Co., MI.

            For more information about this family, see AAFA’s published genealogy, Known Descendants of John Alford & Lucy Bradley.

            Her lineage: Brenda L. MI1, John William 1928 KY2, Albert Clay 1903 KY3, John William 1870 KY4, John Russell 1839 KY5, John 1806 NC6, Achilles 1772 VA/NC7, John before 1750 VA8.

 

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CAROLYN L. ALFRED ESPICH

 

ARGUS-PRESS

Owosso, Shiawassee Co., MI—7 September 2003

 

            Carolyn Espich died on Friday, September 5, at Memorial Healthcare. Services were held at Nelson-House Funeral Home.

            She was born on October 5, 1929 to the late Thomas A. and Esther Alfred. She married Dale Espich on July 25, 1954, in Lancaster, Ohio. She was a graduate of Lancaster High School and Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, class of 1951, with a degree in Theater Arts.

            Survivors include her son, Michael (Jody) Espich of Owosso; daughter, Tami Espich of Corunna; and grandchildren, Leah Barnes, Josh Espich, and Jon Barnes.

 

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CHESTER HALFORD, SR.

 

FLINT JOURNAL

Flint, Genesee Co., MI—Tuesday, 7 May 2002

 

            Halford, Mr. Chester—Age 65, died Friday, May 3, 2002 at Kith Haven. Family hour 10AM Thursday, May 9, 2002 at True Gospel Missionary Baptist Church, G-5390 Fairhaven, with funeral service commencing immediately at 11AM. Pastor Malik Shabazz officiating. Interment River Rest Cemetery, G-4413 Flushing Rd. Friends and pallbearers will assemble at the church 10AM Thursday. Mr. Halford will lie in state in the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Blvd., and may be viewed after 12noon Wednesday.

            Mr. Chester Halford was born July 26, 1936 in Tarry, Arkansas, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Archie and Earnestine (Williams) Halford. He was a resident of Flint since 1965. Chester was employed by General Motors for 30 years, retiring in 1997. He was a member of UAW Local 599. Chester loved gardening.

            He leaves to cherish his memory: wife, Annie (Martin) Halford; 2 daughters, Vaneaster (Howard) Robertson of Birmingham, AL, and Caroline Beard; 6 sons Napoleon (Meredith) Ford, James (Gloria), John, and Richard Halford, all of Flint, Tracy (MarDana) Thompson of TN, and Chester Halford, Jr. of Flint; 21 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sister, Ruthie King of Star City, AR; 3 brothers, Archie (Doris) Halford of Flint, Jessie (Rose) Halford of Southfield, MI, Carl (Fran) Halford of Columbus, GA; and aunt, Briol Ester Holloway of Grady, AR; a host of nephews, and cousins, other relatives and friends.

            Mr. Halford was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Earnestine Halford

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Chester Halford (SS# issued in AR), last residence Flint, Genesee Co., MI.

            See the obituaries of his sons James Earl Halford and Richard Louis Halford; and his father Archie Halford Sr. in this compilation.

            His HALFORD lineage: Chester 1936 AR1, Archie 1907 AR2.

 

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CLARISSA FREEMAN “CLARA” ALVORD HITCHCOCK

 

VERMONT GAZETTE

Bennington, Bennington Co., VT—Saturday, 12 September 1874

 

            Died—In Saganaw [sic] Mich. in Aug. of typhoid fever, Clarissa Alvord, wife of S.F. Hitchcock Esq. aged 52 years. Mrs. H. was a lady of more than ordinary intelligence and kindness of heart, and her whole life has been a charitable mission in behalf of the suffering poor about her. During the great fires which swept over and devastated Northern Michigan three years ago, she earnestly solicited supplies from he many friends and acquaintances in the East, where her benevolence relieved hundreds of the needy and starving poor. Truly a good woman has gone to her reward.

 

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Photo from Oakwood Cemetery, Saginaw, Saginaw Co., MI—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Audrey

 

AAFA NOTES: Clarissa was the first wife of Samuel Jones Hitchcock.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #2.

            Her ALVORD lineage: Clarissa Freeman 1822 VT1, Spencer 1791 MA2, Seth 1763 MA3, Gad 1726 MA4, John 1685 MA5, Thomas 1653 CT6, Alexander 1627 England7, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England8.

 

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DELLA IRENE ALFORD

 

NEWS HERALD

Southgate, Wayne Co., MI—22 September 1999

 

            Alford, Della Irene, a 50+ year resident of Riverview died September 18, 1999 at age 95. She was the beloved mother of Marie Walton and Ann Snyder of Virginia. Cherished grandmother of two and loving sister of Ona Hammond of Texas.

            Mrs. Alford was preceded in death by her devoted husband Elzie C. Alford.

            Services were conducted at the Ralph W. Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, September 21, 1999, followed by an internment at Michigan Memorial Cemetery.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Della Alford (SS# issued in MI), last residence Wyandotte, Wayne Co., MI.

 

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DONALD D. ALFORD

 

DETROIT NEWS

Detroit, Wayne Co., MI—Sunday, 3 August 2008

 

            Alford, Donald D.—Age 79. Preceded in death by wife Joanne and son John. Survived by daughter Maureen Bolton (Jeff); grandsons Jacob (Amy) Bolton, Luke (Tara) Bolton and Mark Wrubleski.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Donald D. Alford (SS# issued in MI) was born 4 Nov 1928, last residence Detroit, Wayne Co., MI.

 

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DONNA L. NOEL ALFORD

 

FLINT JOURNAL

Flint, Genesee Co., MI—Thursday, 4 October 2001

 

            Alford, Donna L.—Of Flint, age 64, died Tuesday, October 2, 2001 at McLaren Regional Medical Center. Funeral service will be held at 11AM Friday, October 5, 2001 at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Reverend Harold K. Polk, Jr. officiating. Burial in Audie Johnson Post #211 American Legion Cemetery, East Tawas, Michigan….

            Mrs. Alford was born in Tawas City, Michigan on October 6, 1936, the daughter of Joseph and Leoma Noel, and was a resident of Flint since 1959, having come from East Tawas. She married Lester A. Alford, Jr. on July 2, 1959 in Bay City.

            Surviving are husband, Les; son, Lester III and wife Dawn of Decatur, Indiana; 2 daughters, Laurie Mueller of Genesee, Michigan, Marcie and husband Tim Long of Flint; 6 grandchildren; brother, Charles and wife Theresa Noel of Tawas City, Michigan; several nieces and nephews.

            She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Donna L. Alford (SS# issued in MI), last residence Flint, Genesee Co., MI.

 

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DONNA RAE ALVORD POPE

 

LANSING STATE JOURNAL

Lansing, Ingham Co., MI—20 February 2000

 

            Donna Rae Pope, 55 went to her Lord February 19, 2000, after a long and courageous battle with Lymphoma at Ingham Medical Center. She was born June 29, 1944, to Donald and Marie (Eisler) Alvord. She attended Elsie Schools and graduated from Elsie High in 1962. For the past 14 years, she was employed by Squires Equipment in Eaton Rapids in the School Bus Division.

            Donna is survived by her husband, Raymond G. Pope, Jr., whom she married October 3, 1964, in St. Johns; daughter, Theresa and Phillip Benson of Agusta, NJ; son, David and Heather Pope of DeWitt; 3 of her greatest loves, her grandchildren, Logan Phillip Benson, Blake Isabelle Benson and Jacob David Pope; her father, Donald Alvord of Houghton Lake; brother, Gary and Rita Alvord of Ovid; sister, Monica Stechschulte of Dayton, OH; father-in-law and mother-in-law, who loved her like their own, Raymond C. and Irene Pope of St. Johns.

            She was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Anne Pope, and mother, Marie Alvord.

            Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Kenneth McDonald and Deacon Robert McPhilamy officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Osgood Funeral Home on Sunday, 12-4 and 6-8 p.m., and Monday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A Rosary service will be prayed Monday evening at 7 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Clinton County.

            The family would like to take this time to thank the entire staff of five-north at Ingham Medical.To Ray, John, Judy, Bev, Petra, Jill, Marianne, and to everyone we left out, and to Dr. Layhe and Dr. Pat. You people are supreme caregivers and we wish you all a big Thank You for all the love, care and devotion you gave to Donna. You made her final days as tolerable as possible. She loved you.

            Grandma: We will always love you. You are now our Special Angel in Heaven, Logie Bear, Blakie Belle and Jakey

 

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Photo from Mount Rest Cemetery, Saint Johns, Clinton Co., MI—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Glenn Geirland

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Donna R. Pope (SS# issued in MI), last residence St. Johns, Clinton Co., MI.

 

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EARL ALFORD, SR.

 

FLINT JOURNAL

Flint, Genesee Co., MI—Monday, 29 January 2001

 

            Alford, Earl, Sr. - Age 78, died Friday, January 26, 2001 at his residence.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Earl Alford (SS# issued in AR) was born 18 Jan 1923, last residence Flint, Genesee Co., MI.

            See the obituaries of his wife, Helen Marie Alford; and daughters Annette Louise Alford and Sandra Marie Alford-Wilson in this compilation.

 

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EDWARD PERRY ALFORD

 

Wilhemina “Minnie” Christianson Alford, their son Howard, and Edward Perry Alford

Photo from Norris Lynn Alford, AAFA #0422 – used with permission

 

BENTON HARBOR NEWS-PALLADIUM

St. Joseph, Berrien Co., MI—Wednesday, 30 December 1936

 

            Edward P. Alford, 957 Lavette street, a resident of Benton Harbor the past 15 years, died early this morning at his home. Mr. Alford had been failing In health the past two years.

            Surviving the deceased are the wife Minnie; two sons, Howard, of St. Joseph and Robert, of Tampa, Fla., two brothers and a sister in Indiana, a sister in Chicago, and three grandchildren.

            The late Mr. Alford was born August 5, 1863 near Goshen, Ind. Mr. and Mrs. Alford celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary last November 15.

            Funeral service will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Esalhorst chapel, Dan Mather reading the Christian Science service.

            Burial will be in Crystal Springs cemetery. The remains are at the Esalhorst funeral home.

 

Photo from Crystal Springs Cemetery, Benton Harbor, Berrien Springs, MI—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Paula L. Jorgensen

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituary of his wife, Wilhelmina “Minnie” Christianson Alford, in this compilation. We included the obituaries of his father, George Washington Alford; and his siblings Robert Morris Alford and James E. Alford in Indiana Obituaries.

            Norris Lynn Alford, AAFA #0422, maintains a website for the Descendants of ‘Irish’ John Alford, including family genealogy, many photos, and historical information.

            His lineage: Edward Perry 1863 IN1, George Washington 1830 VA2, Robert 1805 VA3, Henry 1778 VA4, John 1735 Ireland5.

 

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ELAINE L. BRUECKMAN ESPEL ALVORD

 

DETROIT NEWS

Detroit, Wayne Co., MI—1 February 2000

 

            Alvord, Elaine L. (Nee Brueckman) Age 96. Formerly of Detroit and Harper Woods, January 30, 2000. Dear mother of Gail (Garold Buck) Petit, 5 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren.

            Predeceased by her first husband Clarence Espel in 1964 and 2nd husband Carl Alvord in 1993.

            Visitation at the Gilbert Funeral Home, Algonac, Tuesday 1-4 & 6-9 PM.... Funeral Wednesday in state 10 AM at St. Catherines Catholic Church, Algonac.... Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

 

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TIMES HERALD

Port Huron, St. Clair Co., MI—Tuesday, 1 February 2000

 

RICHMOND—Elaine L. Alvord, 96, formerly of Detroit and Harper Woods, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, in Medilodge of Richmond. She was born Dec. 5, 1903, in Detroit. She was a secretary for the Southeast Michigan Tourist Association for many years. She enjoyed playing cards and was an active member of the Queen of Peace Catholic Church Senior Citizens in Harper Woods for many years.

            After many years of living in Detroit and Harper Woods, she most recently resided at Mallards Landing in St. Clair, making a whole new circle of Friends.

            She is survived by her daughter, Gail (Garold “Buck”) Petit of Algonac; her grandchildren, Philip (Doreen) Petit, Cyndie (C.J.) Busuttil, David (Samantha) Petit, Lisa (Michael) McGuire and Brian (Stacy) Petit; and her great-grandchildren, Brett Busuttil and David Petit.

            She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clarence Espel, on Sept. 18, 1964, and her second husband, Carl Alvord, on Sept. 17, 1993.

            Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, Algonac.... Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

            Visiting will be from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. today in the Gilbert Funeral Home, Algonac....

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Elaine L. Alvord (SS# issued in MI), last residence Algonac, St. Clair Co., MI.

 

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ELIZA JANE ALFORD MUSSELMAN

 

 

Source unknown—found in a scrapbook at the library in Otsego, Allegan Co., MI

_____, MI—_____ February 1901

 

            Mrs. John Musselman died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Horace Root, of Alamo [Kalamazoo Co.], [Monday] February 25, [1901] after an illness of nearly two years, aged 70 years, 3 months and 14 days.

            Jane E. Alford was born in Eromosa Twp, Halton Co, Ontario, November 11, 1830, and came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Alford, to Alamo in 1838, and, with the exception of ten years that she resided in Dowagiac [Cass Co.] she has resided in Kalamazoo Co.

            March 29, 1850 she was married to John Musselman, who survives her. To them were born five sons and 3 daughters. The three oldest boys died in infancy. One daughter, Flora Caldwell, died 15 years ago [about 1886]. There are four children living, Daniel of Tato [sic—Toto, Starke Co.], Ind., William of Otsego, Mrs. Josephine Root of Alamo, and Mrs. Marion Ulam of Paw Paw. She also leaves eleven grand children, an aged mother, one brother and three sisters.

            She was the oldest of a large family of children [14] and, coming here in an early day could tell many interesting stories of her pioneer life. Her father who was a patriot soldier (and son of a Revolutionary soldier) in the war of 1812, died in 1849 leaving his wife alone to bear the burden of rearing their children.

            The funeral services were held at her late home last week Wednesday.... Burial was made in Alamo cemetery [Greenbauer (Green Bower in Alamo at FindAGrave.com)] near her old home. The bearers were three grandsons and a nephew.

            It seems a matter of interest to many that a person as old as Mrs. Musselman at her death should have a mother living. Mrs. Musselman’s mother was born in Ireland of Scotch parents, her father, Patrick McCullough, being a physician. They came to America when she was 12 years old and two years later she was married to Wm. Alford, twice her age, and until his death 20 years later they lived happily. Several years after his death she married John Stewart, who died 12 years ago. She now resides with her son, Wm. Alford.

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituaries of her mother, Martha Ann McCullough Alford Stewart; and her siblings Abigail Hannah Alford Lewis and William Henry Harrison Alford in this compilation.

            The obituary of her husband:

 

Otsego Union

Otsego, Allegan Co., MI—Thursday, 31 December 1903

 

      John Albert Musselman died at Allegan last Saturday and his remains were brought to the home of his son, William, in this village where the funeral was held Tuesday afternoon.... Interment was made in Alamo. The deceased was born November 17, 1824, in Cayuga Co, New York, his age at death being 79 years, 1 month, and 9 days. At age 25, [March 29, 1850] he married Miss [Eliza] Jane Alford of Alamo. Eight children were born to them of whom four survive: Daniel Musselman of Toto, Indiana [Starke Co], William of Otsego, Mrs. Josephine [Horace] Root of Kalamazoo and Mrs. Minnie [Frank] Ulan [Ulam] of Mattawan. Besides his children he leaves two brothers and one sister, of these Jacob and Mathew (Merritt) Musselman reside in Plainwell and Mrs. Margaret [Michael] Smith at St. Joseph.

      In February of 1883 he united with the Methodist church at West Oshtemo, and retained his membership there until his death.

      For several years Mr. Musselman had been blind and for the last few weeks of his life was entirely helpless from a stroke of paralysis.

 

            These obituaries and photo were from Sunny’s Family Tree, by Kathy Linderholm (she died 29 Nov 2008):

      Prior to 31 Oct 2008, online at AOL Hometown at http://members.aol.com/sunny2345/genealogy/index.html

      Partially archived in 2009 at Adams-McKain Family at http://web.archive.org/web/20050901172836/http://members.aol.com/sunny2345/genealogy/index.html

            Sunny’s Family Tree is also available at Genealogy.com, FamilyTreeMaker Online.

            These obituaries were also posted online by Sherlene Belden at http://files.usgwarchives.org/in/starke/obituary/m24501.txt. She supplied the bracketed information. “Copying of the files within by non-commercial individuals and libraries is encouraged. This message must appear on all copied files.”

            On the 1880 and 1900 censuses in Kalamazoo Co., MI, Eliza was born in Canada and her parents were born in MA and Ireland.

            Her lineage: Eliza Jane 1830 Canada1, William 1799 MA2.

 

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ELIZABETH ALFORD SMITH

 

NEWS SENTINEL

Knoxville, Knox Co., TN—Wednesday, 30 January 2013

 

            Smith, Elizabeth Alford, age 87 of Detroit, MI transitioned home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 25, 2013 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Knoxville, TN.

            She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Roosevelt Smith; parents, Freeman and Rosa Alford; brothers, Maceo, Deeman, Freeman, and Edward Lee Alford; sister, Deloris Alford Tims.

            She leaves to cherish her memory loving and devoted sister, Margie Alford Keese, Knoxville, TN; brother, Homer Alford, Compton, CA; four step-daughters, Dorothy Lovell, Rosetta Richard, Rosalyn Wooten, Roberta Smith of Detroit, MI; nieces and nephews, Sharon, Jackie, Teresa, Maceo and Michael; special friend, Dianne Collier, Detroit, MI; and host of cousins, friends and her Church family whom she loved dearly.

            She was a retired secretary and faithful member of Central CME Church, Detroit, MI.

            The family will receive friends for one hour on January 31, 2013 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Unity Mortuary Chapel, Knoxville, TN. The family will receive friend on February 4, 2013 from 11:00 - 11:30 a. m. with funeral services to follow in Detroit, MI at Central CME Church, 7600 Tireman Avenue, Detroit, MI 48204.

            Interment will be at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, MI immediately following the service. Pastor, Patricia A. Hazis, officiating, Swanson Funeral Home, Detroit, MI (313-272-9000 and Unity Mortuary, Knoxville, TN in charge. LOGO: Unity.jpg

FAG photo requested 11/30/2013

 

 

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ELLA MAE ALFORD

 

MICHIGAN CHRONICLE

Detroit, Wayne Co., MI—_____ January 2005

 

            Ms. Ella Mae Alford was born August 9, 1945 in Sibley, La. She died in Detroit on January 17, 2005 at the age of 59.

            She is survived by her sister, Mae Helen; two brothers, Roy Lee and John Seamester; two aunts, Lula Mae and Rosa Daniel; one uncle, Felix Alford and a host of other relatives.

            Services will be held January 29 at Ramsey Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Douglas Williams officiating.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list her death.

            This obituary is from The AfriGeneas Death Records Database and is not verbatim.

 

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ELLIS STEVE “BUTCH” ALFORD

 

Browne’s Mortuary

Saginaw, Saginaw Co., MI

 

 

            Family hour will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, November 21, 2008 at the Browne’s Mortuary, 441 N. Jefferson Ave. with the funeral commencing at 1:30 p.m. Pastor E. L. Brown will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m.

            Mr. Ellis Alford passed away November 14, 2008 at the age of 56 years. He was born September 3, 1952 in New Orleans, LA to E.S. Alford and Eddie (Thompson) Young.

            He leaves to cherish his memory, two sons, Ellis Shipman and Gerald Davis; His mother, Eddie Lee Young: siblings, Essie (Sam) Taylor, Pearlie (Wilfred) Moody, Aaron (Leotha) Alford, Francis Ezell, Alice Brown, Mary (Wayne) Mason; seven grandchildren;a special niece, Kedra Evans anda host of other relatives.

            Ellis was preceded in death by his father, E.S. Alford.

 

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Saginaw News on MLive.com

Saginaw, Saginaw Co., MI—15 November 2008

 

            Alford, Mr. Ellis Steve “Butch” Saginaw, Michigan Family hour will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, November 21, 2008 at the Browne’s Mortuary, 441 N. Jefferson Ave. with the funeral commencing at 1:30 p.m. Pastor E. L. Brown will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. Mr. Ellis Alford passed away November 14, 2008 at the age of 56 years.

            He was born September 3, 1952 in New Orleans, LA to E.S. Alford and Eddie Thompson.

            He leaves to cherish his memory, two sons, Ellis Shipman and Gerald Davis; siblings, Essie (Sam) Taylor, Pearlie (Wilfred) Moody, Aaron (Leotha) Alford, Francis Ezell, Alice Brown, Mary (Wayne) Mason; seven grandchildren;a special niece, Kedra Evans and a host of other relatives. Ellis was preceded in death by his father, E.S. Alford.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Ellis S. Alford (SS# issued in MS), last residence Saginaw, Saginaw Co., MI.

 

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EMMA MAY HILDEN HOLFORD

 

MARION PRESS

Marion, Osceola Co., MI—Wednesday, 20 April 1988

 

CLARE [Clare Co.], MI—Emma May Holford, 91, of Redding Township, Clare County, Michigan died on Sunday, April 17, 1988 at Clare Nursing Home in Clare, Michigan.

            She was born on April 27, 1896, in Redding township of Clare County, Michigan.

In 1915 she married Ed Hilden and in 1948 she married William (Ray) Holford, and she was preceded in death by both husbands.

            She was a life-long resident of Redding Township. She was a member of the Harrison Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness.

            Surviving are seven children, Clinton (Sam) Hilden and wife, Donna, of Harrison, Edward Hilden and wife, Neva, of Jackson, Marie Ford and husband, Floyd, of St. Johns, Jean Pierce and husband, Bryon, of Owosso, Dorothy Nolph and husband, Bill of Owosso, Donald Hilden and wife, Char, of Owosso, and Frances Condy and husband, Don, of Owosso; 23 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

            Funeral service was held on Wednesday, April 20, 1988 at Fosnaught Funeral Home in Marion. Interment was in Fernwood Cemetery at Temple.

 

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ESSIE B. ALFORD BEAVERS

 

MONROE EVENING NEWS

Monroe, Monroe Co., MI—8 March 2008

 

            Essie B. (Alford) Beavers, 77, of Maybee passed away on March 3, 2008 in Monroe, MI.

            There will be a public viewing on Friday, March 7, 2008 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at C&H Community Home for Funerals, 411 S. Adams Street, Ypsilanti. The funeral will be Saturday, March 8, 2008 with a family hour at 10:00 a.m. and the funeral at 11:00 a.m. also at C&H Community Home for Funerals. Interment will follow at London Memorial Cemetery, Monroe, MI. [Remainder of article cut off.]

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Essie B. Beavers (SS# issued in MI) was born 23 June 1930, last residence Maybee, Monroe Co., MI

 

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EZRA VIRGIL ALFORD

 

[A similar article was published the following day in the Charleston [WV] Gazette.]

 

DAILY MAIL

Charleston, WV—24 March 1998

 

HOLT [Ingham Co.], Mich.—Ezra Virgil Alford, 73, of Holt, formerly of Lincoln County, W.Va., died Sunday, March 22, 1998, at home after a long illness.

            He retired from General Motors in Michigan with 44 years of service and was a Navy veteran of World War II.

            Surviving: sons, James Lee Alford and Virgil Linn Alford of Lansing, Mich., Rick Eugene Alford of Holt, Ronald E. Alford of Spring Hill, Fla.; stepdaughters, Patricia Bethea and Terry Cherry of Lansing; sisters, Erma May Wade and Francis Torman of Griffithsville, W.Va.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

            Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek, W.Va.... Burial will be in Sampson Cemetery, Griffithsville....

 

 

Photo from Sansom Cemetery, Garretts Bend, Lincoln Co., WV—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Norris Lynn Alford, AAFA #0422

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituary of his son James Lee Alford in this compilation. We included the obituary of his father, Fernandin Ezra “Mann” Alford, in West Virginia Obituaries.

            Norris Lynn Alford, AAFA #0422 maintains a website for the Descendants of ‘Irish’ John Alford, including family genealogy, many photos, and historical information.

            His lineage: Ezra Virgil 1924 WV1, Fernandin Ezra 1894 WV2, James Bird 1855 VA3, Robert 1814 VA4, George 1763 Ireland5, John 1735 Ireland6.

 

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FAY LARO ALFRED

 

FLINT JOURNAL

Flint, Genesee Co., MI—20 November 2003

 

            Fay Laro Alfred died on Wednesday, November 19, 2003. Funeral services were held at Temple Beth El at 5150 Calkins Road on Sunday, November 23.

            Mrs. Alfred was born on May 7, 1915. She came to America as an infant with her mother and aunt following in her father’s footsteps through Eastern Europe and China. The family settled in Holly, then Fenton, and finally in Flint where Fay graduated from Flint Northern High School in 1933. She then attended the University of Michigan where she met her future husband, Dr. Clement Alfred. They married in 1934, opened Clem’s office, and became active members of the Flint community. She was a member of Temple Beth El, Hadassah, the Flint Institute of Art, the International Institute, the Phoenix Club, the University Club, the Flint Golf Club, and the Palmaire Country Club.

            Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Marlene Addlestone and Larry Bursten; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Stan and Janis Alfred; grandchildren, Erin (Keith) Rosen, Avram Kronesberg, Jr., Susan (Marc) Schecter, Edward (Amy) Kronesberg, and Amy (Russell) Wise; and twelve great-grandchildren.

            Her husband of 67 years, Dr. Clement Alfred; a brother, Jack M. Laro; a sister, Rose Goodstein; and her parents, Sarah and Joseph Laro preceded her in death.

 

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FLORENCE P. CAMPBELL ALFORD

 

KALAMAZOO GAZETTE

Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI—Wednesday, 4 June 2003

 

            Florence P. Alford of Kalamazoo, MI, formerly of Portage, MI, died early Tuesday morning, June 3, 2003, at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo, MI.

            Florence was born December 12, 1910, in Port Huron, MI, a daughter of George and Brittimore Campbell, and had lived in this area since the mid-1930s. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo for over 50 years. Mrs. Alford was a homemaker for most of her life but began working at Tot to Teen Village after her children were married.

            Florence was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Kenneth Campbell; and two sisters, Margaret Myron and Helen Cawood.

            On August 26, 1939, she was united in marriage with Mr. Norval Alford, who survives. Also surviving are two children and their spouses, Judith and Donald Osterhout of Portage, MI, and Jerry L. and Mary Alford of Westminster, CA; two grandsons, Donald and Shelli Osterhout of Portage, and Steven Osterhout of Iowa; two great-grandsons, Alexander and Grant Osterhout; a sister-in-law, Vera Alford of Schoolcraft, MI; and many nieces and nephews.

            There will be no public visitation. Funeral services will be held 11:00 Friday morning in the Chapel of First Presbyterian Church, 321 W. South Street.... Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery will follow services. Memorials should be directed to Rose Arbor Hospice Residence or to First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre Ave.

FAG photo requested 11/24/2013 directly from Amy Dunn Hohler thru Edit

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Florence P. Alford (SS# issued in MI), last residence Portage, Kalamazoo Co., MI.

            See the obituary of her husband, Norval Von Alford, in this compilation.

 

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FRANCES HALFORD KUNKEL

 

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Detroit, Wayne Co., MI—Saturday, 30 September 2006

 

 

            Frances Halford Kunkel—Age 83. September 28, 2006. Beloved wife of Don. Dearest mother of Donald (Kathleen), Michael (Diane), Mabel (Ed) Everhart, Joseph (Robin), Suzanne (Duane) Krempa, Heidi (Paul) Baeckeroot and Mary (Ronald) Hilliard. Proud grandmother of 19 and great-grandmother of 11.

            Visitation Sunday 2-9 p.m. at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc. (Shelby Twp.). Rosary Sunday 7:30 p.m. In state Monday 9:30 a.m. at St. Therese of Lisieux Church, 48115 Schoenherr (N. of 21 Mile) until Mass, 10 a.m. Interment Tuesday 12 noon at Great Lakes National Cemetery.

 

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Photo from Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Oakland Co., MI—www.findagrave.com

Taken by deceased photographer, Jesse Winters

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Frances H. Kunkel (SS# issued in PA) was born 1 May 1923, last residence Utica, Macomb Co., MI.

 

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GEORGE WASHINGTON ALFORD

GEORGE WALLACE ADAMS

 

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Photo posted to his Find A Grave memorial

Permission granted by Jim Adams – used with permission

 

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Detroit, Wayne Co., MI—_____ February 1941

 

            George Wallace Adams was born January 28, 1859 at Lawton, Mich., the youngest child of George Wallace and Martha Stewart Alford. He died Feb. 13, at the age of 82 years, two weeks and two days at Detroit.

            At the age of five years he was left an orphan. His father died of wounds incurred in a [Civil War] battle in Louisiana and is buried in Baton Rouge. His mother, brother, and sister died that same summer leaving George, the youngest child of the family. He was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Franklin B. Adams of Lawton, both of whom have preceded in death.

            He was united in marriage to Effie May Adams May 5, 1890. They resided on a farm in Porter township five years. Later moving to Marcellus where they lived until 14 years ago when they moved to Detroit where he lived until his death.

            He leaves his devoted wife, the children, Harry of Wilmington, Cal., Helen of Los Angeles, Cal., Hazel at home, Hyldred of Coloma and Jack at home and seven grandchildren, other relatives, and a host of friends. Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 16 at Romig funeral home.... Burial in Marcellus cemetery.

 

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Photo from Bly Cemetery, Marcellus, Cass Co., MI—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Melissa

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituary of his paternal grandmother, Martha Ann McCullough Alford Stewart, in this compilation.

            George Wallace Adams was born George Washington Alford, son of George Washington Alford and Ann Maria Stewart. He changed his name to Adams, but was never formally adopted by Franklin Bildad Adams and his wife Lucinda Fletcher Adams. His children continued with the name Adams.

            His wife’s obituary, source unknown:

 

Effie May Adams was born in Porter Township, near Lawton, Michigan, February 28, 1866. She was raised on the farm where she was born the eldest daughter of Uriah Mason and Jane Adams. In May, 1890, she was united in marriage to George W. Adams. Their early married life was spent in Marcellus, Michigan, later moving to Detroit, where Mr. Adams passed way on February 13, 1941. Mrs. Adams had one sister, Mrs. Mary Sykes, who lives in St. Joseph, Michigan, and four brothers, Chester, Archie, Mason and Ross, all of whom preceded her in death. Mrs. Adams is survived by her daughter, Hazel, of Novi, with whom she made her home; Helen of Reno, Hyldred of Coloma and Jack, of Wayne, the eldest son Harry having passed away in 1947. There are eight grandchildren and one great-grandson. One grandson, Howard Adams Gale, the son of Hyldred and Irving Gale passed away after a short illness in 1 July, 1951. Effie Adams passed away February 10, just 18 days before her 88th birthday.

 

George Alford

 

Ann Maria Stewart Alford

George’s parents, George Washington Alford and Ann Maria Stewart Alford

 

            These obituaries and photos were from Sunny’s Family Tree, by Kathy Linderholm:

      Prior to 31 Oct 2008, online at AOL Hometown at http://members.aol.com/sunny2345/genealogy/index.html

      Partially archived in 2009 at Adams-McKain Family at http://web.archive.org/web/20050901172836/http://members.aol.com/sunny2345/genealogy/index.html

            Sunny’s Family Tree is also available at Genealogy.com, FamilyTreeMaker Online.

            His Alford lineage: George Wallace/Washington 1859 MI1, George Washington 1831 Canada2, William 1799 MA3.

 

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GENEVA “JEAN” KNOWLES ALFORD-RANDOLPH

 

MONROE EVENING NEWS

Monroe, Monroe Co., MI—21 July 2010

 

            Geneva “Jean” Alford-Randolph, 89, of Gladwin, Mich., formerly of Milan, died Mon., July 19, 2010 at Mid Michigan Gladwin Pines Nursing Home in Gladwin.

            She was born Aug. 26, 1920 in Milan, Mich. to Harry and Sarah (Colon) Knowles. She married Donald “Stub” Alford, and he preceded her in death. In 1937 she married Walter “Whitey” Randolph, and he also preceded her in death.

            She is survived by her children, son Larry (Helen) Alford of Harrison, daughter Dolores (Edward) Becerra of Oklahoma, 11 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great grandchildren, one sister Eva Fromm of Missouri and several nieces, nephews and friends.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, two sons, “Pete” and Roy, two great- grandchildren, one brother and five sisters.

            Visitation will be today from 6-9 p.m. at Ochalek-Stark Funeral Home, Milan, where funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. with Elder Kevin Emry officiating. Burial will follow at Marble Park Cemetery.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Geneva P. Randolph (SS# issued in MI), last residence Harrison, Clare Co., MI.

 

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GERALD D. ALVORD

 

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Photo from Sytsema Funeral Homes

 

MUSKEGON CHRONICLE

Muskegon, Muskegon Co., MI—5 August 2009

 

SPRING LAKE—Mr. Gerald “Jerry” D. Alvord, age 76, passed away Monday, August 3, 2009 at his home.

            He was born on November 16, 1932 to Earl and Esther (Tiefenthal) Alvord. Jerry retired as vice president of purchasing from Michigan Spring in Muskegon. He is a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. He served his country with the United States Army. Jerry was a member of the American Legion Post #0028. Jerry loved to spend time watching his grandchildren playing sports and also spending time golfing, fishing, bowling and watching NASCAR races. On June 27, 1953, he married the former Shirley Pearo in Muskegon.

            Survivors include his wife, Shirley; children, Jerry Alvord Jr., Brian Alvord, Linda (Marty) Winicki and Lori (Brian) Rosema; 9 grandchildren, 1 great grandson; 1 sister, Marlene (Bill) Lee.

            Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 AM Friday, August 7, 2009 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grand Haven with Rev. Fr. William Langlois presiding.

            Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 PM Thursday with the Rosary being prayed at 7:30 PM at The Lee Chapel Sytsema Funeral Homes, Inc. 6291 S. Harvey St. 231-798-1100

            Memorials to Corporate Angel Network or Harbor Hospice would be appreciated.

            Burial will take place at Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Share memories with the family on their online guestbook at www.sytsemafh.com.

FAG photo requested 11/21/2013

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Gerald D. Alvord (SS# issued in MI), last residence Spring Lake, Ottawa Co., MI.

            See the obituary of his wife, Shirley Maxine Pearo Alvord, in this compilation.

 

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GERTRUDE ALFORD

 

JACKSON CITIZEN

Jackson, Jackson Co., MI—Friday, 7 July 1899

 

            The coroner’s inquest was held at Ypsilanti Wednesday afternoon over the remains of little Gertrude Alford, the 6-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Alford, who died early Wednesday morning from injuries caused by the explosion of a firecracker thrown by a reckless small boy on the Fourth.

            The verdict was that the child’s death was caused by burns received from her burning clothing; said fire resulting from the exploding of a firecracker thrown by an unknown person.

            The name of the cracker thrower is known to the parents of the child, but it will not be made public, and no action will be taken against him. The mother of the little girl is prostrated with grief.

 

AAFA NOTES: It is probably this family on the 1900 census in Ypsilanti, Washtenaw Co., MI: Irvine Alfred, age 38 b. June 1861 in MI, married 14 years; wife Kate 38 b. Nov 1861 in MI, 7 children, 4 living; and children Margaret 10, Helen 5, John 4, and Josephine 2.

 

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GLADYS E. ALFORD KLEMPIRIK

 

FLINT JOURNAL

Flint, Genesee Co., MI—Wednesday, 27 October 1999

 

            Klempirik, Gladys E.—Of Flint, age 86, died Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at McLaren Regional Medical Center. Funeral service will be held at 10AM Friday, October 29, 1999 at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Reverend Paul L. Amstutz officiating. Burial in Crestwood Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions to the charity of their choice. Visitation 6-9PM Wednesday and 1-9PM Thursday at the funeral home.

            Mrs. Klempirik was born in Flint, Michigan on October 28, 1912 and was a resident of Flint her entire life. She was a member of Buick Retiree’s Club, Carman-Ainsworth Senior Citizens and VFW Post #3720. She was employed by Buick Motor Company for 26 years, retiring in 1972 as Chief Operator of Communications.

            Surviving are husband, George; sister, Mrs. Corinne Baer of Linwood, New Jersey; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Lester Alford; 2 sisters, Ethel Henley and Maybelle Stull.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Gladys E. Klempirik (SS# issued in MI), last residence Flint, Genesee Co., MI.

            We published the obituaries of her sisters Corinne Alford Baer and Maybelle Alford Stull in New Jersey Obituaries.

            From a Family Tree on Ancestry.com, her parents were Ambrose A. Alford and Daisy Morse.

            On the 1880 census, Ambrose 6, is listed in Denton, Wayne Co., MI, with his parents Ambrose 47 and Orra Alford 44 and 3 siblings: Charles 21, laura 17, Ella 14, and Emma 7. All were b. in MI except Orra, who was born in NY.

            In 1870 the family is in Augusta, Washtenaw Co., MI: Ambrose Alfred 37 MI, Orra 27 NY, and children: Jacob 16 OH, William 14 OH, Oliver 12 MI, Charles 10 MI, Irving 8 MI, Laura 6 MI, and Ella 4 MI.

            In 1860 they are in Augusta, Washtenaw Co., MI: Ambrose Alfred 32 PA, Orra 20 [looks like 20 but could be 30] OH, and children Jacob 7 OH, William 5 OH, Oliver 3 MI, and Charlie 1 MI.

            Her lineage: Gladys E. 1912 MI1, Ambrose A. 1874 MI2, Ambrose 1833 PA/MI3.

 

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GLORIA JEAN HUTCHENS ALVORD

 

Swartz Funeral Home

Flint, Genesee Co., MI—_____ February 2013

 

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            Alvord, Gloria Jean, of Davison, age 66, died Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Genesys Hospice Care Center in Goodrich.

            Funeral service will be held 1pm Thursday, February 21, 2013 at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Flint, Pastor Greg Rowan officiating.

            Burial in Flint Memorial Park….

            Gloria was born in Flint on April 26, 1946, the daughter of Don Williams and Genevieve Hutchens. Gloria married Larry Alvord on October 11, 1990 in Mt. Morris. She attended Atherton High School and Lakeville High School. After graduating, Gloria attended Mott Community College. Gloria loved animals and pets.

            Surviving are husband, Larry; son, Allen Korth and fiancée Jennifer Hutchinson of Flint; stepchildren, Brad and wife Becky Alvord of Fenton and Kari Alvord and friend Rafi of Detroit; brothers, Don and wife Jan Williams of Owosso and Steve and wife Carol Williams of Vassar; mother-in-law, Wanda Alvord of Flint; brother-in-law, Keith and wife Diane Alvord of Portage; several aunts, nieces, nephews and friends; lifelong friend, Jeanette Long of Otisville; special canine friend, her baby, Murphy.

            She was preceded in death by her parents.

            Special thank you to McLaren Visiting Nurse, Jean Buck and Genesys Hospice Care Center for all their care and support.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Gloria J. Alvord (SS# issued in MI), last residence not listed.

 

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HARRY C. ALFORD

 

GRAND RAPIDS HERALD

Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI—Sunday, 7 October 1900

 

            Alford—Hermitage building, October 5, 1900, of pulmonary tuberculosis, Harry C. Alford, aged 24 years 3 [difficult to read—could be another single digit] days. Burial, Coopersville, Mich., Oct. 6.

 

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GRAND RAPIDS HERALD

Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI—Tuesday, 9 October 1900

 

            Harry Alford, a young violinist who has played in the orchestra at the Grand and Powers, was buried at his old home in Coopersville [Ottawa Co.] Saturday, leaving a heartbroken bride of only three months. They were married in Knoxville, Tenn., where Alford was leader of an orchestra and were spending their honeymoon at Highland Park and in this city.

            Only last Wednesday Alford played in the orchestra at the Grand. The next day he was taken sick with quick consumption, and died on Friday.

            Mrs. Alford, although among strangers, did not lack sympathy in her bereavement. J.E.Rice and others accompanied the remains to Cooperville and gave the sorrowing widow every assistance possible. Deceased had many friends to mourn his demise.

 

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Photo from Coopersville-Polkton Cemetery, Coopersville, Ottawa Co., MI—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer Dereka Seigel (Rayla)

 

AAFA NOTES: Harry Alford is age 3 on the 1880 census in Tallmadge, Ottawa Co., MI. He was born in MI, and his parents were born in MI and England. He is living with his father, George Alford, age 25 born MI, and George’s wife Celia, 25 England. Head of household is Charles Alford, George’s father, 64 NY.

            In 1900, still in Tallmadge, Celia Alford is a widow with 4 children (no Harry), and says she was married 20 years and has 4 children, 4 living. She was born Dec 1854 in England.

            From Michigan Marriages, 1868–1925 [www.familysearch.org]: Geo. E. Alford, born 1854 in MI, married Celia Ellis, born 1854 in England, on 24 Dec 1879 in Tallmadge, Ottawa Co., MI.

            It is possible that Harry’s mother was not Celia and that George was married prior to his marriage to Celia.

            George is buried in Maplewood Cemetery in Lamont, Ottawa Co., MI. He was born 27 Nov 1854 and died 27 July 1892.

            Charles Alford is also buried in Maplewood: 4 May 1817–30 July 1899. His wife is Millie [Melinda in a family tree at Ancestry.com] Birch, 3 July 1822–28 July 1867.

            Harry’s lineage: Harry 1876 MI1, George E. 1854 MI2, Charles 1817 NY3.

 

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HARRY FRED ALFORD

 

MACOMB DAILY

Mt. Clemens, Macomb Co., MI—Thursday, 30 June 2005

 

            Harry Fred Alford, 80, a resident of Marine City for seven years, died Wednesday, June 29, 2005, in St. Joseph’s Mercy of Macomb Hospital, Clinton Township. He was born Aug. 19, 1924, in Royal Oak.

            Mr. Alford, a former 45-year resident of Chesterfield Township, retired in 1984 as owner of a Dairy Queen in Roseville and also had retired from Twin Pines Dairy. A World War II U.S. Army veteran, he was a member of VFW Post 7573.

            His family said he enjoyed golfing and woodworking. He married Lillian Cessna on June 16, 1945, in Detroit.

            He is survived by his wife, Lillian; children, Susan (Tom) Accivatti of New Baltimore, Ellen Alford (Gary Graham) of Matlacha, Fla., and Lillian L. (Donald Petre) Alford of Algonac; brother, Frank (Harriet) Alford of Marine City; and grandchildren, Cara, Edward, Matthew Accivatti, Lauren, Rachel and Andrew Petre.

            He was predeceased by his siblings, Alice Forest and Floyd Alford.

            A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Gendernalik Funeral Home, 35259 23 Mile Road, New Baltimore.... Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, New Baltimore....

 

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Photo from Oakwood Cemetery, New Baltimore, Macomb Co., MI—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Walter Sands

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Harry F. Alford (SS# issued in MI), last residence Marine City, St. Clair Co., MI.

 

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HAZEL E. HOLFORD KOHN

 

MORNING SUN

Mt. Pleasant, Isabella Co., MI—24 July 1998

 

            Hazel E. Kohn of Temple, Mich. died July 22, 1998 in Schnepp Health Care Center in St. Louis. She was 89.

            Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 25, at 11:00 a.m. at the Fosnaught Funeral Home.... Burial will be held at Fernwood Cemetery, in Temple....

            Mrs. Kohn was born to Mary (Hattis) and Leroy Holford on June 12, 1909.

            She is survived by one [sic] son, Larry and Paula Kohn of Sumner, and Roy and Geri Holford of Lake Havasu, Arizona; as well as three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

            She was preceded in death by her husband Lewis Kohn.

 

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HELEN J. HANLIN ALVORD

 

TUSCOLA COUNTY ADVERTISER

Caro, Tuscola Co., MI—Wednesday, 6 September 2000

 

MILLINGTON [Tuscola Co.]—Helen J. Alvord passed away Monday, September 4, 2000 at her residence. She was 94.

            Helen was born on December 4, 1905 in Millington and was the daughter of Charles and Isa (Haines) Hanlin. Helen lived in Millington her entire life. On December 6, 1927 she married Leon Alvord. He preceded her in death in 1962.

            Helen leaves to cherish her memory, her family, four children and their spouses, Charles and Catherine Alvord of Grand Blanc, Wilfred and Mary Alvord, Donald and Helen Alvord, Doris Webster, all of Millington, 22 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a brother, William (Bill) Hanlin in 1978.

            Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, September 7 at the Hanlin Funeral Home in Millington with burial to follow in Millington Township Cemetery....

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Helen J. Alvord (SS# issued in MI), last residence Millington, Tuscola Co., MI.

            See the obituary of her grandson Wilfred “Bud” Alvord in this compilation.

 

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HELEN MARIE ALFORD

 

FLINT JOURNAL

Flint, Genesee Co., MI—19 August 2013

 

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            Mother Helen Marie Alford, age 87, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Hurley Medical Center. Family hour 10 a.m. Friday, August 16, 2013 at Christ Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 317 E.Hamilton Ave., with funeral service commencing at 11 a.m. Rev. Dr. Mark A. Jones, officiating. Interment Gracelawn Community Cemetery, 5710 N. Saginaw St. Friends and pallbearers will assemble at the church 10 a.m. Friday.

            Mother Alfred [sic] now lies in state in the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Blvd., and may be viewed from 12 noon-8 p.m. today.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Helen M. Alford (SS# issued in AR) was born 7 Sept 1925, last residence not listed.

            See the obituaries of her husband, Earl Alford Sr.; and daughters Annette Louise Alford and Sandra Marie Alford-Wilson in this compilation.

 

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HENRY ALFORD

 

DAILY TELEGRAM

Adrian, Lenawee Co., MI—Monday, 25 March 1912

 

            Henry Alford of Hudson, Mich., died at the home of his wife’s sister, Mrs. M.A. Loop of 16 College avenue, at 12:05 Sunday noon. Mr. Alford had been sick of heart trouble for the past year and a half. He came to Adrian last December to be treated by Dr. Treat. While his death was sudden, the physician had given no hope for his recovery.

            Mr. Alford was 64 years old and served in a New York regiment during the rebellion. He leaves a wife and two sons, Henry and Earl Alford. The former was here Sunday night from Chicago where he has located in business.

            Funeral services are arranged for Tuesday at 1 o’clock, with burial at Oakwood cemetery.

 

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Photo from Oakwood Cemetery, Adrian, Lenawee Co., MI—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, David Clark

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituary of his wife, Arvilla Lossey Alford, in this compilation.

            From Michigan Marriages, 1868–1925 [www.familysearch.org]: Henry Alford, age 29, married Villa Lossey, age 21, on 1 October 1874 in Adrian, MI. Henry’s residence at the time of marriage was Fayette, OH, and Villa’s was Morenci, MI. Henry was born in Seneca Falls, NY, and Villa was born in Hudson, MI.

 

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IAN MICHAEL HOWELL ALFORD

 

ANN ARBOR NEWS

Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., MI—Sunday, 11 June 2006

 

            Alford, Ian M. Howell, MI Age 23, died Friday, June 9, 2006. Visitation Sunday 2-8 p.m. with funeral service Monday 1:30 p.m. at MacDonald’s Funeral Home, Howell 517-546-2800.

 

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Permission granted by the photographer, Pat

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Ian M. Alford (SS# issued in AZ) was born 21 June 1982, last residence not listed.

 

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JACOB EUGENE “JAY” ALFORD

 

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LANSING STATE JOURNAL

Lansing, Ingham Co., MI—Sunday, 24 July 2011

 

Jacob “Jay” Alford

 

WILLIAMSTON—A wonderful husband, father and grandfather was born April 23, 1926, in Webberville; died July 21, 2011, at the age of 85. Jay was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, owned and operated Alford Asphalt for many years and was a sales representative for Moormans Feed serving many area farmers. He was a member of the American Legion Post #296, Williamston, which he proudly helped construct, and enjoyed farming, gardening, fishing, hunting, singing and telling jokes. Jay loved having a wonderful time with family and friends at Wixom Waters and traveling to Texas and Mexico, where they had many great times.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, Theron and Julia Alford, and sister, Caroline Hafer.

            Surviving are his wife, Alyce; daughter, Jayle (Brian) Caprara; son, Bryce (Melissa) Alford; grandchildren, Austin and Allie Alford, Jacob Smith, Chris, Ben and Mackenzie Caprara.

            Funeral services will be held Monday, July 25, at 10 a.m. at the Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Homes, 205 E. Middle St., Williamston. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Those desiring may make contributions to the American Legion Post #296, P.O. Box #125, Williamston, MI, 48895, in memory of Jacob Alford. Online condolences may be sent to www.gorslineruncimanwilliamston.com.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Jacob E. Alford (SS# issued through the Railroad Board), last residence Williamston, Ingham Co., MI.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His lineage: Jacob Eugene 1926 MI1, Theron Jacob 1899 MI2, Jacob Eugene 1854 OH3, Ambrose 1833 OH4, Oliver 1795 VT5, Oliver 1767 VT6, Benedict 1716 CT7, Benedict 1688 CT8, Jeremiah 1655 CT9, Benedict 1619 England10, Thomas 1598 England11.

 

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JAMES D. ALFORD

 

PETOSKEY NEWS-REVIEW

Petoskey, Emmet Co., MI—20 October 2009

 

            James Alford of Mackinaw City, known to all of his friends as “Alf,” passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 18, 2009, at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey.

            Jim was the only child of James Kennedy and Dorothy Quincy Alford, born in Lakewood, Ohio, on March 28, 1946. He spent countless summers on the waters of Paradise Lake, where he grew up to love Northern Michigan.

            Upon graduation from Bay Village High School in 1964, he decided to pursue a career in education at Northern Michigan University. Jim’s 30-year teaching career involved high school education as well as numerous coaching positions, where he eventually retired from Mackinaw City Public Schools in 2001. It was also in 2001 that he was honored as the Outstanding Person in Education for Mackinaw City Public Schools. Throughout his career, Jim had a tremendous impact on all of his students. He continued strong friendships with many of them up until his untimely passing.

 

In another article:

 

PETOSKEY NEWS-REVIEW

Petoskey, Emmet Co., MI—14 September 2009

 

MACKINAW CITY—Half of the village council’s six trustee spots are up for election on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Local voters will recognize a pair of familiar names, but at least one new face is set to join the council for a four year term. James Alford, 63, is a retired teacher who has spent the last 10 years as a trustee on the council. Alford pointed to the extension of sidewalks on either side of the school and new structures for the local emergency services as some recent successes of the council, and said he hopes to continue his work on upcoming projects.

 

In another article:

 

PETOSKEY NEWS-REVIEW

Petoskey, Emmet Co., MI—11 September 2005

 

MACKINAW CITY—Four people are running for three seats on the Mackinaw City Village Council….

            Incumbent James D. Alford, 59, a retired school teacher, is running for re-election after almost seven years on the council, chosen three times by voters in staggered election years. This is his fourth time on the ballot.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of James Alford (SS# issued in MI), last residence Mackinaw City, Cheboygan Co., MI.

 

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JAMES EDWARD “TED” ALFORD

 

PETOSKEY NEWS-REVIEW

Petoskey, Emmet Co., MI—18 September 2002

 

            James E. ‘Ted’ Alford—Mr. Alford was preceded in death by his wife, Lois, on Dec. 28, 2000.

            Mr. Alford is survived by one son, Edward M. “Ted” of Gaylord; two grandchildren, Deborah Ann (Chris) Carey of Negaunee and Scott Edward (Sue) Alford of Hutchinson, Minn.; two great-grandchildren, Brandon and Amanda; one sister, Mildred (Chuck) Rowe of Dravosburg, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

            Mr. Alford will be interred in Parkview Memorial Cemetery in Livonia. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Alford may be made to Alpine Kitchen Band or Hospice of Michigan, through the Nelson Funeral Home.

 

In another article:

 

PETOSKEY NEWS-REVIEW

Petoskey, Emmet Co., MI—22 September 2002

 

[From “a list of deaths reported during the past week by funeral directors in the 13-county northwest Michigan region”:]

 

OTSEGO—J. Edward “Ted” Alford, 92, of Gaylord, died Sept. 14; Nelson Funeral Home, Gaylord.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that J.E. Alford (SS# issued in MI) was born 1 Jan 1910 and died 14 Sept 2002, last residence Gaylord, Otsego Co., MI.

            See the obituary of his wife, Lois M. Alford, in this compilation.

 

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JAMES EARL HALFORD

 

FLINT JOURNAL

Flint, Genesee Co., MI—Thursday, 1 December 2005

 

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            Halford, Mr. James Earl—Age 50, went home to be with the Lord Monday, November 28, 2005 at his residence. Family hour 1:30PM Friday, December 2, 2005 from the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 w. Flint Park Blvd., with funeral service commencing at 2PM. Pastor Garfield Hardy, Jr. officiating. Interment Flint Memorial Park, G-9506 N. Dort Hwy. Friends and pallbearers will assemble at the funeral home 1:30PM Friday. Mr. Halford now lies in state in the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, and may be viewed from 12Noon-8PM today.

            Mr. James Earl Halford was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Mr. Halford resided in Flint most of his life. He retired in 2001 as an electrician with 30 years of service from General Motors Corporation.

            Mr. James E. Halford leaves to cherish his memory: loving wife, Gloria; 2 children, Aaron and Melissa; mother, Ora Lee (Odis) Walker; 4 brothers, Napoleon (Merideth) Ford, John Halford, Richard (Fatima) Halford, all of Flint, and Chester Halford, Jr. of Tennessee; 2 sisters, Vaneaster (Howard) Robertson of Birmingham, AL, and Caroline Beard of Flint; father and mother-in-law, James and Carrie Seale; brother and sister-in-law, Randy (Benita) Seale, Lenora Seale, all of Flint, Sheila Seale of Houston, TX; many other relatives and friends.

            Mr. Halford was preceded in death by his father, Chester Halford, Sr.; paternal and maternal grandparents.

            The family would like to express special thanks to Dr. Syed Sattar and the Avalon Hospice Team.

 

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Taken by Find A Grave photographer, Anonymous

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that James E. Halford (SS# issued in MI) was born 14 May 1955, last residence Flint, Genesee Co., MI.

            See the obituaries of his father, Chester Halford Sr.; his brother Richard Louis Halford; and his grandfather Archie Halford Sr. in this compilation.

            His HALFORD lineage: James Earl 1955 AR1, Chester 1936 AR2, Archie 1907 AR3.

 

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JAMES LEE ALFORD

 

LANSING STATE JOURNAL

Lansing, Ingham Co., MI—Saturday, 24 March 2012

 

            James Lee Alford 63, of Lansing, died Wednesday [March 21]. Visitation 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. with services following at 4 p.m. Monday at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel.

 

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Photo from Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Kalamazoo Co., MI—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Sharon W.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list his death.

            See the obituary of his father, Ezra Virgil Alford, in this compilation.

            Norris Lynn Alford, AAFA #0422 maintains a website for the Descendants of ‘Irish’ John Alford, including family genealogy, many photos, and historical information.

            His lineage: James Lee 1948 ?? 1, Ezra Virgil 1924 WV2, Fernandin Ezra 1894 WV3, James Bird 1855 VA4, Robert 1814 VA5, George 1763 Ireland6, John 1735 Ireland7.

 

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JAMES RALSTON ALFORD, JR.

 

MICHIGAN CHRONICLE

Detroit, Wayne Co., MI—_____ March 2005

 

            James Ralston Alford Jr. was born April 4, 1959. He attended Wayside Baptist Church. He died February 27, 2005 at the age of 45.

            He is survived by a son, James Williams; a daughter, Theresa Alexander; one granddaughter, Sequan Williams; two grandsons, Rakee and Edward Williams; a step-grandson, James Jr.; and a host of other relatives.

            Services will be held March 5, 2005 in the Chapel at Swanson Funeral Home.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of James R. Alford (SS# issued in MI), last residence Atlanta, Fulton Co., GA [?].

            This obituary is from The AfriGeneas Death Records Database and is probably not verbatim.

 

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JOHN E. ALFORD

 

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Detroit, Wayne Co., MI—30 March 1998

 

            Alford, John E., March 28, 1998. Beloved husband of Edna. Dear father of John Jr. (Sandy), Bradley (Lori) Smith and Belinda (Michael) Crider. Grandfather of Kristin, Jacob, Ben and Shannon. Son of Maude Sturgill. Brother of Homer, Jess, Alta Reece, Maggie Jones and Mary Sinkhorn....

            Service Wednesday 1:00 p.m. at John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home, 1139 Inkster Rd....

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list his death.

            John’s gravestone in Maple Grove Cemetery, Westland, Wayne Co., MI, says he was born 1 Feb 1940 and served in the U.S. Navy. [Permission not granted by photographer, per his bio page.]

 

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JOSEPH EARL ALFORD

 

LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER

Lexington, KY—9 March 1975

 

            Joseph Earl Alford, age 74, born in Fayette County, son of the late Joseph and Enola Alford, died January 9, 1975. Survived by five grandchildren: Dennis, Sean, Daniel and Cecelia Alford and Mary Jo Idyle and one great-granddaughter.

            Burial was in United Memorial Gardens, Wayne, Michigan.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Joseph Alford (SS# issued in KY) was born 4 May 1900, last residence Detroit, Wayne Co., MI.

            Joseph was the son of Joseph W. Alford and Enola B. Foley of Fayette Co., KY. Joseph was born May 4, 1900, in Fayette County, KY.

            This obituary is from Obituaries from Scrapbooks of Annie Page Wiley, Irene Judge Wiley, and Beulah Wiley Franks. In 1998, the files were online at http://cgi.rootsweb.com/~genbbs/genbbs.cgi/USA/Ky/WileyObits?read=482. In 2009, they are on the Wiley Obituaries – Scrapbook Collection message board, Ancestry.com.

            For more information on this family, see AAFA’s published genealogy, Known Descendants of James Alford & Lucy Bailey.

            His lineage: Joseph Earl 1900 KY1, Joseph W. 1858 KY2, John 1820 KY3, Charles 1779 VA4, Jacob 1757 VA5, James 1715 VA6.

 

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KAREN JEAN ALFRED

 

TRAVERSE CITY RECORD-EAGLE

Traverse City, MI—Thursday, 17 December 2009

 

            Karen Jean Alfred, 52, of Onekama, died Sunday evening, Dec. 13, 2009, at her home.

            A memorial Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated Saturday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m., at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Manistee, where the family will receive friends one hour prior. A Celebration of Life will follow the Mass at the Saint Joseph Civic Club.

            The family has entrusted the Oak Grove Cremation Center with funeral arrangements.

 

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KEITH ALAN “SKEETER” ALFORD

 

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ANN ARBOR NEWS

Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., MI—Friday, 15 November 2013

 

            Keith Alan (Skeeter) Alford died on November 14, 2013; at age 79.

            Keith was born November 22, 1933 to Thora E. (Carlson) and Arthur J. Alford, in Lansing, Michigan. He grew up in the Iron Mountain and Plymouth areas. Keith graduated from U of M in 1955 and 1961 and was an educator in the Plymouth Community Schools. He served two years in the U.S. Army. Keith married Janet (Morrison) in 1962 and she survives.

            In addition, he is survived by his beloved sisters, Marjorie (Donald) Easley and Nancy (Gregory) Boitano; in-laws Kathy Morrison and Richard Morrison; nephews, Steven, Michael, Richard, Kent, and Patrick; nieces, Christy, Debborah, Pamela, Melissa, and Teresa; and their families. Keith was especially fond of all his dogs; especially Lucy.

            He was a gentle man with a dry, pithy, sense of humor who loved teasing everyone and always wore a baseball cap. In former years he enjoyed woodworking, fishing, horseshoes, country music, playing poker, and was one of the remaining Dirty Dozen that helped the beginning process of turning Newkirk Camp into the present United Methodist Church campus, in Dexter. He described those years as being the happiest of his life.

            A Memorial Service will be held Monday November 18, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Dexter United Methodist Church. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea Retirement Community Heritage Foundation or the Dexter United Methodist Church. Please sign Keith’s guestbook at www.borekjennings.com or leave a message of comfort for his family by calling 877-231-7900.

 

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LAWRENCE WAYNE ALVORD

 

FLINT JOURNAL

Flint, Genesee Co., MI—1 September 2012

 

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            Alvord, Lawrence Wayne, Flint, Age 89, died Saturday, September 1, 2012 at McLaren-Flint. Funeral service will be held 10 am Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Flint, Pastor Dave Hintz officiating. Burial in Millington Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project. Visitation 4-8pm Tuesday at the funeral home.

            Lawrence was born in Flint on January 20, 1923. Lawrence served in the United States Army during World War II on the Island of Saipan. On October 12, 1946, he married Wanda Czerniec. Lawrence was employed with Buick Motor Division for 32 years. He enjoyed getting in the car and going for drives and attending family gatherings. He also enjoyed bowling and loved watching the Detroit Tigers.

            Surviving are wife, Wanda, children, Larry and wife Gloria of Davison, Keith and wife Diane of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, Chad and wife Melissa, Amy and husband Mitch Whisler, Tyler, Brad and wife Becky, and Kylee and Kari; great grandchildren, Logan, Riley, Brendan, Nolan, Benjamin, Jacob;

            Special thanks, to Marilyn and Charles and wife Catherine Alvord.

            He was preceded in death by his parents.

            Your condolences may be shared with the family at swartzfuneralhomeinc.com

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Lawrence W. Alvord (SS# issued in MI), last residence not listed.

 

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LEON ALFORD

 

Life Story

Battle Creek, Calhoun Co., MI—_____ October 2007

 

            Mr. Leon Alford, 57, of Battle Creek, MI, died Friday, October 26, 2007 at his home in Battle Creek, MI. He was born June 08, 1950 in Cleveland, OH the son of Nathaniel Alford and Margaret Ozell (Adams) Alford.

            Leon was a 1968 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. After high school he served in U.S. Army from 1971 to 1982, receiving 2 Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and an Army Commendation Medal. He received his Bachelor Degree from the University of Maryland and in 1984 he received his Juris Doctor degree from the West Los Angeles School of Law. After returning to Battle Creek he was employed at the Battle Creek Veteran Medical Center.

            Leon is survived by Mother: Margaret (Charles W.) Cribbs of Battle Creek, MI; Son: Doran Alford of Mt. Clemens, MI; Daughter: Tiffani Alford of Mt. Clemens, MI; Brother: Eric Chapman of Battle Creek, MI; Sisters: Barbara Chapman of Battle Creek, MI and Zenelda Alford of Cleveland, OH; Stepsisters: Yvonne Hoyt-Cribbs and Charlene J. Cribbs of Battle Creek, MI; Grandmother: Nannie G. Adams of Battle Creek, MI; Grandchildren: Dae’quan, Quintez, Joe’vonn and Destiny; Nieces: Trashon, Teyuna, Erica and Stacy; and Former Wife: Grenda Riley of Mt. Clemens, MI.

            He was preceded in death by his Father: Nathaniel Alford (1972); Daughter: Tamika Alford (2004); and his Brother: Leo Alford (1998).

            Memorial services will be held Saturday, 10:00 a.m. at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service with Pastor Malcomb Crawford of Emmanuel Covenant Church International officiating.

            Burial will be at the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI.

            Memorial tributes may be made to Charity of one’s choice.

            Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, a member by invitation Selected Independent Funeral Homes. (269)965-5145.

 

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Photo from Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Kalamazoo Co., MI—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Sharon W.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Leon Alford (SS# issued in MI), last residence Battle Creek, Calhoun Co., MI.

 

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LOIS M. ALFORD

 

HERALD TIMES

Gaylord, Otsego Co., MI—Thursday, 4 January 2001

 

            Lois M. Alford—Mrs. Alford was born in Muncie, Indiana on Dec. 14, 1918 and moved to Gaylord in 1975 from Dearborn Heights.

            She was a member of the Chrysanthemum Chapter No. 114 Order of the Eastern Star in Gaylord. On March 23, 1938 in Detroit, she married J. Edward “Ted” Alford, who survives. The couple was married 62 years.

            Also surviving are a son: Edward M. “Ted” (Patsy) Alford of Dixon Lake; three grandchildren: Deborah Ann (Chris) Carey of Negaunee, Scott Edward (Sue) Alford of Hutchinson, MN, Lt. Reginald Kai (Kathryn) Mason of Yokosuka, Japan; three great grandchildren: Brandon, Amanda and Evan, and several nieces and nephews.

            Mrs. Alford will be interred in Parkview Memorial Cemetery in Livonia.

            In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions, in memory of Mrs. Alford, may be made to Mc-Reynolds Hall or to the Gaylord Chapter of the Eastern Star through the Nelson Funeral Home.

            The Alford family would like to extend their deepest appreciation for the loving care given by the staffs of McReynolds Hall, Otsego Memorial Hospital, Munson Health Care and Shared Care.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Lois M. Alford (SS# issued in MI), last residence Gaylord, Otsego Co., MI.

            See the obituary of her husband, James Edward “Ted” Alford, in this compilation.

 

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LULU ALFORD PLATT

 

MUSKEGON CHRONICLE

Muskegon, Muskegon Co., M—Tuesday, 14 November 1905

 

            Mrs. Lulu Alford Platt died at 11:05 o’clock this morning at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Alford, 133 Ottawa street, after an illness of two weeks.

            She returned to Muskegon from Grand Rapids, in company with her father, October 26. She was then in poor health, and owing to great nervous strain under which she had be suffering was apparently on the verge of nervous prostration. She was taken ill shortly afterward and was attended for several days by Dr. P.A. Quick.

            She seemed then to be recovering and Dr. Quick was not called again until yesterday. He called again this morning and found Mrs. Platt’s condition then so critical that he asked Dr. F.W. Garber in consultation, but nothing could then be done for the relief of the patient.

            Mrs. Platt was born in Muskegon October 1, 1885, and had lived here all her life until June, 1904, when she went to Grand Rapids, where she was employed in the card and index department of the Fred Macey company. She had attended the public schools of this city, leaving school after finishing the eighth grade four years ago.

            At Grand Rapids she was married March 29, 1905, to Henry Platt, who proved to be unworthy of her, and because of his bad conduct and his neglect of her Mrs. Platt suffered extremely before returning to Muskegon.

            There seems to be little doubt that it was because of her husband’s ill treatment and neglect that Mrs. Platt’s health became so shattered she was unable to recover from the illness that attacked her shortly after her return to Muskegon.

 

AAFA NOTES: On the 1900 census in Muskegon, Muskegon Co., MI, Lulu, age 14 born Oct 1885 in MI, is living with her parents Frank B. Alford, age 43 born May 1857 in England, and Lucy Alford.

            In 1870, Frank Alford, age 13 born England, is living in Allen, Hillsdale Co., MI, with his parents Geo. Alford, age 43 born England, and Sophia Alford.

            Her lineage: Lulu 1885 MI1, Frank 1857 England2, George 1837 England3.

 

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M. FRANCES ALFORD

 

DETROIT NEWS

Detroit, Wayne Co., MI—23 April 1996

Published in AAFA ACTION, Spring 1997

 

            Alford, Frances, Age 86. Beloved wife of the late William. Dearest mother of William (Sharyn). Dear grandmother of Kristin Hammar, Susan Alford and Cathleen Alford. Brother-in-law [sic] of Alpha B. Cunningham.

            Friends may call on Tuesday 3:30-9 p.m. at Kaul Funeral Home, 28433 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores. In state Wednesday 10 a.m. until time of service 11 a.m. Heritage Presbyterian Church, 23415 Jefferson (S. of 9 Mile), St. Clair Shores.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that M.F. Alford (SS# issued in MI) was born 16 May 1909 and died 21 Apr 1996, last residence Eastpointe, Macomb Co., MI.

            See the obituary of her son William W. “Doc” Alford in this compilation.

 

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MARJORIE STRAUDER ALFORD

 

ELKHART TRUTH

Elkhart, Elkhart Co., IN—18 March 2003

 

BERRIEN CENTER [Berrien Co.], Mich.—Marjorie Alford, 91, of 6418 Deans Hill Road, formerly of Cassopolis, Mich., died at Lakeland Specialty Hospital in Berrien Center at 12:50 a.m. March 9 after an extended illness.

            She was born Jan. 10, 1912, in Jackson, Miss., to Ernest and Minnette (Day) Strauder Sr. She married Alex Alford on Nov. 16, 1940, in Chicago, Ill. He died in 1981.

            Surviving are one daughter, Joretha Boykins of Kalamazoo, Mich.; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, Ernest Strauder Jr.

            Friends may call one hour prior to Saturday’s 11 a.m. services at Connelly Funeral Home in Cassopolis. Jonette Smith and Anthony Boykins, Mrs. Alford’s grandchildren, will officiate. Burial will be at Community Chapel Cemetery in Calvin Township.

            Mrs. Alford was a homemaker. She moved from Chicago to Cassopolis in 1941. She was a member of Chain Lake Missionary Baptist Church

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Marjorie Alford (SS# issued in MI), last residence Berrien Center, Berrien Co., MI.

 

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MARTHA ALFORD SIDERS

 

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Detroit, Wayne Co., MI—Sunday, 13 February 2005

 

            Martha A. Siders—Age 92, of Canton, died February 11, 2005. Beloved wife of the late Harold Alford and the late Roy Siders. Loving aunt of Mary Ann (James) Stager. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

            Funeral from St. John Neumann Church, 44800 Warren Road, Canton, Monday 10:30 a.m....Visitation at Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, 280 S. Main, Plymouth, Sunday 3-9 p.m....

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Martha A. Siders (SS# issued in MI) was born 22 Feb 1912, last residence Canton, Wayne Co., MI. Her last benefit was sent to Eatonton, Putnam Co., MI.

 

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MARTHA ANN MCCULLOUGH ALFORD STEWART

 

 

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Photos from Thomas Gunn Family Tree (Ancestry.com)

 

KALAMAZOO GAZETTE

Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI—30 April 1909

 

            Mrs. Martha Alford Stewart died April 19th at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. C.C. Gunn, of Mattawan, aged 93 years and three days. Mrs. Stewart was born in Ireland, April 16, 1816, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Patrick McCullough. She came to Canada with her parents in 1828. Two years later she was married to William Alford an American soldier and in 1838 with her husband she came west, locating in Alamo where they underwent all the hardships of pioneer life. To them were born fourteen children, seven of whom reached their majority. In 1849 her husband died and three years later she was married to John W. Stewart, a man of strong religious character and well known throughout Kalamazoo county whom she survived twenty-one years.

            A daughter living only a few months blessed this union. Mrs. Stewart lived on the farm which was bought from the government until 1860 when she sold it and bought a farm in Oshtemo. She was the last of the old pioneers of Alamo. She began to lose her eyesight as well as her hearing three years ago. And as she had not been able to walk without aid for eight years life was only enjoyed by knowing that she was with her loved ones and tenderly cared for. Her mind was clear and she could repeat many poems, some of which she learned in childhood days.

            She is survived by four children, Mrs. Abbie Lewis, Fife Lake, Mich.; Mrs. Anna Phillips and William Alford of Texas [Kalamazoo Co.], and Mrs. C.C. Gunn of Mattawan.

            The funeral services were held at West Oshtemo church and were conducted by Rev. I Bates of Paw Paw and Rev Henry Boynton of Oshtemo. The pallbearers were six of her grandchildren, William Lewis of Oshtemo; William Gunn of Watervliet; George Gunn of Oshtemo; Wallace Lewis of Grand Rapids; Clyde Alford of Texas [Kalamazoo Co.], and Irwin Gunn of Mattawan. The interment was in the Northeast Alamo cemetery, beside the husband of her youth and close to all of her children with the exception of one, George Alford, who has slept in a soldier’s grave in the sunny southland for more than 40 years.

            Mrs. Stewart is survived by ninety-six descendants, four children, twenty-two grandchildren, fifty-eight great grandchildren and twelve great-great-grandchildren, making five generations.

            There were several beautiful floral offerings. The music was by Miss Elsie Abbott, Mrs. Ella Wright and Messrs. Van Auken and Anson.

 

In another article, source unknown:

 

            Martha Alford Stewart was born in Tallenanus, Monahan county, Providence of Ulster, Ireland, April 16, 1816 and died April 19, 1909, aged 93 years and 3 days. Deceased had become nearly blind and was very deaf but otherwise retained her faculties to a remarkable degree. Only the evening before she was taken ill she entertained her great-grandson who was spending his vacation at his grandparents with stories of her voyage across the Atlantic in 1828.

            When scarcely 14 years of age she was united in marriage to William Alford, a soldier of the war of 1812, and a member of a New York regiment. To them were born fourteen children. In 1838 they came to Michigan and settled in Alamo, where they endured all the privations of pioneer life.

            In 1849 her husband died and three years later she was married to John W. Stewart, a man well known to older residents here, and to them was born one child which only lived a few months. Deceased is survived by one son and three daughters, William Alford, Mrs. Abbie Lewis, Mrs. Annie Phillips, and Mrs. Helen Gunn; 22 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren, a total of 96 living descendants.

            Deceased had always lived a strenuous life until about eight years ago and enforced idleness grew monotonous, but being fond of reading, she spent her time in that way until her sight failed; then she lived in the past. Her greatest pleasure was in knowing she was with her children and a hope of soon meeting with loved ones on the other side....

 

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KALAMAZOO GAZETTE

Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI—4 May 1909

 

Martha McCullough

Standing: Sarah Anna Alford Green (Martha’s daughter), Sarah’s daughter Marion Cordelia Green Munson. Seated: Martha Ann McCullough Alford Stewart, Marion’s daughter Anna Mae Munson Lee, with her daughter Marian Cora Lee.

 

DEATH BREAKS FIVE GENERATIONS

 

            At the time of her death, April 19, Mrs. Martha Alford Stewart was one of the oldest pioneers of Kalamazoo county. She was 93 years when she passed away and had lived in Alamo, her old home, for many years. Through she had been failing in health, her mind even at the time of her death was very clear and nothing delighted her more than to recite some of the poems she had learned in childhood.

            She was born in Ireland and came to America when she was eight years old. She had lived the greater part of her life in the west. Ninety-six descendants survive her, among which are four children, Mrs. Abbie Lewis, Fife Lake, Mich.; Mrs. Anna Phillips and William Alford of Texas [Kalamazoo Co.], and Mrs. C.C. Gunn of Mattawan, twenty grandchildren, fifty-eight great grand children, and twelve great great grand grandchildren.

            Five generations are shown in the picture, Mrs. Stewart being one.

 

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Gravestone in Green Bower Cemetery, Alamo, Kalamazoo Co., MI

 

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Photo from Green Bower Cemetery, Alamo, Kalamazoo Co., MI—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Traci Hurlbut

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituaries of her children Abigail Hannah Alford Lewis, Eliza Jane Alford Musselman, and William Henry Harrison Alford; and grandson George Washington Alford in this compilation.

            From Portrait and Biographical Record of Kalamazoo, Allegan and Van Buren Counties, Michigan (Chicago: Chapman Bros., 1892), pp. 838, 841, in biographical sketch of Conrad Christopher Gunn, second husband of William and Martha’s daughter Helen Caroline Alford:

 

Her grandfather participated in the Revolutionary War. A fife that was played by him in the battle of Yorktown and at the surrender of Cornwallis, and afterward by his son William Alford, in the War of 1812, is in the possession of the family. The father of Mrs. Gunn was married at the age of twenty-nine years, in Canada, having moved there soon after the War of 1812. He lived in Guelph, Ontario, but at the time of the Rebellion in Canada, not wishing to fight for or against his own country, sold his property and came to Michigan, taking up land in Alamo Township, in 1837, where he resided until his death, which occurred in 1849. His good wife is still living and makes her home with her son in Texas Township. She bore her husband fourteen children and was again married in 1852 and became the mother of one child.

 

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MARTHA PEARL OSOSKE ALFORD

 

BAY CITY TIMES

Bay City, Bay Co., MI—Thursday, 19 June 1919

 

            Mrs. Forest Alford of Detroit, formerly Miss Martha Ososke, of this city, died June 12. She is survived by her husband, two children, father, Frank Ososke; two brothers, Joseph and Frank, Jr.; two sisters, Mrs. Stanley Troyner and Mrs. Bert Gilley, all of Detroit.

 

 

Photos from Roseland Park Cemetery, Berkley, Oakland Co., MI—www.findagrave.com

 

AAFA NOTES: From Michigan Marriages, 1868–1925 [www.familysearch.org]: Forrest Alford, age 25 of Detroit, MI, machinist, married Martha Ososke, 21, on 5 Sept 1914 in Detroit, MI. Forrest’s father is Thomas. Forrest’s mother’s maiden name is Holden. Martha’s father is Joseph, but her mother’s maiden name is not listed.

            On Forrest James Alford’s 1918 WWI Draft Registration Card (Ancestry.com), he is age 27, a machinist at Dodge Bros., living in Detroit. He was born 13 August 1889. He is the sole support of a wife and one child. He was “under doctor’s care for stomach trouble.”

            In 1900, Detroit, Wayne Co., MI, Forest Alford, age 11 b. Aug 1889 in MI, is living with his parents, Thomas Alford, age 41 B. Sept 1858 in Canada, and Mary, 42 b. March 1858 in Canada.

            Martha’s Find A Grave memorial lists her parents as Frank Ososki and “Marcyanna Tontlewicz Ososki (Osowska).”

            Her husband’s lineage: Forrest James 1889 MI1, Thomas 1858 Canada2.

 

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MARY A. ALFORD

 

DETROIT NEWS

Detroit, Wayne Co., MI—9 January 1996

Published in AAFA ACTION, Spring 1997

 

            Mary A. Alford, a beauty salon owner, died of complications from pneumonia and Alzheimer’s disease Saturday, Jan. 6, 1996, at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She was 80.

            Mrs. Alford was a 1934 graduate of Detroit’s Northwestern High School. She also attended Fleming Beauty School, earning a license in cosmetology.

            Mrs. Alford owned Campbell’s Beauty Shop in Detroit for 15 years.

            She was a longtime member of St. Stephen African Methodist Episcopal Church.

            Mrs. Alford loved to travel. She and her husband, Bob, toured throughout the United States and the Caribbean.

            Surviving are her husband, Bob; a son, Kirk; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

            Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Stephen African Methodist Episcopal Church, 6000 Stanford, Detroit. Burial will be at Roseland Park Cemetery in Berkley.

 

            AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Mary A. Alford (SS# issued in MI) was born 13 Apr 1915 and died 3 Jan 1996 [different than obituary], last residence Detroit, Wayne Co., MI.

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

 

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MARY ALICE JEWELL ALFORD

 

THE HERALD-PALLADIUM

St. Joseph, Berrien Co., MI—4 March 2000

 

STEVENSVILLE [Berrien Co.]—Mary Alice (Jewell) Alford, 69, of Stevensville, passed away March 3, 2000, at the Lakeland Specialty Hospital, Berrien Center. As per her request, her body has been cremated.

            She was born Dec. 22, 1930, in Benton Harbor. She was a bookkeeper and returned to our area recently from a 30-year stay in Hammond, Ind.

            She is survived by two sisters—Lois (Floyd) Weber of Benton Harbor, and Ellie (Scott) Long of St. Joseph; and by several nieces and nephews.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Alford, in 1995; by three sisters—Virginia Jewell, Chummy Tschirhart and Esther Ginther; and by a brother, Clifford Jewell.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Mary A. Alford (SS# issued in MI), last residence Stevensville, Berrien Co., MI. Her last benefit was sent to Hammond, Lake Co., IN.

 

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MARY LOU ALFORD WOLD SUMPTER

 

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

 

KALAMAZOO GAZETTE

Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI—5 November 2003

 

SULLIVAN [Franklin Co.], MO—Mary Lou Sumpter, a resident of Sullivan since June, died on November 1, 2003. Funeral services were held on Friday, November 7, at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall, & Gren Funeral Home.

            Mary Lou was born on July 25, 1945, in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Verval and Estella Bunce Alford. She married Donald Sumpter on October 14, 1983.

            Survivors include her husband; sons, Walt and Ruth Wold of Plainwell [Allegan Co., MI] and Damon and Paula Sumpter of Sullivan; daughter, Dawn and Richard Ueck of Plainwell; brothers, Bob and Pauline Alford of Michigan, Darwin and Tina Alford of Union City, and Theodore and Cherry Alford of North Carolina; sister, Marilyn Phillips of Paw Paw; mother-in-law, Estelle Sumpter of Bourbon, Missouri; five grandchildren; and siblings-in-law, John and Mary Sumpter, Richard and Rosa Sumpter, all of Sullivan, David Sumpter of Bourbon, Larry and Elizabeth Kline of Bourbon, Alva and Betty Enloe of Sullivan.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Mary L. Sumpter (SS# issued in MI), last residence not listed.

            See the obituary of her husband’s sister Pauline Florence Jacobs Alford in this compilation.

 

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MCLANCTON W. ALFORD

 

KALAMAZOO GAZETTE

Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI—Friday, 22 August 1873

 

            Dr. M.W. Alford, a well known physician of Galesburg [Kalamazoo Co.], died in that place last Saturday afternoon [August 16].

 

AAFA NOTES: In 1870 M.W. Alfred, physician age 60 born PA, is living in Comstock, Kalamazoo Co., MI, with female H.W. Alfred, 43 NY, and Minnie Wilcox 17 OH, and Helen Wilcox 7 IN.

            In 1860 M.W. Alfred, physician age 48 born VT, is living in Colon, St. Joseph Co., MI, with Harriet N. 34 NY, Florence 9 OH, and Georgia 3 MI; and Hellen J. Fairchild 17 NY.

            In 1850 Melanethon Alfred, physician age 39 born VT, is living in Huntington, Lorain Co., OH, with Harriet 25 NY, Mary 19 MI, Julia 14 PA, and Emmy 10 PA. His name on this census could be Mclancthon.

            Several Family Trees at Ancestry.com list him as McLancton Alford, born 5 May 1810 in Addison, Addison Co., VT, son of Oliver Alford and Lovina Porter.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His lineage: McLancton W. 1810 VT1, Oliver 1767 VT2, Benedict 1716 CT3, Benedict 1688 CT4, Jeremiah 1655 CT5, Benedict 1619 England6, Thomas 1598 England7.

 

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MERLE CONKLIN ALVORD

 

GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI—24 December 2012

 

            Merle (Conklin) Alvord, age 78 of Sparta, passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at Butterworth Spectrum Hospital.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, Merl and Fanny Conklin; her five brothers and sister.

            Surviving are her husband of 37 years Arnold Alvord; sons Michael Conklin, Terry Stuart, William Gregg; and daughter Cathy Rye; several grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and many friends.

            She will be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother, and will be missed by all.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list her death.

 

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MICHAEL DENNIS ALFORD

 

DETROIT NEWS

Detroit, Wayne Co., MI—22 October 1990

 

            Alford, Michael Dennis—Age 1 yr., Oct. 20, 1990 of Howell. Beloved son of Deirdie Alford and Michael D. Holloway. Grandson of Dennis and Cynthia Alford. Great grandson of Goldee Alford.

            Funeral services Wednesday 11 a.m. at MacDonald’s Funeral Home 315 Michigan, Howell.

 

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NORMA G. ALFORD

 

FLINT JOURNAL

Flint, Genesee Co., MI—Thursday, 10 October 1996

 

            Alford, Norma G.—Of Flint, age 90, died Wednesday, October 9, 1996 at the residence. Funeral services will be handled by Farber Funeral Home in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. Burial in Lake Delton Cemetery in Lake Delton, Wisconsin.

            Mrs. Alford was born in Big Creek, Wisconsin on August 31, 1906. She married Harry Edwin Alford on April 13, 1926 in North Freedom, Wisconsin. He preceded her in death in 1980.

            She was a member of West Court Street Church of God. Mrs. Alvord [sic] enjoyed reading and crocheting.

            Surviving are 2 sons, Spencer and wife Joyce of Atlas, Orvel and wife Joyce of Flint; 15 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Charlotte Brahmstead.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Norma Alford (SS# issued in WI), last residence Flint, Genesee Co., MI.

 

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NORVAL VON ALFORD

 

KALAMAZOO GAZETTE

Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI—Tuesday, 17 June 2003

 

            Norval V. Alford of Kalamazoo, MI, formerly of Portage, MI, died early Tuesday morning, June 17, 2003, at Sojourner House in Kalamazoo, MI.

            Norval was born May 23, 1910 in Kalamazoo, MI, a son of Clyde R. and Mary E. (Whipple) Alford, and had been a lifelong area resident. Norval served in the US Army as an infantryman during WW II. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo for over 50 years, a life member of the Portage VFW Post #1527 and a former member of Portage F&AM Lodge #340. On August 26, 1939, he was united in marriage with the former Florence P. Campbell, who preceded him in death on June 3, 2003. Norval was also preceded in death by his parents and 5 brothers.

            Surviving are two children and their spouses, Judith and Donald Osterhout of Portage, MI, and Jerry L. and Mary Alford of Westminster, CA; two grandsons, Donald and Shelli Osterhout of Portage, and Steven Osterhout of Iowa; two great-grandsons, Alexander and Grant Osterhout; a sister, Vera Alford; and many nieces and nephews.

            In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 Friday morning in the Chapel of First Presbyterian Church, 321 W. South Street.... Inurnment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery will follow services. Memorials should be directed to West Michigan Cancer Center, Rose Arbor Hospice Residence or First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre Ave.

FAG photo requested 11/24/2013 directly from Amy Dunn Hohler thru Edit

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Norval V. Alford (SS# issued in MI), last residence Portage, Kalamazoo Co., MI.

            See the obituaries of his wife, Florence P. Campbell Alford; his siblings Orville N. Alford and Vera May Alford; and his grandfather William Henry Harrison Alford in this compilation. We included the obituary of his sister-in-law Genevieve Marie Berg Alford in Texas Obituaries.

            From Thomas Gunn Family Tree (Ancestry.com): Norval Von Alford was the son of Clyde Rudolph Alford and Mary Elma Whipple.

            His lineage: Norval Von 1910 MI1, Clyde Rudolph 1876 MI2, William Henry Harrison 1840 MI3, William 1799 MA4.

 

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OMER OTIS ALFORD

 

[Although he died in MI, we are also including his obituary in Kentucky Obituaries because of his close ties to KY.]

 

LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER

Lexington, Fayette Co., KY—Friday, 8 October 1993

 

WAYNESBURG—Omer O. Alford, 84, Hickory Corners, Mich., native of Kings Mountain, husband of Edith Carrol Alford, died Wednesday [Octber 6].

            Services 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Barnett & Demrow Funeral Home. Visitation 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday.

 

Photo from the website Pleasant Point Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain, Lincoln Co., KY

Permission granted by the website owner, Barbara Rice, and photographer, Ronnie Bates

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Omer O. Alford (SS# issued in MI) was born 8 Dec 1908, last residence Hickory Corners, Barry Co., MI.

            We included the obituaries of his wife, Edith Carroll Alford; and brother Charles J. Alford in Kentucky Obituaries.

 

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ORA “CINDY” ALFORD

 

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Detroit, Wayne Co., MI—Thursday, 7 September 2006

 

            Ora “Cindy” Alford—September 2, 2006. Wife of William (deceased); mother of Alton R. (Mary Catherine); grandmother of Stacey, Terence (Lisa), Angela (Rick), and Andrew. Great-grandmother of Maxell, and Jordan. Beloved sister of Norma, Bertha, Natashia, and Percy. Preceded in death by her daughter Shirley in 1984 and husband in 1999.

            Memorial Services 2:00 p.m. Saturday, CW Morris Funeral Home, Hamilton-Glendale Highland Park.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Ora Alford (SS# issued in MI) was born 27 May 1917, last residence Highland Park, Wayne Co., MI.

 

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ORVEL G. “RED” ALFORD

 

FLINT JOURNAL

Flint, Genesee Co., MI—Wednesday, 13 November 2013

 

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            Orvel G. “Red” Alford, age 81, died Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at McLaren-Flint. Funeral service will be held at 2 PM Sunday, November 17, 2013 at Swartz Funeral Home 1225 West Hill Road. Burial in Great Lakes National Cemetery at 10:30 AM Monday, November 18, 2013….

            Red was born in Lake Delton, Wisconsin on October 4, 1932 and was a resident of the Flint area since 1954. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Joyce Beuerle on October 27, 1956. He was a member of the Carpenter Union #1373, UAW #653, Flushing Senior Center and the VFW in New Lothrop. He worked at Christman Company and was involved in the remodeling of St. Joseph Hospital. Red was a master craftsman/carpenter for over 30 years. He was involved in the construction of Autoworld and University Pavilion and supervised the construction of Faith Tabernacle. He also built Orvel’s Restaurant on Miller Road which was named after him. Joyce and his children operated the restaurant for ten years. Red was a carpenter for General Motors Pontiac Motor Division for 13 years.

            Surviving are his wife, Joyce Marie; four children, Lori and husband, Pete Peterson, Pam and husband, Tom Donahue, Tammy and husband Steve Bearup and Jeff Alford; six grandchildren, Erik (K.C.), Darren, Hallie, Kaleigh, Tommy (Josie) and Sam; five great-grandchildren, Skylee, Royce, Ollie, Dylenger and Tanner; very special brother, Spence and wife, Joyce Alford; very special sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Auntie Myra and Uncle Bob; many very special nieces, nephews and special friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Norma (Grover) Alford; sister, Charle.

            Your condolences may be shared with the family at www.swartzfuneralhomeinc.com.

FAG photo requested 11/30/2013

 

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ORVILLE N. ALFORD

 

KALAMAZOO GAZETTE

Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI—Monday, 8 January 2001

 

            Orville Alford died January 6, 2001, at Rose Arbor. He was born on July 20, 1914 in Kalamazoo, the son of Clyde and Marie (Whipple) Alford. Orville served in World War II, retired from Durametallic in 1980 after 31 years, was a long time member of St. Monica Catholic Church, K of C #1616, and the Kalamazoo Ostomy Association.

            Mr. Alford married Constance Brouillette on August 26, 1945. She survives. Also surviving are three children, Carol (Donald) Dewey of Schoolcraft, Phyllis (David) Snyder of San Diego, CA, and Ronald Alford of Kalamazoo, four grandchildren, a great-grand-daughter, a brother, Norval (Florence) Alford, and a sister, Vera Alford, both of Schoolcraft.

            Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Monica Catholic Church with entombment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

FAG photo requested 11/25/2013

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Orville N. Alford (SS# issued in MI), last residence Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI.

            See the obituaries of his siblings Norval Von Alford and Vera May Alford; and his grandfather William Henry Harrison Alford in this compilation. We included the obituary of her sister-in-law Genevieve Marie Berg Alford in Texas Obituaries.

            From Thomas Gunn Family Tree (Ancestry.com): Vera May Alford was the daughter of Clyde Rudolph Alford and Mary Elma Whipple.

            His lineage: Orville N. 1914 MI1, Clyde Rudolph 1876 MI2, William Henry Harrison 1840 MI3, William 1799 MA4.

 

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PATRICIA BEVAK-ALFORD

 

DETROIT NEWS

Detroit, Wayne Co., MI—Tuesday, 13 March 2007

 

            Bevak-Alford, Patricia—Age 51. March 9, 2007. Loving fiance of Lee Arnold. Adoring and cherished mother of Angela Scott (Joseph), Harold Alford, James Alford (Stefanie) and Emily Alford. Daughter of John Bevak (Anne) and the late Nancy. Loving sister of Mathew Bevak (Cindy), Diane Dornfried, Joey Bevak (Tina), Joanie Bevak, Johnny Bevak, Nancy Brown (Tim), Larry Fogel (Tammy) and Carl Fogel (Arlene). Grandmother of Kaiya, Kaleb and Jaylin. Survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

            Memorial gathering Tuesday 3-9 p.m. at A.H. Peters Funeral Home 20705 Mack Ave., at Vernier Rd., Grosse Pointe Woods. Memorial Service Wednesday 11 a.m. at Grace Community Church 21001 Moross Rd, Detroit. Memorial Contributions may be made to Women’s Justice Center, 615 Griswold, Suite 1520, Detroit, MI 48226.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list her death.

 

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PATRICK F. ALFORD

 

ANN ARBOR NEWS

Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., MI—21 April 2005

 

            Pat F. Alford, 81, of Belleville. David C. Brown Funeral Home, Belleville.

 

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Photos from Hillside Cemetery, Belleville, Wayne Co., MI—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Old Bones

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Patrick F. Alford (SS# issued in AR) was born 4 March 1924 and died 19 April 2005, last residence Belleville, Wayne Co., MI.

            We included the obituaries of his brother James Thomas Alford in Arkansas Obituaries; and his brother Burley H. Alford in Missouri Obituaries.

            His lineage: Patrick F. 1924 AR1, James L. 1892 AR2, Pink Leroy? 1866 TN3, William Wilson 1830 TN4, Bertus 1782 GA5.

 

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PAULINE FLORENCE JACOBS ALFORD

 

KALAMAZOO GAZETTE

Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI—Monday, 4 July 2005

 

            Pauline Florence Alford, died July 2, 2005, at Lakeview Community Hospital in Paw Paw.

            She was born September 9, 1933 in Lawrence, MI to Orrie and Pauline Jacobs. Learn more about Pauline view her Life Story film, and visit with her family and friends from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Betzler & Thompson Life Story Funeral Homes, M-40 South of I-94 Paw Paw, 657-3870, where a Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 AM. Interment Maple Grove Cemetery Mattawan. Following the burial, food and fellowship will be shared at the family’s home in Paw Paw.

            Pauline was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers: Claire and Paul and two sisters: Violet and Beverly.

            She is survived her husband Robert of Paw Paw, three children: Candace (Stephen) Barber of Paw Paw, Terri (Scott) Stratton of Kalamazoo and Patricia Alford of Paw Paw, three sister-in-laws: Marilyn Filip, Amy Jacobs and Tina Alford, a brother-in-law Ted Alford, 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews….

 

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Source unknown (from Find A Grave memorial)

_____, MI—_____ July 2005

 

            Pauline Florence Alford was a motivated, hard-working, dependable woman who devoted herself to her family.

            Pauline was the fourth of five children born to Orrie and Pauline (LaFaniti) Jacobs in Lawrence, MI on September 9, 1933. It was a difficult time for Americans, as the effects of the depression on the economy were being felt by all. Pauline’s parents owned a farm with livestock and she grew up there until the age of 16. As children, Pauline and her twin brother Paul were inseparable and he was faithful to always protect her from harm. They had one special teacher, Mrs. Pikel, who invited them over many times after school for milk and cookies- a memory they held to dearly. Due to some health issues, at age 16, Pauline moved to Kalamazoo to live with her brother Clair and his wife Amy. Amy was a woAt a young age, Pauline developed an interest in sports, especially baseball and football. She enjoyed baseball so much she even considered trying out for the Kalamazoo Lassies. Watching sports, especially the Tigers and Lions, remained a lifelong hobby for Pauline.

            After Pauline graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School she took a job at W.T. Grant Department Store. She became good friends with a co-worker named Marilyn, who eventually introduced her to her single brother, Robert, while he was on leave from serving in Korea. Robert was a handsome and kind gentleman so it was no surprise that Pauline fell instantly in love with him. The feeling was mutual and within seven short days of meeting one another the two love birds were engaged. Pauline returned the love connection favor to Marilyn by introducing her to her brother, Paul. Marilyn and Paul developed a romantic relationship which also led to an engagement. Following Robert’s discharge from the Army, the two couples shared a double wedding ceremony in the midst of a snow stormy day. They were married February 11, 1956 at The First Baptist Church in Kalamazoo with Reverend Hulbert officiating. Within 9 months of marriage, Pauline and Robert joyfully welcomed to their family a baby girl they named Candace, who was followed by Terri and Patricia. Pauline stopped working when she learned of her pregnancy while Robert provided for the family by working for Duranetallic for the next 35 years.

            Pauline and Robert moved around, living in Kalamazoo, Portage, and Vicksburg before settling into a home in Paw Paw. Paw Paw was ideal because it was near both of their hometowns and they wanted to raise their three girls in the country. Pauline and Robert bought a farm and enjoyed caring for their horses riding together with their girls. They also had a golf cart which Pauline and Candy often had fun with by trying to push huge bails of hay over the hills. Once Patricia, the youngest of the girls, was in school, Pauline took odd jobs like driving a school bus for Paw Paw, helping her brother with his fruit stand and working at Haskin’s Western Store. Haskin’s proved to be a great opportunity because she could buy their horse supplies there. Pauline was also involved with the 4H organization. She was a driven woman and her family knew to move out of her way if she was working on something. She would work until her project was complete because getting things done was her specialty. Pauline loved housing construction, which she learned from her brother. She was a crafty woodworker but was never able to master the crochet needle. It was a family joke that her twin brother Paul got the crochet gene and not Pauline.

            Pauline and Robert created many wonderful family memories like trips camping and fishing, horseback riding and biking. Their family tradition was bike riding together at night. All the bikes had lights on them and the girls couldn’t wait for it to turn dark so they could head out on their bikes. Pauline and Robert also enjoyed traveling together and took advantage of every opportunity to do so, in which, together they traveled most of the United States.

            Pauline was a very loving and supportive mother and she showed her devotion through always being there for her children. When Terri was in her 20’s she was hospitalized on several different occasions for extended periods of time. Pauline would arrive at the hospital everyday with a new gift for Terri. Pauline was also a great cook and she also loved to bake. Her spaghetti seemed to be the family favorite and she lovingly made clothes for her kids and took time for playing games, like Kings on The Corners, with them. She and her daughter Patricia spent many hours together with a deck of Uno. Pauline also loved to play Yahtzee, to go bowling and to shop! She enjoyed collecting box of Borax. Pauline also collected carousel horses and enjoyed making porcelain dolls. Pauline and her sister-in-law Marilyn often had their Christmas gifts bought and wrapped by July. This was a great benefit to her family as Pauline would often forget what she had already purchased and would buy more gifts for them.

            Pauline was so excited to have grandchildren. Over the years, she became more affectionate and she loved to dote on her grandbabies. Her family was her life and she was so grateful for the relationships she held with her loved ones. Pauline and Robert were very much in love and they enjoyed each other to the fullest. Before she met Robert, Pauline had not experienced such unconditional love, she was not even sure what love was. Robert took great care of her and gave her the best life she could ever ask for. He was a protector, a provider and a soul mate. Later in their marriage, Robert grieved beside her as she mourned the loss of her best friend, Duckie and her dearly loved brother, Paul…. Pauline will always be remembered as a hard-working woman whose love for her family was evident in all she did. Her presence will be deeply missed and fondly remembered.

            Pauline Florence Alford, died July 2, 2005, at Lakeview Community Hospital in Paw Paw. Pauline was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers: Clair and Paul, two sisters: Violet and Beverly. Her family includes her husband Robert, three children: Candace (Stephen) Barber of Paw Paw, Terri (Scott) Stratton of Kalamazoo and Patricia Alford of Paw Paw, Three sister-in-laws: Marilyn Filip, Amy Jacobs and Tina Alford, a brother-in-law, Ted Alford, 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. To learn more about Pauline’s life, friends may visit with her family on Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at the Betzler & Thompson Life Story Funeral Homes, M-40 South of I-94 Paw Paw, 657-3870, where a Celebration of Life Service will be held Wednesday at 11:00 AM. Interment Maple Grove Cemetery, Mattawan. Following the burial, food and fellowship will be shared at the family’s home in Paw Paw. Please visit Pauline’s personal memory page at www.lifestorynet.com where you can share a memory, order flowers, or make a memorial contribution to The American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

 

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Photo from Maple Grove Cemetery, Mattawan, Van Buren Co., MI—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, NanCe Hart Piper

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Pauline F. Alford (SS# issued in MI) was born 9 Sept 1933, last residence Paw Paw, Van Buren Co., MI.

            See the obituary of her sister-in-law Mary Lou Alford Wold Sumpter in this compilation.

 

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PHILANDA DENNMARK ENO BALL ALFORD

 

DAILY TIMES NEWS

Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., MI—Wednesday, 7 July 1915

 

            Mrs. Philando N. Alford of Milan [Washtenaw Co.] died at the home of her son, James H. Eno, 1424 West Huron street, this morning at 2 o’clock.

            Mrs. Alford lived on a farm near Milan for the greater part of her life, and was always respected and loved by all the people of that vicinity. Her husband died about eight years ago, and she has been in poor health for a number of years.

            The funeral will take place at her home in Lyndon township on Friday at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. Interment will be made at the Bordine cemetery.

 

AAFA NOTES: From Michigan Marriages, 1868–1925 [www.familysearch.org]: Martin Alford, age 78, married Philanda Dennmark Ball on 25 Dec 1901 in Milan, Washtenaw Co., MI. Martin was age 78, born in PA, the son of Oliver Alford and Lizzie Maloy. Philanda was age 58, born in Jackson Co., MI, the daughter of George Dennmark and Lizzie Brown. Both were married twice before.

            On the 1900 census, Philinda Ball is a housekeeper living with Albert Drury and his daughter Ida Drury in Milan, Monroe Co., MI. Philinda is age 57, born March 1843 in MI, married 8 years, 5 children, 2 living.

            In 1900 Martin Alford is a farmer living in Augusta, Washtenaw Co., MI, with his wife Emeline and stepson Harry Quackenboss. Martin is age 76, born Oct 1823 in PA (parents born VT and PA).

            From Michigan Marriages, 1868–1925 [www.familysearch.org]: Martin Alford Sr., age 76, married Emily Quackenbush, age 62, on 20 March 1900 in Whittaker, Washtenaw Co., MI. Both were married once before. Martin Alford Jr. was a witness.

            In 1880 Martin Alford (listed as Alfredd), 58 PA, is living with his wife Maryette 50 NY, and his sons W. Martin 16 MI and Moble [?] 3 MI in Augusta, Washtenaw Co., MI. The family of Norman and Emmaline Quackenboss is next door.

            In 1850 Martin Alford 27 PA, [wife] Maryett 18 NY, [son] Edward S. 1 OH, and [brother?] Ambrose 20 PA are living in Elyria, Lorain Co., OH.

            A marriage record for Martin Alford [Jr.] age 24 on 10 Nov 1888 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., MI, to Lillie Barry lists Martin’s parents as Martin Alford [Sr.] and Mary Bennett.

 

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PHYLLIS ANN SPREUER ALFORD

 

Langeland Family Funeral Homes

Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI—_____ March 2010

 

                   Alford, Phyllis Ann of Galesburg—Passed away March 11, 2010 at her home.

                   She was born December 20, 1933 in White Pigeon, MI, to the late Mortimer and Gatha (Myers) Spreuer. Phyllis was united in marriage to Gene Alford, who preceded her in death. Phyllis was a homemaker who also loved to sell Avon from her home.

                   Surviving Phyllis are her children, Vicki (Bill) Austin of Vicksburg, Michael (Judy) Hull of Middleville, Brenda (Timothy) Smith of Hicksville, OH, George (Patty) Atwood of Galesburg and Joan Alford of Galesburg; many grand and great grandchildren.

                   No visitation or services are scheduled. Burial will take place at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, beside her late husband.

                   Arrangements by the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick St. Please see www.langelands.com for online obituary, register book and condolences.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Phyllis A. Alford (SS# issued in MI), last residence Galesburg, Kalamazoo Co., MI.

 

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PHYLLIS R. STAPLEFORD CHRISTENSON ALVORD

 

HURON DAILY TRIBUNE

Port Huron, St. Clair Co., MI—Monday, 10 January 2005

 

            Phyllis (Christenson) Alvord, 91, of Harbor Beach and formerly of Port Huron, went to her eternal resting place on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at the long term care unit of Harbor Beach Community Hospital.

            Phyllis married Lewis F. Christenson on Feb. 17, 1934, in Port Huron. He preceded her in death on May 22, 1970. She married Joseph Alvord on July 20, 1972, in Ohio. He preceded her in death on March 23, 1992.

            She was a former employee of the JC Penney and Winkelman stores in Port Huron.

            She is survived by a daughter, Joyce Schmalz and her husband, Richard, of Harbor Beach; a son, Mark Christenson and his wife, Ann, of Port Huron; grandchildren, Beth Welker and her husband, Alfred, of Harbor Beach, Paul Schmalz and his wife, Theresa, of Valley View, Ohio, Michael Schmaltz and his wife, Sharon, of Harbor Beach, Daniel Schmalz of Aiken, S.C., Amy Moran and her husband, Tom, of Port Huron; great-grandchildren, Jennifer and Andrew Schmalz of Ohio, Zachary and Gabe Martinez of Harbor Beach, Jade and Leah Schmalz of South Carolina. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Marie Stapleford of Port Huron; and a brother-in-law, Wesley Roeser of Dearborn and several nieces and nephews.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, Perley and Alice Stapleford; brothers, William and Ernest Stapleford; and sister, Dorothy Roeser.

            Funeral services will be at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005, in the Ramsey Funeral Home, Harbor Beach with burial in the Lakeside Cemetery, Port Huron on Wednesday....

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Phyllis R. Alvord (SS# issued in MI) was born 23 Nov 1913, last residence Harbor Beach, Huron Co., MI.

 

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RICHARD LOUIS HALFORD

 

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Photo from Gracelawn Cemetery, Flint, Genesee Co., MI—www.findagrave.com

 

FLINT JOURNAL

Flint, Genesee Co., MI—Wednesday, 14 February 2008

 

            Halford, Mr. Richard L.—Age 45, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2008 at his residence. Family hour 10:30AM Friday, February 15, 2008 from the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Blvd., with funeral service commencing immediately at 11AM, Pastor Malik Shabazz, officiating. Interment Gracelawn Community Cemetery, G-5710 N. Saginaw St. Friends and pallbearers will assemble at the funeral home 10:30AM Friday. Mr. Halford now lies in state in the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, and may be viewed from 12Noon-8PM today.

            Mr. Richard Halford was born November 11, 1962 in Star City, Arkansas, the son OraLee and the late Chester Halford. Richard resided in Flint most of his life. He was employed by Flint Genesee Job Corp until his illness.

            Mr. Richard L. Halford leaves to cherish his memory: wife, Fatima Halford of Flint; daughter, ShaToya of Tennessee; 2 sons, Chevez (Krystal) of Saginaw and Chavonte of Flint; 4 stepchildren; 5 grandchildren; mother, OraLee (Otis) Walker; stepmother, Annie Halford; 2 sisters, Vaneaster (Howard) Robertson and Caroline Beard; 3 brothers, Napoleon (Meredith) Ford, John Halford, all of Flint and Chester Halford, Jr. of Tennessee; many nieces, nephew, cousin, aunts, and uncles; father-in-law, Willie “Bud” Wright; sisters-in-law, Vanita “Shalene” Singleton, and Gloria Halford, all of Flint; brother-in-law, Richard Beason of Texas; a host of other relatives and friends including special cousin, Jack Bell.

            Mr. Halford was preceded in death by his father, Chester Halford, Sr., brother, James Halford; maternal and paternal grandparents; mother-in-law, Ilene Singleton-Wright.

            The family would like to express special thanks to Pastor Malik Shabazz, Avalon Hospice, Dr. Danish, and Mr. and Mrs. Napoleon Ford.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Richard L. Halford (SS# issued in MI) was born 11 Nov 1962, last residence Flint, Genesee Co., MI.

            See the obituaries of his father, Chester Halford Sr.; his brother James Earl Halford; and his grandfather Archie Halford Sr. in this compilation.

            His middle name is from his memorial at FindAGrave.com.

            His HALFORD lineage: Richard Louis 1962 AR1, Chester 1936 AR2, Archie 1907 AR3.

 

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ROBERT ALFORD

 

DETROIT NEWS

Detroit, Wayne Co., MI—12 November 2000

 

ROBERT ALFORD OFFERED HELPING HAND

 

WESTLAND—If members of the Dearborn Country Club are too young to remember Robert Alford, all they need to do is look for a sprawling tree between the locker room and first tee. It was planted in his honor when he retired from the club 23 years ago.

            As head of the locker room staff, Mr. Alford distributed more than just soap and towels—he doled out wisdom and stuck around long enough to watch it blossom.

            Mr. Alford died of heart failure Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000, at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He was 88 and lived in Westland.

            “Back in the old days,” recalled his son Kirk, “the members’ kids were pretty much left to their own devices and every now and then he’d have to pull them aside and say: ‘You’ve got to grow up,’ or ‘Don’t be playing pranks. If you enjoy this facility, then don’t ruin it for your father.’

            “Members would come back and thank him for helping raise their children. Sometimes the kids would come back when they had grown up and give him a hug and just say thanks for the guidance. They appreciated his hand in it.”

            After 30 years at the country club, Mr. Alford retired in 1977. He took tremendous pride in tending to his west-side Detroit home and his vegetable garden. He lived there for 40 years and moved to a senior citizens’ complex in Westland in 1998.

            In addition to his son, survivors include three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

            Services, which are being handled by the James H. Cole Funeral Home in Detroit, are scheduled for Wednesday at the St. Stephen AME Church, 6000 John E. Hunter Dr., Detroit. Burial will be at Roseland Park Cemetery in Berkley.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Robert Alford (SS# issued in MI) was born 14 Oct 1912, last residence Westland, Wayne Co., MI.

            See the obituary of his wife, Mary A. Alford, in this compilation.

 

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ROBERT WAYNE HALFORD

 

Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home

Augusta, MI—_____ May 2012

 

 

            Robert W. Halford, 68, of Coloma, died Memorial Day, May 28, 2012.

            Robert was born March 2, 1944 in Evadale, AR and raised by his grandparents. He served his country honorably in United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, performing two tours of duty. He earned the Purple Heart as a result of his courage and bravery displayed in the battlefield.

            Robert was a dedicated truck driver and jack of all trades, always building, fixing things, and doing his own repairs. He was a self-taught carpenter and electrician, among other talents. He also was a big fan of Dirty Dancing and country music.

            Robert is survived by his wife of 20 years, Linda Jo. He is also survived by his two daughters, Amanda (Nathan) Militzer and Dara (Jim) Seaman; and three grandchildren, Heidi and Cohen Seaman, and Elayne Claire Seaman.

            Robert was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and a son, Robert Halford.

            As per Robert’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a graveside service with full military honors will be held at 1:30 p.m., on Friday, June 8, 2012 at Fort Custer National Cemetery. The processional will start at 12:30 p.m. at Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home in Augusta.

            Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the Salvation Army: Men’s Shelter Veterans’ Unit, Attention: Danny Gray-Director, 233 Michigan Ave., Benton Harbor, MI 49022. Arrangements by the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Robert W. Halford (SS# issued in AR), last residence not listed.

            His middle name is from his Find A Grave memorial.

 

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RUDY EVELINA VANDER POORTE HALFORD

 

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Photo from Cook Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Grandville, MI

 

GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI—Wednesday, 19 May 2010

 

            Halford (Vander Poorte)—Rudy Evelina Halford, age 68, of Byron Center, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, May 16, 2010 surrounded by many loving friends and family. Born April 26, 1942, in Edam, Netherlands, Rudy lived and made lifelong friendships with people all over the world during her and husband Addy’s career in the US Air Force. Rudy completed Nursing School in Del Rio, Texas and had a long and distinguished career as a Nurse and volunteer with Metropolitan Hospital’s Assisted Breathing Unit.

             Rudy will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Addy; sons, William Halford, John (Tracy) Halford; and Michael (Kameo) Halford; daughter, Deborah (Don Gunsch) Halford; 12 grandchilderen and four great grandchildren. Rudy is also survived by two sisters, a brother, and numerous nieces, nephews, and loving family.

            The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday at the Hillside Community Church, 1440 68th St. SE with pastor Ron Kool officiating. Interment will be at Winchester. Relatives and friends are welcome at the service and the reception at the church immediately following the service. The family will meet with relatives and friends on Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the Byron Center Chapel of Cook Funeral Home, 2067 - 84th SW.

            Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.cookfuneralservices.com. Cook Funeral and Cremation Services

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Rudy E. Halford (SS# issued in MI), last residence Byron Center, Kent Co., MI.

 

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SANDRA KAY STRATTON ALFORD

 

BAY CITY TIMES

Bay City, Bay Co., MI—Tuesday, 21 December 2004

 

ESSEXVILLE [Bay Co.], MI—Sandra Kay Alford, age 55 years, died unexpectedly Saturday, December 18, 2004. She was born on April 19, 1949 in Monroe, MI.

            Sandra was employed with Michigan Community Services, Inc. She was a member of In His Presence Ministries, where she taught Sunday School and was very active in its children’s ministry.

            On June 29, 1973 she married Angus E. Alford and he preceded her in death on February 8, 2003.

            Survivors include her mother, Gloria M. Stratton; her children: Gloria (Claude) Turner, Kelly (Randy) Alford- Wiedyk, Edward (Kaye) Alford, and Kay (Joseph) Lauzon; four grandchildren: Charles, Austin, Joseph, and Kathryn; one brother and one sister: David Stratton and Sharon (Richard) Stock; along with many nieces and nephews.

            In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her father, James R. Stratton.

            Cremation will take place and a Memorial Service will be held Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at In His Presence Ministries, 4521 Monitor Road, Bay City.... Trahan Funeral Chapel & Prearrangement Center Madison at Tenth.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Sandra K. Alford (SS# issued in MI), last residence Essexville, Bay Co., MI.

            See the obituary of her husband, Angus E. “Tex” Alford, in this compilation.

 

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SANDRA MARIE ALFORD-WILSON

 

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Photo from Gracelawn Cemetery, Flint, Genesee Co., MI—www.findagrave.com

 

FLINT JOURNAL

Flint, Genesee Co., MI—Sunday, 14 October 2007

 

            Alford-Wilson, Ms. Sandra Marie, age 59, passed away Monday, October 8, 2007 at Hurley Medical Center. Family and friends will gather in the sanctuary of Christ Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 317 E. Hamilton Ave., Flint, MI on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 12Noon with services beginning promptly at 1PM. Dr. LeRoy Shelton, officiating. Ms. Alford -Wilson will lie in state at Swanson Funeral Home, 2210 M. L. King Ave. Flint, MI on Monday, October 15, 2007 and may be viewed from 11AM-8PM. Interment Gracelawn Cemetery.

            Sandra Marie Alford -Wilson was born on October 17, 1948 in Little Rock, Arkansas, the daughter of Earl and Helen Alford. Ms. Wilson was baptized at an early age at Canaan Baptist Church under the late Rev. Alfred L.C. Robbs. Sandra was a life long resident of Flint. She was a graduate of Flint Northwestern High School Class of 1966. She retired from Hurley Medical Center in 1983, where she worked as a Nursing Assistant. Sandra loved the Lord, her children and family.

            She leaves to cherish her memory: 1 daughter, Carmen (Aaron) Jackson; 2 sons, Herbert (LaTanya) Wilson, and Edric Keel; mother, Helen Alford; 8 grandchildren, Antonio, Satoia, Eric, JaCarri, Natiiya, Tiaira, Arriyonna, and Erin; 1 great-grandson, Blake Jr.; 2 sisters, Annette Alford and Earlene Conerly; 4 brothers, Rev. Don (Melvia) Russell, Gerald (Ollie) Russell, Larry Alford, and Gregory (Debra) Alford; 2 aunts, Mildred Coleman and Princella Mosley. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends including: Nola and Marcus Walker and The Proctor Street Block Club.

            She was preceded in death by: father, Earl Alford, Sr.; daughter, Janien Cobbin; grandson, Jaron Jackson; sister, Brenda Faye Craig; brothers, Benjamin, Earl Jr., and Robert Alford; grandparents, Nay and Luella Alford, and Henry Pink and Charlotte Russell.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Sandra M. Wilson (SS# issued in MI), last residence Flint, Genesee Co., MI.

            See the obituary of her parents, Earl Alford Sr. and Helen Marie Alford; and sister Annette Louise Alford in this compilation.

 

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SHIRLEY MAXINE PEARO ALVORD

 

Photo from Sytsema Funeral Homes

 

MUSKEGON CHRONICLE

Muskegon, Muskegon Co., MI—Wednesday, 6 July 2011

 

SPRING LAKE—Shirley Maxine Alvord, age 77, passed away Sunday morning [July 3] in Grand Haven following a long illness.

            She was born in Muskegon on October 20, 1933 to George and Irene (Kelling) Pearo and was a 1951 graduate of Muskegon High School. She married Mr. Gerald D. Alvord in Muskegon on June 27, 1953 and he preceded her in death on August 3, 2009. Mrs. Alvord was employed as a bookkeeper at Muskegon Bank and Trust and was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grand Haven. Shirley enjoyed knitting and needlepoint, but it was with her children, grandchildren and family that captured her heart.

            She is survived by her: four children, Jerry Alvord, Jr. of Blanchard, OK, Brian Alvord of N. Muskegon, Linda (Marty) Winicki of N. Muskegon and Lori (Brian) Rosema of Grand Haven; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, David Pearo; and three sisters, Donna (Joe) Yager, Sharon (Ron) Spencer and Beverly (Charles) Howard.

            The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grand Haven, 11:00 AM, Friday, July 8, 2011 with Fr. William Langlois presiding. Visitation will be held at: The Lee Chapel Sytsema Funeral Homes, Inc. 6291 S. Harvey St. 231-798-1100 Thursday, 2-4 and 6-8 PM with, Rosary beginning at 7:30 PM. She will be laid to rest in Sunrise Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Memorial Contributions: Corporate Angel Network. You may share memories with the family at their online guest book at www.sytsemafh.com.

FAG photo requested 11/21/2013

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Shirley M. Alvord (SS# issued in MI), last residence Spring Lake, Ottawa Co., MI.

            See the obituary of her husband, Gerald D. Alvord, in this compilation.

 

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THOMAS ALFORD

 

EVENING NEWS

Sault Ste. Marie, Chippewa Co., MI—Saturday, 7 July 1917

 

            Thomas Alford, one of the pioneer residents of Chippewa county and well known [illegible], passed away at this home in Rosedale [Chippewa Co.] Thursday afternoon after a year’s illness. He was 75 years old.

            Funeral services will be held at the Donaldson Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock.

            The late Mr. Alford came to Rosedale 25 years ago, and has resided there ever since. Had he lived until October 4 he could have celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary.

            A wife and seven children survive. The children are: Robert and Alex, of Soo, Ont.; Mrs. David Moore, Mrs. Joseph Watson, Mrs. Atkinson and James Alford, all of this city; and Blair Alford of Detroit.

 

AAFA NOTES: The Griffin/Everly Family Tree on Ancestry.com says Thomas Alford was born 18 Jan 1842 in Ontario, Canada and married Matilda Mitchell. His parents are listed as John Alford and Annie McGuire.

 

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VERA MAY ALFORD

 

KALAMAZOO GAZETTE

Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI—Saturday, 23 August 2003

 

            Vera M. Alford of Kalamazoo, MI—Died Friday morning August 22, 2003.

            Vera was born April 2, 1912 in Kalamazoo, Michigan a daughter of Clyde R. and Mary E. (Whipple) Alford. She was a proud member of a prominent farming family and lived the majority of her life in Texas Township. For 41 years, she was employed with Mastercraft Corporation, retiring in 1977. She was also a member of Texas Corner’s Bible Church.

            She was preceded in death by her parents; and 6 brothers.

            She is survived by 2 sisters-in-law, Constance Alford of Kalamazoo and Genevieve Alford of Texas; and 15 nieces and nephews.

            Services will be held 11 o’clock Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church, 321 W. South St.... Interment will be in Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Texas Corner’s Bible Church, Alzheimers Association, or Rose Arbor Hospice. Arrangements were made by the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick St.

 

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Photo from Hope Cemetery, Texas Corners, Kalamazoo Co., MI—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Jack Weiszer

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Vera M. Alford (SS# issued in MI), last residence Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI.

            See the obituaries of her brothers Norval Von Alford and Orville N. Alford; and her grandfather William Henry Harrison Alford in this compilation. We included the obituary of her sister-in-law Genevieve Marie Berg Alford in Texas Obituaries.

            From Thomas Gunn Family Tree (Ancestry.com): Vera May Alford was the daughter of Clyde Rudolph Alford and Mary Elma Whipple.

            Her lineage: Vera May 1912 MI1, Clyde Rudolph 1876 MI2, William Henry Harrison 1840 MI3, William 1799 MA4.

 

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WANDA E. PETERSON ALFORD

 

Photo from Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home

 

EVENING NEWS

Sault Ste. Marie, Chippewa Co., MI—23 November 2010

 

            Wanda E. Alford of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. passed away Saturday, November 20, 2010 at Tendercare Nursing Home. She was born April 18, 1926 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

            She was a lifelong member of the First Church of Christ; member of the Sault High Class of 1944; a registered nurse for 42 years having received her training at Edward W. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Mich.; worked at War Memorial Hospital and at Lake Superior State University in the LPN program as an instructor; School Nurse at the Sault Area Schools retiring in June 1988.

            Wanda is survived by her husband James Alford whom she married October 1947 at the First Church of Christ; son Kevin (Kim) Alford of Brimley, Mich.; two daughters Jane (Jerry) Engstrom of Grand Blanc, Mich.; Julie (Daryel) McCarrel of Port Huron, Mich.; sisters Avice (Arne) Schultz of Mountain Home, Ark.; grandchildren Craig Engstrom, Jill (Casey) Kondel, Brian Alford and Paul Alford; great-grandchildren Taylor and Sadie Kondel, Peyton and Hunter Engstrom.

            She is preceded in death by her parents Roy and Mabel (Brownlee) Peterson; children Mark Alford and Jill Alford; sister Doris Beery.

            Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday November 23, 2010 at Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home. 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Wednesday Nov. 24 at First Church of Christ. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. on Wednesday November 24, 2010 at the First Church of Christ with Mr. Tom Cash officiating. Final resting place will be Oaklawn Chapel Gardens. Memorial contributions made to the First Church of Christ would be appreciated.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Wanda E. Alford (SS# issued in MI), last residence Sault Ste. Marie, Chippewa Co., MI.

 

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WILFRED “BUD” ALVORD

 

TUSCOLA COUNTY ADVERTISER

Caro, Tuscola Co., MI—15 July 2009

 

            Wilfred “Bud” Alvord II, Millington, MI—Passed peacefully from our world into God’s Kingdom early Thursday morning, July 9, 2009 at his residence, at the age of 49.

            Wilfred L. Alvord II was born the son of Wilfred (Bill) and Mary (Winiarski) Alvord I in Saginaw on Feb. 20, 1960. Bud was a lifelong Millington resident. He worked as a mechanic and on various maintenance crews for some of the area Parks & Recreational Campgrounds. He loved collecting various collectibles, one being diecast model John Deere tractors. Most of all, Bud loved being with his children, Morgan and Brenden and the rest of his family. Bud loved life and he embraced it no matter the challenges and in life he faced each challenge head on. Bud was a fighter and he fought very hard all throughout each challenge.

            On Thursday, July 9, Bud left this world. Even though he’ll be missed, it’s his time to rest with his Lord.

            Bud leaves to cherish his many wonderful memories, his children, Morgan and Brenden; parents, Bill and Mary Alvord; his sisters and brothers and their spouses, Mary Jo and Dave Datz, niece Maric Datz; Melodie and John Hauger, niece Meridith; Malinda and David Wells, nieces Madrina, Martina, Malana and Mariah; William “Bill” and Melina, nephew Brett; Warren “Bob” and Angil, niece Madison; Maxine Alvord and Weldon Alvord, Heather and Kylich; two great-nephews, Josh and Dylan and many aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends and other extended family.

            Bud was preceded in death by a sister, Maureen.

            Funeral Mass for Bud was celebrated Monday, July 13 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Otisville. Msgr. Richard Groshek celebrated the Funeral Mass and gave closing committal prayers at the cemetery. Bud was laid to rest in Millington Twp. Cemetery. The Knights of Columbus of St. Francis paid a tribute to Bud at the funeral home Sunday evening.

            Memorials may be made to his children in care of Hanlin Funeral Home, P.O. Box 311, Millington, MI 48746. You may send personal condolences or share a memory online at hanlinfuneralhome.com. Hanlin Funeral Home in Millington assisted the Alvord family with the arrangements.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Wilfred L. Alvord (SS# issued in MI), last residence Millington, Tuscola Co., MI.

            See the obituary of his grandmother Helen J. Hanlin Alvord in this compilation.

 

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WILHELMINA “MINNIE” CHRISTIANSON ALFORD

 

BENTON HARBOR NEWS-PALLADIUM

St. Joseph, Berrien Co., MI—Tuesday, 1 June 1943

 

            Mrs. Minnie H. Alford, 957 LaVette street, Benton Harbor, died Sunday morning at 10 o’clock, at St. Joseph Sanitorium where she was a patient several days.

            She was born November 15, 1873, in Maquoketa, Ia.

            Mrs. Alford is survived by two sons, Harold, Hammond, Ind., and Robert, Tampa, Fla.; a sister Mrs. Amelia Odgen, Maquoketa, Ia.; three grandchildren, Jack, in the Army; Connie, and Barbara Jean Alford, Tampa, Fla.

            Funeral services will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. from the Kerlikowske funeral chapel. Dan Mather, Christian Science reader will officiate. Burial in Crystal Spings cemetery.

 

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BENTON HARBOR NEWS-PALLADIUM

St. Joseph, Berrien Co., MI—Friday, 4 June 1943

 

MANY ATTEND FUNERAL RITES FOR MRS. ALFORD

 

            Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie Alford, 757 LaVette street, Benton Harbor, were held Thursday at 4 p.m., from the Kerlikowske funeral chapel.

            Dan Mather, of the Christian Science church was reader….

            Casket bearers were W.S. Johnson, Mark Johnson, Earl Jennings, C.N. Rhodes, Fred Phillips and W.F. Clements.

            A large group of out-of-town relatives attended the services. They were: Mr. and Mrs. Howard Alford, and daughter, Corinne, Hammond, Ind., and their son Jack, now stationed with the army at Seattle, Wash.; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Alford, and daughter Barbara, Tampa, Fla.; Mrs. Amelia Ogden, Mrs. Amelia Stender, Mrs. Laura Luett, and Ralph Ast, all of Maquoketa, Ia.; Nell Swart, Kalamazoo; and Mr. and Mrs. John V. Anderuin, Chicago, Ill.

            Burial was in Crystal Springs cemetery.

 

AAFA NOTES: Wilhelmina was born in Maquoketa, Jackson Co., IA, the daughter of John Christianson and Mary Peterson.

            See the obituary of her husband, Edward Perry Alford, in this compilation. It includes photos of them and of their shared gravestone.

 

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WILLIAM BANKS ALFRED

 

LANSING STATE JOURNAL

Lansing, Ingham Co., MI—Thursday, 20 November 2008

 

BLOOMINGDALE [Van Buren Co.]—William Banks Alfred, age 75, was born May 12, 1933, in Kalamazoo, MI. Bill slipped the surly bonds of his earthly home November 18, 2008, put out his hand and touched the face of God.

            He grew up in Bloomingdale, MI, graduating from high school in 1951. He left Bloomingdale in 1952 to attend college in East Lansing. He married Dorothy Peters on March 6, 1954 in Allegan, MI. After graduating from Michigan State University in 1956, he taught and coached football and basketball in Burr Oak, MI. He left the field of education to become a manufacturing engineer. He worked in this field for the remainder of his career. He moved with his family to the City of DeWitt, MI in 1962 where they lived for 28 years. In 1990, he and his wife moved to an 80-acre farm east of Kendallville, IN. In 2008, they returned to the home in Bloomingdale where Bill grew up. Bill was a senior member of the society of Manufacturing Engineers, he served on the DeWitt Zoning Board of Appeals for many years, was a life member of the NRA, charter member of the Bloomingdale Conservation Club and served on the Bloomingdale Village Council. Bill was an inventor. He designed and built machines.

            He leaves his wife, Dorothy; four children, Fred (Linda) Alfred of Ithaca, Pamela (Tom) Dickerson of Gobles, Bill (Carla) Alfred of Grand Rapids, and Heather Alfred Hill of South Haven; 14 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is his sister, Joyce (Karl) Stone of Paw Paw.

            A memorial service and luncheon will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 22, 2008 at the Bloomingdale Christian Church, 208 E. Pine St., Bloomingdale, MI. Any contributions in Bill’s name may be directed to Meadow Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center-Garden Fund. Arrangements by Bloomingdale Chapel, D.L. Miller Funeral Home. www.dlmillerfuneralhome.com

 

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WILLIAM F. ALFORD

 

Photo from Brown Funeral Home

 

SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE

South Bend, St. Joseph Co., IN—Wednesday, 13 November 2013

 

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Aug. 28, 1923 - Nov. 10, 2013

 

NILES—William F. Alford, 90, of Niles, passed to his rest on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at his home surrounded and being cared for by his family.

            William was born in Gipson County, Tennessee, on August 28, 1923, to the late Charles and Martha “Mattie” (Bell) Alford. On October 11, 1941, William wed Betty Lou Shau, and they enjoyed 68 wonderful years of marriage. William enlisted and served his country proudly in the United States Army. After Betty Lou’s passing William again found love and companionship in Florence Kuhl, and they wed November 21, 2010. Anyone who knew William understood what a determined and driven man he was. He strove every day to be successful in any endeavor he put his mind to. He was instrumental in starting the National Association of Franchisees for Kentucky Fried Chicken, and then went on to serve for more than 50 years. Not only was he involved with a national organization, he believed strongly in community, serving as a former director of the First National Bank of Niles; he donated the land for the Riverfront Park, contributed to both the war memorial and also the new YMCA. He was a Lifetime Member of the American Legion Post #26, a former president of the Chamber of Commerce, was a Mason and was also involved with the Shriners. Even though his involvement was far-reaching, his passion was his family; he was a devoted husband, a proud father and a doting grandfather; nothing made William happier than being surrounded by family.

            He was preceded by his parents, his wife, Betty Alford, his daughter, Martha Lou Rudoni, and his brother, Cleo Alford.

            He is survived by his second wife, Florence of Niles; his son, William (Nancy) Alford of Niles; two stepsons, Greg (Jennifer) Stoops and Mark (Rebecca) Stoops, both of Niles; eight grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 11 step-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his caretakers, Diana Brooks and Jim Reed.

            Services for William will be Thursday, November 14, 2013, 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, with visitation beginning at 11 a.m. An interment will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery with military honors. Pastor Jim Wing will be officiating. Those wishing to make a memorial donation may do so to the First Baptist Church, 1446 East Main Street, Niles, MI 49120…. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, Niles.

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituary of his first wife, Betty Lou Schau Alford, in this compilation.

 

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WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON ALFORD

 

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KALAMAZOO GAZETTE

Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI—_____ November 1924

 

            William H. Alford, aged 84 years, died at the home of his son, Clyde Alford, in Texas Township [Kalamazoo Co., MI], Thursday morning at 11:00 o’clock.

            He leaves, besides the son, one sister, Mrs. Gunn of Watervliet [Berrien Co., MI], and seven grandchildren. The funeral will be from the Truesdale’s chapel, Sunday at 2:00 o’clock. Burial in Texas cemetery.

 

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Photo from Hope Cemetery, Texas Corners, Kalamazoo Co., MI—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Jack Weiszer

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituaries of his mother Martha Ann McCullough Alford Stewart; his sisters Abigail Hannah Alford Lewis and Eliza Jane Alford Musselman; and his grandchildren Norval Von Alford, Orville N. Alford, and Vera May Alford in this compilation.

            The inscription on his gravestone includes: “Co. F. 49th Mich. Vol. Inf.”

            This obituary is from MIGenWeb Archives, Kalamazoo County, posted by Kathy Linderholm, the owner of Sunny’s Family Tree (see notes under Eliza Jane Alford Musselman’s obituary). Kathy Linderholm’s web page also included the following information:

 

Parents: William and Martha (McCullough) Alford

Birth: March 29, 1840

Married: Mary E. Fuller on November 6, 1874

Divorced: 1886

Death: November 27, 1924

 

            William Henry Harrison Alford was a private in Company F, 19th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He was given a medical discharge in Detroit for wounds received at Georgia and Thompson Station, Tennessee. He was also a prisoner at Libby Prison and released in an exchange of prisoners. One wound was a result of a bullet entering his left wrist and coming out at the elbow. For this he received a lifetime pension of two dollars a month. The other was a back injury suffered from a shell burst in a tree over his head. In later years he developed a growth from this injury, and his daughter [?] said that the doctor came out to the farm and put William on the kitchen table, tied him down, administered some chloroform, and off came the growth.

 

            On the 1900, 1910, and 1920 censuses, William is living with his son Clyde in Texas, Kalamazoo Co., MI. In each year, William was born in MI, and his parents were born in MA and Ireland.

            His lineage: William Henry Harrison 1840 MI1, William 1799 MA2.

 

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WILLIAM W. “DOC” ALFORD

 

MONROE EVENING NEWS

Monroe, Monroe Co., MI—5 September 2008

 

            William “Doc” Alford, age 62, of Carleton, Michigan, passed away in his home, surrounded by his family, on September 3, 2008.

            Beloved husband of Sharyn. Loving father of Kristin (William) Hammar, Susan Alford and Cathleen (Anthony) Kmiotek. Dearest grandfather of Colin, Casey, Alyssa and Lucas.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Frances Alford.

            Mr. Alford recently retired from Guardian Industries after 37 years. Doc was an active member of the Flat Rock Elks Lodge # 1731 for 19 years. Along with spending time with his grandchildren, he enjoyed golfing, fishing, camping and bowling.

            A Memorial Service will be held Monday at 6:30 PM, followed by the Elks Lodge of Sorrow service at 7:00 PM, at Michigan Memorial Funeral Home, (Next to Michigan Memorial Park) 30895 Huron River Dr., Huron Twp., (734) 783-2646. Visitation is Monday, from 4:30 PM until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that William W. Alford (SS# issued in MI) was born 18 Oct 1945, last residence Carleton, Monroe Co., MI.

            See the obituary of his mother, M. Frances Alford, in this compilation.