James Aubrey Alford

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 14, 2008

James Aubrey Alford, age 93, a resident of Luverne, died on Friday, December 28, 2007.

Graveside services were held at the Rutledge Cemetery, Rutledge, on Monday, Dec. 31, 2007, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. William Leverette officiating and Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home directing.

The family received friends at the Floyd’s Residence,

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from 6 to 8

p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Jim Thompson, Jeffrey Alford, Justin Hulsey, and friends Ed Beasley, William Baker, and Huriah Stroud.

Mr. Alford was born on August 10, 1914, in Crenshaw County and with the exception from 1941 to 1945, he was a life-long resident of Luverne.

He was predeceased in death by his wife of 48 years, Cleone Rhodes Alford, his brothers; Leroy Alford and Climmie C. Alford and his parents E.A. and Laura Ivey Alford.

He is survived by his three children, Dr. Pat A. (Earl) Floyd-Dees of Luverne, James W. (Ruby) Alford of Headland,

and Dr. Jean A. Thompson of Greenville.

He is also survived by four grandchildren, James S. (Nancy) Thompson of Woodstock, Ga., Vickie Alford (Justin) Hulsey of Carrollton, Ga. Courtney Floyd (Matt) Zinke of Shalimar, Fla., and Jeffrey W. (Chasity) Alford of Headland.

He has seven great-grandchildren; Taylor Michelle Thompson and Amanda Claire Thompson of Woodstock, Ga., Zachary Alford Zinke, Matthew Colton Zinke, David Reed Zinke of Shalimar, Fla., Jacob Landon Hulsey and Jalynn Hulsey of Carrollton, Ga.

In addition, he is survived by an Aunt Edna Alford Bray of Hendersonville, Tenn., a nephew, Charles (Fran) Alford and his second wife Madeline C. Alford of Luverne.

Mr. Alford served as Crenshaw County Commissioner of Districts Three and Five for a total of 22 years, was a cattle farmer and businessman for 55 years.

He was a member of the Methodist church for 81 years; during this time he served in every position, including song leader and chair of the board of trustees, for a lay person; he was a member of the Crenshaw County Shrine Club for 61 years serving as president for two terms and was co-founder of the Shriner’s Peanut Boil to raise funds for the Shrine Club’s Cripple Children’s Program.

Since 1942 he was a member of the Crenshaw County Cattleman’s Association and served as president for two terms; he also served as a director of the Luverne Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Crenshaw County Hog Producers Association.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Rutledge Cemetery, c/o Joe Flynn, Rutledge, AL, 36071, the Crenshaw County Shrine Club, c/o Charles Forey, 328 Davis Road, Brantley, AL, 36009 or the Luverne Health & Rehabilitation Center, 142 West Third Street, Luverne, AL, 36049.

Personal thanks to the staff at the Luverne Health & Rehabilitation Center and Lighthouse Hospice of Alabama for their loving care and to Dr. Pat and Sandy Walker for their many years of health care for Mr. Alford.

Online condolences may be made at www.dunklinanddaniels.com