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8/22/2013 – Checked Genealogy Bank for Alford all years (12 obits)

8/22/2013 – Checked Genealogy Bank for Alvord all years (0 obits)

8/22/2013 – Checked Genealogy Bank for Halford all years (2 obits)


8/22/2013 – Checked Genealogy Bank for historical Alford all years (10 articles, 0 obits)

8/22/2013 – Checked Genealogy Bank for historical Halford all years (8 articles, 0 obits)


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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) has often added notes for each obituary, including Social Security Death Index (SSDI) data, relationship of the deceased to other Alfords, and lineages. Extensive research notes are not always included in the interest of making the obituaries available online. We will 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 in this compilation include all Nevada obituaries that AAFA has acquired to date.


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: 27 AUGUST 2013







Beaumont, TX—Sunday, 21 April 2002


LAS VEGAS [Clark Co.], NV—Bernice Bankston passed away in her home in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Friday, April 12, 2002, at the age of 91. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 23, at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Jasper, Texas, with burial following at the Evergreen Cemetery.

            Bernice was born on September 27, 1910 in Newlin [Beauregard Parish], Louisiana, and was the daughter and youngest of five children of Major Church Alford and Lula Sims Alford. After the untimely death of her parents, her siblings raised Bernice. She married Iddo Burt Bankston in 1930 and lived in Jasper, Texas, where they raised two children, Virginia Lee and Sarah Lu. After their children were grown, they followed job opportunities in Monroe, Louisiana, and Biloxi, Mississippi, before retiring in 1972 and moving back to Jasper in 1991. Bernice moved to Las Vegas to be near her daughter, Virginia.

            Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, Iddo in 1980; her sister Sybil Gainer; her brothers Fitzhugh Alford, Harry Bill Alford, and L.B. Alford.

            She is survived by her two children—Virginia Lee Redd and her husband Norman Redd of Las Vegas, Nevada; and Sarah Lu Eichler and her fiancé Joseph Machado of Sterling, Virginia. She had five grandchildren—Marie Helene Clark, Myra Holly Coffman, Melvin Harrell Durham, Jr., Tiffany Serene Harmon and her husband Stephen Edward Harmon, and Clifford Clarke Eichler and his wife Heather Lea Coleman; and four great-grandchildren—Kacie Malnar, Ashley Clark, Nicholas Lee Harmon, and Sara Kathleen Harmon.

            Bernice served as President of the Jasper Ladies Golf Association from 1953 to 1954. She was an avid reader and bridge player, a terrific cook, and nothing made her happier than spending time with her family.

            As Bernice was a breast-cancer survivor, donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society.

Photo from Evergreen Cemetery, Jasper, Jasper Co., TX—

Waiting for permission from RootsLady-BYD – LM on bio page 8/22/2013

Permission granted by the photographer,


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Bernice A. Bankston (SS# issued in TX).






Justice Precinct 2 (District 73), Jasper Co., TX

Dwelling #161


Benjamin F. Gainer        head           32     FL US US          naval store manager

Sybil                               wife           22     TX MS AL

B.F.                                son       2-1/12     LA FL TX

Laura                              dau          1/12     TX FL TX

Bernice Alford              sister-           9     LA MS AL




Police Jury Ward 6 (District 42), Calcasieu Parish, LA

Dwelling #14


M. Calvin [sic] Alford   head           48     MS AL MA       saw filer

  [might be Calvin Alford Jr.]                                                 first marriage, 16 years

Loula                              wife           40     AL AL AL         4 children, 4 living

Sibyl                               son [sic]     14     TX MS AL

Fitzhugh                         son             11     TX MS AL

Harry                              son               9     TX MA AL

L.B.                                son               7     TX MS AL

  [L.B. is probably Little Berry or Littleberry.]



Justice Precinct 2 (District 103), Tyler Co., TX

Dwelling #201


Major C. Alford             head           38     MS AL MA       b. July 1861        farmer

                                                                                                                        married 7 years

Lula                                wife           25     AL AL AL         b. July 1874        4 children, 2 living

Minnie S.                        dau               4     TX MS AL         b. May 1896

Major F.                         son               1     TX MS AL         b. Aug 1898


Beat 4 (District 102), Webster Co., MS

Dwelling #232


Church Alford               head           70     MS MS MS        b. ____ 1830      widowed



No town listed (District 112), Sunflower Co., MS

Dwelling #s not listed


Randell Pruit                  head           32     GA SC SC         farmer

  His wife, daughter, and son

Huston Alford               boarder      20     MS AL MS

Major Alford                  boarder      18     MS AL MS



Police Beat 3 (P.O. Double Springs), Okibbeha Co., MS

Dwelling #232

[Next door is Churchwell’s brother Major, age 33.]


Churchwell Alford                           40     AL farmer

Sarah E.                                            38     AL

Little G.                                            17     MS

Henry C.                                           15     MS

John H.                                               9     MS

Major C.                                             8     MS                    



No town listed (P.O. Starkville), Okibbeha Co., MS

Dwelling #597

[on the same page is Churchwell’s father, Little B. Alford, age 59 (dwelling #592) and his brothers John Alford, age 25 (dwelling #591), and Monroe Alford, age 35 (dwelling #596)]


Church Alford                                  28     AL farming

Sarah                                                 31     AL

Little                                                   7     MS

Henry                                                  5     MS

Houston                                         2/12     MS

Sarah Kelly                                       27     AL                     


            Her lineage: Bernice Aline 1910 LA1, Major Church 1861 MS2, Churchwell 1830 AL3, Littleberry 1801 NC4.






Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV—Monday, 3 April 2000


            Charles R. Alford, 42, of Las Vegas died Tuesday [March 28] in a local hospital. He was born Nov. 18, 1957, in New Orleans, La. A resident for five years, he was a woodwork craftsman.

            He is survived by one daughter, Starr Marie Brown of Athens, Texas; his father, Robert Alford of Rossville, Ga.; his mother, Betty Tyree of Las Vegas; two brothers, Steven Anthony Alford of Las Vegas and Lionel Tyree of Henderson; four sisters, Barbara Adams of Livermore, Ga., Kathie Shepherd of Spanish Fork, Utah, and Cara Dockery and Mary Rasmunsen, both of St. George, Utah; and one grandchild.

            A memorial service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Thursday at Affordable Cremation and Burial Service, 2457 N. Decatur Blvd.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list his death.






Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV—Thursday, 11 October 2001


            Doris B. Alford, 80, of Las Vegas, died on Saturday [October 6]. She was born on October 19, 1920, in Danville [independent city], Virginia. A resident for 10 years, she was a homemaker.

            She is survived by two daughters, Katherine Pippin of Richmond, Virginia, and Denise L. Nataka of Las Vegas; one son, Garret Alford of Gainesville, Florida; three brothers, Clyde Barts of Las Vegas and Preston Barts and Wyatt Barts, both of Danville, Virginia; two sisters, Jeanette Finchum of Oklahoma City and Margaret Lilly of Greensboro, North Carolina; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

            A memorial service was held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 4051 N. Cimarron Road. Affordable Cremation and Burial Service, 2457 N. Decatur Blvd., was in charge of arrangements.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Doris B. Alford (SS# issued in VA).

            Dorris Barts, age 9 b. VA, is listed on the 1930 census with her parents, Robert and Mattie Barts, 4 siblings, and grandfather John R. Barts, age 58 b. VA, in Tunstall, Pittsylvania Co., VA.




Sister-in-law of Ray Dortey Alford, AAFA #0459

Aunt of Pamela Alford Thompson, AAFA #0030


Source unknown

Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV—Friday, 7 August 1987

Included in AAFA ACTION, Spring 1996


            Elaine Harris Alford, 61, died Tuesday [August 4]. She was a 33–year Las Vegas resident.

            A homemaker, she was born Oct. 3, 1925, in Portage, Utah.

She is survived by her husband, Lavern; and daughters, Bonnie Lee and Denise, all of Las Vegas; mother, Rose Harris of Granger, Utah; brothers, Norman Harris of Kearns, Utah, Clinton Harris of Burbank, Calif., and Doraine Harris of Overton; sisters, Maxine Richards of San Mateo, Calif., and Carolyn Grace of Belmont, Calif.; three grandchildren; and one great–grandchild.

            Visitation is noon to 1 p.m. with services at 1 p.m. Friday in the Relief Society Room of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints 3rd Ward. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Davis Funeral Home handled arrangements.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth date of Elaine Alford (SS# issued in UT), and list her death date as Aug 1987.

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





[She died in NV, but we are also publishing her obituary in South Carolina Obituaries because she has close ties to SC.]



Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV—Friday, 21 December 2007


            Elizabeth Ann Langdon, 63, a homemaker, of North Las Vegas, passed away Dec. 19, 2007. She was born June 2, 1944, in Oak Grove, S.C.

            Elizabeth was preceded in death by her son, Bobby Langdon. She is survived by her husband, of 39 years, Robert Langdon; her son, Michael (Jody) Langdon; daughter, Rebecca (Scott) Bowler; seven grandchildren, her brothers, Jimmy, Vernie, Craig, Gene Ray, William, Everette and Anthony; sisters, Dorothy, Stella and Carolyn; and her niece, Joyce Ann Mattox.

            Viewing will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Bunkers Mortuary, 925 Las Vegas Blvd. North. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Civic Center/Tonopah LDS Chapel, 2401 E. Tonopah Ave. in North Las Vegas.


In another article:


Extracts from Obituaries Published in The Dillon Herald

Dillon, Dillon Co., SC—Thursday, 3 January 2008


Name: Elizabeth Langdon

Parents: Eugene Alford and Daisy Burr Alford

Spouse: Robert Langdon

Date of Birth/Age: Age 63, Born June 2, 1944

Place of Birth: Dillon County, SC

Date of Death: Wednesday [SSDI = December 19]

Place of Death: Las Vegas, Nevada

Place of Burial: Services at East Marlboro Baptist Church


Photo from Woodlawn Cemetery, Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV—

Waiting for permission from Gary Thornton - – email sent 8/22/2013

Permission granted by the photographer,


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Elizabeth Ann Langdon (SS# issued in SC).

            We included the obituaries of her parents, Eugene Alford and Daisy Burr Alford; and her siblings Ernestine Alford, Lorraine Alford Tart, and Major Alford in South Carolina Obituaries.

            Her lineage: Elizabeth Ann 1944 SC1, Eugene 1907 SC2.






Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV—Wednesday, 10 January 2001


            Gene Alford of Las Vegas died Nov. 30.

            Graveside services will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Bunkers Mortuary, 925 Las Vegas Blvd. North, is handling arrangements.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Gene A. Alford (SS# issued in NC) was born 4 Dec 1937.






Gary, Lake Co., IN—Sunday, 1 August 2010


            Geraldine Alford Mosley was born October 11, 1943. She made her transition from time into eternity on April 17, 2010.

            Her parents, Jerry and Hortense Alford and older brother, James Alford, preceded her in death.

            Geraldine leaves to celebrate her life, a loving son, LaJoris (Carrie) Fleming of Las Vegas, NV; 2 devoted daughters, LaTunja (James) Fagin of Mesquite, TX, Yulanda (Slyvester) Brown of Griffith, IN; 4 grandchildren, JaKori Fleming of Las Vegas, NV, Destinee Nixon of Dallas, TX, Na' Vasia Fleming of Griffith, IN and Jaylon Fagin of Dallas, TX; her twin brother, Jerry (Stacy) Alford; 2 special cousins, Carol Price of Dallas, TX and Mariel Green of Gary, IN; a special sister-in-law, Maggie Mae of Gary, IN, special friends, Alice and Jewell both of Gary, IN and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

            A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Baptist Church, 4700 East 7th Ave., Gary, IN.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Geraldine M. Mosley (SS# issued in IN), last residence Henderson, Clark Co., NV.

            See the obituary of her daughter Hortense Lorena Rosemond Alford in this compilation.






Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS—Thursday, 24 April 2008


            Maultsby, Glenda Sue (Alford), 57, of Las Vegas, Nev., formerly of Wichita, passed away March 24, 2008. Services were held in Las Vegas on April 4, 2008, but many family and friends were unable to attend. A second service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2008 at the Temple Funeral Home, Oklahoma City, Okla.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list her death.

            Temple & Sons Funeral Directors traditionally serves the African-American community.




Wife of Uriel Butler Alford, AAFA #1193



Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV—Friday, 1 December 2000


            Gretchen Rose Alford, 72, of Las Vegas died Tuesday [Nov 28] in Las Vegas. She was born July 25, 1928, in Little Rock, Ark. A resident for 26 years, she was a homemaker.

            She is survived by her husband, Uriel B.; one daughter, Angie Alford, and one son, Mike Alford, both of Henderson; one brother, Henry Vogler Jr. of Little Rock, Ark.; and four grandchildren.

            Services will be 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 1811 Pueblo Vista Drive. Graveside services will follow at 11:30 a.m. Monday in Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Boulder City. Affordable Cremation and Burial Service, 2457 N. Decatur Blvd., is handling arrangements.

            The family suggests donations to the Nathan Adelson Hospice, 4141 S. Swenson St., Las Vegas, NV 89119.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Gretchen R. Alford (SS# issued in AR), last residence Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV.

            See the obituary of her husband, Uriel Butler Alford Jr., in this compilation. It includes a photo of their shared gravestone.

            Gretchen R. Vogler, age 1-6/12 b. AR, is listed on the 1930 census in Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR, with her parents, Henry V. and Gertrude Vogler, her brother Henry, and her grandmother (mother’s mother) Rose Fougerousse and uncle Carl E. Fougerousse.





[Although he died in NV, we are also publishing his obituary in WV because of his close ties there.]



Charleston, Kanawha Co., WV—Sunday, 20 January 1974


RENO, Nev.—Service for Jack Alford Jr., of Reno, Nev., a former resident of W. Va., was Wednesday in Ross, Burke and Knobel Funeral Home, Reno.

            Surviving: sisters, Wanda Tankersley and Lorraine G. Danbery.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list his death.

            We included the obituaries of his mother, Violet Elizabeth Tawney Alford; and his sister Lorraine Alford Danbery in West Virginia Obituaries; and of his sister Wanda Virginia Alford Flint Tankersley in California Obituaries.

            His lineage: Jack ???? WV1, Jack 1906 WV2, Andrew Milton 1862 WV3, Robert 1814 VA4, George 1763 Ireland5, John 1735 Ireland6.




Brother of Ray Dortey Alford, AAFA #0459

Uncle of Pamela Alford Thompson, AAFA #0030



Studio photos from the collection of Pamela Alford Thompson



Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV—Thursday, 7 February 2008



            Lavern “Chuck” Alford passed away Feb. 4, 2008. He was born Jan. 11, 1921, in Tye [Taylor Co.], Texas. He was a migrant worker and fur trapper from age 12 to 18, then joined the U.S. Navy to proudly serve his country during World War II. He married Elaine Harris in 1944, and, in 2007, after 42 years, they were sealed for time and all eternity in the Las Vegas LDS Temple. In their youth, living in Los Angeles, Chuck worked as a successful actor. He moved to Las Vegas, where he owned a janitorial service. He continued working as a local actor for Hollywood and local filmmakers.

            Chuck was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine; brother, Tommy; parents, Jim and Isabel; daughter, Marva; and grandson, Jesse. He is survived by his two brothers; a sister; daughters, Bonnie Lee (Don), and Denise Alford; grandson, Chuck John; granddaughter, Marae John; three great-grandchildren, Devon, Bailee and Vinessa; two great-great-grandchildren, Shaina and Ethan; numerous nieces and nephews; and his sweet pets.

            Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Davis Funeral Home, 2127 W. Charleston Blvd. Viewing will be 10-10:50 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, with services at 11 a.m., both at the LDS Church, 3400 W. Charleston Blvd. Donations can be made to Nathan Adelson Hospice.

            He is greatly loved by all and will be missed beyond words.

Photo from Woodlawn Cemetery, Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV—

Permission granted by the photographer, Jeff Braucher


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Lavern Chester Alford (SS# issued in CA).

            See the obituary of his wife, Elaine Harris Alford, in this compilation. We included the obituaries of his brother Ray Dortey Alford in California Obituaries; and his sister Audell Hellena “Nina” Alford Rimbaugh Shaw in Oregon Obituaries.

            Chuck’s father, James Maxie Alford, recorded his birth in a family Bible as Chester Lavern Alford, but Chuck always said his name was Lavern Chester and always went by Chuck, even professionally.

            His lineage: Lavern Chester 1921 TX1, James Maxie 1877 TX2, John Paten Phillip 1850 GA3, Pierce Lewis 1829 GA4.






Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV—Wednesday, 14 March 2007


            Mary W. Alford, 93, of Henderson [Clark Co.], died March 10, 2007. She was a retired librarian.

            She is survived by her daughter, Sally Mae Jordan of San Bernardino, Calif.; and son, Joshua Walker Jr. of Henderson.

            Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Mary W. Alford (SS# issued in LA) was born 25 Sept 1913.




Aunt of Sharon Lynn Findley Harper, AAFA #1383


“Aunt Berta” on her 100th birthday

Photo from Sharon Harper, AAFA #1383



Carson City, Douglas Co., NV—10 February 2009




            After living what her granddaughter described as a “hard but happy” life for more than a century, Alberta Huckaba died last week at the Evergreen Mountain View nursing home.

            “She went very peacefully,” her granddaughter Lisa McCoy said Monday. “She wasn’t ill or anything. She was just tired.”

            Tired from a life that began in Mississippi in 1908 as one of seven children, and included a marriage at 14. She raised three sons and lived to see 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. She also lived to see the death of two of her three sons.

            “Life for Alberta was long,” said granddaughter Deborah Snyder. “Some of it was hard, but much of it was happy, too. She was born in a time and place with no electricity or plumbing and lived to see computers, cell phones, and man walk on the moon.”

            Although Huckaba would have turned 101 at the end of this month, she only celebrated 25 actual birthdays—every four years on Leap Day.

            “She just loved life,” McCoy said. “She always had something to say, a story to tell about what she had seen in her life.”

            She spent the first 30 years of her marriage raising children, animals, flowers and working the land alongside her husband, Vick, who was 19 when they married.

            In the 1950s, she went to work planning meals and cooking for a hospital. However, when all of her children moved out West, she reluctantly followed.

            “She just didn’t want to leave the hospital, her friends, her church and other family behind,” Snyder said.

            Vick died of a heart attack shortly after the move.

            In 1993, the family moved to Minden where the grandchildren often stopped by for “a game of war, pick a flower, check on how her latest quilt was going, or eat one of Grandma’s fry pies,” Snyder said.

            After a bad fall, Huckaba moved into the Evergreen Mountain View Rehabilitation Center in 1998.

            “The people who worked there loved Alberta,” Snyder said. “She was a sweet little old Southern lady who was completely lucid and could carry on a good conversation.”

            Last year, for her 100th birthday, the staff at the center made a poster chronicling her life. The Nevada Appeal and two Reno news stations featured her story.

            “She was famous,” Snyder recalled.

            A service will be held for Huckaba at 9:30 this morning at the Evergreen Mountain View Health and Rehabilitation Center, 201 Koontz Lane.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Alberta M. Huckaba (SS# issued in MO) was born 29 Feb 1908, last residence Carson City, NV.

            We included the obituaries of her father, George Bedford Alford; half-brother Arold Abraham “Jack” Alford and half-sisters Gertie Alford Findley Langley and Ruby Nell Alford Sims Davis in Mississippi Obituaries; and of her brother Arthur Edwin Alford; and mother Paris Shine Alford Jennings in Missouri Obituaries.

            For more information on this family, see AAFA’s published genealogy, Known Descendants of John William Alford, b. 1801 GA, and Lennae W. Roden.

            Her lineage: Mattie Alberta 1908 MS1, George Bedford 1880 MS2, Patrick 1841 MS3, John 1801 GA4.






Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV—Monday, 7 May 2001


HENDERSON [Clark Co.]—Michael L. Halford, Jr., 28, of Henderson, died Saturday in a local hospital. He was born on September 20, 1972, in Millington [Shelby Co.], Tennessee. A resident for six years, he was a waiter at Chili’s in Henderson.

            He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Patricia and Charlie Wright of Memphis, Tennessee, his father and stepmother, Michael L. Halford, Sr. and Paula Halford, one sister, Felicia Halford, and two brothers, Gregory Halford and Richie Halford, all of Las Vegas and his two grandmothers, Vetra Webb and Margaret Scott, both of Memphis.

            Graveside services were held in Palm Valley View Memorial Park.

Photo from Palm Memorial Park (Green Valley), Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV,—

Waiting for permission from Miracle Mile Tim - – emailed 8/22/2013

Permission granted by the photographer,

If he gives permission, request photo for Paula below


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth date of Michael L. Halford (SS# issued in TN), but his death date is listed as Saturday, 28 April 2001 (also on gravestone).

            See the obituary of his stepmother, Paula L. Norris Alford, in this compilation.






Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV—Thursday, 3 December 2009


            Paula L. Halford, 52, a poker dealer, of Las Vegas, passed away Monday, Nov. 30, 2009.

            She was born May 24, 1957, in Tustin, Calif., and was a 27-year resident of Nevada.

            Paula was preceded in death by her father, Stanley Norris; brother, Barry Norris; sister, Katie North; and son, Michael Halford Jr.

            She is survived by her husband, Michael L. Halford; son, Greg Halford; daughter, Felicia Halford; son, Richie Halford; mother, Mariam Tully; and sisters, Tisha Tully and Melanie Knudson.

            Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave. Graveside service will follow, at Palm Valley View Memorial Park.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Paula L. Halford (SS# issued in CA), last residence Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV.

            See the obituary of her stepson Michael L. Halford Jr. in this compilation.





[Richard died in Mexico and was a resident of NV; we are also including his obituary in California Obituaries because of his close ties there.]



Riverside, Riverside Co., CA—Saturday, 21 February 1998


            Services for Richard M. Alford, 61, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at McWane Family Funeral Home in Hemet [Riverside Co.]. Friends may call from 2 until 5 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary. Burial will be in San Jacinto Valley Cemetery. He died Wednesday [February 18] of cancer at Meridien Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico.

            Mr. Alford, who was born in Enochs [Bailey Co.], Texas, lived in Mesquite, Nev. for four years after living in Hemet for 23 years. He was a general engineering contractor in Hemet for 23 years. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Union Local No. 12. He enjoyed fishing, boating and horses.

            He is survived by his wife of five years, Norma; two daughters, Carla Jamison of Landers and Pamela Radmacher of Mesquite, Nev.; three sons, Robert Worley of South Pasadena and Richard Worley and Ronald, both of Mesquite; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his mother, Minnie of Ontario; and one sister, Geneva Nudd of Ontario.


In another article:



Hemet, Riverside Co., CA—Saturday, 21 February 1998


            Funeral services for Richard M. Alford, 61, previously of Hemet, a retired contractor, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at McWane Family Funeral Home, 350 N. San Jacinto St., Hemet. Thomas A. Fowler, First Southern Baptist Church of Yucca Valley, will officiate.

            Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday at McWane Family Funeral Home. Burial will be in San Jacinto Valley Cemetery, 2555 Santa Fe Ave., San Jacinto.

            Mr. Alford died Wednesday [February 18] in Tijuana, Mexico.

            Born in Enochs [Bailey Co.], Texas, he had been a long time resident of Hemet. He had lived in Mesquite [Clark Co.], Nev., for the past four years. He enjoyed fishing, horses and boating. He was a member of the local Operators Union #12. He worked as a general engineering contractor in Hemet for 23 years.

            He is survived by his wife, Norma; two daughters, Carla Jamison of Landers, and Pamela Radmacher of Mesquite, Nev., three sons, Ronald of Mesquite, Nev., Robert Worley of South Pasadena, and Richard Worley of Mesquite, Nev.; a sister, Geneva Nudd of Ontario [San Bernardino Co., CA]; his mother, Minnie Alford of Ontario; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren....

Photo from San Jacinto Valley Cemetery, San Jacinto, Riverside Co., CA—

Permission granted by the photographers, Ron and Connie Anderson


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Richard M. Alford (SS# issued in CA) was born 24 May 1936, last residence not listed.

            His first wife was Myrna J. Holloway.






Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV—Saturday, 10 July 2004


            Ronald LeRoy Alford, 41, of Caliente [Lincoln Co.], passed away July 1, 2004. He was born July 31, 1962, in Pasadena [Los Angeles Co.], Calif., and was a resident of Las Vegas for 35 years. He graduated from Western High School in 1980. He was employed by Devin Thomas as an apprentice to make the steel for collector knives. Before working for Devin he worked for G.C. Wallace Engineering and as a surveyor in a gold mine outside of Searchlight.

            He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Charlie Alford; and grandmother, Betty Richardson.

            Ronald is survived by his wife, Susan of Caliente; children, Joseph, Sarah and James of Caliente; parents, Joseph and Susan M. Alford of Pahrump; brothers, Joseph Alford of Pahrump and Thomas (Kim) Alford of Phoenix; sisters, Regina Miller of Pahrump and Teresa (Eugene) Davis of Salida, Calif.; grandparents, LeRoy and Evelyn Kahler of Henderson; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

            Memorial services were previously held. A celebration of his life will be Oct. 23, in Pahrump. Arrangements were handled by Wiscombe Funeral Home.


Photo from Grandview Cemetery, Pahrump, Nye Co., NV—

Permission granted by the photographer, Fred Jorgensen


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth date of Ronald L. Alford (SS# issued in CA), but his death date is listed incorrectly as 1 July 2002, last residence not listed.

            California Birth Index, 1905–1995 ( confirms his birth date and lists Kahler as his mother’s maiden name.

            Nevada Marriage Index, 1956–2005, lists the marriage of Ronald LeRoy Alford and Susan A. Glassburn on 21 Oct 1995 in Clark Co., NV.

            For more information about this family, see Josiah George Alford's Alford Family Notes Ancient and Modern (1908 London), Section 19, which includes these paragraphs:


The present head of the Devonshire family is Colonel Frederick Lewis Alford, of Bickham, Roborough, South Devon. His grandfather, Samuel Alford (b. 1793, d. 1853), had one son, the late Mr. Lewis Alford, F.R.G.S. (b. 1830), who married (1) Fanny, daughter of the late R. Boorn, by whom he had a son, Frederick, and (2) Florence, daughter of Colonel Stamford, Bombay Horse Artillery, by whom he had two sons, Henry and Charles….


Charles Egerton Alford, the third son of this family, was also at Harrow, and afterwards at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.


            Ronald is descended from Lewis Alford and Florence Stamford.

            His lineage: Ronald LeRoy 1962 CA1, Joseph ???? ?? 2, Charles Egerton 1884 England3, Lewis 1831 England4, Samuel 1793 England5.






Reno, Washoe Co., NV—Wednesday, 12 November 2008


            Ruth Baldwin Alford peacefully passed on November 10, 2008. She was born in Hicksville, NY to David and Alma Baldwin on August 31, 1929. She has lived in Nevada since 1955.

            Ruthie was preceded in death by her parents.

            She is survived by her husband, Don Alford; son and daughter-in-law, David and Vicki Sheff; daughter and son-in-law, Candace and Brian Green; grandchildren, Kristin Sheff, Michael and Daniel Green and Hillary and David Clark; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Alice Baldwin; nieces and nephews, Deborah, Gary, Thomas, Bobbie and David and many great-nieces and nephews.

            The family invites you to a memorial service at St. Lukes Lutheran Church, 3835 Lakeside Dr., Reno, NV on Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 10:30 a.m.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Ruth Marion Alford (SS# issued in GA).






Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., UT—25 September 1913


            The funeral of Sydney E. Alvord, 57 years of age, who died in Nevada Monday, were held at 3 o’clock this afternoon at the funeral chapel of Eber. W. Hall, 164 South West Temple street, with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery.


Photo from Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., UT—

Taken by photographer Burt—unable to contact


AAFA NOTES: Sidney was living in White Pine, McGill Co., NV, in 1910, where he is enumerated with his second wife, Christina, and her 3 sons.

            From his entry in A Genealogy of the Descendants of Alexander Alvord, p. 641:


            Sidney Elias Alvord … born Dansville [Livingston Co.], N.Y., Oct. 6, 1856; married Canaseraga, Alleghany Co., N.Y., Feb. 27, 1879, Hannah Schirmer, daughter of Wendall and Josephine (Beck) Schirmer. She was born Perkinsville, N.Y., May 10, 1860; died Hornellsville, N.Y., June 3, 1895. He mar. 2nd, Pocatello, Id., Nov. 8, 1904, Mrs. Christina Josephine Barrowman, widow of WilliamBarrowman, daughter of N.P. and Maria (Schmit) Gregersen. She was born Alborg, Denmark, Dec. 17, 1862. Res. Delamar [Lincoln Co.], Nev., 1905, and Los Angeles, Cal….

            Sidney Elias Alvord lived at Dansville, N.Y., until 1882, when he moved to Canaseraga, N.Y. Here he lived for about eight years and then removed to Hornellsville, N.Y. In 1896 he went to Idaho where he works at his trade, carpenter and joiner.


            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His ALVORD lineage: Sidney Elias 1856 NY1, Thomas Gould 1827 NY2, Elias 1791 CT3, Thomas Gould 1763 CT4, Thomas Gould 1742 CT5, Asahel 1720 MA6, Thomas 1683 MA7, Thomas 1653 CT8, Alexander 1627 England9, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England10.






Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV—Saturday, 15 February 2003


            Stacey Noelle Kaplan, 33, died on February 3. She was born on December 8, 1969, in Las Vegas. A worker for the U.S. Postal Service, she was a resident of Las Vegas and a member of Calvary Chapel Church.

            She is survived by her son, Nicholas; parents Virginia Halford and Chris Halford; brothers, Christopher Halford, Gavin Halford; sister, Aimee Prima, all of Las Vegas; and grandmother, Francis Halford of Lubbock, Texas.

            Affordable Cremation and Burial Service handled arrangements.


In another article:



Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV—Tuesday, 11 February 2003



By Jen Lawson


            Stacey Kaplan was a quiet, law-abiding, religious woman who worked for the U.S. Postal Service and lived for her 12-year-old son.

            But within the span of 48 hours last week, Kaplan became distraught at work, landed in jail and was found dead inside Titanium Metals Corp., a highly secure plant in Henderson to which Kaplan had no connection.

            Kaplan’s family is struggling to understand the strange circumstances surrounding her death.

            They fear they may never have answers.

            “I want the truth,” her mother, Virginia Halford, said through tears. “I think Stacey deserves that.”

            Kaplan, 33, worked as a mail carrier for more than two years, working out of the Garside Station post office. She walked a route in the 89107 ZIP code in the area of Alta Drive and Jones Boulevard.

            A native Las Vegan, Kaplan was the oldest of four children. She graduated from a high school vocational program and got married shortly after that. In 1990 she gave birth to her son, Nicholas, described by family as the light of her life.

            Her marriage ended in 1998. In the past year Kaplan had rediscovered Christianity because she wanted a strong religious foundation for her son. She loved to cook—she prepared a salmon dinner the night before she was last seen by her family—and she enjoyed sewing.

            Kaplan lived in a two-bedroom apartment in a complex on Gowan Road, near Tenaya Way and Rainbow Boulevard. Her mother, to whom she was close, lives in the same complex.

            She had Prince, Jim Croce, Billie Holiday and Janis Joplin in her CD collection. A teddy bear wearing a postal service visor sits in her bedroom. Chairs and candles are on her balcony.

            “It’s going to be hard in the summer, because we always used to sit out there,” Virginia Halford said.

            In the last weeks of her life, Kaplan had been telling family members she was afraid of a man on her mail route. Virginia Halford, who used to be a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service, told her daughter to tell her supervisors she felt threatened and that she wanted a different route.

            Kaplan’s manager investigated her complaint and found that her allegations couldn’t be corroborated, according to Dale Hart, regional representative for the National Association of Letter Carriers, a postal workers union.

            A fellow postal worker who wanted to remain anonymous because of fears of retaliation by management said that Kaplan knew her supervisors weren’t taking her fears seriously, so on Feb. 1 Kaplan told her supervisors she didn’t feel well and wanted to go home. She was given permission to go home, but wouldn’t leave.

            “She was pacing up and down the aisle and she had Mace in her hand,” the postal worker said, adding that this was out of character for Kaplan, who was normally timid. “They gave her 10 minutes to leave, and she didn’t go.”

            Metro Police and two postal inspectors were called. Metro officers arrived at the post office at 8:45 a.m. and arrested Kaplan, a “combative female postal employee,” for trespassing and booked her into Las Vegas City Jail, according to the police report.

            Kaplan’s brother, Kyle, went to the jail to bail her out in the early afternoon. He was told to come back in a few hours to pick her up after the paperwork was complete.

            About 3:30 p.m. Virginia Halford went back to the jail and was told Kaplan had been released less than an hour earlier.

            “I thought there was a mix-up at the jail,” she said. “I was worried. I thought, ‘What if I can’t connect with her?’”

            That night Kaplan was supposed to pick up her son from her former husband’s home, but she never showed up. She still wasn’t home the next day.

            About 6:55 a.m. Feb. 3, an employee of the Titanium Metals Corp. at 800 W. Lake Mead Parkway found a woman’s body on the concrete floor of an outbuilding used to store sand. The victim was identified by the Clark County coroner’s office as Kaplan.

            Her death was initially investigated as a homicide, but it was declared a non-criminal death a few days later and the file was closed, Lt. Tom Monahan said.

            The building where Kaplan was found had a 45-foot high ceiling and a catwalk about 25 feet off the ground. Investigators believe Kaplan fell from the catwalk, but don’t know how or why. Only one set of footprints -- Kaplan’s -- was found in the sand.

            “Is it possible she accidentally fell? Absolutely,” Monahan said. “Is it possible she committed suicide? Absolutely.”

            The coroner’s office will make a final determination. Coroner Ron Flud said routine toxicology tests are being conducted and results will be available in several weeks.

            Her family members are baffled. Kaplan had no history of mental illness and she wasn’t suicidal. No suicide note was found.

            She didn’t have any transportation. When she was released from jail, no one was there to pick her up and she didn’t call anyone for a ride, but she somehow ended up about 15 miles away. Relatives had picked up her car from the post office, fearing it would be towed, and brought it to her apartment.

            The fact that she was found at the Timet plant is possibly the most troubling piece of the puzzle. Her family said she had no connection to the plant and getting in wouldn’t have been easy—it’s protected by security checkpoints, around-the-clock guards, surveillance cameras and an 8-foot fence topped with razor wire.

            Craig Wilkinson, manager of health, safety and environmental affairs at Timet, said plant authorities have “a pretty good idea” as to how Kaplan got into the plant, but he declined to elaborate because the problem isn’t corrected yet.

            “She worked at it,” Wilkinson said. “The one big question we still haven’t answered is, ‘Why us?’ With all our security measures, it wasn’t an easy target.”

            Kaplan’s cousin, Nicole Harm, said maybe she decided to start walking after she was released from jail and ended up following the train tracks, which end at the Timet plant. But Wilkinson said that’s unlikely.

            “For her to have walked the rail line, she would have had to go through several other facilities and their security as well, and they’re all fenced and locked,” he said.

            Thrown into the mix is a homicide that happened in 1996. Kaplan, who at the time worked at Pizza Hut at Rancho Drive and Washington Avenue, discovered the bludgeoned body of a co-worker inside the restaurant and later testified at the trial.

            Last year the Nevada Supreme Court granted the killer, Larry Bailey, a new trial, which is scheduled for later this month. Kaplan had been subpoenaed to testify. She had the subpoena in a canvas bag she carried.

            Her family thought Kaplan’s death might be connected to that case somehow, but quickly dismissed it.

            “Logically, nobody involved in that knew she’d been arrested, they didn’t know where she was,” Virginia Halford said. “We think it was just a really strange coincidence.”

            The family members who spoke to the Sun—her parents, Virginia and Chris, who are divorced, and Harm, her cousin—have gone through every possible scenario, and they said none makes any sense.

            “We’re thinking what we want to think,” Harm said. “We don’t want to think she’d do this to herself.”

            Harm suggested that Kaplan was tormented by what happened to her, and climbed onto the catwalk to sit and ponder, then fell.

            Chris Halford, who had been out of contact with Kaplan for the past two years, said he hopes her death was an accident.

            “The important thing for me is, how did she get in there?” he said. “It’s a sad time for our family. Someone needs to find out what happened to that girl.”

            Virginia Halford said she thinks “abusive supervisors” at the post office “drove her to her death” by demoralizing and traumatizing her. The anonymous co-worker said Kaplan was slow in completing her duties, and supervisors had been “getting on her back about it.”

            But Hart, the union representative and a strong advocate of mail carriers’ rights, said he investigated the situation and didn’t find that Kaplan’s supervisors acted improperly at any point. Several of Kaplan’s co-workers said she wasn’t being treated well, but Hart said he couldn’t find any contractual violations.

            In fact, management and union representatives were trying to help Kaplan become a better employee by working with her on some performance issues, Hart said.

            “If we thought management had done something wrong, we would have filed grievances,” Hart said. “I can’t pretend to be in Stacey’s head, but the fact that the union and management were helping to make her a more accomplished carrier tells me there must have been something else going on in her life that put her over the edge.”

            While her family hopes to someday find out what occurred in the last few hours of Kaplan’s life, they realize they might never have closure.

            “If anything, her family loved her,” Harm said. “I don’t know if my family is going to make it through this.”


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Stacey N. Kaplan (SS# issued in NV) was born 8 Dec 1969.

            Chris Boswell Halford was born 8 March 1947 in Lubbock, TX, the son of Howard Alton Halford and Mary Francis Boswell [Texas Birth Index, 1903–1997 (].

            Stacey’s HALFORD lineage, in part from “Halford: Southern US” on RootsWeb, by Michael Kruse: Stacey Nicole 1969 NV?1, Chris Boswell 1947 TX2, Howard Alton 1912 TX3, Albert Lee 1870 TX4, Jonathan Fletcher 1818 NC5, David C. 1797 NC6, John 1765 VA7.




AAFA #1193


Photo from AAFA files



Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV—Wednesday, 31 October 2007


            Lt. Col. Uriel B. Alford Jr. “Pappy,” retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, took off on his final flight Oct. 27, 2007.

            He was born April 26, 1928, in Little Rock, Ark., to Marguerite and Uriel B. Alford Sr. His wife, Gretchen Rose Alford, preceded him in death.

            He is survived by his mother, Marguerite Alford (age 101) of Little Rock; his daughter, Angelyn Alford; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Jacquie Alford ; grandchildren, Sydney, Cameron, Becca, and Shelby, all of Henderson; his granddaughter and son-in-law, Jaymie and Blaise Herberg; and great-granddaughter, Mckenna Rose, all of San Diego.

            As a decorated fighter pilot, he served in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. His last assignment was base commander of Indian Springs Air Force Base. He retired in 1976, after a 26-year career in the U.S. Air Force. After his retirement, he worked for Lewis Homes of Nevada selling real estate. Pappy was an accomplished diver and obtained his private pilot’s license at the age of 14, and had his own plane by age 16. He was born to fly and also enjoyed boating, fishing, and his friends and family.

            Services will be at 1:20 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Odyssey Hospice.

Photo from Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Boulder City, Clark Co., NV—

Permission granted by the photographer, Christi Flynn


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Uriel Butler Alford (SS# issued in AR), last residence Henderson, Clark Co., NV.

            See the obituary of his wife, Gretchen Rose Vogler Alford, in this compilation.

            For more information about this family, see AAFA’s published genealogy, Known Descendants of William Alford 1751–1811 NC.

            His lineage: Uriel Butler 1928 AR1, Uriel Butler 1905 AR2, John B. 1866 AR3, Leander 1814 NC4, Andrew 1787 NC5, William 1751 ??6.






Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV—Sunday, 30 January 2000


            Vincent C. Alford, 36, died Tuesday. He was born July 11, 1963, in California, was in the Navy Reserves and a three-year resident of Las Vegas. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Carol and Robert Toppings, both of Paonia Colo.; and brother, Stephen of Las Vegas. Valley Memorial Cremation and Burial of Henderson handled the arrangements.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list his death.

            The California Birth Index, 1905–1995 ( confirms his birth date. He was born in Los Angeles Co., and his mother’s maiden name was Moore.




Stepmother of Edward Doyle Alford, AAFA #1031



Reno, Washoe Co., NV—Thursday, 29 April 2004


            Willie (Billie) Lee Alford passed away on Wednesday evening, April 21, 2004 at the South Lyon Medical Center in Yerington [Lyon Co.]. She was 86.

            She was born on May 14, 1917 in Stuttgart, AR, the daughter of Arthur B. and Mary Emma (Johnson) Kizer. She married Otis Doyle Alford in Santa Monica, CA, August 17, 1958. Billie had a great love of life, her greatest love was her family and second was dancing and fishing. She worked in the Aircraft Industry for McDonald Douglas and also worked for Commonwealth Engineering and Sheridan Gray in Los Angeles, CA. She retired in 1977 and moved to Yerington, NV in 1982.

            She is survived by her stepson Edward D. Alford and stepdaughter, Vonnie Parker; her sisters, Ruby Smith, Betty Hawkins and Norita Mulson; 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren and by several nieces and nephews.

            She was preceded in death by her husband Otis; her daughter, Donna Anderson; brother Samuel Kizer and by her parents.

            A visitation was held on April 27, 2004 at the Freitas Rupracht Funeral Home in Yerington with funeral services that followed on April 28, 2004. Burial will be at the family plot at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach, CA….

Photo from Pacific Crest Cemetery, Redondo Beach, Los Angeles Co., CA—

Permission granted by the photographer, Donna Railsback Braly


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Willie L. Alford (SS# issued in AR).

            We included the obituary of her stepson Edward Doyle Alford in California Obituaries.

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

            Her husband’s lineage: Otis Doyle 1914 OK1, Lonnie Erwin 1890 KY2, John Hardin 1841 KY3, Joseph 1812 KY4, Achilles 1772 VA or NC5, John before 1750 VA?6.