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Orville Felton Alford




AAFA #0042

1927 KY –1993 IN


Orville and Pauline “Pat” Alford



Merrillville, Lake Co., IN—_____ February 1993


            Orville Felton Alford age 65, of Lake Station, passed away Saturday, February 13, 1993. He was a Lake County resident since 1957, born in Artemus, Kentucky, April 6, 1927, the son of Green Berry Alford and Roxie Alice Baird. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lake Station, was retired from Inland Steel in 1986 with 17 years of service, was a member of VFW Post #9323 in Lake Station as well as a member of American Legion Post #100 and was block captain of his neighborhood watch program.

            Survivors: wife, Pauline Leger Alford of Lake Station; 5 children, Joseph Orville (Helen) Alford of Portage, Peggy Lynn (Raymond) Drews of Lake Station, Sherry Lee Alford of Lake Station, Debra Janline (Daniel) Zwierzchowski of Rifle, Colorado, Richard Anthony Alford of Florida; 5 grandchildren; Steven Edward Winady of Lake Station, Troy Joseph Alford of Portage, Richard Daniel Zwierzchowski and Kelly Janine Zwierzchowski of Rifle, Colorado; 4 brothers, John P. (Willie Faye) Alford of Burleson, Texas, Doyle D. (Martha) Alford of Littlefield, Texas, Robert G. (Anne) Alford of Breckenridge, Texas, Jason L. (Sue) Alford of Three Rivers, Michigan; 4 sisters, Lyda M. Katrinak of Corbin, Kentucky, Flora J. Alford of Cleveland, Ohio, Gwendolyn (James) Crawford of Cincinnati, Ohio, Nina Sue Sullivan of Rockford, Illinois; mother-in-law, Nannie Leger of Barbourville, Kentucky; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

            Preceded in death by his parents, Green Berry and Roxie Alice Alford, and father-in-law, Frank D. Leger.

            Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 17, 1993 at the First Baptist Church of Lake Station, 1309 Central Avenue, Lake Station, Pastor William D. Blosch officiating. Entombment Calumet Park Cemetery. The family prefers memorials to the American Lung Association. American Legion/VFW memorial services Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Visitation Tuesday, February 16th from 2-9 p.m. at the Rees Funeral Home Olson Chapel, 5341 Central Avenue, Portage, 762-3013.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Orville F. Alford (SS# issued in OH), last residence Gary, Lake Co., IN.

            We included the obituary of his wife, Pauline “Pat” Leger Alford, in Indiana and Florida Obituaries; of his brothers John Peter Alford, Doyle Dean Alford, and Robert Greene Alford in Texas Obituaries; and of his mother Roxie Alice Baird Alford and sister Lyda Marie Alford Katrinak in Kentucky Obituaries.

            From Gil Alford, 1993:


            Orville and Pauline were AAFA members #0042 and we were pleased to hear from Pauline that she wants to continue with an active membership in the association. We have been corresponding with them since Pat wrote in June 1987: “A researcher from NC told us about your quarterly paper (the old ‘About Alfords’) but did not tell us the cost. We are interested in obtaining membership.” We regret that we were never able to help Orville learn more about his second great grandfather John Alford. John was another of those folks born in North Carolina about the turn of the century who moved on to another state. He was born about 1804 or 1807 and married a person named Diarissa who was born in North Carolina about the same time. We know that in addition to Orville’s great grandfather, John Russell Alford, who was born May 1839 in Knox County, TN that their children included probably a William 1827, Daniel L. 1830, Elizabeth 1832, Martha L. 1834, Malinda Jane 1836, Jonas (Joseph) 1840, Sophia 1844 and Sarah 1847. (all dates are circa).

            Orville was disabled by a blood disease for some time before his death and Pat mentioned once that his genealogy gave him something interesting with which to fill his time. He spent a lot of time under oxygen at home and in hospitals. We did enjoy working with Orville (through Pat’s letters) and hope we gave him some comfort with our participation in his hunt. We look forward to working with Pat.


            See AAFA’s published genealogy, Known Descendants of John Alford Lucy Bradley, for more information about this family.

            His lineage: Orville Felton 1927 KY1, Green Berry 1889 KY2, John William 1870 KY3, John Russell 1839 KY4, John 1806 NC5, Achilles 1772 VA/NC6, John before 1750 VA7.