ERWIN, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Allen Stephens Alford Sr., age 78, of Rock Creek Road, who died Tuesday, July 3, 2001, at the residence, were held Thursday, July 5, 2001, from the Erwin Memorial Funeral Home chapel and an interment held Friday, July 6, 2001, at Mountain Home National Cemetery, Mountain Home, Tenn. Mr. Alford was a Washington County, Tenn. native having lived in Spartanburg, S.C. and Augusta, Ga. before moving to Erwin in 1967. He was the son of the late Paul C. and Bessie Moore Alford. Mr. Alford was a WW II Army Air Corp Veteran having served in the European Theater. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with one Silver Star, the Air Medal, Prisoner of War Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Mr. Alford was taken prisoner by the Germans in 1944 while flying a mission over Germany and was held for 14 months. He was one of the Erwin Nine (nine men from Erwin all held in the same German prison camp). Mr. Alford was a traffic manager in charge of sales with Clinchfield Railroad before retiring in 1980 after 43 years of service. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church. Mr. Alford was a member of the Traffic Fraternity, Masons, Toastmasters, American Expows and a former chairman of the Y.M.C.A. and a former Boy Scout Leader. Survivors include, his wife Doris Jean Beck Alford; three sons, Allen Stephen Alford Jr., Donald E. Alford, Rob Alford; two daughters, Teresa Lewis, Janice Hughes; three sisters, Frances Mallon, Sara Reid and Rebecca Sharp; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchidren.
The Augusta Chronicle-July 10, 2001