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Delaware Obituaries

 

DELAWARE OBITUARIES OF ALFORDS

AND SPELLING VARIATIONS

 

 

Obituaries are listed alphabetically by FIRST name. Included are people whose last name, maiden name, or married name is Alford or a spelling variation: Alfred, Alvord, Allford, Halford, Hallford, Holford, etc.

 

The name of the newspaper (or other source) and place and date of publication follow the name of the deceased. If we included the obituary in AAFA ACTION, the issue is noted.

 

The Alford American Family Association (AAFA) often adds notes to each obituary, including Social Security Death Index (SSDI) data, relationship of the deceased to other Alfords, and lineages. We add to AAFA NOTES as time permits.

 

Where lineages are included (Alford unless otherwise stated), the format is: Name, year of birth, state or country of birth.

 

Obituaries of AAFA members and sometimes their spouses are also included on AAFA Member Memorials and may include more information.

 

We welcome corrections and additional information. If you have an obituary from this state that is not included here, please share it with us!

 

Date posted: 6 SEPTEMBER 2017

 

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The families of some of the subjects of these Delaware obituaries are represented in AAFA Alford Genealogies published on this website, where we are referring readers for more information.

 

*AAFA’s Online Published Genealogies:

 

1. Known Descendants of Charles Alford b. 1769 MD

 

2. Known Descendants of Isham Alford (1755–1832) (DNA Group 1)

 

 

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Frequently cited sources include these databases at Ancestry:

 

DE Marriages: Delaware, Marriage Records, 1750–1954

 

SSDI: Social Security Death Index, 1935–2014

SSACI: Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007

 

 

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ANNA CLOUGH ALFORD

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Wednesday, 5 February 1997

 

            Anna C. Alford, 94, formerly of Old Forge Road, New Castle, died Monday [February 3] in Arbors at New Castle, her residence for more than a year.

            Mrs. Alford was a cook at Golden Acres Nursing Home in Wilmington for about five years and then at Newark Manor Nursing Home for five years. She was a member of Union United Methodist Church, Bear.

            Her husband, Burtis T., died in 1956.

            Survivors: sons, Lawrence T. of Smyrna and Green Valley, Ariz., and Wayne A. of Newark; sisters, Helen Cummerford and Mary Carey, both of New Castle; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

            Visitation: after 7 p.m. Thursday, Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. Du Font Highway, Wilmington Manor.

            Service: 11:45 a.m. Friday, chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park, North Du Pont Highway, Minquadale. Burial: adjoining memorial park.

 

In another article:

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Thursday, 6 February 1997

 

            In Arbors Rehabilitation Center, on Feb 3, 1997 New Castle, Anna Clough Alford formerly of Old Forge Road, New Castle, age 94. Wife of the late Burtis T. Alford and mother of Lawrence T. and Wayne Alford.

            Relatives and friends are Invited to attend funeral services at the Chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park on Friday morning, Feb. 7, 1997 at 11:45.

            Interment in adjoining cemetery….

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Anna Alford (SS# issued in DE) was born 21 Sept 1902, last residence Newark, New Castle Co., DE.

            See the obituaries of her husband, Burtis Terry Alford, which includes a photo of their shared gravestone; and son Wayne Alan Alford in this compilation.

            From SSACI: Anna Alford was born 21 Sept 1903 [different than SSDI and gravaestone] in Sudlersville, Queen Anne’s Co., MD, daughter of John F. Clough and Mamie McMullen.

 

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ANNIE BELL ALFORD

 

Congo Funeral Home

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—_____ February 2011

 

January 6, 1923 ~ February 7, 2011

 

            Annie Bell Alford, age 88, departed this life Monday, February 7, 2011, at Christiana Hospital.

            Funeral services 10 am, Tuesday, February 15th, at Congo Funeral Home, 201 N. Gray Avenue, Wilmington 19805…. Burial in Gracelawn Memorial Park.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Annie B. Alford (SS# issued in PA) was born 6 Jan 1923, last residence Newark, New Castle Co., DE.

            See the obituary of her probable son Melvin Leon Alford in this compilation.

            From U.S. Cemetery and Funeral Home Collection (Ancestry): Annie was born in Hartsville, Darlington Co., SC, and died in Newark, New Castle Co., DE.

            The Congo Funeral Home traditionally serves the African-American community.

 

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BURTIS TERRY ALFORD

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Monday, 10 December 1956

 

 

In another article:

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Tuesday, 11 December 1956

 

            Private funeral services will be held for Burtis T. Alford, 55, of 44 East Twenty-second Street, who was found dead in his home yesterday [December 10].

            He is survived by his wife, Anna Alford; three sons, Richard and Wayne, at home, and Lawrence of Wilmington; his mother. Mrs. Clara Alford of Hemphill, Tex.; four brothers, A.H. and Temple, both of Houston, Tex., and Collins and George Alford, both of Wilmington, and two grandchildren.

 

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Photo from Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, New Castle Co., DE—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Cam Thompson

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituaries of his wife, Anna Clough Alford; son Wayne Alan Alford; and half-brothers Collis Levi Alford and George Nelson Alford in this compilation. We included the obituaries of his son Richard Burtis Alford in Florida Obituaries; father, George Washington Alford; and brother Abner Jefferson Alford Sr. in Texas Obituaries.

            Burtis was the son of George Washington Alford and his first wife, Jennie Vickers.

            From DE Marriages: Burtis T. Alford, age 24, son of George W. Alford, married Anna Clough on 17 March 1925 in Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE.

            On Burtis Terry Alford’s 1942 WWII Draft Registration Card (Ancestry), he is age 41, born 14 Feb 1901 in Geneva, TX. He and Anna are living in Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #2.

            His lineage: Burtis Terry 1901 TX1, George Washington 1879 TX2, Burtis Terry 1845 AL3, Isham 1815 GA4, Baldy 1784 NC5, Isham 1755 NC6.

 

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CHARLES ALFORD

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Monday, 3 August 1953

 

 

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Photo from Hillcrest Cemetery, Federalsburg, Caroline Co., MD—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Brenda Massey

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituaries of his wife, Ida May Corkran Alford; son Howard Lee Alford; and sister Goldie E. Alford Davis in this compilation. We included the obituaries of his parents, Daniel Alford Jr. and Sarah Ellen Murphy Alford; and siblings Lola Helen Alford White and Winfield Elmer “Winnie” Alford in Maryland Obituaries; and of his brother Thomas Roland Alford in Nebraska Obituaries

            From SSACI: Charles Alford was born 15 June 1884 in Federalsburg, MD, son of Daniel Alford and Sarah E. Murphy.

            On Charles Alford’s 1942 WWII Draft Registration Card (Ancestry), he is age 57, born 15 June 1884 in Federalsburg, MD. His wife is Ida M. Alford of the same address in Wilmington, DE. His name is listed as “Charles (none) Alford.”

            On Charles Alford’s 1918 WWI Draft Registration Card (Ancestry), he reports his birth date as 15 June 1879. His wife is Ida M. Alford, and they live in Federalsburg, MD.

            Although his birth year is reported as 1884 on his gravestone and in several records, he was probably born in 1879. In 1880 he is age 1, listed in Federalsburg, Caroline Co., MD, with his parents, Daniel and Sarah, and his brother Winnie E. 4.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His lineage: Charles 1879 MD1, Daniel 1844 MD2, Daniel 1799 MD3, Charles 1769 MD4.

 

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COLLIS LEVI ALFORD

 

MORNING NEWS

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Thursday, 18 January 1962

 

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Collis Alford (SS# issued in DE) was born 30 June 1913 and died _____ Jan 1962, last residence not listed.

            See the obituaries of his brother George Nelson Alford Sr.; and half-brother Burtis Terry Alford in this compilation. We included the obituaries of his father, George Washington Alford; and half-brother Abner Jefferson Alford Sr. in Texas Obituaries.

            Collis was the son of George Washington Alford and his second wife, Clara Jessie Chambers.

            On both his SSACI (born in Sabine Co., TX) and WWII Draft Registration records, he lists his birth date as 29 June 1913.

            From DE Marriages: Collis L. Alford, age 30 son of G.W. and Clara Alford, married Mabel Ina Greenfield, daughter of Walter W. and Ina Greenfield, on 225 Nov 1943 in Hockessin, New Castle Co., DE.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #2.

            His lineage: Collis Levi 1913 TX1, George Washington 1879 TX2, Burtis Terry 1845 AL3, Isham 1815 GA4, Baldy 1784 NC5, Isham 1755 NC6.

 

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CONSTANCE ALFORD VERUCCI

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Saturday, 3 June 1995

 

            Constance Verucci, 69—Formerly of Jefferson farms, died Thursday [June 1] of complications from a stroke in Emily P Bissell Hospital, Brandywine Springs, her residence for a year.

            Mrs. Verucci was a homemaker. Her husband Leonard J. Verucci Sr., died in 1983.

            She is survived by two sons, Leonard J. Jr. of New Castle and Joseph L. of Milton, three daughters, Penny G. Bayalis of New Castle, Bridget H. Cucura of Milton, Kimberly C. Schofield of Seaford; six grandchildren two great-grandchildren.

            A service will be at 11 am, Tuesday at McCrery Memorial Chapel Kirkwood Hwy. and Duncan Rd., Marshallton where friends may call at 10.

            Burial will be in Gracelawn Memorial Park….

 

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Photo from Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, New Castle Co., DE—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Jackie

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Constance A. Verucci (SS# issued in DE) was born 2 Feb 1926, last residence Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE.

            See the obituaries of her father, Leroy Romeo Alford; and brothers John William Alford and Thomas Hall Alford Sr. in this compilation.

            From SSACI: Constance Alford Verucci was born 8 Feb 1926 in Edgemoor, New Castle Co., DE, daughter of Leroy R. Alford and Gertrude Hale.

            From DE Marriages: Constance Alford, age 18, daughter of Leroy Alford born SC [sic: MD] and Gertrude Hall born Wilmington, married Leonard J. Verucci in Wilmington, New Castle Co., on 27 Jan 1945. Leonard was age 20, born 10 Dec 1924 in Wilmington, DE, son of Henry Verucci born Italy and Pauline Sabbato born DE.

            Her lineage: Constance 1926 DE1, Leroy Romeo 1889 MD2, John W. 1844 MD3, Robert ???? ??4.

 

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DANIEL HENRY ALFORD

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Thursday, 6 August 1987

 

LINCOLN [Sussex Co.]—Daniel H. Alford, 80, of R.D. 2, died Monday of heart failure in Milford Memorial Hospital.

            Mr. Alford, formerly of Richardson Park, Wilmington, was a mechanic for many years with W.D. Haddock Construction Co. in Elsmere. He retired and moved to Lincoln 15 years ago.

            He is survived by his wife, Lillian T.; a daughter, Ida M. Niegel of Fairfield, Calif.; a brother, Howard of Wilmington; and four grandchildren.

            Services and burial were private.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Daniel Alford (SS# issued in PA) was born 27 Dec 1906 and died _____ Aug 1987, last residence Lincoln, Sussex Co., DE.

            See the obituaries of his second wife, Lillian Taylor Alford; daughter Johanna Josephine Alford Beeson; parents, Charles Alford and Ida May Corkran Alford; and brother Howard Lee Alford in this compilation. We included the obituary of his daughter Ida May Alford Niegel in California Obituaries.

            In 1930, Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE: Daniel H. Alford, age 23 born MD; his wife Ruth 19 PA; and daughter Johanna J. 7/12 DE.

            Daniel’s daughter, Johanna Josephine Alford Beeson, lists Ruth Stevens as her mother on her SSACI record.

            Daniel and Ruth apparently separated before this notice was published:

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Tuesday, 17 May 1938

 

 

            In 1940, still in Wilmington, Daniel and his 3 children are living with his parents.

            On Daniel Henry Alford’s 1940 WWII Draft Registration Card (Ancestry), he is age 33, born 27 Dec 1906 in MD.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His lineage: Daniel Henry 1906 MD1, Charles 1879 MD2, Daniel 1844 MD3, Daniel 1799 MD4, Charles 1769 MD5.

 

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DAVID PAUL ALFORD

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Sunday, 13 March 2005

 

 

            David Paul Alford—Age 49, of Wilmington, DE died Friday, March 11, 2005 at home.

            Dave was currently employed as a sales manager for Berger Brothers in Wilmington, and had been there for about 20 years. He earned his associates degree from Wesley College. He was a very active member of Crossroads Presbyterian Church, where he served as a member of the Music Worship Team. He was an accomplished musician, writing his own music. He enjoyed the beach and quiet times at home. Dave was a dear and caring man that was loved by everyone.

            He is survived by his wife, Selina C. Alford; his father, Lawrence T. Alford and his wife, Jean of Smyrna; his mother, Helen D. Alford of Middletown; 2 brothers, Jeff Alford and his wife, Shannon of New Castle and Steve Alford of Clayton and his fiance, Chrissy of Newark; 2 sisters, Heather Triozzi and her husband, John of West Chester and Terry Eldridge and her husband, Bob of Townsend. Dave is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

            Memorial service will be Wednesday evening at 7 pm at Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 627 Vance Neck Road, Middletown. Friends may call at the Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington on Wednesday from 11-1 pm. Graveside service will be Wednesday afternoon at 2 pm at Gracelawn Memorial Park, DuPont Highway, New Castle....

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that David P. Alford (SS# issued in DE) was born 18 Sept 1955.

            See the obituary of his mother, Helen DeShield Fones Alford, in this compilation.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #2.

            His lineage: David Paul 1955 DE1, Lawrence Terry 1931 DE2, Burtis Terry 1901 TX3, George Washington 1879 TX4, Burtis Terry 1845 AL5, Isham 1815 GA6, Baldy 1784 NC7, Isham 1755 NC8.

 

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DONALD E. ALFORD

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Friday, 25 February 2011

 

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            Donald E. Alford—Age 84, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on February 23, 2011 at Shipley Manor Nursing Center.

            Don was a WWII Air Force veteran. He retired from Interstate Amiesite as Secretary/Treasurer and then served for fifteen years as a part-time pastor at Union United Methodist Church in Childs, MD. He was a member of the Eureka-DuPont Masonic Lodge #29, Granite Corinthian Lodge #34, where he was a charter member, The Scottish Rite-Nur Temple, The American Legion, Stahl Post #30 and was a life member of The Disabled American Veterans. He served on the Alumni Board of Goldey-Beacom College and was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus.

            Don was preceded in death by his wife Rosemarie Alford in 2001.

            He is survived by his children, Sharon A. Marshall, Joanne A. Edwards and her husband Tom, William M. Alford and his wife Michele, and Janet A. Krauss and her husband David; grandchildren Carrie Teoli and her husband Matt, Billy and Megan Edwards, Katie Marshall, Patrick and Lillian Alford; and great-grandchildren Raymond, Samantha and JT.

            Friends may call on Sunday, February 27, from 4-6 pm at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Homes, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilm., DE 19803. A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 28 at 11 am at Mt. Lebanon U.M. Church 850 Mount Lebanon Rd, Wilm., DE 19803. Burial will be on Monday at 9 am at Gracelawn Cemetery.

            In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mt. Lebanon UMC or Union UMC, PO Box 176, Childs, Maryland, 21916. To send condolences visit: www.mccreryandharra.com 302-478-2204.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Donald E. Alford (SS# issued in NY) was born 6 March 1926, last residence Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE.

            See the obituary of his wife, Rosemarie Paulman Alford, in this compilation. We included the obituary of his grandfather, William Allen Alford, in Maryland Obituaries.

            In 1930, Donald E. Alford is listed with his parents in Election District 5 (Federalsburg), Caroline Co., MD, dwelling #101: Earl Alford, hauling truckman, age 31 b. MD (parents b. MD); his wife Eleanor M. 29 PA; and son Donald E. 4-1/12 PA.

            Donald E. Alford’s WWI Army Enlistment Record says he was b. in 1926 in PA, resided in DE, and enlisted on 13 Apr 1944.

            On Earle Alford’s 1918 WWI Draft Registration Card [online at Ancestry], he is age 19, a machinist living in Fredericksburg, Caroline Co., MD. He was b. 4 Feb 1899, and he names William A. Alford of Fredericksburg as his nearest relative.

            In 1910 Earl is with his parents and siblings in American Corner (District 11), Caroline Co., MD, dwelling #131: W.A. Alford, farmer age 54, first marriage 28 years; his wife Elizabeth 49, 7 children, 6 living; and children: Effie 22, Oscar 20, Earl 11, Howard 8, and Leon A. 7. In dwelling #129 is their 6th child, son Lacy and his family. All were b. in MD.

            In 1900 Earl is listed as “Baby” in American Center (District 10), Caroline Co., MD, dwelling #203: William A. Alford, farmer age 45 b. May 1855, m. 19 years; his wife Elizabeth E. 39 b. Dec 1860, 5 children, 4 living; son Lacy N. 16 b. May 1884; daughter Effie B. 12 b. Oct 1887; son Oscar 10 b. Apr 1890; son Baby 1 b. Feb 1899; and mother-in-law Rebecca A. Noble 64 b. Apr 1836. All and their parents were b. in MD.

            Family Trees in RootsWeb.com list William Allen Alford, b. May 1855 in MD, d. 1931 and is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Federalsburg, Caroline Co., MD. He m. Elizabeth E. Noble in 1881 in Caroline Co.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His lineage: Donald E. 1926 PA1, Earl 1899 MD2, William Allen 1855 MD3, William 1827 MD4, Daniel 1799 MD5, Charles 1769 MD6.

 

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EMMA TRIVITS ALFORD

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Wednesday, 17 January 1996

 

            Emma T. Alford, 92, died Jan. 10 at her residence, Kentmere Nursing Care Center, Wilmington. She was formerly of Chalfonte, Brandywine Hundred.

            Mrs. Alford, a homemaker, was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church and Patriot Order of America. She was a former member of Brandywine Methodist Church. Her husband, Howard L., died in 1988.

            Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, Jack E. and Mildred D. Alford of Chalfonte, with whom she had lived; brothers, Leon, Lewis and Francis Trivits, all of Seaford, Alfred Trivits of Laurel and Ray Trivits of Greenwood; sister. Marie Roxborough of Virginia; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

            Service: 11:45 a.m. Thursday, chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park, North Du Pont Highway, Minquadale….

            Burial: adjoining memorial park.

            Contributions: Aldersgate United Methodist Church’s memorial fund.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Emma T. Alford (SS# issued in DE) was born 16 Aug 1903 and died _____ Jan 1996, last residence Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE.

            See the obituaries of her husband, Howard Lee Alford; and son Jack Eugene Alford in this compilation.

            In 1910, Sussex Co., DE: Emma Trivits, age 6 born DE, is living with her parents, Charles V. and Annie Trivits, and her 9 siblings.

            From Find A Grave: Her parents, buried in Bridgeville Cemetery, Bridgeville, Sussex Co., DE, were Charles Ellsworth Trivits and Annie Priestly Trivits.

 

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GEORGE NELSON ALFORD, SR.

 

George and Edna Alford

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MORNING NEWS

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Monday, 23 June 1980

 

            George N. Alford Sr., 69, of 306 W. Basin Road, Wilmington Manor, died Friday [June 20] in the Memorial Division after a short illness.

            Mr. Alford retired in 1972 after 353 years as warehouse traffic supervisor with the former Electric Hose and Rubber Co.

            His wife, Edna Mae “Cricket” Alford, died in 1961.

            He is survived by a son, George N. Jr. of Wilmington Manor, two daughters, Mary A. McRae of Wilmington Manor, and G. Anne LaRue of Wynnwood; a brother, J. Temple Alford of Bossier City, La.; a sister, Jean Spradley of Nacogdoches, Texas, and eight grandchildren.

            Services will be tomorrow afternoon at 1 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, Du Pont Parkway and East Van Buren Avenue, Wilmington Manor, where friends may call tonight. Burial will be in Gracelawn Memorial Park.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that George Alford (SS# issued in DE) was born 13 Feb 1911 and died _____ June 1980, last residence New Castle, New Castle Co., DE.

            See the obituaries of his wife, Edna Mae “Cricket” Lewis Alford; brothers Collis Levi Alford and George Nelson Alford; and half-brother Burtis Terry Alford in this compilation. We included the obituaries of his father, George Washington Alford; and half-brother Abner Jefferson Alford Sr. in Texas Obituaries.

            From DE Marriages: Edna Mae Lewis, age 22 born Hemphill, TX, married George Nelson Alford Jr., age 29 born Hemphill, TX, on 24 Dec 1939 in Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #2.

            His lineage: George Nelson 1911 TX1, George Washington 1879 TX2, Burtis Terry 1845 AL3, Isham 1815 GA4, Baldy 1784 NC5, Isham 1755 NC6.

 

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GERALD A. ALFORD

 

Evan W. Smith Funeral Services

Wilmington, DE—_____ May 2016

 

Gerald Alford

 

Full Name             Gerald A. Alford

Date of Birth         Sunday, January 20, 1952

Date of Death       Monday, May 9, 2016

Place of Death      [Middletown, New Castle Co.] DE

 

            Gerald was born in Washington, DC on January 20, 1952 to the late Francis M. Alford, Sr. and Geneva Gilliam Alford. The family eventually moved to Philadelphia, PA.; where he grew up with his two older brothers, Francis and Wilbur. Gerald was baptized at an early age. He spent his years growing up as a member of Corinthian Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA.

            Gerald was educated in the Philadelphia School System. He graduated from the Philadelphia Police Academy and joined the Philadelphia Police Department. Gerald loved being a police officer and served in various capacities including patrol and undercover vice. One of his fun memories was working the New Year’s Day Mummer’s Parades where he could be seen doing a strut while controlling the crowd.

            Gerald was a member of the Masonic Order - King David Lodge 52, in Philadelphia, PA. He became a Master Mason in 1985. He loved his lodge and was a member in good standing.

            Gerald was joined in matrimony to Jill Richards and from that union, no children were born. He later married Sheryl Oliver and from that union, he gained a loving daughter, Martinique Sheree, and a daughter was born, Sydney Nicole, who is truly the spitting image of her dad and carries his personality. His daughters meant the world to him and he was always proud to talk about them and their accomplishments. They were also proud to talk about their dad.

            After retiring from the Police Department, he moved his family to New Castle, Delaware. He became a member of Seeds of Greatness Bible Church in New Castle, DE, where he eagerly served on the Security Ministry.

            Unable to sit still, he wanted to explore other career options and began working at Union Park Honda in Wilmington, DE. Gerald was the typical salesman – he could sell stripes to a zebra!

            Gerald eventually moved to South Florida and adopted it as his “home.” He later served as Director of Security for Tenant Healthcare at West Boca Medical Center where he built many relationships and memories with the people he worked with. Gerald loved the sunshine, warmth and salt water. Gerald loved to golf, ride his Harley to Daytona, visit the Keys and spend lots of time in the water.

            On the verge of Gerald becoming ill, he relocated to North Carolina to be closer to his family. In North Carolina he spent a lot of time visiting with his late aunt Cleo. His final employment was at Truck Movers Trucking Company where the freedom of the road appealed to him. Not long after settling in North Carolina, Gerald’s health took another turn and he ventured back to Delaware to be even closer to his family. Gerald’s ultimate wish was to go back to Florida even if just for a visit. Florida will be the final resting place for Gerald Alford and his wish will be granted.

            Gerald is survived by his daughters, Sydney and Marty, as well as his brothers, Francis (Corliss) and Wilbur; Gerald leaves behind his grandchildren, Jordan, Jaidan, Justin, Karl, Jr., and Jurnee. He is also survived by his nieces, Tracie, Shawnette and Tammy along with a host cousins other family and friends in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Florida, North Carolina, Washington DC, Maryland and New Jersey.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not yet list his death.

 

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GILBERT MICHAEL ALFORD

 

DELAWARE STATE NEWS

Dover, Kent Co., DE—Tuesday, 2 December 2003

 

TOWNSEND [New Castle Co ]—Gilbert Michael Alford of Townsend died Friday, Nov. 28, 2003. He was 37.

            Mr. Alford had worked as a heavy equipment operator for the past 14 years. He had worked for Daisy Construction for seven years and for Eastern States Construction for the past three months.

            He enjoyed NASCAR, playing pool and was an avid hunter.

            He is survived by his parents, Gilbert and Ruth Ann Alford of Townsend; two sisters, Cheryl Comer of Townsend and Pamela Alford of Bear; a brother, Glen Alford of Townsend; and two nephews, Greg Alford and Willard Scott.

            Friends may call from 7 to 9 tonight in Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, Main Street, Townsend.

            Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.

            Burial will be in Townsend Cemetery.

 

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Photo from Townsend Cemetery, Townsend, New Castle Co., DE—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, James Ethridge

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list his death.

 

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GOLDIE E. ALFORD DAVIS

 

DAILY TIMES

Salisbury, Wicomico Co., MD—Wednesday, 13 April 1966

 

DELMAR [Sussex Co., DE]—Mrs. Goldie E. Davis, 84, died Monday [April 11] at the Massey Nursing Home in Delmar, where she had been a patient for two years.

            A native of Caroline County, she was the daughter of Daniel and Sarah Murphy Alford, and the widow of Howard N. Davis, who died in 1940.

            Mrs. Davis was a member of the St. Marks Methodist Church in Easton [Talbot Co., MD] and a charter member of the Easton Volunteer Fire Company Ladies’ Auxiliary.

            Her only survivors are several nieces and nephews.

            Funeral services will be held at the Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg Thursday at 2 p.m…. Interment will be in the Hill Crest Cemetery in Federalsburg….

 

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Photo from Hillcrest Cemetery, Federalsburg, Caroline Co., MD—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Dee H

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Goldie Davis (SS# issued in MD) was born 7 June 1881 and died _____ Apr 1966, last residence Delmar, Sussex Co., DE.

            See the obituary of her brother Charles Alford in this compilation. We included the obituaries of her parents, Daniel Alford Jr. and Sarah Ellen Murphy Alford; and siblings Lola Helen Alford White and Winfield Elmer “Winnie” Alford in Maryland Obituaries; and of her brother Thomas Roland Alford in Nebraska Obituaries

            From 1910 through 1940, Goldie and her husband Howard lived in Easton, Talbot Co., MD.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            Her lineage: Goldie E. 1881 MD1, Daniel 1844 MD2, Daniel 1799 MD3, Charles 1769 MD4.

 

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GRACE CATHERINE ALLVORD DOOLING

 

EVENING JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Friday, 28 July 1967

 

            Mrs. Grace A. Dooling, 53, of 322 Fourth Ave., Mill Creek Trailer Park, died Thursday [July 27] at Memorial Division after a long illness.

            She was the wife of Wade J. Dooling. A native of Gordon, Pa., Mrs. Dooling had lived in the Wilmington area for about 10 years.

            She was a registered nurse, and had graduated from the Reading (Pa.) Hospital nursing school in 1935.

            Surviving in addition to her are two sons, Michael D., at home, and Jan W. of Newark; two grandchildren, and brothers, Claude Allvord of Gordon and Paul Allvord of Fountain, Pa.

            Services will be tomorrow night at 8 at the Griffith Mortuary, 1400 Kirkwood Highway, Elsmere, where friends may call before services. Interment will be Monday afternoon at 1 in Fountain Springs (Pa.)

            In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Heart Association, 2108 Baynard Blvd.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list her death.

            We included the obituaries of her father, David Ward Allvord; and brothers Claude John Allvord and Paul Arthur Allvord in Pennslyvania Obituaries.

            Her ALLVORD lineage: Grace Catherine 1913 PA1, David Ward 1886 PA2, George W. 1851 PA3.

 

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HAILE LORRAINE ALFORD

 

Photo from Delaware Online, 23 February 2007

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Tuesday, 12 August 2003

 

            Delaware Superior Court Judge Haile L. Alford was found dead at her Pike Creek home Monday by New Castle County police after she did not show up for grand jury proceedings she was to oversee.

            The cause of death was not released, but county police said their initial investigation did not indicate foul play. Alford was 54.

            “She was a remarkable judge, well thought of by her fellow judges and court employees,” said Art Bernardino, Superior Court administrator. “She was a pleasure to work with.”

            Appointed by former Gov. Mike Castle in 1992, Alford became the first black woman to serve on the state’s Superior Court. Before her appointment, she worked as counsel for Aqualon Co., a Hercules Inc. subsidiary.

            Alford was a native of New York and received her bachelor of arts degree from Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York, in 1971. She earned her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law-Camden. She was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1976 and to the Delaware Bar in 1981.

            County police forced their way into Alford’s home about 2 p.m., after she didn’t answer their knocks at the door, Officer 1st Class Trinidad Navarro, police spokesman, said. The state Medical Examiner’s Office will determine how she died.

            “Judge Alford will be missed by her friends and her colleagues,” Gov. Ruth Ann Minner said through a spokeswoman. “Her family should be proud of the service she rendered to the state of Delaware.”

            Alford is survived by her son, Julian, and daughter, Kaamilah.

            Many in Delaware’s legal community were shocked to learn of the judge’s death.

            “Judge Alford was a role model for so many of us … who practice in the community,” said Chipman L. Flowers Jr., an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Wilmington. Flowers, who is chairman of the Multicultural Judges & Lawyers Section of the Delaware State Bar Association, said Alford often spoke at the organization’s October gathering to welcome new minority members.

            Flowers also said that Alford was always willing to give advice to attorneys seeking it. “She was a mover and a shaker, but she never wanted to be in the limelight,” he said.

            Delaware Public Defender Larry Sullivan said many attorneys enjoyed appearing before Alford. “She was a wonderful judge, who had no bias whatsoever,” he said.

            Delaware Attorney General M. Jane Brady said she and Alford often talked to each other about the importance of being role models, especially to young women. “We wanted to let young girls know that they could dare to dream and to reach for goals,” Brady said.

            Prior to Alford’s nomination, then-Gov. Castle had been criticized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for his lack of minority judicial appointments. But Castle, now Delaware’s member of the U.S. House of Representatives, said he appointed Alford because of her qualifications, not because she was a minority.

            “I got to know her through the process. I was very impressed by her,” he said. “Such a loss is very hard to comprehend.”

            Court administrators said they did not know what would happen with Alford’s caseload. “At this point, no one is thinking of that,” Bernardino said.

 

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NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Friday, 15 August 2003

 

            The Honorable Haile L. Alford passed away suddenly August 11, 2003 at her residence.

            Judge Alford was born in Brooklyn, NY to William and Eleanor Alford. She was a resident of Wilmington, DE for more than 26 years. Appointed by former Governor Michael N. Castle in 1992, Judge Alford became the first African American woman to serve on the Delaware State Supreme Court. She remained in that position until her death. Judge Alford received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Herbert H. Lehman College-City University of New York in 1971. She earned her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, NJ in 1976 and was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar the same year. Admission to the Delaware Bar followed in 1981. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Alford was employed with Hercules, Inc. and Aqualon Company.

            Judge Alford held membership in a myriad of organizations that reflected her wide-ranging interests and active responsibility to the legal profession and her commitment to making the greater Wilmington community a better place in which to live. This included the Delaware State Bar Association: Women in Law Division and Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Division; Board of Governors for the National Bar Association Judicial Council; Philadelphia Judicial Council; and Board of Managers for the Wilmington Library. Past memberships included board member of New Castle County Head Start; board member of Delaware Adolescence Program, Inc.; a member of Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Fairness; committee of the Delaware Supreme Court and the Governor’s Council on Labor. Some of her hobbies were bridge, sewing, biking and collecting antiques.

            Judge Alford will be lovingly remembered by her devoted son and daughter, Julian and Kaamilah Moore; 3 brothers, William D., Jr., Harry W. and Douglas B. Alford; 2 sisters-in-law, Patrice and Esther Alford; 2 nephews, William and Harry, Jr.; 3 nieces, Kia, Nicole and Tasha; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and a host of devoted friends and judiciary associates. In addition to her parents, her brother, Norris Alford, preceded her in death.

            Homegoing Celebration will be 4 pm Sunday, August. 17 at St. Paul UAME Church, 3114 N. Market St., Wilmington. There will be no viewing. Interment will be in The Evergreens Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.... Arrangements by Congo Funeral Home.

 

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NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Friday, 15 August 2003

 

            Memorial services for Haile L. Alford, a Delaware Superior Court judge who often said “God bless you” to those she sentenced, will be Sunday in Wilmington.

            The “homegoing celebration” will take place at 4 p.m. at St. Paul UAME Church, 3114 N. Market St. There will be no viewing. She will be buried Tuesday in The Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn, N.Y....

            The state Medical Examiner’s Office does not expect to have a cause of death for six to eight weeks, said Allison Taylor Levine, Delaware Health and Social Services spokeswoman....

 

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NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Tuesday, 7 October 2003

 

            The state Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday that Delaware Superior Court Judge Haile L. Alford died of heart failure due to high blood pressure.

            Alford, 54, was found dead at her Pike Creek home Aug. 11 by New Castle County police who were called to check on her after she failed to show up for grand jury proceedings. How long Alford had been dead was not released by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

            The graduate of Rutgers University School of Law-Camden lived alone....

 

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DELAWARE LAW WEEKLY

Wednesday, 20 August 2003

 

JUDGE ALFORD REMEMBERED BY PEERS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS

By Darrel W. Cole

 

            Superior Court Judge Haile L. Alford, who died last week in her Pike Creek home, is being remembered as a compassionate jurist and person whose New York City upbringing contributed to a quick wit and energetic personality.

            The 54-year-old made lasting impressions on those who knew her.

            To members of the judiciary, she discharged her duties with integrity and respected those who appeared before her. Judge Alford has the distinction of being the first black woman to serve on a state constitutional court, which includes the Supreme Court, Chancery Court and Superior Court.

            Young lawyers in the bar considered her a mentor, always available for advice or support.

            Friends recall Judge Alford having wisdom, a passion for life and varied hobbies and interests, including being a seamstress and once owning a small antique shop in downtown Wilmington.

            “She loved life and was the most vibrant, witty, energetic and entertaining person I knew,” said longtime friend Arnetta McRae of Delaware.

            “We will miss our friend and the camaraderie we all had with her,” said Superior Court President Judge Henry duPont Ridgely. “She showed throughout her life a special compassion and dignity, and, as a mentor for young members of the bar, she will be very difficult to replace.”

            Judge Alford handled civil and criminal cases in New Castle County. Ridgely said her scheduled hearings are being assigned as judges are available to hear them. Other cases may have to be postponed, he said.

            Ridgely expects to hold a memorial court session, but a date has not been set.

            Judge Alford’s funeral services were to be held Aug. 17, at St. Paul UAME Church in Wilmington. She was buried Aug. 19, in The Evergreen Cemetery in Brooklyn, N.Y.

            Judge Alford’s brother, Harry Alford of Freeport, N.Y., said authorities are telling the family his sister died of natural causes, although the autopsy by the county Medical Examiner’s Office is still pending.

            On Aug. 11, New Castle County police found Judge Alford dead on her bed inside her home. She was last seen Aug. 8, said Harry Alford. She lived alone, having divorced several years before.

            After Judge Alford failed to show up for a grand jury hearing, a court employee called 911. Police were then sent out on a “welfare check,” said police Officer 1st Class Trinidad Navarro.

            When police arrived they knocked on the door, but no one answered. Officers then disabled the front door lock and entered the home.

            Officers found Judge Alford lying on her bed. Medical personnel were called to the scene, but it was apparent she was already dead, police said.

            Navarro said the doors and windows were still locked and nothing appeared out of place. “There was no other evidence obtained at the scene to point to any sort of foul play,” Navarro said.

            Judge Alford’s friends said she had high blood pressure but otherwise appeared healthy. She recently took up bicycling.

            Last year, Judge Alford’s younger brother was found dead in his home in New York City after suffering from heart complications caused by heart disease, said Harry Alford.

            In 1992, former Gov. Michael N. Castle nominated Judge Alford to the Superior Court bench. Her 12-year term was due to expire in July 2004, but sources confirmed she most recently applied for the vacant vice chancellor post on the Court of Chancery.

            Judge Alford grew up in Brooklyn, and in 1971 received a bachelor’s degree in history from Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York. She was a junior high school teacher for a few years before attending law school at Rutgers University in Camden. She earned her law degree in 1976, and joined the law department at Hercules Inc.

            She was the first black woman lawyer to work in the Hercules law department. She also worked at Aqualon Co., a division of Hercules.

            Judge Alford was a member of the Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court and was involved in several community organizations.

Mentor and Advocate

            Judge Alford was a mentor to many young lawyers.

            “What stands out for me is she was so candid and upfront when I sought advice,” said Chipman L. Flowers, chairman of the state bar’s Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section. “What was important to her was that lawyers knew she was there.”

            Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland said Judge Alford was hardworking “but always had a smile, regardless of the load she was carrying.”

            State Attorney General M. Jane Brady said Judge Alford cared about her role in the community.

            “To her, she felt an obligation to be a role model.”

            Delaware State Bar Association President Charles S. McDowell said Judge Alford “discharged her legal and judicial responsibilities in the highest tradition of our bench and bar.”

            Judge Alford spoke at and attended many minority job fairs. As a way of inspiring others, she talked with passion about striving for lofty goals and of her own experience breaking down barriers, said Joshua W. Martin III, president of Verizon Delaware Inc.

            Martin, also a Rutgers graduate and longtime friend, remembers Judge Alford telling him he must accept his 1982 appointment to Superior Court because, as the first minority appointed to a state constitutional court, “it is historically significant.”

            “It’s funny, because I recall those were the same words I told her when she was nominated for the bench in 1992,” Martin said.

            Friends will miss her sound advice.

            “Judge Alford was everyone’s sounding board,” said McRae, a friend of 30 years, and chairwoman of the Delaware Public Services Commission. “I can’t even comprehend not having her insights and input anymore.”

            Judge Alford is survived by son Julian and daughter Kaamilah Moore; brothers William, Harry and Douglas; and many other relatives. Her parents and her brother Norris preceded her in death....

 

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Delaware Online

23 February 2007

 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: 10 FIRSTS IN THE FIRST STATE

SEVERAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN LEADERS IN DELAWARE HAVE ACHIEVED NO. 1 STATUS

 

            Delaware Superior Court Judge Haile L. Alford became the first black woman to serve on the state’s Superior Court.

            Judge Haile Alford, the first black woman appointed to the bench of Delaware’s Superior Court, “could talk to anyone from a janitor to a Supreme Court justice and be comfortable,” said her secretary, Benita Smith.

            Alford grew up in New York and earned a law degree from Rutgers University after several years of teaching. In 1976, she went to work for Hercules, where she handled corporate matters such as labor arbitration and purchasing.

            Gov. Mike Castle appointed her to the bench in 1992. The judiciary suited Alford well because of her analytical mind and understanding of others’ circumstances, said friend Arnetta McRae.

            Alford made it a point to mentor young adults because she felt she had lacked role models. “One may never know that they did something to encourage a person,” Alford said in a 1997 interview. “But I think we all are role models … and we should always strive to be the best we can be.” She died in 2003.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Haile L. Alford (SS# issued in NY) was born 2 July 1949.

 

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HELEN DESHIELD FONES ALFORD

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Thursday, 20 February 2014

 

Helen D Alford

1931–2014

 

            Helen DeShield Alford, also known as Alfie to many loved ones, 82, of Wilmington formerly of Middletown, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, February 17, 2014.

            Born in Virginia, she moved to Delaware where she spent the remainder of her life. She was a homemaker for 32 years while married to Lawrence T. Alford. In her x’40s she graduated from Del Tech with a nursing degree and was employed at Christiana Hospital for many years until her retirement. During her retirement from nursing she was employed as a substitute school nurse and later as a secretary for Legislative Hall.

            In addition to that, she volunteered many hours to the Middletown Fire Company as an EMT. She was also was a former vice president and president of the Middletown Historical Society.

            During her lifetime her passions were gardening, tennis, collecting antiques and playing the piano.

            She is preceded in death by her parents, Annie and Henry Fones, her brothers, Henry and Paul Fones, her son, David, and her beloved dog, Missy.

            She is survived by her companion of several years, Thomas Dickman, her children Terry and husband Robert Eldridge, her son, Steven Alford and wife, Chris and her children and grandchildren, her son Jeffrey Alford and wife, Shannon, and daughter, Heather Triozzi.

            She is also survived by three grandchildren, Ruth Rivera and Aidan and Logan Triozzi and three great grandchildren, Sebastian, Zeus and Augustus Rivera.

            A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad Street, Middletown. Friends may visit with the family from 4-5:30 pm at the funeral home.

            Interment will be held privately at the Gracelawn Memorial Park.

            In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Middletown Historical Society, P.O. Box 567, Middletown, DE 19709 in honor of their mother. Condolences can be sent at www.daniels-hutchison.com.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list her death.

            See the obituary of her son David Paul Alford in this compilation.

            From DE Marriages: Lawrence Terry Alford, age 20 son of Burtis T. and Anna Alford, married Helen D. Fones, age 19 daughter of Henry C. and Anna C. Fones, on 31 May 1951 in Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #2.

            Her husband’s lineage: Lawrence Terry 1931 DE1, Burtis Terry 1901 TX2, George Washington 1879 TX3, Burtis Terry 1845 AL4, Isham 1815 GA5, Baldy 1784 NC6, Isham 1755 NC7.

 

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HELEN ELIZABETH ALLVORD JACK

 

DELAWARE STATE NEWS

Dover, Kent Co., DE—Tuesday, 25 December 2001

 

HARRINGTON [Kent Co.]—Helen Elizabeth (Allvord) Jack of Harrington died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001, in her home. She was 81.

            Mrs. Jack was born July 16, 1920, in Gordon [Schuylkill Co.], Pa., daughter of the late Daniel and Nellie (Patten) Allvord. She graduated from Ashland High School in Ashland, Pa., as valedictorian of her class. Before her marriage, Mrs. Jack was a certified American Red Cross lifeguard and swimming instructor at several Girl Scout camps in Pennsylvania. She moved to Harrington in 1947 and worked as a seamstress at Aetna Shirt Co., from where she retired.

            She enjoyed sewing at home and making crafts, and loved to work crossword puzzles. Mrs. Jack was a member of the Women’s Late Night Bowling League at Milford Bowling Lanes for many years. She was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

            In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Ralph Allvord, George Allvord, Ray Allvord and Thomas Allvord; and two sisters, Blanche Hartwig and Evelyn Reed.

            She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Harry Jack; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Patricia Jack Garey and Donald Garey of Felton and Michele Jack Reed and Nelson Reed of Harrington; a son, Russell H. and Debbie Jack of Frederica; six grandchildren, LeRoy Garey and Chrissy Garey, Beth Jacobs, Greg Reed, Allison Jack and Jordan Jack; eight great-grandchildren, Michael Garey, Emma Garey, Kristen Garey and Steven Garey, Lauren Jacobs, Shawn Jacobs, Ashlyn Jacobs and Morgan Reed.

            Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at McKnatt Funeral Home, 50 Commerce St., Harrington, where friends may call one hour earlier.

            Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery, Harrington.

            The family suggests memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice Inc., 911 S. Du Pont Highway, Dover, DE 19901; or to Asbury United Methodist Church, 200 Weiner Ave., Harrington, DE 19952.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Helen E. Jack (SS# issued in DE), last residence Harrington, Kent Co., DE.

            We included the obituaries of her father, Daniel Frederick Allvord; and brother George F. Allvord in Pennsylvania Obituaries; and her brother Thomas Edward Allvord in New Jersey Obituaries.

            Her ALLVORD lineage: Helen Elizabeth 1920 PA1, Daniel Frederick 1882 PA2, George W. 1851 ??3.

 

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HOWARD LEE ALFORD

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Wednesday, 25 May 1988

 

            Howard L. Alford, 84, of 1900 Inglewood Drive, Fairfax, died Monday [May 23] in Wilmington Hospital.

            Mr. Alford was a crane operator at Dravo Corp. for 30 years. He retired in 1966. He was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

            He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Emma T.; a son, Jack E. of Chalfonte; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

            Services will be Thursday at 9:45 a.m. in Gracelawn Memorial Park Chapel, where friends may call after 9 a.m. Burial will be in the adjoining memorial park….

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Howard L. Alford (SS# issued in DE) was born 10 Aug 1903, last residence Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE.

            See the obituaries of his wife, Emma Trivits Alford; son Jack Eugene Alford; parents, Charles Alford and Ida May Corkran Alford; and brother Daniel Henry Alford in this compilation.

            On Howard Lee Alford’s 1942 WWII Draft Registration Card (Ancestry), he is age 38, born 10 Aug 1903 in Dorchester Co., MD.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His lineage: Howard Lee 1903 MD1, Charles 1879 MD2, Daniel 1844 MD3, Daniel 1799 MD4, Charles 1769 MD5.

 

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IDA MAY CORKRAN ALFORD

 

DENTON JOURNAL

Denton, Caroline Co., MD—Friday, 16 March 1956

 

            Mrs. Ida M. Alford, 75, formerly of Wilmington, died in the Kent General Hospital, Dover [Kent Co. DE], early Saturday morning [March 10] following an illness of one week.

            She was born in Dorchester County [MD], had resided in Wilmington for about 30 years, before which time she lived in Federalsburg. She was the daughter of the late Samuel and Mary Corkran and the widow of Mr. Charles Alford, who died in 1953. She was a member of the Brandywine Methodist Church, Wilmington, and of the Camp No. 2, P.O. of A.

            She is survived by two sons, Howard L. and Daniel H. Alford, both of Wilmington; 4 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and two brothers, William Corkran, of Hurlock, and Charles Corkran, of Greensboro.

            Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Framptom Funeral Home, with Rev. G.H. Moore, pastor of Grace Methodist Church, Greenwood, officiating. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Federalsburg.

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituaries of her husband, Charles Alford, which includes a photo of their shared gravestone; and son Howard Lee Alford in this compilation.

 

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JACK EUGENE ALFORD

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—1 August 2013

 

            Jack Eugene Alford—Age 88, of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday July 30, 2013.

            Jack was born in Wilmington, DE to Howard and Emma Alford. During WWII, he served in England with the 696 Air Material Squadron, 454 Air Service Group of the Army Air Force. After the war, he graduated from Goldey College where he played soft ball. Jack was with Brake & Equipment Company for 33 years. He was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Kiwanis Club and Optimist Club of Talleyville and of the Granite -Corinthian Masonic Lodge No. 34.

            Survivors include his loving wife of 66 years, Millie; his daughter, Kathy (Christopher) of Annapolis, MD; his son, Mark (Jean-Marie) of Wilmington, DE and his grandchildren, Grace of New York City, Megan of Miami, FL, Andrew of Annapolis, MD, Brandon of West Palm, FL and Ben of Wilmington, DE.

            A memorial service will be held at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2313 Concord Pike, on Friday, August 2, 2013 at noon.

            In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Aldersgate United Methodist Church or Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE 19810.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Jack E. Alford (SS# issued in DE) was born 17 Oct 1924, last residence not listed.

            See the obituaries of his parents, Howard Lee Alford and Emma Trivits Alford, in this compilation.

            Wedding anniversary:

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—1 August 2013

 

 

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His lineage: Jack Eugene 1924 DE1, Howard Lee 1903 MD2, Charles 1879 MD3, Daniel 1844 MD4, Daniel 1799 MD5, Charles 1769 MD6.

 

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JAMES C. HALFORD

 

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA—Tuesday, 25 July 1961

 

            July 24, 1961, at Wilmington, Del., James C. Halford, brother of Mrs. H.E. Blake, of 121 E. Walnut lane.

            Relatives and friends are invited to service Wed., 11 A.M., Kirk & Nice, 6301 Germantown ave. Int. Ivy Hill Cemetery….

 

James C Halford

Photo from Ivy Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, SRev1

 

AAFA NOTES: We included the obituaries of his parents, Charles W. Halford and Mary R. Caveny Halford in Pennsylvania Obituaries.

            His HALFORD lineage: James C. 1891 PA1, Charles W. 1864 PA2, Joseph 1830 England3.

 

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JOHANNA JOSEPHINE ALFORD BEESON

 

Photo from Wilmington Morning News, Thursday, 4 September 1958

Article announcing fashion show

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Monday, 9 January 1984

 

            Josephine A. Beeson, 54, of 4619 Griffin Drive, Limestone Acres, died Saturday [January7] in the Memorial Division from complications of a stroke she suffered 10 days ago.

            Mrs. Beeson was a member of Richardson Park Methodist Church.

            She is survived by her husband, Roland S.; a son, Thomas A., and a daughter, Susan M. Beeson, both living at home; a sister, Ida Niegel of Fairfield, Calif., and her parents, Daniel and Lillian Alford of Lincoln.

            Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the McCrery Memorial Chapel, Kirkwood Highway and Duncan Road, where friends may call one hour earlier. Burial will be private and at the family’s convenience.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Josephine Beeson (SS# issued in DE) was born 4 Sept 1929 and died _____ Jan 1984, last residence not listed.

            See the obituaries of her father, Daniel Henry Alford; and stepmother Lillian Taylor Alford in this compilation. We included the obituary of her sister Ida May Alford Niegel in California Obituaries.

            Wedding article:

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Thursday, 15 October 1953

 

 

            From SSACI: Johanna Josephine Alford Beeson was born 4 Sept 1929 in Wilmington, DE, daughter of Daniel H. Alford and Ruth Stevens.

            From DE Marriages: J. Josephine Alford, daughter of Daniel H. Alford and Ruth S. Alford, married Roland S. Beeson, son of Harvey D. Beeson and Ethel Hesh Beeson, on 3 Oct 1953 in Richardson Park, New Castle Co., DE.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            Her lineage: Josephine 1929 DE1, Daniel Henry 1906 MD2, Charles 1879 MD3, Daniel 1844 MD4, Daniel 1799 MD5, Charles 1769 MD6.

 

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JOHN WAYNE HALFORD, SR.

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Friday, 28 November 2003

 

            John W. Halford, Sr. passed away on Sunday, November 23, 2003.

            He was the devoted father of John W. Halford, Jr. and his wife, Mary and Venus J. Ries and her husband, Marty; dear grandfather of Christopher, Joe and Patricia Halford and Jeremy, Josh and Rachel Ries; dear great grandfather of Derek and Kevin Halford. He was the beloved husband of the late Selma Lee Halford (nee Skipper).

            A funeral service will be held in the family owned Ruck Towson Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 York Road (beltway exit 26A) on Saturday, November 29, 11 am. Interment will be in the Parkwood Cemetery....

 

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BALTIMORE SUN

Baltimore, Baltimore Co., MD—26 November 2003

 

            John Wayne Halford, Sr. died on November 23, 2003. Funeral services were held in the family owned Ruck Towson Funeral Home, Inc. at 1050 York Road on Saturday. Interment was in Parkwood Cemetery.

            Survivors include his son, John W. Halford, Jr. and his wife Mary; his daughter, Venus J. Ries and her husband, Marty; his grandchildren, Christopher, Joe, and Patricia Halford, and Josh and Rachel Ries; and his great-grandchildren, Derek and Kevin Halford.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that John W. Halford (SS# issued in MD) was born 12 Aug 1933, last residence Selbyville, Sussex Co., DE.

            We included the obituary of his son John Wayne Halford Jr. in Maryland Obituaries.

 

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JOHN WILLIAM ALFORD

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Friday, 23 August 1974

 

            John W. Alford, 60, of 2002 Fairblue Lane, Kershaw Acres, died yesterday in Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Upland, Pa., after a long illness.

            Mr. Alford was a warehouse supervisor for the Sun Oil Co. at Marcus Hook, Pa., for over 20 years before retiring.

            He is survived by his wife, Mary F. Alford; a daughter, Deborah A., at home; and three sisters, Helen Pagan of Glenville, Connie Verrucci of Stockton and Kathleen Coale of Chester, Pa.

            Services will be Monday morning at 11 at the McCrery Memorial Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Talleyville…. Burial will be in Lombardy Cemetery.

            In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd Memorial Fund, 1530 Foulk Rd.

 

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Photo from Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Owls Nest, New Castle Co., DE—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Penny

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that John Alford (SS# issued in DE) was born 12 Aug 1914 and died _____ Aug 1974, last residence Wilmington, DE.

            See the obituaries of his wife, Mary Florence “May” Burdell Alford; father, Leroy Romeo Alford; and siblings Constance Alford Verucci and Thomas Hall Alford Sr. in this compilation.

            His lineage: John William 1914 DE1, Leroy Romeo 1889 MD2, John W. 1844 MD3, Robert ???? ??4.

 

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LEROY ROMEO ALFORD

 

MORNING NEWS

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Tuesday, 28 Apr 1953

 

            Funeral services for Leroy R. Alford, 53, of 1134 Ridge Road, Claymont, will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Smith Funeral Home, Twenty-fifth and Market Streets. The Rev. Walter Fosnocht, pastor of Mt. Lebanon Methodist Church, will officiate.

            Mr. Alford, a native of Chestertown, MD, died yesterday [April 27] at his home.

            He had lived in the Wilmington area for the last half-century, and had been employed as a machinist at the Edge Moor Iron Works for 42 years.

            He is survived by his wife, Gertrude; three daughters, Mrs. Elmer Pegan and Mrs. Leonard Verucci, Wilmington, and Mrs. William Coale, Trainor, Pa.; two sons, John W. and Thomas H. Sr., both of Claymont, and four grandchildren.

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituaries of his children Constance Alford Verucci, John William Alford, and Thomas Hall Alford Sr. in this compilation.

            In 1920 census, the family is in Representative District 6 (District 147), New Castle Co., DE, dwelling #314: Leroy Alford, iron company machinist, age 30 b. MD; his wife Gertrude 26 DE; sons John W. 5 DE, and Thomas H. 3 DE; and brother John 48 MD carpenter.

            In 1930 they are in Brandywine (District 85), New Castle Co., DE, dwelling #36: LeRoy Alford, iron works foreman, age 39 b. MD; his wife Girtrude 36 DE; and children, all b. DE: John 15, Thomas H. 13, Helen R. 8, and Constance 4-1/12.

            On Leroy Alford’s 1917 WWI Draft Registration Card [online at Ancestry], he is age 27, a tool room foreman living in Edgemoor, New Castle Co., DE. He was b. 23 Aug 1889 in Chestertown, MD. His dependents were his mother, pregnant wife, and 2 children.

            In 1910 Leroy is with his parents and siblings in Representative District 6 (District 73), New Castle Co., DE, dwelling #304: John W. Alford, bridge works watchman, age 66 b. MD (parents b. MD), first marriage 44 years; his wife Mary F. 63 MD, 5 children, 4 living; and sons: Robert A. 39 MD house carpenter, and Leroy 20 MD bridge works machinist.

            In 1900 they are in Brandywine (District 49), New Castle Co., DE, dwelling #261: John W. Alford, bridge works laborer, age 57 b. Aug 1842 in MD, m. 35 years; his wife Mary 55 b. May 1845 in MD, 4 children, 4 living; sons, all b. MD: Robert A. 28 b. Sept 1871; John T. 26 b. Aug 1873; and Royal R. 10 b. Aug 1889; and a servant and boarder.

            This family has not been found on 1880 or 1870 censuses. Possibilities for the 1860 and 1850 censuses:

 

1860, showing Sarah, her second husband, and her 2 children from her first marriage:

District 1 (P.O. Chestertown), Kent Co., MD, dwelling #13:

 

James Kennard              45      MD      I think this is Sarah’s second husband

Sarah E.                         37      MD

John W. Alford           16      MD

Mary A.                         14      MD

William Kennard           21      MD      James’s son from first marriage [see 1850]

George 13                    MD      James’s son from first marriage [see 1850]

Sarah E.                           5      MD

Fredric 3                      MD

Susan M.                    1/12      MD

 

1850, showing Sarah with her 2 children, possibly living with her mother-in-law:

District 1, Kent Co., MD, dwelling #776:

 

Ann Alford                   48      DE

Sarah   26                 blank

John W. Patten              23      MD      [Sarah’s brother?]

John W. Alford             6      blank   [he is not indexed]

Owen Hutchins             13      MD      [this is next page]

Mary A.C. Alford           4      blank

Catharine Warner            4      blank

 

District 2, Kent Co., MD, dwelling #335:

 

James Kennard              36      MD

Rebecca                         41      MD

Wm L. 12

Geo. B.                            4

 

            From Maryland Marriages, 1655–1850 (Ancestry): Robert Alford m. Sarah E. Patten on 15 Sept 1841 in Kent Co., MD

            His lineage: Leroy Romeo 1889 MD1, John W. 1844 MD2, Robert ???? ??3.

 

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LILLIAN TAYLOR ALFORD

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Friday, 11 October 1996

 

            Lillian T. Alford, 82, died Tuesday [October 8] at her residence, Manor Care Health Services at Wilmington, Foulk Road, Brandywine Hundred.

            Mrs. Alford, formerly of Lincoln, was a homemaker. Her husband, Daniel H., died in 1987.

            Survivors: daughter, Ida May Niegel of Fairfield, Calif.; brother, Edward Taylor of Wilmington; four grandchildren and a great-grandson.

            Graveside service: 11 a.m. Monday, Riverview Cemetery, Wilmington.

            Contributions: American Cancer Society.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Lillian T. Alford (SS# issued in DE) was born 18 June 1914, last residence Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE.

            See the obituaries of her husband, Daniel Henry Alford; and stepdaughter Johanna Josephine Alford Beeson in this compilation. We included the obituary of her stepdaughter Ida May Alford Niegel in California Obituaries.

            Lillian Taylor is listed as single in Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE, on the 1920–1940 censuses, living with her parents, Robert and Ruth Taylor, and her siblings.

 

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LOLA HELEN ALFORD BRYAN

 

DORCHESTER STAR

Cambridge, Dorchester Co., MD—Friday, 1 March 2013

 

SEAFORD [Sussex Co.], Del.—Lola Helen Bryan, 97, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at Lifecare at Lofland Park in Seaford. She was born near American Corner, Nov. 23, 1915, daughter of the late Winnie Elmer and Armille Nichols Alford.

            Lola graduated from Federalsburg High School, Class of 1932. She attended the Church of God in Federalsburg. She was a homemaker her entire life and enjoyed working in her garden.

            Mrs. Bryan is survived by her three daughters - Millie Bryan of Federalsburg, Joan Hurlock and husband Fred of Seaford and Carol Fay Ratcliffe of East New Market; grandchildren Billy Hurlock and wife Arleen of Seaford, Janet Schrock and husband David of Greenwood, Del., Donna Lane and husband Bill of East New Market and John Ratcliffe and wife Marian of Bowie and nine great grandchildren.

            An infant son is deceased as are brother Franklin Alford and sister Louise Alford.

            Graveside services were held Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Hillcrest Cemetery, Federalsburg.

            Arrangements are through the Williamson Funeral Home….

 

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THE BANNER

Cambridge, Dorchester Co., MD—Wednesday, 27 February 2013

 

SEAFORD, Del.—Lola Helen Bryan passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at Lifecare at Lofland Park in Seaford, Del. surrounded by her family.

            Born near American Corner, in Caroline County on Nov. 23, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Winnie Elmer and Armille Nichols Alford. Lola graduated from Federalsburg High School, Class of 1932. She attended the Church of God in Federalsburg, Md. Lola was a mother and homemaker her entire life and enjoyed working in the garden planting flowers.

            She is survived by her three daughters, Millie Bryan of Federalsburg, Md., Joan Hurlock of Seaford, Del., Carol Obituaries 18 The Banner, Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Fay Ratcliffe of East New Market, Md.; four grandchildren, Billy Hurlock of Seaford, Del., Janet Schrock of Greenwood, Del., Donna Lane of East New Market, Md., and John Ratcliffe of Bowie, Md.; and 9 great-grandchildren.

            She was preceded in death by one infant son.

            Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 at Hillcrest Cemetery, Federalsburg, MD., with the Rev. Dan Walker officiating.

            Williamson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements….

 

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Photo from Hillcrest Cemetery, Federalsburg, Caroline Co., MD—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Ed Elms

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list her death.

            We included the obituaries of her parents, Winfield Elmer “Winnie” Alford and Armillie “Millie” Nichols Alford, in Maryland Obituaries.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            Her lineage: Lola Helen 1915 MD1, Winfield Elmer 1876 MD2, Daniel 1844 MD3, Daniel 1799 MD4, Charles 1769 MD5.

 

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LYNN WEST ALFORD

 

DELAWARE STATE NEWS

Dover, Kent Co., DE—28 February 1997

 

MILLSBORO [Sussex Co.]—Lynn West Alford of Millsboro, and formerly of Dover, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, in her home. She was 43.

            Mrs. Alford was a former chef of Bradford Street Cafe in Dover for several years.

            She is survived by her son, Cody Alford of Massachusetts; her mother, Mary West of Florida; two brothers, Jim West of Massachusetts and Steven West of Montana; and her beloved friend, Ed Faidley, who was with her when she died.

            A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Lynn W. Alford (SS# issued in NJ) was born 19 May 1953, last residence not listed.

 

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MABEL INA GREENFIELD ALFORD

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—24 January 2010

 

            Mabel I. Alford—Age 89, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on January 21, 2010 at Shipley Manor.

            Mabel began her career as a register nurse in Private Practice. She then went on to work as a nurse for Electric Hose and Rubber where she met her husband Collis L. Alford. Mabel left the work force to become a homemaker for several years. In 1962 she reentered the work force first at Woods Haven and eventually retired from the State of Delaware. She had also been a caregiver for many family members over the years.

            She was preceded in death by her husband Collis L. Alford and is survived by her son Collis L. Alford of Las Vegas, NV and nieces and nephews.

            A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 2:00 pm. at Gracelawn Memorial Park 2220 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE 19720.

            In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Assoc., 15011 Casho Mill Road, Newark, DE 19711.

            Online condolences visit www.mccreryfuneralhome.com 302-478-2204.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Mabel I. Alford (SS# issued in DE) was born 25 Sept 1920, last residence Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE.

            See the obituary of her husband, Collis Levi Alford, in this compilation.

 

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MARGARET DENNY BURTON ALFORD

 

MORNING NEWS

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Saturday, 23 January 1988

 

            Alford—At her home on January 20, 1988, Margaret B. Alford, age 67. Mother of Leslie Alford and Pamela Bowers.

            Funeral services and burial will be private. There will be no viewing. Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to First Church of Christ Scientist, Wilmington.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Margaret B. Alford (SS# issued in PA) was born 20 July 1920, last residence Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE.

            We included the obituaries of her husband’s parents, John Sims Alford Sr. and Edna Louise Fenerty Alford, in Pennsylvania Obituaries.

            Margaret married John Sims Alford Jr. on 22 Nov 1941:

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Wednesday, 26 November 1941

 

Burton-Alford wedding

 

            Her husband’s lineage: John Sims 1920 DE1, John Sims 1890 SC2, John James 1859 NC3.

 

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MARY FLORENCE “MAY” BURDELL ALFORD

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Thursday, 22 January 2004

 

            Mary Florence “May” Alford of Wilmington, DE, according to her wishes, passed away Saturday, January 17, 2004, at home with her daughter and devoted pet Avery.

            May was 84 years old.

            May was first and foremost a wife, mother and homemaker.

            She also had worked at Sun Shipbuilding, was an Avon Lady, worked for Arthur’s Ladies Apparel store in Concord Mall and Mister Clean in Graylyn Crest Shopping Center.

            May is survived by her daughter, Deborah Alford Hamilton and her husband, Rafe.

            She was predeceased by her husband, John William Alford who passed away in 1974. Her affection knew no bounds for the 2 nieces and a nephew who were also so important in her life.

            Nancy and Jimmy Flicker and their 2 sons, along with their families, George and Eileen Cundey and their children, along with their families and Mary Florence (Babe) and Robert Humphreys and their daughter, Allison.

            May had extended her love of family to share in the care of William and Shauneen Hutchinson’s 3 daughters, Sara, Katie and Molly who remained a part of her life....

            Burial will be private.... Arrangements by Doherty Funeral Home...

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Mary J. Alford (SS# issued in PA) was born 16 Nov 1919.

            See the obituary of her husband, John William Alford, in this compilation. It includes a photo of their shared gravestone.

 

            Her Find A Grave memorial says she was the daughter of Wesley Wallace Burdell and Mary Stewart.

 

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MARY FRANCES BURTON WRIGHT ALFORD

 

LEADER AND STATE REGISTER

Seaford, Sussex Co., DE—15 March 2007

 

SEAFORD [Sussex Co., DE]—Mary Frances Alford departed this life on Tuesday, March 6, 2007, at Life Care in Lofland Park, Seaford, after a short illness surrounded by her family and friends. She was 90.

            She was born on April 10, 1916, to the late Mary H. and Benjamin Burton, the youngest of six children.

            She received her early education at Number 29 School, Wilmington, and later attended Howard High School. She completed her education at Brown’s Vocational School, where she received her nursing degree.

            She was employed at Delaware State Hospital until her retirement.

            Mary was also an avid reader. She spent hours at a time reading the Bible and everything she could get her hands on.

            She was very active in the Greenwood Cheer Center. She was the president for several years and enjoyed the various trips they sponsored. She was also a member of Crossroad Community Church.

            Shopping was her passion. She loved to look nice and wear pretty things.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Sloran T. Alford; a son, Malcolm C. Wright; and granddaughters Jean Wright, Tanya Wright and Ami Wright.

            She is survived by a daughter, Kathleen P. Dickerson of Greenwood; two sons, Anthony Wright of Tamarac, Fla., and Robert F. Alford of Milton; two daughters-in-law; Phyllis Wright of Tamarac and Barbara Wright of Camden, N.J.; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

            Viewing will be from 7-9 p.m. today in Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Millsboro. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Crossroad Community Church, Bridgeville....

            Burial will be in Indian Mission Church Cemetery, Millsboro.

 

Photo from Indian Mission Cemetery, Millsboro, Sussex Co., DE—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Judith Warner Bookwalter

Photo posted in 2010

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Mary F. Alford (SS# issued in DE), last residence Greenwood, Sussex Co., DE.

            See the obituary of her second husband, Sloran T. Alford, in this compilation.

            Mary F. Burton, age 3-8/12 born DE, is listed with her parents and siblings in Smyrna (District 1), Kent Co., DE, dwelling #72. The family is listed as mulatto.

 

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MELVIN LEON ALFORD

 

Congo Funeral Home

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—_____ March 2015

 

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Melvin Leon Alford

 

            Mr. Melvin L. Alford, age 67, departed this life March 5, 2015, in Christiana Hospital.

            Beloved husband of Brenda Smith; father of Desiré Alford and step-son, William Smith; son of the late Lightly and Annie Alford. He is also survived by 2 grandchildren, Kaleb Weeks and William “Josh” Smith; mother-in-law, Earnestine Lemar; other family and friends.

            Funeral service 11am Friday, March 13th, at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 1325 Barksdale Road, Newark, DE 19711…. Interment in Gracelawn Memorial Park.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not yet list his death.

            See the obituary of his probable mother, Annie Bell Alford, in this compilation.

 

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ROSEMARIE PAULMAN ALFORD

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Saturday, 11 June 2001

 

            Rosemarie Paulman Alford Age 71 of Wilmington, DE died June 9, 2001 after a brief illness.

            She graduated from P.S. duPont High School in 1947. Mrs. Alford was a member of Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, where she was a longtime member of the choir and superintendent of the children’s Sunday school. She enjoyed quilting and collecting teddy bears.

            Rosemarie is survived by her husband, Donald E. Alford, pastor of Union United Methodist Church in Childs, MD; 4 children, Sharon A. Marshall of Canton, OH, Joanne A. Edwards of Wilmington, DE, William M. Alford of Pennington, NJ, Janet A. Krauss of Dover, DE; and 6 grandchildren.

            A memorial service will be held at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, 850 Mt. Lebanon Rd., Wilmington, DE 19803 at 11 am on Wednesday, June 13th. Friends may call at the McCrery Memorial Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Talleyville (S. of Silverside Rd.) on Tuesday, June 12th from 7-9 pm. Interment will be held privately....

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Rosemarie Alford (SS# issued in DE) was born 11 Oct 1929.

            See the obituary of her husband, Donald E. Alford, in this compilation.

 

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SLORAN T. ALFORD

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Saturday, 7 May 1983

 

            Sloran T. Alford, 58, of 810 E. 23rd St., died Tuesday [May 3] in the Veterans Administration Hospital, Elsmere of a blood clot of the lungs.

            Mr. Alford was a truck driver in the Wilmington area for 31 years. A Navy veteran of World War II, he served as a gunner’s mate third class in the South Pacific.

            He is survived by his wife, Mary F.; a foster son, Robert of Wilmington; a daughter, Patricia Seth, also of Wilmington; a stepson, Anthony Wright of Cheltenham, Pa.; a step-daughter, Kathleen P. Dickerson of Greenwood; a grandson; 10 step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

            Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Congo Funeral Home, 201 N. Gray Ave., where friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery.

 

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MORNING NEWS

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Thursday, 5 May 1983

 

            In the Veterans Hospital, Elsmere, DE, on May 3, 1983, Sloran T. Alford of 810 E. 23rd Street, Wilmington. Husband of Mary Frances Alford. Father of Robert Alford and Patricia Seth both of Wilmington. Stepfather of Kathleen Dickerson of Greenwood, DE and Anthony Wright of Cheltenham, PA. Son of the late Rev. Sloran and Hessie Alford. Also survived by 1 Grandchild, 10 Step-Grandchildren and 2 Step-Great-Grandchildren, 1 aunt and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

            Relatives and friends are invited to attend Funeral Services at Congo Funeral Home, 201 N. Gray Avenue, Wilmington, DE on Saturday afternoon, May 7 at 1 o’clock. Interment in Riverview Cemetery immediately following Services….

 

Photo from Riverview Cemetery, Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Tedd Cocker

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Sloran T. Alford (SS# issued in DE) was born 29 April 1925, last residence not listed.

            See the obituary of his wife, Mary Frances Burton Wright Alford, in this compilation.

            His probable father: Sloran Alford’s 1942 WWII Draft Registration Card (Ancestry) says he is age 45, a self-employed farmer of 45 acres living in Felton, Kent Co., DE. His nearest relative is Hessie Alford, also of Felton. He was born 14 May 1896 in Acree, GA. There is currently an Acree in Dougherty Co., GA, but there was also an Acree in Worth Co., GA, at one time, and this is no doubt where he was born. Sloran’s brother Warren also lists Acree, GA, as his birthplace on his WWI Draft Registration Card.

            On his 1917 WWI Draft Registration Card [online at Ancestry], he appears appears as Sloan Alford, a single farmer, age 21, living in Oakfield, Worth Co., GA, where he says he was born on 14 May 1896. He is African-American.

            On the 1900 census, Slone age 4 b. May 1896, is listed with his parents and 6 of his siblings in Worth Co., Militia District 1346, dwelling #555: Tom Aulford, farmer age 60 b. May 1840, m. 16 years; his wife Hattie 27 b. May 1874, 8 children, 7 living; and 7 children. All and their parents were b. in GA.

            In 1910 Sloan Alford, age 13 born GA, is living in Militia District 1428, Worth Co., GA, dwelling #202, with his parents, Tom Alford Sr., age 50 b. GA, and Hattie 40 b. GA, 11 children, 10 living. Eight children are listed.

            In 1920 Tom, age 65, Hattie, age 48, and 3 of their children are in Pine Hill, Worth Co., GA, dwelling #139. All were b. in GA.

            In 1930 Thomas, age 55 b. GA, and his wife Hattie, age 40 b. GA, are living in Egg Harbor City, Atlantic Co., NJ. Thomas was age 20 at first marriage, and Hattie was 16. Thomas says his mother was b. in Africa; all other parents were b. in U.S.

            Sloan/Sloran has not been located on the 1920 or 1930 censuses. On all censuses, the family is listed as black.

            RootsWeb Family Trees, submitted by Thomas Alford’s grandson, Wayne Alford (son of Sloan Alford’s brother Warren), says Tom Alford married Hattie Hurse. Wayne reports that Tom Alford was the victim of an unsolved homicide in Philadelphia, PA. Wayne has no information on the name change from Sloan to Sloran. Tom Alford was born a slave; interestingly, he named his two eldest sons Warren and Green, common first names for white Alfords, and perhaps a clue about Tom’s Worth County owners.

            His lineage: Sloran T. 1925 ??1, Sloran/Sloan 1896 GA2, Thomas/Tom 18?? GA3.

 

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THOMAS HALL ALFORD, JR.

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Wednesday, 21 September 1994

 

            Thomas H. Alford, 54, of 11 Bowfin Drive, Maribou Meadows, Newark, died Tuesday of a heart attack in Christiana Hospital.

            Mr. Alford had been a maintenance superintendent at the state Department of Transportation for 22 years. After his retirement in 1992, he was a driver for Auto ‘Glass Depot, New Castle. He served in the Army from 1963 until 1965.

            Mr. Alford is survived by his wife of 27 years, Linda F. Todd Alford; two daughters, Lisa J. Ecret of Carneys Point, N.J., and Pamela L. Wagner of Fleetwood, Pa.; a brother, Leroy of Bradenton, Fla., and two grandchildren.

            A service will be at noon Thursday at the chapel of Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Chesapeake City Road, Summit, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

 

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Photo from Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, New Castle Co., DE—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Tedd Cocker

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list his death.

            See the obituary of his father, Thomas Hall Alford Sr., in this compilation.

            His lineage: Thomas Hall 1940 DE1, Thomas Hall 1916 DE2, Leroy Romeo 1889 MD3, John W. 1844 MD4, Robert ???? ??5.

 

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THOMAS HALL ALFORD, SR.

 

MORNING NEWS

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Friday, 3 July 1970

 

            Thomas H. Alford Sr., 54, of 2723 Forwood St., Chester, Pa., died Wednesday [July 1] at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Elsmere.

            A native of Delaware, he had lived in this area most of his life. He was a machinist until he became ill three years ago. He was divorced.

            Survivors include two sons, Thomas H. Jr. of New Castle and Leroy of Chester; his mother, Mrs. Gertrude Alford, of New Castle; a brother, John W. of New Castle; three sisters, Mrs. Helen R. Pagan of Glennville, Mrs. Constance Verucci of New Castle and Mrs. Kathleen Coale of Trainor, Pa., and two grandchildren.

            Services will be Monday afternoon at 2 at the McCrery Funeral Home, 2700 Washington St., where friends may call Sunday night. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery.

 

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Photo from Riverview Cemetery, Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Tedd Cocker

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Thomas H. Alford (SS# issued in DE) was born 2 June 1916, last residence not listed.

            See the obituaries of his son Thomas Hall Alford Jr.; father, Leroy Romeo Alford; and siblings Constance Alford Verucci and John William Alford in this compilation.

            His lineage: Thomas Hall 1916 DE1, Leroy Romeo 1889 MD2, John W. 1844 MD3, Robert ???? ??4.

 

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WAYNE ALAN ALFORD

 

NEWS JOURNAL

Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE—Tuesday, 27 July 1999

 

            Wayne A. Alford of Hillside Heights, Newark [New Castle Co.], DE. Age 58. Died on Monday, July 26, 1999. Services: 11:45 a.m. Thursday, July 29 at Chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, Minquadale, New Castle, DE. Interment in adjoining memorial park. Friends may call on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, Wilmington Manor, New Castle.

            Mr. Alford was a truck parts salesman for Chesapeake Rim & Wheel, Wilmington, DE, for 15 years, retiring in 1997. He was a US Marine Corps veteran. He enjoyed drawing and painting.

            He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Judith C. (Keen) Alford; 2 sons, David A. Ridgway of Oxford, PA & Eric K. Ridgway of Huntingdon Valley, PA; & brother, Lawrence T. Alford of Smyrna, DE & Tuscon, AZ.

            In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Cancer Society....

 

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Photo from Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, New Castle Co., DE—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Cam Thompson

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Wayne A. Alford (SS# issued in DE) was born 11 Oct 1940, last residence Newark, New Castle Co., DE.

            See the obituaries of his parents, Burtis Terry Alford and Anna Clough Alford, in this compilation.

            From SSACI: Wayne Alan Alford was born 11 Oct 1940 in Wilmington, DE, son of Burtis T. Alford and Anna Clough.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #2.

            His lineage: Wayne Alan 1940 DE1, Burtis Terry 1901 TX2, George Washington 1879 TX3, Burtis Terry 1845 AL4, Isham 1815 GA5, Baldy 1784 NC6, Isham 1755 NC7.

 




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