The earthly journey of Norman L. Alford began on July 31, 1948 in Timmonsville, SC as another son of the late Pastor Walter T. and First Lady Lillie B. Alford. Norman was the third son in a family of ten children. He was reared in a godly home and grew up in the Church of God. He was an active youth in Sunday school, youth choir and various other Church activities until he graduated from high school. Norman received his education from Primary level through Secondary level in Hartsville, SC. He graduated in the Class of 1967; the largest class to come out of Butler High School. He was a well loved member of his class. He received his Post-Secondary education from the University of Wichita located in Wichita, Kansas.
Norman volunteered to join the US Air Force in 1967. As a soldier, he served in the capacity of a Combat Medic and he reached the rank of Master Sergeant. He served for twenty years and received an Honorable Discharge for his distinguish service. Norman often used the extensive knowledge he gained from his years as a Medic to enlighten family and friends on health issues from time to time. Norman met the love of his life in 1971, Carolyn M Boddie in Paterson, NJ and they were married in 1973. They lived the twenty years of his military career as a typical military family, serving overseas and at home in the US. They were blessed with a beautiful daughter and handsome son during those years. Upon his retirement from the Air Force, Norman joined the ranks of the Customs and Border Protection of the Department of Homeland Security, only to remain a part of the uniformed force of the US Government. He added many accomplishments to his credit during his two careers. The one that stands out most was when he received the Customs and Border Protection “Commissioner’s Award” in Washington, DC for “Outstanding Customer Service” he rendered on behalf of the US Government.
After fifty combined years of service in uniform and a long period of contemplation, Norman decided to retire in March 2018. However, prior to his retirement from CBP he moved his family to Columbia, SC into a lovely new home that he chose for them, himself. Norman always loved his family. Even as a young man, family meant a lot to him. His family was at the top of his priorities list. Making sure his wife and children were provided for in life and ensuring that they would be secure upon his death, was his Mantra. In Norman’s finally days, he continued to travel between Columbia and Dallas, TX for medical reasons. Norman’s health began to decline rapidly and would eventually hold him in Dallas. He endured a period of suffering in the hospital for nearly a month. He made his transition from life to eternity on October 9, 2019 trusting the Lord for his keeping.
Left to cherish his memories are: His faithful, loving and devoted wife of 46 years, Carolyn, daughter Danielle and son Kevin; sisters: Jessie L. Stuckey, Mary H. Yarborough, Gradye F. Stephen (Allen), Beverly Alford and Linda R. Alford; one brother, Reginald D. Alford . Sisters-in-law: Mary Ann Bernard, Geraldine Bethea, Sandra Johnson (Howard), Faith Bell (Nick), Dorothy Alford and one Brother Leonard Boddie (Riza). He had numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Norman will also be fondly remembered by many of his classmates, co-workers and friends who held him in high esteem. Norman was predeceased by his parents and three brothers: Walter Jr., Willie F., William E. Alford and a niece, Deidre M. Alford.
He leaves a legacy of love and devotion to his family. He freely gave from his heart to all his family members, both Alfords and Boddies.
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