1911 LA–1996 IL
Heights, IL—Monday, 28 October 1996
Alford, 85, of Lincolnshire [Lake Co.], died Saturday, Oct. 26. Arrangements
were made by Burnett-Dane Funeral Home, (847) 362-3009.
Sabine Parish, LA—Wednesday, 6 November 1996
graveside services for Lt. Col. Truman Alford, 85, of Lincolnshire [Lake Co.],
Illinois will be conducted by an army unit from Ft. Polk Military Base in
Leesville, La., at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, 1996 at Ft. Jesup Cemetery.
Services will be under the direction of Warren Meadows Funeral Home.
Alford was a resident of Lincolnshire for the past nine years. He was a
graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., where he
participated in the Army R.O.T.C. program. Following college, he enlisted in
the U.S. Army and began his career of 30 years. He served during World War II
and the Korean Conflict and retired as a Lt. Colonel. He also served as a tour
in Military Intelligence at The Pentagon.
Col. Alford is survived by his wife, Margaret Parnell Alford of Lincolnshire
and a daughter Martha (Bernard) Alford Marks of Riverwoods, Illinois. He was
preceded in death by his parents, Christopher and Molly Alford, and also by two
sisters and seven brothers.
from Fort Jesup Cemetery, Fort Jesup, Sabine Parish, LA—www.findagrave.com
granted by the photographer, Jerry Bohnett
AAFA NOTES: SSDI records
do not list his death.
We included the
obituaries of his parents, Christopher Columbus Alford Sr. and Mollie Ann Smith
Alford; and his siblings Arthur Alford, Christopher Columbus Alford Jr.,
Isabelle Alford Gandy, Willie Cecil Alford, and William Roy Alford in Louisiana
Obituaries. We included the obituary of his wife, Margaret Parnell Alford, in
New Mexico Obituaries.
Truman Alford is
another dear friend and cousin who has departed, and he will be missed. Truman
worked with us almost from the beginning of our Alford program. We began to
correspond in 1984 and over the years he contributed much information and
introduced several people to AAFA. I believe he was my first live contact with
the Alfords of West Louisiana—or the Sabine Parish Alfords.
After a very
active correspondence for about a year, we had the good fortune to meet Truman
and Margaret in September 1985. They stopped over on a trip to Chicago to see
their daughter, Martha. We had a lovely visit and I remember some of the
strangest things—they had a new Oldsmobile, Margaret gave us a jar of some of
the best fig preserves I have ever eaten, and Truman liked to kick off his
shoes when he sat and talked. Of course we talked a lot about our Alford
ancestors. I don’t remember the details of all those discussions but we do have
it all in writing from Truman.
One thing that he
told me that I have always found interesting. It happened decades before any
attempts to connect and “organize” Alfords. When Truman saw Landon Alford of
Henderson, Rusk County, TX, come aboard with our Alford work, he informed me
that during the war he was stationed at Camp Maxey, Paris, TX. While there
Landon’s late uncle Jesse B. Alford and wife Lucille shared their house with
Truman and Margaret. He commented about what wonderful folks they were. I doubt
very seriously if anyone had the least idea that they were distant cousins.
As you look back
through the old issues of our AAFA quarterly you will frequently find
information that was submitted by Truman Alford. We will always remember him.
a letter we received from Truman’s wife Margaret:
Truman was, as he
wanted to be, under hospice care at home and was as comfortable as one could
be—never complaining and still the host for company we had.
Truman and his
family had received the news that he had terminal cancer in lung and lymph
nodes after several extensive examinations at hospitals in the Chicago area.
several families who were our friends visited and Truman drove us all over the
Great Lakes area, eating out at Truman’s favorite places and playing bridge for
Truman was using extra oxygen and the other things the hospice had furnished
and otherwise had fairly normal days. When he slept, I slept in a chair nearby.
On the day of his death, I woke up, noticed that his breathing was weaker, and
called our daughter Martha and her husband. When they arrived I went to the
door to let them in, and when we got to the room Truman was gone.
The family flew
from Chicago to Shreveport, LA and then drove to Truman’s home town of Many,
where he was buried in Ft. Jesup cemetery with many other Alfords. Fort Polk,
LA sent a military honor guard for the burial.
Truman 1911 LA1, Christopher Columbus 1868 LA2, William
Riley 1842 LA3, Julius C. 1797 GA4, Jacob 1761 NC5,
Julius 1717 VA6, James 1687 VA7, John 1645 VA8.