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Bryant John Alford



AAFA #0124

1908 TX – 2004 TX





Athens, Henderson Co., TX—Wednesday, 24 March 2004


            Graveside services for Bryant J. Alford of Athens are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery in Tyler. Local arrangements are under the direction of Burks-Walker-Tippit Funeral Home of Tyler.

            Mr. Alford was born November 18, 1908, to the late Robert H. and Helen H. Alford in Texarkana, and was the youngest of seven children.

            In 1926, he went to work for Texas and Pacific Railroad. He also worked for the Cotton Belt and Southern Pacific Railroads for over 60 years.

            He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Marie Garrett Alford, after 49 years of marriage. They were longtime members of First Baptist Church of Tyler.

            Survivors include his son, Bobby R. Alford, M.D. of Houston; daughter, Pat Alford Scott, of Murchison; six grandchildren, Brad, Raye Lynn and Scott Alford of Houston, Debbie Lane of Dallas, Pam Shown of San Antonio, and Holly Roland of Murchison; and eight great-grandchildren, Brice Alford, Savannah and Linleigh Alford of Houston, Jordan and Taylor Lane of Dallas, Will and Cody Shown of San Antonio and Sydney Roland of Murchison.

            Honorary pallbearers will be W.C. Hogenson, Harold Lauchlin, J.E. Brown, Marshall Hamil and Richard Burton.


Photo from Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery, Tyler, Smith Co., TX—

Permission granted by the photographers, James & Cheryl Graham [add to his Issue 83 IR and repost]

Note from photographers: “The Alford crypt”


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth date of Bryant J. Alford (SS# issued through the Railroad Board) and say he died 21 March 2004.

            We included the obituaries of his first wife, Edith Marie Garrett Alford; and his sister Mollie Alford Baskerville in Texas Obituaries.

            Arkansas County Marriages Index, 1837–1957 ( B.J. Alford, age 21 of Texarkana, Bowie Co., TX, married Edith Garrett, age 20 of Hot Spring, Garland Co., AR, on 15 Sept 1929 in Miller Co., AR.

            TX Marriages: Bryant J. Alford, age 73, married Mary L. Pike, age 61, on 5 Dec 1981 in Cherokee Co.

            For more information about this family, see AAFA’s published genealogy, Known Descendants of Haywood Alford and Elizabeth Marshall.

            His lineage: Bryant John 1908 TX1, Robert Henry C. 1858 AR2, John H. 1818 GA3, Haywood 1780 GA4.