SHADY GROVE COMMUNITY - Eugene Alford, 84, of the Shady Grove Community, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Bay Medical Center. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He attended Lively Vocational and obtained mechanic certification and obtained multiple certifications from Chipola College. He began farming in 1954 and found his true passion. He farmed in the Shady Grove Community until 2010 and also enjoyed serving as a Trustee for West Florida Electric Co-Op for the past 25 years.
He loved his family, friends, farming and fishing and will be remembered for his generosity, kindness, sweet smile, tall tales, work ethic and his love for home . He was a lifetime member of the Shady Grove Methodist Church and served in many leadership positions. He was adored by his grandchildren and his pups, Lucy and Buddy. He leaves behind a legacy of love and friendship.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Mary Alford; two sisters, Roberta Folds and Lou Dellinger; and a brother-in-law, Dave Dellinger.
Survivors include his wife of almost 60 years, Elizabeth “Liz” Alford, who was the love of his life; a daughter, Cindy Shipman and her husband, Tripp Shipman of Panama City Beach; two sons, Tim Alford and Gene Alford, both of the Shady Grove Community; a brother-in-law, Milton Folds of Atlanta, GA; five grandchildren, Kara Bradley and her husband, Chase of Hosford, Ginny Shipman of Orlando, Trudie Alford of Shady Grove, Timothy Alford and his wife, Lindsey and Collin Alford of Shady Grove; two great-grandchildren, Brantley and Libby Kate Alford; three nieces, Susan Folds of Atlanta, Becky Folds and her husband, Adnan of Chicago and Diane Dellinger and her husband, Glenn; and a nephew, David Dellinger and his wife, Allison of Santa Barbara, CA;
Services were held Saturday, March 11 at 10 a.m. CT at Shady Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Chris Ackerman and Rev. Terry Tatum officiating. Interment followed in Shady Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shady Grove United Methodist Church Building Fund.
A special thank you to his personal physician, Joe Gay and his staff for over 20 years of the best medical care. Also, the family would like to thank the precious Nursing Staff of the 4th Floor at Bay Medical Center, Dr. Bill Dent, Dr. Angeli Niravel, Dr. Mario Pulido, and Dr. Samir Patel for providing amazing care and compassion during this short illness.
James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Words of sympathy may submitted online at jamesandsikesfuneralhomes.com.