EARL DON ALFORD

AAFA #0361

1945–2007

 

 

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Don wearing his Texas flag bowtie!

Photo from Brown’s Funeral Service

 

Source unknown

_____ March 2007

 

            Don Alford, age 61, went to be with the Lord at 5:40 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 2007, in Tyler [Smith Co.], TX. He was born in Caney, Oklahoma, on April 16, 1945, the son of Arnold and Lillie Alford. He married the love of his life, Gayla Miller on June 3, 1977.

            Don graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a Master’s degree in Mathematics. He was a former Deacon at Caney Baptist Church in Caney. Don was past master of the Masonic Lodge in Caddo, OK. He enjoyed flying and held a private pilot’s license and was also a member of the AOPA. Don taught and coached in Caney, Oklahoma, before becoming a State Farm Insurance Agent in 1977. Do was promoted to Agency Leadership in 1982 and continued his career with State Farm in Texas. Don was responsible for hiring and developing numerous agents and employees. Don will be remembered for his exceptional integrity, intelligence, and leadership.

            Don was a member of the 1st Baptist Church of Sulphur Springs.

            Don is survived by his wife, Gayla Alford, son Clint Alford and wife Casey of Caney, Okla., daughter Amanda Lawrence and husband Ryan Lawrence of Carthage, Texas, daughter Amy Scott and husband Wade Scott of Hugo, Oklahoma; six grandchildren Cade Scott, Lain Scott, Callie Lawrence, Ashlyn Lawrence, Tymber Gray and Nate Scott; brothers Travis Alford [AAFA #0374] and wife Betty Alford, Neal Alford and wife Theresa Alford, Bob Alford and wife Ella Alford, Jack Alford [AAFA #0369] and wife Janice Alford, Carl Alford and wife Vicki Alford, Wallace Alford and wife Vicki Alford and sister Mary Gay and husband Jim Gay.

            Don was preceded in death by his parents Arnold and Lillie Alford, brother Bud Alford, sister Sammy Lee and nephew Phillip Alford.

            Services under the Direction of Brown’s Funeral Service, Atoka, Oklahoma.

 

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Brown’s Funeral Service

Atoka, Atoka Co., OK—_____March 2007

 

NAME: Earl Don Alford, age 61, of Sulphur Springs [Hopkins Co.], Texas and a former Caney area resident.

BORN: April 16, 1945 in the Voca community, Atoka County, OK to Arnold Allen and Lillie Francis (Tigert) Alford.

PASSED AWAY: Thursday, March 8, 2007 at Tyler, TX.

AGE: 61 years 10 months and 22 days.

 

EDUCATION:   Don graduated from Caney High School with Class of ’63.  He graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a Masters degree in Mathematics.

 

OCCUPATION:  Don taught, coached, drove a school bus and was principal at Caney School. He later became associated with State Farm Insurance Company and was the first State Farm agent in Atoka County. He was promoted to agency leadership in 1982 and continued his career with State Farm in Texas. At the time of his death, he was Agency Field Executive and had over 29 years with the company.

            Don was a member of the First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs, Texas as well as a former member and deacon at Caney Baptist Church.

            He was a member and past master of the Caddo Masonic Lodge, a pilot and a member of the Aircraft Owners Pilots Association and loved flying. He was a Certified Life Underwriter.

 

SURVIVED BY:

 

WIFE:                           Gayla Alford of the home at Sulphur Springs, Tx.

CHILDREN:                Clint Alford and wife Casey of Atoka, OK.

                                      Amy Scott and husband Wade of Hugo, OK.

                                      Amanda Lawrence and husband Ryan of Carthage, TX.

GRANDCHILDREN:           Cade Scott, Lain Scott

                                      Callie Lawrence, Ashlyn Lawrence

                                      Tymber Gray and Nate Scott

SISTER:                        Mary Gay and husband Jim of Piedmont, OK.

BROTHERS:                Travis Alford and wife Betty of Wichita, KS.

                                      Neal Alford and wife Trecia of Douglass, KS.

                                      Bob Alford and wife Ella of Caney, OK.

                                      Jack Alford and wife Janice of FT. Worth, TX.

                                      Carl Alford and wife Vickie of Thackerville, OK.

                                      Wallace Alford and wife Vicky, Caney, OK.

 

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY:

 

PARENTS:                   Arnold and Lillie Alford.

SISTER:                        Sammie Lee Alford.

FATHER IN-LAW:     Bill Pingleton.

NEPHEW:                    Phillip Alford.

 

DATE OF SERVICES:  Monday, March 12, 2007 at 2:30 P.M.

PLACE OF SERVICES:   Voca Baptist Church ~ Caney, OK.

 

INTERMENT:   Tushka Cemetery, Tushka [Atoka Co.], OK.

 

OFFICIATING:   Rev. Neal Alford [Don’s brother].

ASSISTING:   Chris Christanelli, Greg Alford [nephew, son of Wallace], and Gary Don Alford [nephew, son of Bob].

 

CASKETBEARERS:   Ed Mills, Elmer Mulhausen, Phil Heard, Wyndel Cummins, Gary Butler, Eddie Chew, Benny Davis, Ron Fluker, Rick Grisham, Brad Campbell, Dick Stark.

HONORARY CASKETBEARERS:  State Farm Agents in Northeast Texas and agents that worked for Don while he was manager.

 

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PANOLA WATCHMAN

Carthage, Panola Co., TX—_____ March 2007

 

            Funeral services for Earl Don Alford, 61 of Caney, OK were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 12 at Voca Baptist Church in Caney, OK. Reverend Neal Alford officiated the service. Burial followed at Tushka Cemetery under the direction of Brown's Funeral Services. Alford died Thursday, March 8, 2007 in Tyler.

            Alford was born in Caney, Ok on April 16, 2007 to Arnold and Lillie Alford. He married the love of his life, Gayla Miller, on June 3, 1977. Alford graduated from Southeast Oklahoma State University with a master's degree in Mathematics. He was a former deacon at Caney Baptist Church in Caney. Alford was past master of the Masonic Lodge in Caddo, OK. He enjoyed flying and held a private pilot's license and was also a member of the AOPA. He taught and coached in Caney before becoming a State Farm Insurance Agent in 1977. Alford was promoted to Agency Leadership in 1982 and continued his career with State Farm in Texas. He was responsible for hiring and developing numerous agents and employees. Alford will be remembered for his exceptional integrity, intelligence, and leadership. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sulphur Springs. Alford was preceded in death by his parents Arnold and Lillie Alford, brother Bud Alford, sister Sammy Lee Alford and nephew Phillip Alford.

            He is survived by his wife, Gayla Alford; son Clint Alford and wife Casey, of Caney, Ok; daughter Amanda Lawrence and husband Ryan, of Carthage; daughter Amy Scott and husband Wade Scott, of Hugo, Ok; six grandchildren Cade Scott, Lain Scott, Callie Lawrence, Ashlyn Lawrence, Tymber Gray, and Nate Scott; brothers Travis Alford and wife Betty Alford, Neal Alford and wife Theresa Alford, Bob Alford and wife Ella Alford, Jack Alford and wife Janice Alford, Carl Alford and wife Vicki Alford, Wallace Alford and wife Vicki Alford, and sister Mary Gay and husband Jim.

 

Photo from Tushka Cemetery, Tushka, Atoka Co., OK—www.findagrave.com

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Earl Don Alford (SS# issued in OK), last residence Sulphur Springs, Hopkins Co., TX.

            We included the obituary of his brother Buddy Marvin Alford in Oklahoma Obituaries.

            We published “Success—Electronically!” in the December 1990 issue of AAFA ACTION describing Don’s email contact with AAFA and his subsequent connection to his previously unknown cousin Max Ray Alford, former AAFA President. This was in the very early days of email communication!

            His lineage: Earl Don 1945 OK1, Arnold Allen 1908 OK2, James Henry MS3, Francis A. 1857 MS4, John Madison 1826 GA5, John 1801 NC6.