Cloyde Allen Alfred was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of "stick to it" attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.
Cloyde was born on January 12, 1940 in Charenton, Louisiana. His parents were Clarence and Lethia Alford. Cloyde was raised in Port Arthur, Texas. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.
Growing up in the Alfred household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Cloyde was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Cloyde was raised with eight siblings. He had five brothers, June, Joe, Herbert, Larry and Darrell, three younger sisters, Sherry, Linda and Lori. Cloyde was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. Cloyde and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Cloyde was always consistently loyal to his family.
As a young child, Cloyde was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn't pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Cloyde developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Cloyde took part in swimming, football and he loved all sports. He was a Boy Scout. In his spare time he liked reading, puzzles, board games and fishing. However, what Cloyde enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.
While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Cloyde as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1958. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was math, calculus and trigonometry. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Oprah Johnson. He was in an accelerated math class. Cloyde was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Cloyde always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.
College life brought with it a new set of challenges, but Cloyde handled them well. Being a critical thinker who always remained intellectually independent, Cloyde was able to focus on the task at hand in order to complete his class work. He seemed to thrive on college reading assignments, something that often bogged down his classmates. Cloyde was able to read the material and retain the information in a way that impressed his fellow classmates. The ability to efficiently complete the task at hand was a skill that served Cloyde well during his college experience. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Southern University. His favorite courses were College Math.
Always considered to be a solid friend, Cloyde was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, Cloyde was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for Cloyde to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of his best friends were Phillip Lavalis. Later in life, he became friends with Alvin Cashie, Roger Mance, Marvin Fowler and David Parnell.
On December 24, 1964 Cloyde exchanged wedding vows with Wilma Laday at the St Paul Methodist Church of Port Arthur, Texas. Compassionate and devoted to Wilma, Cloyde held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Wilma and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.
Cloyde brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Cloyde was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Cloyde was blessed with two children, one son, Cloyde "Ty" and one daughter Courtney "Joy". They were also blessed with three grandchildren, Tylor, Brooklyn and Leilani.
Cloyde greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Cloyde enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Cloyde was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was Accounting. He was employed for 10 years by Shell Oil and 15 years with Getty Oil. Cloyde worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.
Cloyde was an Marine Veteran. A literal thinker who possessed a calm exterior, Cloyde seemed to enjoy the routines set forth by the military. His results-oriented approach to things made him committed to the job, and he understood well his role in serving his country.
Cloyde liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Cloyde always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were swimming, coin collecting, fishing, gardening and cooking. Cloyde was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.
Cloyde found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were Football, Basketball, Baseball, Golf and tennis.
Cloyde was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a member of Eastern Star Missionary Baptist Church. He was a sympathetic man who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.
Cloyde enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Cloyde appeared effortless. He enjoyed researching all of his examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, Cloyde always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included Port Arthur, Texas or anywhere where there was water.
Cloyde was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Cloyde's favorites was Jake, a red Irish Setter and Sheeba, a German Sheppard. They were best friends for Jake - 10 years and Sheeba - 8 years. His family was rounded out by his three cats, Prissy, Sylvester and Kitty.
When Cloyde's retirement finally arrived in 1987, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. In retirement, he found new pleasure in swimming and traveling. Even in retirement, Cloyde continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his new community and felt fulfilled.
Cloyde Allen Alfred passed away on December 28, 2010 at Queen of the Valley Hospital, West Covina, CA. He is survived by his wife Wilma, his children, Cloyde Alfred Jr. and Courtney Alfred, his grandchildren, Tylor, Brooklynn and Leilani, his brothers, Herbert, Larry and Darrell, his sisters, Sherry, Linda and Lori. Services were held at Second Baptist Church of Los Angeles.
Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Cloyde Allen Alfred. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.