ALLEN STEPHENS ALFORD, SR.
1922 TN – 2001 TN
Photos from The Erwin Nine, provided
to the author by the Alford family
Elizabethton, Carter Co., TN—Tuesday, 10 July 2001
Allen Stephens Alford Sr., 78, 1525 Rock Creek
Road, Erwin, died Tuesday, July 3, 2001, at the residence.
Mr. Alford was a native of Washington County,
Tenn., having lived in Spartanburg, S.C., and Augusta, Ga., before moving to
Erwin in 1967.
He was the son of the late Paul C. and Bessie
Moore Alford and was also preceded in death by two brothers, Paul Alford and
Jack Alford, and a sister, Elizabeth Early.
Mr. Alford was a World War II Army Corps
Veteran, having served in the European Theater. He was a recipient of the
Purple Heart, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with One Silver
Star, the Air Medal, Prisoner of War Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. He was
taken prisoner by the Germans in 1944 while flying a mission over Germany and
was held for 14 months. He was one of the Erwin Nine (nine men from Erwin all
held in the same German prison camp).
Mr. Alford was a traffic manager in charge of
sales with Clinchfield Railroad before retiring in 1980 after 43 years of
service. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church. He was a member
of the Traffic Fraternity, Masons, Toastmasters, American Ex-POWs and a former
chairman of the Y.M.C.A. and a former Boy Scout Leader.
He was a graduate of Unicoi County High School
and a 1951 Milligan College graduate with a degree in business administration.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Jean Beck
Alford; three sons, Allen Stephens Alford Jr., Macon, Ga., Donald E. Alford,
Johnson City, and Rob Alford, Erwin; two daughters, Teresa Lewis, Erwin, and
Janice Hughes, Unicoi; three sisters, Frances Mallon, Alexander, Va., Sara
Reid, Johnson City, and Rebecca Sharp, Elizabethton; three daughters-in-law,
Carol Alford, Judy Alford and Kathy Alford; a son-in-law, Harry Lewis; and two
brothers-in-law, John Mallon and James Sharp. Thirteen grandchildren and eight
great-grandchildren also survive.
Erwin Memorial Funeral Home, 1015 N. Main
Avenue, Erwin, (423) 743-1390, is in charge of arrangements.
article, same source, same day:
Funeral services for Allen Stephens Alford Sr.,
78, 1525 Rock Creek Road, Erwin, who died Tuesday, July 3, 2001, were held at 8
p.m. Thursday, July 5, from the Erwin Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr.
Terrill Littrell officiating. Music was provided by Nancy K. Bogart. Graveside
services and interment were held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 6, at Mountain Home
National Cemetery with full military grave rites rendered by the VFW Post
#3382, Kingsport. Honorary pallbearers were Ex-POWs.
…. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions
may be made to the Centenary United Methodist Church, 203 N. Elm Street, Erwin,
Tenn. 37650 or to the American Cancer Society, 2513 Wesley Street, Suite 4,
Johnson City, Tenn. 37601. Erwin Memorial Funeral Home, 1015 N. Main Avenue,
Erwin, (423) 743-1390, was in charge of arrangements.
from Mountain Home National Cemetery, Johnson City, Washington Co., TN—www.findagrave.com
granted by the photographer, Allen D. Jackson, USAF (Ret)
NOTES: SSDI records show that Allen S. Alford
(SS# issued through the Railroad Board) was born 24 Sept 1922, last residence
We included the obituaries of his wife, Doris
Jean Beck Alford, in Tennessee Obituaries; paternal grandfather, Allen Stephens
Alford, in South Carolina Obituaries; and paternal grandmother, Julia Ann Avery
Alford, in Georgia Obituaries.
As stated in the obituary, Allen Stephens Alford
was a member of the Erwin Nine. A book about these nine Erwin men, The Erwin
Nine, by Hilda Padgett (deceased, 2014), was published by The Overmountain Press in 1993. An
excerpt of this book, including on pages 28-43 the full text of a 1992 interview with Allen
and photos of him and his family, is at Google
Obituaries for Allen were also published in the Augusta
[GA] Chronicle and Johnson City [TN] Press. We included the Johnson
City Press obituary, where he is incorrectly listed as Allen Stephen Alford,
with Allen’s In Remembrance in the Winter 2008 issue. We included the Augusta
Chronicle obituary in the Winter 2005 issue, incorrectly including it with
South Carolina obituaries.
From his Find A Grave memorial:
Staff Sergeant Allen
Stephens Alford, Service Number 14156672, Waist Gunner, 703rd Bomb Squadron,
445th Bomb Group (Heavy), 2nd Bomb Wing, 8th Air Force, United States Army Air
Forces (USAAF). Taken Prisoner by the German Army 24 February 1944 in Germany
after being hit by flak and finally shot down by the German Air Force during
the Air Offensive, Europe Unit Campaign, held at Stalag Luft 4, Gross Tychow,
Allen flew this bombing
mission as the Waist Gunner aboard B-24J Liberator #42-100335. His home base
was USAAF Station 124 / RAF Tibenham located near Diss, Norfolk, England. Their
target for this mission was the aircraft factory and aerodrome located in
Gotha, Germany. Of their crew of nine, eight were taken prisoner and one was
Allen is one of the
Erwin Nine. Nine men from Erwin, Unicoi County, Tennessee from 9 different Bomb
Groups all ended up in Stalag Luft 4 and all survived to tell their stories.
AAFA records list Allen’s father as Paul Coffer
Alford, but all online family trees list him as Paul Cofer Alford.
His lineage: Allen Stephens 1922 TN1,
Paul Cofer 1883 GA2, Allen Stephens 1848 GA3, John Allen
1815 GA4, William about 1794 NC5, Kinchen 1768 NC6,
Lodwick 1710 VA7, James 1687 VA8, John 1645 VA9.