Alpha Jean McCurry Basford, 77, died May 23, with her loving children by her side.
Born in 1937 in Jellico to Pearl Alice McCurry and Amos Hershel McCurry, she was tenderly raised by her mother and stepfather, John Clayton Jones.
Growing up in the shadows of the Cumberland Mountains, Alpha Jean grew a lifelong bond with her five brothers and sisters; Alice Lajoel Langhard, the late Jerry Mack McCurry, Morris Hershel McCurry, Bertie Lynn Krahn and Sally Sue Cavender.
In 1953, the family left the small mining town and moved to Dayton, Ohio, where Alpha embarked upon a successful career working for AT&T as a telephone operator.
After following her parents to Daytona Beach, Fla., in the early 70s, Alpha married the love of her life, the late Donald Basford, of Welaka, Fla.
Alpha and Donald first met while attending First Baptist Church of Daytona Beach and have grown cherished friendships over the years.
The two of them were inseparable, traveling together to Eastern Europe and South America on mission trips, spreading the gospel of Jesus and helping those in need.
Always hand-in-hand, the two loved gardening, camping and spending time with their family: Jim Jollie and his wife April; sons, Matthew and Brad, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; Allison and Christopher Custead and their children, Gabriella and Eziekiel, of Ormond Beach, Fla.; Sherry and Mark Blaylock, Sara and Kevin Stutts, of Ormond Beach, Fla.; Larry Estes and his daughter, Sabrina, of Ormond, Fla.; Sharon and Chuck Morton and children, of Fort Mills, S.C.; Bobby and Shirley Basford, of Welaka. Fla.; Amy and Herman Owen, of Interlarken, Fla.; Deloris Lightener, of Akron, Ohio, and numerous nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.
Those left to cherish Alpha's loving memory will fondly remember large holiday dinners with too much food, picking vegetables in the garden, playing hide-n-seek, bowling and spending time at local parks with her grandchildren.
She always had time for family, friends and anyone in need. Alpha would greet you with a smile and a hug, and she will be lovingly remembered by all.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13: "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
Alpha, may you and Donald tenderly stroll in heaven's garden, hand-in-hand, forever in love, peaceful at last.
A service of remembrance will be held on June 7 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Daytona Beach, 118 N. Palmetto Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32114 building D.
Lohman Funeral Home of Port Orange, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.