Rev. John Henry Alford, 92,
a beloved father and the devoted husband of Mary Howard Alford, having
finished his earthly labors, went home to be with his Lord, Saturday, December
8, 2018 at his residence.
Mr. Alford was born
a son of Ellie Parker Alford and Alice Hyman Alford on July 26, 1926, in
the Sand Hill Community of Florence County. He was educated in the old
Hannah School and the Piney Forest School. The Alford family moved to the
Piney Forest Community of Andrews in Williamsburg County in December 1939.
On July 26, 1948, John Henry married his bride Mary Howard of Pleasant
Hill. As man of distinguished work ethics, John Henry took care of his
bride and family working many different jobs including: a taxi cab driver,
an all around carpenter including plumbing and painting, a farmer who could
drive a mule or a tractor, and a truck driver for the logging industry.
Mr. Alford was a licensed barber with the SC Association of Barbers since
1959 until 2011.
On October 15, 1948,
John Henry was gloriously saved declaring Jesus Christ his Lord and Savior.
His new life in Christ led him to joined Happy Home Freewill Baptist Church.
The church at that time had started a building project and John Henry using
his finances built every pew for the new sanctuary. After experiencing
the Pentecostal fire, in 1965, John and Mary joined the Warsaw Pentecostal
Holiness Church. There he served as a deacon and worked diligently with
the pastor, Rev. M.C. Cannon, to build the membership. During this time
the church saw a historical growth and ministry including the building
of the church fellowship hall. Moreover, John Henry was compelled to fulfill
the calling to visit the sick, shut-ins, and hospitals which he continued
until 2010 or when he could not find someone to drive him.
In June 1970, Rev.
Alford received his Mission Workers License through the SCIPHC. However,
the divine calling to preach, which was vested in him since childhood,
now changed his steps once more. In June 1972, Rev. John Henry Alford with
his faithful wife by his side received his Ministerial Licenses. Their
pastoral history includes the following Pentecostal Holiness Churches:
McCellanville, Owens Chapel (twice), Wando, Rhems, Liberty Christian Church,
and Sampit. In 2001, though retiring from pastoral, the Alfords ministry
has continued as countless lives have been changed, educated, and inspired
through their Christian walk of faith and love. As their steps have grown
slower and weaker, the Bloomingvale PHC and The River Church has displayed
honor and respect as they care for this patriarch family. Rev. and Mrs.
Alford are members of the South Carolina Conference of the International
Pentecostal Holiness Church where they are part of the Royal Elders and
he was an Honorable recipient of the 50 Year Ministry Pen.
John Henry and Mary
celebrated 70 years together. Their home was blessed with six children:
Harry Louis Alford, Larry (Kathy) Alford, Gerald (Judy) Alford, Phillip
(Linda)Alford, Wendell (Debbie) Alford, and Mitchell Alan “Mickey” Alford;
thirteen grandchildren, twenty-four great grandchildren, and one great
Rev. Alford was born
the 6th child of 9 siblings: Alene (Jasper) Parrott, Ruthledge “Bubba”
(Kizzie) Alford, Louise (Ed) Evans, Lizzie Mae (Willie) Cox, Willie Alford,
Evelyn (Henry Lee) Swails, Nathan (Pat) Alford, and Ethridge “Noot” (Dora)
He leaves behind:
his wife, his children; grandchildren; and two siblings, Evelyn and Noot.
He was predeceased
by his parents; two sons, Harry and Mickey; and six siblings and their
A Home Going Celebration
with Ministerial Recognition will be 2PM, Wednesday, December 12, 2018
at the Andrews First Pentecostal Holiness Church. Interment will follow
in the Piney Forest Cemetery directed by the Andrews Chapel of McKenzie
Visitation will be
6-8PM, Tuesday evening, December 11, 2018 at the Family Worship Center,
17686 County Line Road, Andrews, SC