(Waverly Journal, Friday, March 23, 1917)
William D. Alford was born near Lowder, Tenn., December 26, 1850, and fell asleep in Jesus, March 21, 1917 at his home near Franklin, Ill.
He was the youngest child of William and Jane Riddle Alford. He came to Illinois with his parents at the age of six months. A few months after they came to Illinois the mother died. The father was so grief stricken he returned with the family of five children to his native state, in the wagon drawn by a yoke of oxen. Not being contented, the father and family returned and settled near Palmyra. Here the deceased grew to manhood. He was married to Mary E. Spires March 8, 1877. To this union were born five children: Charles E., who died in infancy; Lela M. Asplund, of Chicago; Frank L. of Indianapolis, Ind.; Roy E., of Mapleton, N.D.; and Ernest F., at home.
The mother died June 15 1904. On March 14, 1907, he was married again to Sarah E. Seymour. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Arita Lucile Asplund and Mary Elizabeth Alford; one brother, C. F. Alford of Virden, two sisters, Martha Wood of Stockton, Mo., and Margaret Ross of Joliet; one half sister, Jane Conlee of Carlinville. One sister, Mary Ann Weller and one half sister, Etta M. Alford, preceded him in death.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. E. Keenan at Providence M. E. church where he was laid to rest by the side of his wife and mother of his children.
The pall bearers were his nephews, W. F. Alford, O. B. Conlee, Alva Conlee, Marion Spires, Otto Spires and Ross Seymour. The floral offerings were many and beautiful and were in charge of Lela Seymour, Meta Darley, Olla Gibson, Rebecca Schibel and Della Spires.