Alford Alfonzo Bearden passed away on March 23, 2018. He was born on February 28, 1936 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, to Leonard and Willie Mae Bearden.

Alford moved to Weed, California in 1947, where he attended Weed schools, and later joined the Army National Guard.

Alford joined Mt. Shasta Baptist Church at an early age under the late E.A. Melton and later Rev. Henry Gaines. Alford met and married Dorothy Austin in 1961. To this union six children were born. Alford also had two children from a prior marriage.

Alford worked for International Paper Company and Foothill Disposable at the same time for many years. After International Paper closed, Alford went to work for J.H. Baxter and later Roseburg Lumber Company. He retired from Roseburg Lumber in 1984.

Alford continued to work throughout the community, doing various odd jobs, and did odd jobs for Roseburg Lumber. Alford was also faithful in keeping the STEP property well maintained.

Alford is most remembered for his wonderful smile, encouraging words, and contagious words of wisdom, some of which you may know: “Keep up the good work,” and “Hold it down.”

Alford never had a bad word to say about anyone and he would help anybody that needed help. He quoted scripture to anyone he met, and always encouraged the youth to make something out of their life.

Alford was proceeded in death by his parents, Leonard Bearden and Willie Mae; son, Stanley; and brothers, Leonard Jr., JW, Clifford, and Donald.

He leaves to cherish his loving memory his loving wife of 57 years, Dorothy Bearden; seven children: Ricky Bearden, Brenda Bearden, Jackie Bearden Wayne (Lisa) Bearden, Tracey Bearden, Regina Bearden, and Heidi Bearden; as well as two sisters, Marsha Dixon and Linda Bearden; 17 grandkids; 11 great-grandkids; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, friends, and all those who loved him.