1916 LA – 2014 LA
Wife of Lester
1916 LA – 1972 LA
Photo from Forest Lawn Funeral
Bogalusa, Washington Parish, LA—Tuesday, 14 January 2014
Estelle "Dock" Dykes Alford, 97, a
resident of Mt. Hermon, died early Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Heritage Manor
Nursing Home in Mandeville.
She was born on Aug. 19, 1916, to Walter and
Pauline Brumfield Dykes at their home in rural Kentwood. She was the youngest
girl in a family of eight, all of whom preceded her in death.
Estelle, better known as "Dock" to her
friends and relatives, was the epitome of care giving. It is the family's
belief that she was given the nickname because she "was always nursing
someone back to health." Upon graduation from Mt. Hermon High School, she
postponed her career to care for her ailing mother who was partially paralyzed
from a stroke. In later years, Dock provided constant care for her husband
during his battle with cancer. She is remembered as "being by his side the
entire time, in and out of the hospital." And when her sister, Hazel,
neared the end of her life Dock cared for her at times in her home and until
the end at the hospital.
Throughout her many years of living in the Mt.
Hermon community, Dock, who was known as a wonderful cook, baked cakes, candy
and her famous chicken and dumplings for her neighbors, family members and
church family. When her immediate family gathered at her home for holiday
meals, a granddaughter recently commented, "Mam-maw was always the last to
sit down because she wanted to make sure that we all had what we needed."
Although Dock was known for her selflessness and
desire to improve the lives of her family, friends and neighbors, she was also
known for her many talents. She attended beauty school after her mother's
passing and owned and ran her own beauty shop in Kentwood for several years. Long
after she closed the business, she was often known to comment on hairstyles of
her family members stating that a different style or color may be more
"flattering." Her skills as a seamstress were exhibited in the
beautiful clothing sewn for her daughters and then again for granddaughters
after they were born. She enjoyed quilt making, and her great-grandchildren
benefited from the baby quilts made upon their births. Her artistic abilities
were evident in her ceramic making, a hobby she enjoyed during the 1970s and
'80s, and in her work at Bogue Chitto Baptist Church and the Washington Parish
Homemaker's Club. A granddaughter recently stated, "I still have the
cookbook with the front cover that Mam-maw drew." Dock also loved music
and played the piano "by ear," a talent which may have been known
only to close friends and family.
Dock was a longtime member of Bogue Chitto
Baptist Church, where she actively participated in the Women's Mission Union
and various other committees. She was the chairman of the WMU Centennial in
1988. Dock often provided floral arrangements for the altar on Sundays using
flowers grown at home. Her chicken and dumplings was a staple at church
gatherings. In later years, she often spoke of her enjoyment of her Sunday
school class, taught by Hugh Fortenberry. "Helping out" with Vacation
Bible School was always a priority during the summer. She always encouraged her
children and grandchildren to use their "talents" in serving others
Despite her numerous gifts and accomplishments,
she remained humble and selfless in her love for family and friends.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law,
Sharon and Michael J. Haight of Ponchatoula; her grandchildren and spouses,
Donna Beth and John Guidry of Mandeville, Melanie and Dalton Sumrall of
Lacombe, Shawn and Julie Wascom of Deridder and Carlon Wascom of Mt. Hermon;
her great-grandchildren, Brianne Guillot, Carly Wascom, Hannah Wascom, Drew
Sumrall, Ashton Wascom, Raegan Wascom and Parker Wascom; and numerous nieces
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester
C. Alford; her parents; a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Donnie Ray
Wascom; and her siblings, Curtis Dykes, Glen Dykes, Clyde Dykes, Willard Dykes,
"Teeny" Blades, Louella Schilling and Hazel Smith.
Visitation was held Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Bogue
Chitto Baptist Church, 41088 Highway 438 in Mt. Hermon, from 9 a.m. until time
for the funeral service at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Troy Bankston and the Rev.
Russell Kirkland officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers were Carlon Wascom, Shawn Wascom,
Ashton Wascom, Drew Sumrall, Mike Alford, Walter Lee Dykes and Donald Dykes.
Obituaries can be viewed online at
NOTES: SSDI records do not list her death.
Estelle joined AAFA many years after her husband’s
death. She was the oldest attendee at our annual meeting in 2004!
*See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.
Her husband’s lineage: Lester Clayton 1916 LA1, Willis Clayton 1891 LA2, Willis Jacob 1847 LA3, John Seaborn 1807 LA4, Jacob 1761 NC5,
Julius 1717 VA6, James 1687 VA7, John 1645 VA8.