Jack DeLaye Alford

February 22, 1922 - January 29, 2020

Jack DeLaye Alford

Jack DeLaye Alford was born February 22, 1922 as the fifth child of Jasper Newell and Mamie Evie (White) Alford in Beaumont, Texas.

Named after Hub Delaye, a popular Methodist evangelist loved by his Mother, Jack was baptized at the Roberts Avenue Methodist Church.

He married the love of his life, Julia Kathryn Plake, on December 25, 1941. They were married for sixty-five years, until her death on July 27, 2007.

He was inducted into the United States Army December 30, 1942, serving for 2 years, 11 months and 5 days, with 2 years and 3 days in Europe, including England, France, Belgium, Holland (Netherlands) and Germany with the 279th Ordnance Maintenance Company. He was honorably discharged on December 4, 1945.

After returning home from the war, Jack went to work at Mobil Oil Magnolia Refinery and then at Pure Oil Smith Bluff Refinery, which was later purchased by Union 76. During his employment, he rose to become the Instructor for Pipefitter Trainees, and also wrote the piping standards still in use by Union 76. He retired in 1984.

As he became re-established at home, Jack & Kathryn became the proud parents of Mary Ellen and Jack Alan.

He was Past Master of South Park Lodge #1320, AF&AM in Beaumont and Past District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District 26-A of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas in 1996. He was a 33rd Degree Mason (White Hat) and a member of the Galveston Scottish Rite.

Jack died January 29, 2020. He lived 97 years, 11 months and 8 days.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jasper Newell Alford and Mamie Evie White; sisters, Eva Lee Mack, Imogene Louise Alford, and Mary Nelson Sens; brother, Jasper Newell Alford, Jr.; beloved wife, Kathryn Alford; and beloved daughter, Mary Ellen Martin.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Carol Alford; son-in-law, Gerald Martin; grandchildren, Kevin Alford; Stephanie and spouse, Sandra Younce; Danielle Alford; Kimberly Crook and husband, Bill; Sheila Ryan and husband Paul; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A gathering of Mr. Alford’s family and friends 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. His graveside service will be held 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont.


A Gathering of Mr. Alford's Friends and Family
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Ave.
2000 Mcfaddin Street Beaumont, TX 77701
Tuesday, February 04, 2020
5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Graveside Service
Forest Lawn Cemetery Forest Lawn Memorial Park
4955 Pine Street Beaumont, TX 77703
Wednesday, February 05, 2020
10:00 a.m.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
4955 Pine St Beaumont, TX 77703

Comments (4)

  • Sharon Brownlee Wornick

    03 February 2020 at 20:03 | #

    I only met Mr. Alford once, as he was leaving Woodworker's Paradise and I heard them call him by name. I caught him before he left and told him he knew my daddy; they worked together in South Park Lodge for many many years. Daddy spoke very highly of Mr. Alford, and I am sorry to hear of his passing.


  • Carol & Cathy (from the doctors office)

    03 February 2020 at 01:00 | #

    Mr Jack was a precious, kind man. We'll always remember him, and his visits. I know he's missed, but happy he's reunited with his love. Praying for the family during your time of loss. Sincerely, Carol & Cathy


  • Sharon Stevenson Siebern

    02 February 2020 at 19:06 | #

    Mr. Alford was the Dad of my friend Mary Ellen. He worked closely with my Dad at Pure Oil. He was part of the South Park neighborhood! I am so sorry to hear of his passing.


  • Susan Lawrence

    01 February 2020 at 21:06 | #

    Jack was such a wonderful man. I will miss him and seeing your family at the Waterford. My love and prayers to your family..


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