John Alford

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John T. Alford, Sr.

Ridgeland

John Alford, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend died unexpectedly on Saturday, October 1, 2011.

Born July 23, 1935 in Mobile, John grew up in Indianola, MS. His parents, Landrum Leavel Alford and Bessie Horne Alford, predeceased him.

After graduating from Mississippi State University and serving as a proud member of the U.S. Army Reserve, John was affiliated with Mississippi Power & Light. Other careers followed, but his crowning achievement was his last career, as Executive Director of the Mississippi Food Network from 1991 through his retirement in 2005. Truly in his element, he worked with over 300 churches and non-profits to provide 275 million pounds of food to the state's needy.

He served as a deacon at First Baptist Church in Madison and loved his church family. He was the immediate past chairman of the Missions Committee, active in his Sunday School Class and a member of the senior adult choir. John's commitment to missions took him to Moldova and Mozambique as well as teaching vacation Bible school to Haitian children in Delaware. His last mission was to Biloxi to help repair a church after Katrina.

This sweet, gentle, loving man never met a stranger. He loved telling funny stories, spending time with his wife and children and doting on his grandchildren. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Jo Ann S. Alford. He is also survived by daughters Karen (Ward Emling) Gilder, Laurel (David) Hackman, Leslie (Alex) Mathis; sons David (Carrie) Gilder, John (Jeanie) Alford; and grandchildren Derek, Megan and Brian Gilder, Bob and Sarah Loflin, Hannah and Madeline Alford and brother Dr. Terry Alford.

Memorial donations may be directed to the Building Fund at First Baptist Church of Madison, MS or to the Mississippi Food Network, P. O. Box 411, Jackson, MS 39201.

Visitation will begin at 10am Thursday October 6th at First Baptist Church of Madison followed by a Memorial Service at 11am at the church, with a private family burial service at Natchez Trace Memorial Park in Madison.

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Published in Clarion Ledger on Oct. 5, 2011
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