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Barney Millen Alford Jr.




AAFA #0150

1922 FL – 2016 FL



Photo from:

An Oral History of the Battle of Parker’s Crossroads and of the Fate of Those Who Survived The 589th Group,

which includes a detailed history of Barney’s personal

experience during the battle and of his life afterwards.

Barney M. Alford, Jr., 94

Photo from his obituary



Lakeland, Polk Co., FL—Thursday, 22 September 2016


LAKELAND—Barney Millan [sic] Alford, Jr. passed away on September 20, 2016.

            He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Barney Millan Alford Sr. and Gladys Bell Alford and his wife Clara Jean Parker Alford.

            Survivors include his son Mark Alford (Paula), Lake Wales, FL, grandsons, Daniel Alford (Brandi) Rapid City, SD and David Alford (Melissa) Crawfordville, FL, great grandchildren Clara and Noah Alford, Crawfordville, FL, daughter, Ann Hodges (Joe), granddaughters, Ashley and Molly Hodges, Georgia.

            Barney was born on June 3, 1922 in Pensacola Florida. He enlisted in the United States Army and was a veteran of World War II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge at Parkers Cross Roads where he was awarded the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action and he received a battle field promotion to Lieutenant. After the war he attended the University of Florida where he graduated with a Degree in Horticulture. He returned to Pensacola where he operated Lee Floral Gardens. He was a member of McIlwain Memorial Presbyterian Church. He moved his family to Lake Wales, Florida in 1965 to become the Horticulturist at Bok Tower. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lake Wales. During retirement he enjoyed fishing with friends and traveling to numerous countries to visit their botanical gardens.

            In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation to the Lake Wales Charter Schools Foundation - Homeless Program.

            Graveside service will be held 10:00AM Thursday, October 6, 2016 at the St. Johns Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida. Marion Nelson Funeral Home Lake Wales handling arrangements.

Photo from Saint John’s Cemetery, Pensacola, Escambia Co., FL—

Permission granted by the photographer, Polly Blank

Photo posted in 2013


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not yet list his death.

            We included the obituaries of his first wife, Clara Jean Parker Alford; and his parents, Barney Millen Alford Sr. and Gladys Clemence Bell Alford, in Florida Obituaries.

            From FL Marriages: Barney Millen Alford Jr. married Clara Jean Parker in Escambia Co., FL, in 1952.

            From FL Marriages: Barney Millen Alford Jr. married Ann Guthrie in Polk Co., FL, on 23 March 1996.

            In May 2017, a Find A Grave photographer reported that Barney’s death date is not yet engraved on his gravestone.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His lineage: Barney Millen 1922 FL1, Barney Millen 1895 GA2, John McRae 1861 SC3, Paisley 1825 NC4, Sion 1796 NC5, Warren 1770 NC6, Jacob 1738 VA7, Lodwick 1710 VA8, James 1687 VA9, John 1645 VA10.