Alford “A.L.” Samford, 85, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on February 1, 2018 in Center. He was born on February 16, 1932 in Center to J.E. and Molly Samford. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery. A visitation will be held prior to service time from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home.
A.L. grew up in Joaquin and attended Joaquin ISD. At a young age, he went to work with his father at the local sawmill. In his early twenties, A.L. served in the National Guard for a few years before returning home to work. Hard work was never a stranger to A.L., and he did whatever was necessary in order to help provide for his family. He would find a career in the Oil Field working two week shifts with one week at home. Even though the job was strenuous and required time away, he knew it would take care of his family. For over forty years, A.L. remained in the field before retiring and settling back into East Texas.
A.L. had a blessed life outside of the oil and gas industry. A young lady down the road, Melvie Lambert, happened to catch his eye. She raised chickens, as did he, but A.L. would still go down the road to buy them from Melvie just so he could see her. Very persistent, he finally told her that he wanted to marry her. Melvie told A.L. that she wasn’t sure her son would be okay with it, but after some persuasion, the two were married on September 24th, 1960. Their two families joined as one and through the years, they created a new and beautiful life together.
A.L. was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to squirrel hunt and most especially, enjoyed fishing. There was no place like the Sabine River bottom, and A.L. wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else. Family was extremely important to him and the time he was able to spend with them were moments treasured. They would come together for domino nights and a fish fry in the back yard enjoying all of the stories and laughter shared. A.L. was a kind-hearted, down-to-earth gentleman who will dearly missed by his loved ones. He was a member of Jackson Baptist Church in Joaquin.
A.L. is survived by his daughter, Sandra Riley and husband, Lee of Oklahoma; son, Jerry Patton of Lampasas; three grandsons, Troy Lee, Kenneth Lee, and Jesse Lee; and niece, Portia Cox.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Melvie Lambert Samford; parents, J.E. and Molly Samford; and brother, E.C. Samford.
The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.