ROBERTA SUE ALFORD FOLDS
1928 FL – 2010 GA
article was published in the
Jackson County Floridian on 4 May 2010].
and Sons Funeral Home
Atlanta, Fulton Co., GA—_____ May 2010
Roberta Alford Folds was born November 17, 1928
in Jackson County, Florida, to the late Mary and Claude Alford. She died on
April 30, 2010 at her home in Decatur, Georgia following an extended illness.
A graduate of Florida State University with a BA
in Journalism and a Masters in Public Administration, she remained a loyal
Seminole throughout her life. In addition to spending time with her family,
Roberta loved gardening, Braves baseball, travel, cooking, reading, and
crossword puzzles. The cornerstones of her life were her family, the United
Methodist Church, the Democratic Party, and her Southern heritage. While living
in Augusta, GA from 1962-1973, she served as a volunteer at University
Hospital, was active in the St. John's UMC United Methodist Women, and was
President of the Kingston Garden Club. She treasured her friendships in the
Seekers Class at Oak Grove UMC in Decatur and appreciated their support during
her illness. She instilled in her daughters, Susan and Becky, the importance of
kindess, respect, and loyalty to others and was a wonderful wife, mother, and
In addition to her daughters, she is survived by
her beloved husband of 56 years, Milton; her brother, Eugene Alford and his
wife, Elizabeth, of Shady Grove, FL; son-in-law, Adnan Rukieh of Chicago; and
many nieces and nephews.
She was pre-deceased by her sister, Mattie Lou
Visitation with the family will be from 4-6 pm
on Sunday, May 2 at A.S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home, 2773 N. Decatur Rd.,
Decatur. Funeral services will be held in the sanctuary of Oak Grove UMC on
Tuesday, May 4 at 2 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests
donations be made in her memory to the Butterfly Garden at Oak Grove UMC, 1722
Oak Grove Road, Decatur, GA 30033, Mountain View Personal Care Home at 3675
Kensington Road, Decatur, GA 30032, or to the Foundation of Wesley Woods, Inc.
1817 Clifton Road, NE Atlanta, GA 30329. A. S. Turner & Sons
NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Roberta A.
Folds (SS# issued in GA), last residence Decatur, Dekalb Co., GA.
We included the obituaries of her mother, Mary Beauchamp
Singletary Alford; and of her sister Mattie Lou Alford Dellinger in Florida
Roberta and her husband Milt hosted the very
first AAFA meeting in Atlanta in 1988. Not only did they make the hotel
arrangements, etc., they had the entire group (14!) to their house on Friday
evening for a buffet dinner. They have been quiet recently but she will be
Her lineage: Roberta Sue 1928 FL1,
Claude Lamar 1895 FL2, Walton “Buddy” 1862 FL3, Wiley
Walton 1811 GA4, Cullen 1775 NC5, James 1741 NC/VA6,
Lodwick 1710 VA7, James 1687 VA8, John 1645 VA9.