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Shelby Alfred

Colonel Shelby Glenn Alfred USAR (Retired)

SHREVEPORT, LA - Funeral services celebrating the life of Colonel Shelby Glenn "Al" Alfred, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2013 at Rose-Neath's Southside Chapel. Officiating will be Bro. Freddie Williford and Bro. John Newman. Interment with full military honors presented by the U.S. Army Honor Guard will follow in Providence Cemetery in Spring Ridge, LA. Visitation with the family will be from 3p.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday, June 23, 2013 at the funeral home.

Shelby was born on July 23, 1929 to Schumpert and Dessie Alfred of Bethany, LA.

Shelby passed away Friday, June 21, 2013 at the age of 83, after being diagnosed on May 16 with pancreatic cancer. Shelby was predeceased by his beloved parents, along with his father and mother-in-law, Hearstel and Florence McKown, who loved him as the son they never had.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58½ years, Jean McKown Alfred; his son, Stephen Alfred and wife Cindy; his daughter, Cathy Hogan and husband Dwayne "Dee"; 5 grandsons and their wives: Caleb and Dee Dee Hogan, Micah and Jessica Hogan, Shelby and Kara Alfred, Jeremy and Sara Alfred and Christopher and Hannah Alfred; 1 granddaughter and her husband: Kimberley and Craig Roberson; 9 great-grandchildren: Gabrielle, Jackson, Chloe, Mayley, Evie, Henry Stephen, Taylor, Christian and Isabella.

Shelby graduated from LSU, Baton Rouge in 1951 and entered the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant. He served in the Korean War as part of the 49th Field Artillery Battalion reconnaissance unit, receiving a bronze star for meritorious defensive action on the front lines. Upon his marriage to Jean in 1954, "Al" left active duty but continued to serve in the Army Reserves until his retirement in 1989, having been promoted to the rank of colonel.

Shelby and Jean moved to Shreveport where he began a 31 year career with United Gas Pipeline Company. He retired in 1986 as a regional manager. Some of his most cherished friendships were his fellow employees. He was a faithful member of Ford Park Baptist Church and the "Faith-Keepers" Sunday School Class.

Shelby embraced life with a passion and was a gifted storyteller. He was a wise investor of time and resources. He invested in deep friendships. His greatest investment was in his family. To his grandchildren, he was larger than life. There was no one on earth they respected more than their Papa. He leaves them a legacy of acceptance and unconditional love, an example of brotherly kindness and courage, faithfulness and godliness. He was a man who honored God with his life and in his death.

Memorials may be made to Ford Park Baptist Church or Grace Home (Christus Hospice).

Special thanks to all who cared for him in the hospital, home health, hospice, and Grace Home. Thanks to God for His tender mercies and for the many people who prayed for us through this difficult time.

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Published in Shreveport Times on June 23, 2013
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