Larry Alford

March 11, 1945 ~ September 16, 2020 (age 75)


Larry “Big Al” Alford, age 75 of Cincinnati, Ohio passed away at his home on Wednesday, September 16th, 2020.


Larry Alford was an alumnus of Taft High School of Cincinnati and Knoxville College in Tennessee, where he earned his bachelors in education.

Larry retired from the Cincinnati Public School system after (30) years of dedicated service. He was a mentor, founder of the Men of Woodward, Football Coach and Athletic Director.  He loved teaching math and science and assisted students in finding jobs.  His focus was on helping students succeed! 


Larry was preceded in death by his father, Ledger Alford and his mother Lillie Pearl (Turner) Alford. His brother Leonard Alford, and his 2nd Son Adrian Anthony (Tony) Alford. He leaves behind his devoted and loving wife of 53 years, Sharon (Helms) Alford and their sons David Sinclair Alford Sr (Tamecia Jordan) and Keith Douglas Alford (Franchesca). He also leaves behind his uncle Robert Alford (Vera) of Lousisiana, Aunt Ruby Thomas of Hattiesburg MS and grand children Douglas R. Alford, David Alford II, Franchesca M. Alford, Jasmine Alford and special grand daughter Bre Hicks.  His beloved family Leon and Zora Lee Harris, Marvin and Alice Huff, Timothy (Marilyn) Helms, Raymond and Leatha Tunstall, George Helms II.  His special sisters Lowrie Turner, Karen Oldham and Martha Harrell.  His number one niece, his number one niece and his number, number one niece, his many nephews and family and friends.

Larry will be missed by so many as he was part of the following organizations and teams: Cincinnati Public Schools Bowling League (20+ years), Knoxville College Alumni Association, William Howard Taft Alumni Association, Lake Erie Fishing Club (Erie Drifters), CPS Golf League, Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Anthropos.


Larry enjoyed audio books, bad westerns and walking his dog. He loved to fish and go bowling and absolutely enjoyed cooking for his family and friends. He was most proud of helping people and giving love to people who needed it the most. He had a passion for inspiring and encouraging others to think beyond their highest thoughts for themselves.  One of the top things many will miss the most is his patience, kindness and his smile.  His smile would light up a room, when you got the answer to one of his thought provoking questions right.  Whether the question was simple or life changing, he made you the focus and you knew a lesson had been learned. 


But what most people will miss, is his patience and his kindness and his smile when you got the answer to the question right. Rather the question was simple or life changing, he made you the focus.

Larry was an amazing Son, Father, Brother, Husband and Friend. He was loved by so many people that his love will ripple forward through them to touch people forever, and a day!

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Memorial Service
September 25, 2020

10:00 AM
Allen Temple AME Church
7080 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45237

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