William Malcolm "Bill" Alford

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William "Bill" Malcolm Alford, 65, of Nacogdoches died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, after a three-year battle with lung cancer. Bill was born to Addie Lois and Willie Alford on July 31, 1948, in Houston, Texas. His professional career in radio and television broadcast news started with KIKK in Houston and included service as news director and anchor for KLSB TV in Nacogdoches and news anchor and producer for KTRE TV in Lufkin in addition to NBC affiliate, KXAN Channel 36 in Austin news anchor, news manager for KTBC TV in Austin, news director for KVET Radio in Austin, science and medical reporter for KNUZ in Houston, science reporter and assignment editor for KHOU TV in Houston, KIVY Radio Station news director, and editor of the Houston County Courier. His contributions to his profession included Chairman of The Texas Associated Press three times, Vice Chairman of The Texas Associated Press (AP), Chairman of the Freedom of Information Foundation (AP), Chairman of the UPI Broadcasters of Texas, Vice Chairman of UPI Broadcasters of Texas, and a member of Sigma Delta Chi Professional Broadcasters. Alford's honors and awards included Best Documentary from The Associated Press twice, Best Investigative Report from The Associated Press twice, Best Newscast from The Associated Press three times, Best Newscast, from the United Press International twice, Best Documentary from The Texas Association of Broadcasters, Best Editorial from The Texas Association of Broadcasters, Best News Anchor from The Associated Press twice, Best Series from the United Press International, Texas School Bell Award from The Texas Education Agency, Best Spot Coverage from The Texas Associated Press and APME Citation from The Associated Press Managing Editor. Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Betty Thompson Alford of Nacogdoches; one daughter and son-in-law, Windy Alford Bierbaum and Gerald Bierbaum of Las Vegas, Nev.; a step-son, Brent Austin Harrison and fiancée, Greta Huberty of Marina del Rey, Calif.; six grandchildren, Worth, Atticus, Baxter, Holden, Jennifer, and J. P. Bierbaum of Las Vegas; two sisters, Janene Lewellen and Denise Waymer of New Braunfels, Texas; brother-in-laws, Logan Lewellen and John Waymer; four nieces, Emily Ann Lewellen, Carmen Lewellen, and Cristy Rember of New Braunfels, and Lindsey Pickrel of Katy, Texas; and two nephews, Will Lewellen and Wes Waymer of New Braunfels, and their families, Casey Rember and Mallory Rember, of New Braunfels, Joey Pickrel of Katy, and Virginia Waymer, Gracie Waymer, Callan Waymer and Valyn Waymer. Mr. Alford was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Alford loved his family and friends. He was immensely proud of his daughter and family, his step-son and his extended family. Bill also had a passion for astronomy and spent many nights viewing the constellations from his Hat Creek Observatory in Austonio and teaching nephews, nieces and grandchildren about astronomy. Prior to his illness, playing golf was a passion and he took great joy watching his step-son play on the Nacogdoches golf team. Bill adored his grandchildren and greatly enjoyed taking them fishing and hunting. Baseball was also a passion, particularly coaching Brent's little league team when Brent was a young boy, as well as watching his favorite team, the Astros, on television. He was a lifelong Houston Astros and Texas Longhorns fan, and in the 70s, loved scuba diving in Key West and was honored with flying reconnaissance with the U.S. Thunderbirds while working as a news anchor in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla. He attended North Shore Senior High and Lamar University. Funeral services for William "Bill" Malcolm Alford will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, at the Callaway-Allee Funeral Home in Crockett. Burial will be at Creek Cemetery in Austonio. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Callaway-Allee Funeral Home in Crockett. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Houston County Cancer Support Group c/o First Community Bank, P. O. Box 172, Crockett, Texas 75835 or , 212 Gene Samford Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75904. Condolences for Mr. Alford may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Nov. 15, 2013
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