Freddie Thomas Alford, more affectionately known as “Duke” was born on June 1, 1952 to the late Freddie and Mary K. Alford of Clio S.C. Freddie gave his life to Christ at an early age and joined the Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church. He attended Clio High School where he played basketball. While in high school, he joined the Future Farmer’s of America. Upon completing high school, Freddie worked various manufacturing jobs. He was an exemplary employee of Delta Mills manufacturing plant for 25+ years. After transitioning from the Manufacturing industry, Freddie transitioned as a Custodial Technician for the Marlboro County School District, serving several schools during his tenure. Freddie, officially retired from the workforce on April 30, 2020.
Outside of his career, Freddie was a serious outdoorsman. He had a green thumb and distributed his fruit and veggies throughout the community. In addition, he was an avid fisherman and a staple at lakes and creeks across Marlboro County. Freddie was also a flourishing entrepreneur with multiple “side hustles” ranging from: landscaping, gardening, weeding, bulk seafood distribution, pecan merchant and custodial services. As he grew wise in age, Freddie’s pastime became traveling. He explored cities such as: Atlanta, Atlantic City, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Memphis, and Toronto. He also enjoyed watching baseball, basketball, and football; especially cheering on his favorite team the Dallas Cowboys!
Freddie completed his life journey on Friday, February 12, 2021 in Bennettsville, S.C.
As a man of joy and adventure, Freddie leaves behind to cherish his memory: his four children, Darren Covington of McColl, SC, Telly “Kojack” (Tonya) Harley of High Point, NC, Shekara Broady of Florence, S.C., Roderick (Brittany) Broady of Arlington, VA; five grandchildren, Devonta Bethea, Teldrick Harley, Tasiah Harley, NaImah Broady, Naailah Broady; two great grandchildren, Devonta Bethea Jr., Ariana Bethea; nine siblings; one preceded him in death Barbara “Booboo” McGirt. Remaining siblings are: Charles (Janie) Thomas, Fred (Clara) Thompson, Ronnie Alford, Martha Alford, all of Clio, SC; Betty (Edward) Graham of Bennettsville, SC; Melanie (John) Wilson of Greensboro, NC; Angela Peterson of Whitsett, NC; Mary (Sean) Bethea of Charlotte, NC; aunts and uncles Lousie (Prentiss) Smith of Bennettsville, SC; Leressa Waters, Carrie Thomas, Pearlie Howard Thomas all of Clio, SC; Emma Bryant of Dillon, SC; Angela Bethea, his Love and Special Friend; his Road Dogs, Bill Breeden, Rodney “Peanuckle” Davis, and Charles Ridges; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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