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AAFA #0158

1909 GA – 2001 GA


About 1995, Pinson Memorial United Methodist Church in Sylvester, GA

Submitted by her brother Lodwick Alford




Valdosta, Lowndes Co., GA—Friday, 5 October 2001


VALDOSTA—Beatrice Alford Parramore, 92, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001, in Valdosta after a lengthy illness.

            Born on April 30, 1909, in the Parkersville community of Worth County, the daughter of William Leorus Heyward Alford and Lucy Melvina Overby, she had resided in Valdosta for 36 years. She was a charter member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, a member of the DAC and the DAR. She was Director of Nursing with the State of Georgia Department of Public Health in Valdosta before retiring in 1971. Mrs. Parramore served as a public health nurse in Cochran and Columbus with a total of 35 years of service with the State Department of Public Health. She received her public education in Worth and Greene Counties, her registered nursing degree from the Macon Hospital School of Nursing and her Bachelor of Science degree in public health nursing from George Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn. While in Valdosta, she established the First Home Health Care Agency in the State of Georgia.

            Survivors are her stepdaughter; Joanne P. Sykes, Pensacola, Fla; foster children, Sarah Overby Allison, San Bernardino, Calif., Eula Alford Overby and Knox Overby, Jacksonville, Fla., and Sam H. Overby, Chester; sister, Louise Alford Elkin [AAFA #0177], Sun City Center, Fla; brother, Capt. Lodwick H. Alford, USN, retired [AAFA #0011], Sea Island; nephew, Richard S. Sumner and wife Delores of Valdosta.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard H. Parramore, 10 brothers and five sisters.

            Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Valdosta. Burial will be held at McLane Riverview Memorial Gardens…. Carson McLane Funeral Home.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Beatrice A. Parramore (SS# issued in GA), last residence Valdosta, Lowndes Co., GA.

            We included the obituary of her brothers Walter Hoyle Alford, AAFA #0555, and Marvin Floyd Alford in Florida Obituaries; and of her sister-in-law Flora Bell King Alford, AAFA #0517, in Georgia Obituaries;

            Beatrice consistently used her middle name, but she is Sarah B., age 1, on the 1910 census in Worth Co., GA. She was the daughter of William Leorus “Orus” Haywood Alford and his second wife, Lucy Melvina Overby. Many of the deceased siblings mentioned in the obituary were half-siblings.

            For more information on this family, see AAFA’s published genealogy, Known Descendants of James Lodwick Alford (1749–1820).

            Her lineage: Sarah Beatrice Alford 1909 GA1, William Leorus Haywood 1863 NC2, Green Haywood 1820 NC3, Green about 1787 NC4, James Lodwick 1749 NC5.