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AAFA #0349

1912 NC – 1998 NC



Durham, Durham Co., NC—Wednesday, 13 May 1998


            William Dallas Alford, 85, resident of 500 Pickwick Trail, died Monday morning [May 11] in the VA Medical Center following declining health.

            He had been a lifelong resident of Durham and was the son of the late Thomas H. and Larceny Peed Alford. He was the husband of the late Mozelle Clayton Alford. Mr. Alford was a retired employee of Nello Teer after many years of employment. He was a member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II.

            Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Jerri N. Matthews of Pine Knoll Shores; three sisters, Mrs. Lucy Jackson of Tarboro, Mrs. Ruth Utley of Durham and Mrs. Mary Witt of Kentucky; one granddaughter, Karen Matthews of San Marcos, Texas; and one grandson, Greg Matthews of San Diego, Calif.

            Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in Mt. Hermon Baptist Church.... Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 Wednesday evening at Clements Funeral Home….


Photo from Mount Hermon Baptist Church Cemetery, Orange Co., NC—

Permission granted by the photographer, Carolina Caswell


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that William D. Alford (SS# issued in KY) was born 4 Oct 1912, last residence Durham, Durham Co., NC.

            We included the obituaries of his mother, Lacenie Jane Peed Alford; and siblings Burnice Lloyd Alford, Forrest Peed “Buck” Alford, Ruth Holt Alford Utley, and Thomas Herndon Alford Jr. in North Carolina Obituaries; and of his sisters Mary Alford Witt and Nellie Ross Alford Cummings in Tennessee Obituaries.

            William joined AAFA in 1990 but did not provide genealogical information. This obituary provides what we know of his family.

            From North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741–2011 (Ancestry): William Dallas Alford, age 49, born 4 Oct 1912 in Durham Co., NC, son of Thomas Herndon Alford and Larceny Jane Peed (both deceased), married Mozelle Clayton Neu, age 41, born 14 Nov 1920 in Orange Co., NC, daughter of George Dewey Clayton and Ara Couch, (both living), on 8 Feb 1962 in Orange Co., NC. William and Mozelle were both divorced.

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

            His lineage: William Dallas 1912 NC1, Thomas Herndon 1877 NC2, William Dallas 1845 NC3, William R. 1818 NC4, Green 1787 NC5, James Lodwick 1749 NC6.