Mr. Duncan J. Alford, 62, of Panama City, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at his home.
He began his career in firefighting in 1969 when he was employed as a fireman
at the Chattahoochee Florida State Hospital. He was the first paid fireman/EMT for the City of Callaway and worked there for 12 years, where he worked his way up to assistant chief. He then went to the Panama City Beach Fire Department for eight months, and then from there he went to the Lynn Haven Fire Department for a year. After that, he worked for seven years as the Bay County HazMat Coordinator/Volunteer Fire Department Coordinator. His last job before his retirement was from 1993 until 2005, when he served as deputy chief and senior skills trainer for Saudi Aramco Fire Services in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia. Duncan most enjoyed fishing and telling jokes. He was a devoted father and grandfather who loved his family with all his heart.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jessica A. and Tim Sanderson; and his two grandchildren, James Thomas Duncan Sanderson and Ashley Nichole Sanderson, all of Knoxville, Tenn. He is also survived by his siblings, Faye Faircloth of Clarksville, Fla., Nedra Owens and husband, Doyle, of Chattahoochee, Fla., Daniel Alford and wife, Karen, of Chattahoochee, Fla., Rusha Sims and husband, Billy, of Phoenix City, Ala., and Zilla Thompson and husband, Jerry, of Grand Ridge, Fla. Duncan was preceded in death by his parents, Duncan U.F. and Annie Bell (Montford) Alford.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Calvary Baptist Church, Hwy. 90, Chattahoochee, Fla., with Mr. Ken Meer offering the eulogy. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, also on Hwy. 90 in Chattahoochee. Serving as pallbearers will be some of Duncan's fellow firefighters. There will be a graveside color guard presentation by the Jackson County Civil Air Patrol.
At 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, the fire department will have a funeral procession that will go from Heritage Funeral Home, past the new Callaway Fire Department, past the old Callaway Fire Department site, and then back to Heritage Funeral Home. The family will then receive friends from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Those wishing to extend a word of condolence may do so at www.heritagefhllc.com.Heritage Funeral Home & Cremation Services
247 N. Tyndall Parkway
Panama City, FL 32404