MARY AGNES ALFORD SMITH LYNCH
1927 GA –2009 GA
Photo from Conner-Westbury Funeral Home
Griffin, Spalding Co., GA—Monday, 19 October 2009
Mrs. Mary A. Lynch, 82, of Griffin, passed away
on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at her residence.
Mrs. Lynch was born July 28, 1927, in Clark
County, Ga., to the late Elder and Frances Alford. In addition to her parents,
she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 48 years, Bill Lynch;
sister, Louise Norton, Frances Hudson; and brothers, Billy Alford and David
Alford. Also preceding Mrs. Lynch in death was great-grandson, Lance Cpl.
Jeffery Walker, who was killed in May 2007, while serving in Iraq.
Mrs. Lynch is survived by a son, Jimmy Smith of
Franklin, Ga.; daughter and son-in-law, Frances and Charles Durham of Griffin,
Ga.; and special adopted son, Jerry “Pee Wee” Easterland of Franklin, Ga. She
is also survived by sisters, Clara McLean of Madison, Ga., Vada Harden of
Griffin, Ga., and Mae Alford of Conyers, Ga.; and brother, Daniel Alford of
Griffin, Ga. Mrs. Lynch also leaves behind grandchildren, Denise Smith, Karen
Cann, Teresa Rutledge, Keith Patten, Kim Shepherd, and Susan Maddron; 12
great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind
special and dear friends of hers and the family, Mr. and Mrs. Emmet and Diane
Bishop, Mrs. Sue Woodard and Mrs. Alice Faye Beck, all of Griffin.
This ends a five-generation family legacy that
started in 1963. Mrs. Lynch was retired from Glass Container Corp. in Forest
Park. After retiring, she continued her love of gardening her flowers and
vegetables. She also enjoyed mowing her lawn and being outdoors. She also loved
traveling, especially to the North Georgia mountains. Another joy was working
with her daughter, Frances, researching the genealogy of the Alford and Lynch
families. Mrs. Lynch was a devoted individual to her Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ. Anyone that has had the joy of knowing her knew that when she said, “I
Love You,” these words came from the heart.
Services to be held at Conner-Westbury Chapel
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at 2 p.m. Friends visited the family between the hours
of 6 and 8 p.m. Monday. Officiating pastors are the Rev. Riley Fenley, the Rev.
Ed Lynch and the Rev. Gaines Wise. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery
followed by a reception at Conner-Westbury Reception Hall.
Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, 1891 W. McIntosh
Road, Griffin, is in charge of the arrangements.
Photo from Oak Hill Cemetery,
Griffin, Spalding Co., GA—www.findagrave.com
Permission granted by
the photographer, Tom
AAFA NOTES: SSDI
records confirm the birth and death dates of Mary A. Lynch (SS# issued in GA), last
residence Griffin, Spalding Co., GA.
AAFA records provided by Mary list her parents
as Elder Layton Alford and Callie F. _____. Layton is probably a misreading of
From Oconee Court, Georgia Probate Marriage Records,
1875–2010 (Ancestry.com): Elder Alford married Francis Brooks in Oconee Co. on
25 Jan 1925.
From Oconee County, Georgia Probate Court Birth
Records, 1875–2008 (Ancestry.com): twins Samuel Daniel Alford and Jessie David
Alford were born 1 June 1940 to Elder Pelfry Alford and Francis/Frances Callie
Brooks. In the birth record of daughter Wilameter Yvonne Alford, born 7 Sept
1935, her parents are Elder Paton Alford and Callie Brooks.
Elder P. Alford, 4 May 1903 – 23 Nov 1971, and
Frances B. Alford, 25 Oct 1906 – 25 June 1998, share a gravestone near Mary in
Oak Hill Cemetery.
The family of Mary’s grandfather, William Albert
Alford, moved often. Locations for census years:
Oconee Co., GA — Alfred, Will (32 GA GA GA, 2nd marriage) & Anna
(19, 1st marriage)
Morgan Co., GA — Alford, William (36 SC SC SC) & Anna (26)
Henry Co., GA — Alford, Willie A. (54 GA GA GA) & Rosa Anna (39)
Anderson Co., GA (per 1940 census)
Madison Co., GA — Alford, Willie A. (61 SC) & Annie (52)
Mary’s father is illegible son (8) in 1910 and
what looks like Elda (16) in 1920.
On Willie Albert Alford’s 1918 WWI Draft
Registration Card, he says he was age 38, born 8 March 1880. He was living in
Swords, Morgan Co., GA, closest relative Anner Alford.
Her lineage: Mary Agnes 1927 GA1,
Elder Pelfry 1903 GA2, William Albert 1880 SC/GA3.