Charlotte Delilah Victoria Alford, known to all as Victoria, was called to be with the Lord, July 9, 2022, surrounded by her loving family at the Hospital of Providence-Sierra in El Paso, Texas. Victoria was born August 11, 1930, in Westminster, South Carolina, to the late George Allen and Charlotte Delilah Riley Childers of Westminster, SC. The eighth of nine children and youngest girl, Victoria’s early years on the family farm instilled in her to have faith in God, strong family values, and always show kindness to everyone. Through the guidance of her loving parents, Victoria accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Westminster.
After completing her elementary and high school education in the Public Schools of Oconee County, Victoria attended Benedict College in Columbia, SC, where she met and married the love of her life, Chester A. Alford on March 11, 1951. This union of 67-years would bless them with four children, Brenda, Chester, Avis and Dannette. Chester's military career provided unique experiences through his various deployments. During these times, Victoria maintained a wonderful home environment for her family that was filled with love. Victoria was also well known for her gracious hospitality and delicious meals which she prepared during gatherings with family and friends.
Their 30-year military life allowed them to establish strong friendships which would influence their decision to settle in El Paso, TX. They would later become members of Mount Zion Baptist Church, where Victoria would serve in various ministries to include the Women’s Mission and Hospitality committee. As well as supporting several community and civic activities, Victoria was a life member of the Westminster Chapter of the Eastern Star.
Affectionately known as the “Lovely Lady”, Victoria will always be remembered for her kind heart, infectious personality, comforting and encouraging words, loving spirit and beautiful radiant smile. Her favorite bible verse was, “Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not onto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct thy paths”, which will always be etched in the hearts of her children. This scripture was the foundation of their upbringing and importance of loving the LORD.
Victoria is preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Chester A. Alford; beloved daughter, Dannette Alford; brothers, Prince Childers, Henry Childers, William Childers and John Childers; sisters, Mattye Launa Childers Thompson, Ellen Naomi Childers and Mamie Esther Childers Sims.
She leaves to cherish loving memories, daughters, Brenda Vanley (Lawrence); Avis V. May (Kelvin) of Kansas City MO; son Chester (Margaret); seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; brother, Clifton Bryant Childers (Olive) of Silver Spring MD; and a host of nieces, nephews and special friends.
The family would like to give special thanks to Victoria’s life-long friends; Eula Mallard, Helen James, Rosalind Winfree, Lelo Hill and Savannah Tubbs; special family friend, Barbara Byrd; home-care providers, Monica Mendoza, Dina Garcia, Nancy Martinez, Grandview Home Health and her many caring doctors.
Victoria C. Alford, Visitation will be from 5:00pm to 8:00pm with Reflections at 6:00pm on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at Sunset Funeral Home Northeast 4631 Hondo Pass Drive. Funeral Service will begin at 10:00am on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at McCombs Baptist Church, 10601 McCombs Street. Committal Service to follow at 11:30am at Fort Bliss National Cemetery. Services entrusted to Sunset Funeral Homes-Northeast. Please visit her memorial at www.sunsetfuneralhomes.net.
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
6:00 - 7:00pm (Mountain time)
Thursday, July 21, 2022
10:00 - 11:00am (Mountain time)
McCombs Baptist Church
Thursday, July 21, 2022
11:30am - 12:00pm (Mountain time)
Fort Bliss National Cemetery