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Doris Dickey Alford
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Birth: Sep. 11, 1897
Death: Nov. 25, 1991



McComb, Pike Co., MS—Tuesday, 26 November 1991

Doris Dickey Alford, who served as organist for First Baptist Church of McComb for about 50 years and for Hartman Funeral Home for about 13 years, died Nov. 25, 1991, at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center at the age of 94.

Mrs. Alford is remembered as a dedicated musician who contributed to many church services, weddings and funerals during her lifetime.

She begin taking piano lessons when she was 6 years old because her asthma kept her from running and playing with other children. She graduated from McComb High School in 1916 and received a degree from Mississippi University for Women in 1920. She taught high school piano for two years and gave piano lessons in her home for many years.

Visitation will be from 6–9 tonight at Hartman Funeral Home and from 9 a.m. Wednesday until services in Hartman chapel at 1:30 p.m.... Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery.

Marilyn Brady, who took over as church organist in the early 1970s when Mrs. Alford left the position to care for her ailing husband, called her predecessor a musical influence.

"She was a dedicated musician," Mrs. Brady said. "She will be missed. Her influence was great, musically. She was one of a kind."

Mrs. Wyatt Hunter, speaking for herself and her husband who was a longtime pastor of First Baptist, said Mrs. Alford was a close friend.

"She was a dear friend of ours. She served as organist all through his (Dr. Hunter's) pastorage. We appreciated her so much for the music she contributed to our church. She was so talented and gave of herself so freely," Mrs. Hunter said.

Mrs. Alford was born Sept. 11, 1897, in Chatawa. She was the daughter of Louis Zeb Dickey and Carrie Elizabeth Little Dickey.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of McComb and an honorary member of the Crescite Club.

She was married to James Burton Alford Sr., who died in 1975. Mr. Alford was founder of McComb Milling Co. and served as president for 40 years.

Mrs. Alford was preceded in death by one son, James Burton Alford Jr.; one grandson, James Burton Alford III; and one sister, Alice Dickey Reeves.

She is survived by two sons, Zeb Dickey Alford of Houston, Texas, and Van Henry Alford of Baton Rogue, La.; nine grandchildren, Mrs. Pattie Olivas of El Paso, Texas; Capt. Katie Keaty, USAF, and Ms. Doris "Peggy" Alford, both of Albuquerque; Mrs. Jane Dudley Hart of Portland, Ore.; Mrs. Geary (Cathy) Alford of Jackson; Dickey Alford of Covington, La., David Alford of McComb, Mrs. Dean (Tori) Guidry of Lafayette, La., and Mrs. James (Beth) Beskin of Baton Rogue.

Active pallbearers will be David Alford, Dickey Alford, Geary Alford, Charles Chandler Alford, Jim Beskin and Dean Guidry. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Fitzhugh, Whip Kennedy, John S. Thompson, Julius Alford, Thomas Austin, Dr. Julian James and Thomas Magruder.

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  James Burton Alford (1895 - 1975)
  Zeb Dickey Alford (1925 - 2009)*
  James Burton Alford (1928 - 1982)*
  Van Henry Alford (1931 - 1993)*
*Calculated relationship
Hollywood Cemetery
Pike County
Mississippi, USA
Created by: Keri Fuller Long
Record added: May 13, 2009
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Doris <i>Dickey</i> Alford
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- Keri Fuller Long
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