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AAFA #0479

1931 MS – 2004 TN


Dr. Wallace Wayne Alford

Photo from Making Everlasting Memories

Memorialized by George A. Smith & Sons Funeral Home




Jackson, Madison Co., TN—Saturday, 27 November 2004


            Funeral services for Dr. Wallace Wayne Alford, age 73 will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday from Calvary Baptist Church where he was a member…. Burial will follow in Ridgecrest Cemetery.

            Dr. Alford died Thursday [Nov. 25] at Jackson Madison County General Hospital.

            He was born on April 19, 1931 in Brownsville [Hinds Co.], Mississippi the son of the late Howard and Willia Carsley Alford. He attended grammar school in Canton, MS and junior and senior high school in Startia, MS.

            Dr. Alford earned his bachelor’s degree in English and French and a Master’s degree in English at Mississippi College. He received his Ph.D. in Education and English in May of 1965 from the George Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

            His teaching experience includes junior and senior high school English and French; and 25 years of college teaching at the senior college and graduate level. In addition, he has served as Division Chairman, Department Head, Division Coordinator at various senior colleges, as well as Academic Dean at William Carey College in Hattiesburg, MS and at Wayland Baptist College, Plainview, TX.

            In 1973 he was invited to join the faculty at Union University as chairman of the Division of Professional Studies and head of the Education Department. After a short “early retirement” in 1990-92, he returned to the ranks of college teaching at Lane College where he served as Professor of Speech and Theatre.

            Dr. Alford’s many hobbies were acting and otherwise working in the theatre, and writing for the stage. He has published numerous articles on various topics for national publications and is the author of one book and some 20-30 plays, most of which were performed in area theatres. Dr. Alford’s All Tied Up in Knots and its sequel, All Tied Up in Knots, II, which played at the Little Theatre in the Civic Center in Jackson in 1985 and 1987 won recognition for him and director wife, Pat from Governor Ned McWherter for their contributions to the education and culture of children in Tennessee.

            He was listed in Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in Education, and Who’s Who in College Administration. Dr. Alford was a U.S. Navy Veteran and saw duty in the Caribbean and European theatres during the Korean War.

            Dr. Alford is survived by his wife, Pat Gilliland Alford of Jackson and by his children, Rogena and husband, Petty Officer Scott Lewis of Chicago, IL; Deborah and husband Dr. Donald P. Bell of Metairie, LA and Robert Wayne and his wife Dianna Alford of St. Augustine, FL and their mother, La Nelle Alford of Jackson. Six grandchildren, Mary Catherine Lewis, Anna Michele Lewis, Jonathan Wyatt Lewis all of Chicago and John Roger Bell, Veronica Bell and Brian Paul Bell all of Metairie, LA and by his stepsons, Rob Gilliland and wife Donna and Lucky Gilliland and wife Debbie of Jackson, TN and by four step-granddaughters, Ginger Williams, Anna Gilliland, Katie Gilliland and Amy Clifft all of Jackson, TN. Dr. Alford is also survived by a sister, Barbara Gates of Hattiesburg, MS and a brother, Roger Alford and wife Martha of Bolton, MS.

            Dr. Alford was preceded in death by a brother, Howard Alford, Jr.

            Pallbearers to serve are Mike Rowland, Mike Dennison, Steve Webb, Steve Wyatt, Jim Miller and David Burke. Honorary pallbearers to serve will be the members of the Agoga Class of Calvary Baptist Church.

            The family will receive friends today from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home and on Sunday, November 28, 2004 from 1:00 p.m. until the service time at Calvary Baptist Church, 119 Oil Well Rd., Jackson, TN. George A. Smith and Sons North Chapel 731-427-5555.

Photos from Ridgecrest Cemetery, Jackson, Madison Co., TN—

Permission granted by the photographer, Frances Donnelly


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Wayne Alford (SS# issued in MS), last residence Bells, Crockett Co., TN.

            We included the obituary of his brother Howard Luther Alford Jr. in Mississippi Obituaries.



District 31, Beat 2, Hinds Co., MS, dwelling #531:


Howard L. Alford     head      27      MS MS MS     plantation manager

                                                            Age 23 at first marriage

Willia                           wife       23      MS MS MS

                                                            Age 19 at first marriage

Howard L. Jr.              son  4-7/12      MS MS MS

Barbara C.                   dau  2-3/12      MS MS MS




District 119, Township 6, Hinds Co., MS, dwelling #140:   


Sallie Alford               head      58      MS MS MS     farming            widow

Alma                           dau        20      US US US

Estus ?                         dau        19      MS MS MS

Howard                      son         17      MS MS MS

Margaret                      dau        13      MS MS MS    


District 4, Township 7 (Pocahontes), Hinds Co., MS, dwelling #79:


George L. Carsley       head      51      MS MS MS     farmer

Annie G.                     wife       41      MS MS MS

Arthur L.                     son         19      MS MS MS     farm laborer

Carry M.                      dau        15      MS MS MS

Willia                          dau        13      MS MS MS

Joe H.                          son         10      MS MS MS

Robt A.                       son  4-4/12      AL MS MS

Evared                         son      9/12      MS MS MS




District 14, Beat 4, Hinds Co., MS, dwelling #525:


Billie Alford               head      51      MS GA AL     farmer, married 23 years

                                                                                    looks like M2 for second marriage

Sallie                           wife       47      MS VA AL     9 children, 8 living                 

Warner                        son       20?      MS MS MS     farm laborer

Mary                            dau        18      MS MS MS

Alma                           dau      17?      MS MS MS

Annie                          dau        14      MS MS MS

C.B.                             son       12?      MS MS MS

Florence                      dau        10      MS MS MS

Howard                      son           8      MS MS MS

Marguerite                   dau        3?      MS MS MS




District 54, Beat 1 (Clinton), Hinds Co., MS, dwelling #327:


William Alford       head         41      b. Nov 1858       MS GA AL  farmer

                                                                                       Married 21 years

Sarah                       wife          38      b. Mar 1862        MS VA AL

                                                                                       7 children, 6 living

Wm. W.                    son            12      b. Oct 1887        MS MS MS

Mary E.                    dau             8      b. Jan 1892         MS MS MS

Sarah                        dau             6      b. Feb 1894        MS MS MS

Annie C.                   dau             4      b. Mar 1896        MS MS MS

Claudie B.                dau             2      b. Apr 1898        MS MS MS

Florence E.               dau             1      b. May 1899       MS MS MS

Duncan Lancaster    boarder     39      b. Jun 1861         MA VA AL [Sarah’s brother]




District 7, Bolton, Hinds Co., MS, dwelling #148:


Samuel Lancaster        head      47      VA VA VA    farmer

Mary                            wife       41      AL GA GA

Duncan                        son         19      MS VA AL

Sallie                           dau        17      MS VA AL

Mary                            dau        14      MS VA AL

Joseph J.                      son         12      MS VA AL

William                        son         10      MS VA AL

Rufus                          son           4      MS VA AL

Minnie May                 dau          2      MS VA AL


District 4, Clinton, Hinds Co., MS, dwelling #380:


W. Alford                   head      21      MS SC SC      married in the census year

Florence                      wife       17      MS VA MS





W.B. Alford m. Florence Noblin        20 Feb 1880 in Hinds Co., MS

W.B. Alford m. Sallie Lancaster        9 Dec 1886 in Hinds Co., MS


            For more information about this family, see AAFA’s published genealogy, Known Descendants of Isham Alford, b. 1755 NC, and Anne Ferrell.

            His lineage: Wallace Wayne 1931 MS1, Howard Luther 1902 MS2, William Benton 1858 MS3, Warren Jefferson 1831 GA4, Spire Washington 1807 GA5, Brittain Washington 1782 NC6, Isham 1755 NC7.