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AAFA #0236

1921 LA – 2002 LA



Mary Ruth and Murray Luther Alford




Baton Rouge, LA—Sunday, 17 February 2002


            Alford, Jr., Murray Luther—A retired oil field production consultant, a resident of Baton Rouge and a former longtime resident of Cut Off, he died at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002, at Landmark Nursing Home of Baton Rouge.

            He was 80 and a native of Paradis. He was a proud U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

            Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., from 9 a.m. Monday until religious services at 11 a.m. Entombment in Sacred Heart Mausoleum, Cut Off, at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

            Survived by his wife, Mary Ruth Schulz Alford, Baton Rouge; five daughters and four sons-in-law, Cathy Seal [AAFA #0574], Baton Rouge, Mary and Charlie Bruce [AAFA #0575], Cut Off, Arlene and Durward Smith [AAFA #0576], Lincoln, NE, Gretchen and Ernie Wroten [AAFA #0577], Baton Rouge, and Jill and Rick Richard [AAFA #0579], Mandeville; two sons and two daughters in-law, Greg and Elizabeth Alford [AAFA #0578], Mandeville, and Gerhort and Leverna Alford [AAFA #0580], Lockport; three sisters, Betty Davis [AAFA #1226], Fort Worth, Texas, Helen Cook, Lake Travis, Texas, and Dr. Dorothy Alford [AAFA #0234], Loma Linda, Calif.; two brothers, Jacob Alford, Houston, and Howard Alford, Loma Linda; 18 grandchildren, Benjie Seal III, Leah Seal Besson; Jason and Anna Seal, Sarah Jane and Rebekah Bruce, Sara, Eliza, Durward and Brennan Smith; Matthew and Luke Wroten, Rachel, Aaron and Caleb Alford, Paul and Mark Richard and Gerhort Alford; and four great-grandchildren; Shelby, Charlie and Savannah Seal and Merle Besson.

            Preceded in death by his parents, Murray L. and Anna Singer Alford; siblings, Josephine [Carrigan, AAFA #0235], Vesta [Giddings, AAFA #233], and Peter Alford. and twin grandsons; Jonathan and Justin Alford.

            He was a member of Community Bible Church, Cut Off.

Photo from Sacred Heart Cemetery, Cutoff, Lafourche Parish, LA—

Permission granted by the photographer, Bobby


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Luther Alford (SS# issued in LA) was born 26 July 1921.

            We included the obituaries of Plug’s wife, Mary Ruth Schulz Alford; and his brother Murray Peter Alford in Louisiana Obituaries. We included the obituaries of his siblings Jacob Harris Alford Sr. and Helen Singer Alford Cook; and half-sisters Vesta Edna Alford Giddings and Betty Lydia Alford Davis in Texas Obituaries; and half-sister Josephine Louise Alford Carrigan in California Obituaries.

            “Plug” and Mary were part of a vibrant group within AAFA that were present at most meetings and who made a significant impact. Plug had four sisters who are members of AAFA: Vesta Alford Giddings, Josephine Alford Carrigan, Betty Alford Davis, and Dorothy Alford. He had a brother, named Murray Peter Alford, who was present at the 1989 meeting in Houston but did not join. Mary and Plug had 7 children, and he gave everyone of them gift memberships in AAFA (he also gave nephew Michael Alford a membership.)

            Plug and Mary made nine consecutive AAFA annual meetings from 1989 through 1997 and stopped coming only when Mary’s health would not allow it. At most of the meetings you could expect one or more of their children to attend the Saturday banquet with them. It was not unusual for an envelope to arrive in the mail with a check for $100 or more from Plug “just to support the cause.”

            His lineage: Murray Luther 1921 LA1, Murray Luther 1873 LA2, Marshall Thomas 1839 LA3, John Seaborn 1807 LA4, Jacob 1761 NC5, Julius 1717 VA6, James 1687 VA7.