James L. (Jim) Alford, Sr., 77, passed away peacefully on May 21, 2012 at Hospice Savannah. He was born in Statesboro, GA, Bulloch County on April 30, 1935. Jim was preceded in death by his parents Charlie Green Alford and Eddie Lee Mills, his brother, Charlie G. Alford, granddaughter, Courtney Elizabeth Alford, and step-daughter, Sonja R. Fields.Jim graduated from Commercial High School in Savannah in 1953. He was a member of the Commercial High School Cobra Club. He lived in Port Wentworth, Georgia for 45 years until he moved to Midway, Georgia in 1991. Jim was an active member of the Port Wentworth Jaycees for many years where he served in many capacities including President of the organization. He also enjoyed coaching little league baseball. He was very involved in the Groves High School Booster Club having served two years as President. Jim retired in June of 1996 from Amoco Oil Company in Garden City, Georgia, after 20 years as an instrument mechanic. He was President of OCAW Local Number 3-673 Oil Chemical and Atomic Workers for many years. He retired from the Georgia Army National Guard after serving his country for 26 years, including 12 years in the Air Guard and 14 years in the 165th Supply Company Army National Guard. He retired as Sergeant First Class, E7. He was an active member and Past Master of the Frank F. Baker Masonic Lodge Number 46 in Garden City, Georgia. Jim was also a member of the Scottish Rite Masons Valley of Savannah, the Alee Shrine Temple, the Knights of Mecca, and a long-time member of the Iron Knights Motorcycle Club. He had a passion for motorcycles and he loved riding in parades. Jim was a member of the Midway United Methodist Church, serving God in many areas of the church, including Chairman of the Board of Trustees, President of the United Methodist Mens Club and Vice President of the Administrative Council. He was a member of the Alpha Sunday School Class and enjoyed singing in the church choir. He is survived by his wife, Linda G. Alford, a daughter, Tammy A. Hall (Rick), sons, James L. Alford, Jr. (Mary) and Troy K. Alford (Becky), step-son, James V. Fields, three sisters, Bonnie Seckinger, Terri Andrews, and Donna Crosby, 14 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 25, 2012 at Midway United Methodist Church, Midway, Georgia. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the following: Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida, 33607, Midway United Methodist Church, 215 Martin Road, Midway, Georgia 31320, or Hospice Savannah, Inc., P. O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31316.