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Katherine Bailey Alford Echols



AAFA #0364

1909 NC – 2001 NC






Raleigh, Wake Co., NC—Saturday, 16 June 2001


MACCLESFIELD [Edgecomb Co.]—Katherine Alford Echols, 92, died Thursday [June 14].

            Funeral service Sunday 3:00 p.m. at the Macclesfield Presbyterian Church.... Burial in Macclesfield Cemetery.

            Mrs. Echols taught school for over 35 years and served as a Elder in Macclesfield Presbyterian Church and was the pianist for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Linda Winstead Alford, and husband, Rev. Joseph Todd Echols, Sr. Mrs. Echols attended the Flora­McDonald School in Red Springs, NC.

            Surviving: daughters, Linda Echols Perry of Williamsport, MD, Mary Echols Clark of Littleton, NC, Ruth Echols McNinch of Carrollton, GA; sons, Joe T. Echols Jr. of Richfield, NC, Charles L. Echols of St. Cloud, MN, John A. Echols of Rocky Mount; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren....

            Arrangements by Carlisle Funeral Home, Tarboro, NC.

Photos from Macclesfield Cemetery, Macclesfield, Edgecombe Co., NC—

Permission granted by the photographer, Jerry L.M. Phillips


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Katherine A. Echols (SS# issued in MS) was born 6 March 1909, but her death date is listed as 13 June 2001, last residence Rocky Mount, Nash Co., NC.

            We included the obituaries of her twin brother, Wilbur Hollis Alford; and brother Charles Winstead Alford in North Carolina Obituaries.

            Other members of Katherine’s family who are members of AAFA are her son John Alford Echols, AAFA #0365; her daughter Ruth Echols McNinch, AAFA #0368; and her niece, daughter of Charles, Helen Anne Alford, AAFA #0599.

            For more information about Katherine’s branch of the family, see the following articles in AAFA ACTION:


“Descendants of Henry H. Alford 1826–1887”         September 1991

“Lawrence O’Bryan Alford”                                      March 1992

“Katherine Bailey Alford Echols and Her Family”    Winter 1998


The Lawrence O’Bryan Alford Family

Twins Wilbur and Katherine, mother Linda Winstead Alford,

Charles (in lap) and father Lawrence Alford.

Taken in Wilson, NC, about 1912/13.


            For more information about this family, see AAFA’s published genealogy, Descendants of Exum Alford b. about 1788 NC.

            Her lineage: Katherine Bailey 1909 NC1, Lawrence O’Bryan 1868 NC2, Henry Hardy 1826 NC3, Exum 1788 NC4.