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Robert Sherwood Alford




AAFA #0509

1924 FL – 1995 FL



Lakeland, Polk Co., FL—probably Thursday, 26 October 1995


       Mr. Robert Sherwood “Pa” Alford of Lakeland died Tuesday (Oct. 24, 1995) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. He was 71.

       Born in Lakeland on Oct. 5, 1924, he moved back to Lakeland after retiring from the Air Force, where he worked in communications. He served in the Armed Guard Unit of the U.S. Navy in World War II. He was on the USS Water Camp and survived seven days in the Indian Ocean after the ship was sunk. He served in the Army during the Korean War and the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was a Baptist.

       He is survived by his sisters, Renna Roach, Dorothy “Polly” Lobdell, Hilda “Sue” Lobdell and Ruth Canup, all of Lakeland.

       Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at Lanier Funeral Home, 717 Griffin Road, Lakeland. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.


In another article:



Tampa, Hillsborough Co., FL— Thursday, 26 October 1995


            Robert Sherwood “Pa” Alford, 71, of Lakeland died Tuesday at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. A native of Lakeland, he returned to this area in 1963. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, and U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, and Baptist.

            He is survived by four sisters, Renna Roach, Dorothy “Polly” Lobdell, Hilda “Sue” Lobdell and Ruth Canup, all of Lakeland. Lanier Funeral Home, Lakeland.


Photo from Fitzgerald Cemetery, Medulla, Polk Co., FL—

Waiting for permission from Cy – no email – sent thru Edit 1/20/2012 –

Permission granted by the photographer,


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Robert S. Alford (SS# issued in FL), last residence Lakeland, Polk Co., FL.

            We included the obituary of his sister Mary Ethel Alford Holmes in Florida Obituaries.

            Note from Lodwick Alford, AAFA #0011: “Robert was my half nephew, the youngest son of my half brother, the late Dewey Leorus Alford, and grandson of William Leorus Haywood Alford of Sylvester, Worth Co., GA, my father. Affectionately known by his sisters in Lakeland by the nickname “Pa”, he never married. He has the rare distinction of having served in the Navy, the Army and the Air Force. I am quite proud of him.”

            His lineage: Robert Sherwood 1924 FL1, Dewey Leorus 1898 GA2, William Leorus Haywood 1863 GA3, Green Haywood 1820 NC4, Green 1787 NC5, James Lodwick 1749 NC6.