SFC Claude Lee Alford, known to many as “Hal”, was born August 25, 1930 to Willie Bernard and Addie Mae Alford in Florence, Mississippi, as the fifth child of fifteen. He grew up attending Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church with his family where he became a member and was saved at the age of 12. Claude departed this earthly life on January 11, 2021.
Mr. Alford received his primary education at Pleasant Hill School, secondary education at Jim Hill High School, and vocational education at Jackson State College for paper and painting. Years later, he attended Hinds Community College for carpentry.
Claude had an interest in joining the United States Air Force to become a pilot. However, God chose to close that door and instead opened the door for him to enlist in the United States Army in 1951. He served his country for 27 years, 8 months, and 15 days. Claude attended basic training at Fort Benning outside of Savannah, Georgia before moving on to Fort Riley in Kansas and Fort Sill in Oklahoma. He was later stationed at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas with his family. While in the Army, Claude saw combat in the Korean and Vietnam Wars – both of which the Lord brought him safely through. He retired from the Army in December 1978with the rank of Sergeant First Class – 1st Calvary Division.
In June 1964, he met Laura Chambers on a blind date at the 4 O’clock Tea Room restaurant, and married her in July 1965. Three daughters were born to them – Sonja, Claudette and Emily. They were also blessed to raise three sons – Walter Stewart, Jr. and Creg and Greg Jenkins.
In September 1973, Mr. Alford was crowned to serve as a deacon at Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church. He served faithfully in this role for many years and retired as Chairman of the Deacon Board in 2017. Claude held several other positions at Spring Hill which include Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent, Chair of the Brotherhood and Church Custodian - which he retired from in April2019.
Claude will be lovingly cherished by his children: Sonja Alford of Smyrna, GA, Claudette Alford of Birmingham, AL, Emily Alford of Florence, MS, Walter Stewart, Jr. of Jackson, MS, Creg Jenkins of Dallas, TX, and Greg Jenkins of Jackson, MS; eleven grandchildren: Lauren, Lindsay, Alaya, Creg Jr., J’shun, Jacory, Jakiyah, Janiyah, Greg, Walter,III and Wynter; a sister, Jewelean Green of Florence, MS; a sister-in-law, Bessie Alford of Florence, MS; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Visitation hours will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021, from 12-7 p.m at Peoples Funeral Home Chapel, located at 886 N. Farish Street - Jackson, MS 39202.
Graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at Spring Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, located at 127 Spring Hill Drive - Florence Mississippi 39073.
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