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Edward Doyle Alford




AAFA #1031

1935 OK – 2013 CA



Lompoc, Santa Barbara Co., CA—17 February 2013


            Edward Doyle Alford of Tehachapi passed away Jan. 16, 2013 of natural causes. He was born Nov. 19, 1935 in Chandler, OK to Otis and Mildred Alford, and like “The Grapes of Wrath” during the Great Depression, they moved to Salinas, CA when he was an infant.

            Ed was a survivor. His life’s journey took him from Salinas to Santa Monica where he started a family before putting down roots in Lompoc. There, he did upholstery and worked at a muffler shop before opening a custom car shop- Chassis Engineering. He moved to the Santa Maria area, where he was a car salesman and licensed building contractor for many years before becoming disabled.

            The recipient of heart and kidney transplants, Ed was given the generous gift of life by anonymous organ donors, to whom we give eternal thanks. His final journey brought him to the mountains of Tehachapi, where the quiet serenity and beautiful view overlooking Bear Valley provided him absolute peace.

            Many, many family members will miss his wide smile and presence, but we all know he is at long last free of pain.

            Ed is survived by his wife Jan; brothers Denis (Patricia) of Kennewick, WA, and David (Phyllis) of Goldsboro, NC; children- James of Grover Beach, Lonnie (Lisa) of Santa Barbara, Karen of Fayetteville, AR, Alan (Jenny) of Galt, Debbie (Kim) of Ozark, MO, step-son Kenny (Diane) of Tehachapi, daughter-in-law Cheryl of Santa Maria; grandchildren, Shaun, Michael (Krissy), Jarah, Cameron (Amanda), Athena, Brittney, Ruben, Samantha, Kaycee, Madison, and Devin; great-grandchildren, Sandra, Halie, Lio, and Leira.

            Ed was pre-deceased by father Otis, mother Mildred, step-mother Billie, sister Donna, brother-in-law Terry, and step-son Daniel.

            A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list his death.

            We included the obituaries of his stepmother, Willie Lee “Billie” Kizer Alford, in Nevada Obituaries; his grandfather Lonnie Erwin Alford Sr.; and great-grandmother Laura Watson Conrad Alford in Oklahoma Obituaries.

            For more information about this family, see AAFA’s published genealogy, Known Descendants of John Alford & Lucy Bradley; and AAFA ACTION, Summer 1999, pp. 3–5.

            His lineage: Edward Doyle 1935 OK1, Otis Doyle 1914 OK2, Lonnie Erwin 1890 KY3, John Hardin 1841 KY4, Joseph 1812 KY5, Achilles 1772 VA or NC6, John before