FLOYD SHELBY ALFORD, JR.
1952 NC – 1996 NC
Photo from obituary
Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., NC—Tuesday, 12 March 1996
Floyd S. Alford Jr., general manager and editor
of The Daily Independent in Kannapolis for 11 years, died the same day
he returned home following surgery. Alford, 44, underwent surgery on March 1 at
Cabarrus Memorial Hospital and returned home Sunday [march 10].
He became ill Sunday afternoon and returned to
the hospital, where he died.
In January, Alford was named advertising and marketing
director of The Daily Independent and Concord Tribune, which will
merge this year. He moved to Kannapolis in 1984.
Alford was born Jan. 9, 1952, in Raleigh. He
graduated from Needham B. Broughton High School, attended Campbell College, and
in 1974 graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill, receiving a bachelor of arts degree in
He worked as a reporter/photographer at The
Sampsonian in Clinton, N.C., and later as advertising representative and
advertising manager of The Sampson Independent in Clinton. In July 1978,
he was named publisher of the Franklin County Times in Russellville,
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at
First Baptist Church in Kannapolis.
He won numerous press awards in advertising,
column writing and photography in both North Carolina and Alabama.
He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Floyd S. Alford Sr. of Raleigh; his wife, Julia Webb Alford; two sons, Zack
Alford and Benjamin Alford; a daughter, Meredith Alford; and two sisters.
Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., NC—Tuesday, 21 March 1996
A newspaperman who cared, Floyd Alford’s heart
was in his community and in his home
Floyd Alford was a newspaperman who believed in
Kannapolis. He was a community supporter and promoter; a friend to many and
above all, a family man.
Floyd Shelby Alford Jr. died March 10 at
Cabarrus Memorial Hospital in Concord as a result of complications from surgery
on March 1. He was 44. His wife, Julia, had brought him home from the hospital
the previous Sunday, and the family was excited about celebrating daughter
Meredith’s 12th birthday.
Alford was the former editor of The Daily
Independent, an 11,000-circulation Kannapolis newspaper. He was named in
January as director of marketing and circulation for the paper, which is
merging with The Concord Tribune.
“He was a friend to everyone who worked for him;
they were his extended family,” said Allan Boger, a reporter for the paper.
Boger, who’d worked for Alford for 10 years, added, “He gave me a job when I
needed one. I got back into the newspaper business thanks to Floyd Alford.”
Alford, who had been an editor for 12 years, was
a “regular person,” Boger said. He was everybody’s friend; he liked everybody
and everybody liked him.
“Floyd protected you on some issues that
sometimes were not popular with constituents. He was a guardian, and he became
my friend.” Tom Dayvault, president and CEO of the Kannapolis Chamber of
Commerce, had known Alford for 11 years. “You were automatically his friend the
first five minutes you met him. If you didn’t end up that way, it was never his
fault,” Dayvault said. “He was a great storyteller,” Dayvault said. “He was
always fun to do things with, but it was just as much fun to not do, but to
hear about it.”
People here couldn’t wait for him to get back
from vacation to hear about it. They called his embellishments “Floydisms.” “He
was attuned to the fact that the nature of Kannapolis was changing,” said Jack
Claiborne, former assistant vice president for Park Communications, which
formerly owned The Daily Independent.
“Floyd was very community minded; he saw and
heard both sides. He was (the paper’s) editor at the time and saw which way
Kannapolis had to go and was very sensitive to it. He was trying to keep the
best of the old and infuse the new. It was something that he took personally
and was very much committed to it,” Claiborne said.
Alford was a supporter of bringing minor league
baseball to town. As chairman of the Kannapolis Chamber of Commerce, he told
the city council in 1994, “Kannapolis is suffering. We need a true shot in the
arm.” Thanks in part to Alford’s support, the Piedmont Phillies moved to
Kannapolis in 1995. Now known as the Piedmont Boll Weevils, the team calls
Kannapolis’ $6.5 million Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium home.
“He gave of himself to the whole community and
had a lot of titles,” Dayvault said, “but ‘Daddy’ is the title he was most
proud of. He worshiped his kids and family.”
Floyd Alford is also survived by his sons, Zack
and Benjamin Alford; parents, Floyd and Rachel Alford of Raleigh [AAFA #0271];
sisters, Beverly Alford of Burlington [AAFA #0345], Annette Alford of
Greensboro; grandmother, Lela Alford of Zebulon....
from Greene Family Cemetery, Pilot, Franklin Co., NC—www.findagrave.com
granted by the photographer, Dennis Holder
NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Floyd S. Alford
(SS# issued in NC), last residence not listed.
We included the obituaries of his parents, Floyd
Shelby Alford Sr. (AAFA #0271) and Rachel Juanita Pearce Alford; and his
grandmother, Lala R. Batchelor Alford in North Carolina Obituaries.
His lineage: Floyd Shelby 1952 NC1,
Floyd Shelby 1923 NC2, Zollie Floyd 1900 NC3, James Berry
1872 NC4, Berkley Moses 1849 NC5, Kisar 1814 NC6.