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Preston was the youngest son born to Charlie and Melissa McKenzie Alford on June 13, 1930, at Foxworth Mississippi.

His parents and eight siblings (T.C., Hezekiah (infants), Blossie, Adlean, L.M., Willie, O.D., and Rebecca) preceded him in death.

Preston’s early years were spent in Foxworth, Mississippi, where his father was a farmer and minister and his mother was a homemaker, He worked on the farm and attended school at Sunflower Baptist Church then Marion County Training School. At the age of 18 he joined the United States Army and became a career soldier. In 1951, he attended mechanic school and obtained certification in Automotive Maintenance. He performed three tours of duty in Germany. He spent 10 years in Nuremberg, West Germany, where he met and married Martha Fuchs in 1956. To this union one child, Karin Alford, was born. He also spent one year in Korea and one year in Viet Nam. He returned from the military with the rand of Master Sergeant.

Upon retiring from the army in 1968, he settled with his family in Trenton, New Jersey. Being only 38 years old at the time, he sought and obtained employment with Goulds Battery from 1969 to 1975. He worked at General Motors Corporation as shift supervisor from 1975 to 1996. During the years his wife, Martha became ill and ultimately passed away. After spending 32 years in New Jersey and upon retirement from General Motors, he decided to return to his place of birth. In the fall of 2000 Preston me Maxine who would later become his second wife.

Preston became a member of Christian Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Foxworth, Mississippi, in 1942. He attended church faithfully. During his 32 years of residency in New Jersey he attended Shilo Baptist Church. He reacquainted with Christian Hill when we he returned to Mississippi in 1996, and he served as trustee. He was also a lifetime member of the local VFW Post 5393 and was Service Officer for 13 years. He was involved with Habitat for Humanity, the local Civic Club, member of the NAACP, and was employed for seven years with Enterprise Car Rental Agency. Preston enjoyed a quiet, peaceful life, and he enjoyed travelling, attending and participating in family gatherings, especially the Alford Family Reunions.

Preston’s health began to fail in the late 2006, from an illness which would ultimately take his life. He was cared for faithfully by his wife Maxine until he passed away. Preston leaves behind his wife, Maxine; a daughter, Karin Hollinger (Tom); 3 grandchildren, Doug, Jessica, and Danny, a brother, Albert; twin sisters; Carrie and Clara; and a host of relatives and friends.

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  • Friday, September 08, 2017
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