CLAUDE ANDING ALFORD
1898 MS – 1996 MS
McComb, Pike Co., MS—Monday, 9 December 1996
Claude A. Alford Sr., 98, of Magnolia [Pike
Co.], died there Dec. 8, 1996, at Beacham Memorial Hospital.
Visitation is 4–9 tonight at Capps Funeral Home
of Tylertown and from 1 p.m. Tuesday at Progress Baptist Church until services
there at 2 p.m.... Burial will be in Progress Cemetery.
Mr. Alford was born Jan. 6, 1898, in old Pike
County. He was the son of J. Dock Alford and Luminda Fortenberry Alford.
He was a retired merchant and farmer and served
as post master at Progress for many years. He was a member of Progress Baptist
Church. He was the oldest living member of the Alford American Family
Association. He was a Mason for more than 70 years and was a member of Friends
of the Progress Library and Silver Seniors of Silver Springs.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his
wife, Inez Allen Alford; and nine brothers and sisters.
He is survived by two sons, C.A. Alford Jr. and
Hollis Alford, both of Progress; two daughters, Florene Alford Brumfield of
Baton Rouge, La., and Kathleen Alford Easley of Progress; 14 grandchildren, 26
great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Alford’s grandsons will serve as
McComb, Pike Co., MS—Thursday, 12 December 1996
Claude A. Alford Sr. did more than live a long time
Please permit me to say a word about a great
Pike Countian who recently passed from the earth. I refer to Mr. Claude A.
His longevity in itself deserves recognition,
living to be almost 99. But he did more than live a long life; he lived well. He
was a man of industry, social involvement, and religious persuasion.
He demonstrated perfectly how to grow old
gracefully. He was always cheerful, uncomplaining and concerned about others. Right
up through his fatal illness, he called people needing encouragement from his
bed in the hospital. For the last several years, he spent much time contacting
and checking on people suffering the blows of life.
One of his most beloved chores was making
dusting brooms from sage grass. These he gave to all he knew, and I suppose the
streets of downtown McComb would not hold the brooms he gave away. His big
heart made a way to many other hearts.
Few will be conscious—though the loss is very
real—of the death of the last member of the J. Dock Alford family. This family
of 10 has left a constructive shadow over Pike County that will influence this
area from now on. Some were school teachers; some were prosperous
farmer-businessmen. One was editor of the old “Progressive Farmer” for several
years. From their little community of Progress, they have reached around the world
with their lives.
Lives like this one take a long time, if ever,
to evaluate. But may we never let their deaths take our eyes off the great
legacy they have left us. They deserve more than our tears.
from Progress Cemetery, Pike Co., MS—www.findagrave.com
granted by the photographer, Wayne Ellzey
AAFA NOTES: SSDI
records confirm the birth and death dates of Claude A. Alford (SS# issued in
We included the obituaries of his son Claude
Allen Alford; parents, Jeptha Josephus “Dock” Alford and Olevia Luminda
Fortenberry Alford; and siblings Effie Modena Alford Ball Smith, Luther Alvin
Alford, and Yarborough S. Alford in Mississippi Obituaries; of his daughter
Florene Inez Alford Peterson Brumfield in Louisiana Obituaries; and of his
brother Delis Collier Alford Sr. in Maryland Obituaries.
Gil Alford wrote the following about Claude:
AAFA’s oldest living
member, Claude Alford #17, died in December. He was so proud of being an Alford
and being a member of AAFA. His obituary is the first one I’ve seen that
identifies him as a member of the Alford American Family Association. Some of
us in AAFA sent him cards when we heard he was in hospital, and his daughter
Kathleen said he was so proud of the cards that he had her put them out where
everyone could see them.
You’ll remember Mr. Claude
for his short presence at the meetings in Jackson, MS and St. Francisville, LA.
He has been mentioned frequently in the quarterly.
It was he who, having been
born in 1898, planned to live into the year 2000 so he could say he was the
only Alford to have lived in three centuries. It was he who made corn brooms by
hand and brought them to the meeting in Louisiana to give out to those
interested in having one. He died one month short of age 99.
Claude was one of the few
members whose home I have visited. He still lived in the same house in which he
was born. We’ve gone “cemeterying” together. I’ll miss him.
His lineage: Claude Anding 1898 MS1,
Jeptha Joseph 1854 MS2, Ira Payne 1822 MS3, Edwin
Barksdale 1792 NC4, Jacob 1761 NC5, Julius 1717 VA6,
James 1687 VA7, John 1645 VA8.