|Birth: ||Mar. 1, 1903|
|Death: ||Dec. 28, 1987|
RETIRED COLLETON FARM AGENT L.W. ALFORD DIES AT AGE 85
Lora Warner Alford, retired Colleton County farm age, died December 28, 1987 in Columbia.
Born in Mount Hermon, LA, he was a son of J.M. Alford and Laura Warner Alford.
Mr. Alford received his bachelor of science degree from Louisiana State University in 1924 and was a member of Alpha Zeta, a national honorary and scholastic fraternity. He did graduate work at North Carolina State and was an honorary alumnus of Clemson University and a member of the National Extension fraternity, Epsilon Sigma Phi. He was the first agriculture teacher at Walterboro High School, where he taught for three years. He helped organize one of the first Future Farmers of America chapters in the state.
In 1928 he was appointed as Colleton County Agricultural Agent following a referendum during the 1928 summer primary. This made him the first elected to his position. He served as the county agent for 35 years, retiring in 1963.
Mr. Alford served three times as president of the County Agents Association and was a member of the National County Agent Association, which presented him the Distinguished Service Award in 1948. Active in the S.C. Farm Bureau, he had also served as a past president of the S.C. County Agents Association and as a vice president of the Southern Bee Keepers Association. He helped organize the first auction market in the state in Columbia. He was a former secretary of Colleton County National Resources Commission. He helped organize and was a member of Ashton Grange.
He was a former president and the first South Carolina governor of the National Ruritan Club, which he helped organize in the state. He was a former chairman and treasurer of Colleton County Chapter of the National Foundation For Infantile Paralysis and a former chairman of the Disaster Committee of the Colleton County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He also helped organize the Agriculture Adjustment Administration, the Soil Conservation Service, Rural Rehabilitation Administration, Production Credit Association; Federal Land Bank Association and Coastal Electric and Palmetto Rural telephone cooperatives.
Mr. Alford was instrumental in the organization of the first Boy Scout troop in Walterboro and served as scoutmaster. He was secretary-treasurer and a charter member of Walterboro Lions Club and helped organize the Walterboro Women's Civic League in 1926. He was a member of Masonic Unity Lodge 55 and a former Worshipful Master. He helped organize and was a charter member of the Walterboro Country Club. A member of Bethel United Methodist Church, he served as a Sunday School teacher and superintendent and a member of the Board of Stewards.
Surviving are his wife, Grace G. Alford; two sons, James W. Alford of Columbia and William Alford of Washington, D.C., a brother; two sisters; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
NEWS AND COURIER
Monday, 28 December 1987
Jeptha Martin Alford (1862 - 1948)
Laura Jane Warner Alford (1871 - 1939)
Grace Gipson Alford (1902 - 1992)*
Nola Alford Smith (1889 - 1952)**
Lonzo Seaborn Alford (1891 - 1964)**
Gilbert Kendric Alford (1901 - 1997)*
Lora Warner Alford (1903 - 1987)
Live Oak Cemetery
South Carolina, USA
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Record added: May 24, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27042454
Added: Jan. 9, 2011
You are thought of and remembered today Mr. Alford. Thank you for your many contributions to our community. May you rest in peace always.|
Added: Jul. 11, 2009
Keri Fuller Long
Added: Jul. 10, 2009