In Memory of



Obituary for Tom Alford

Thomas “Tom” Leonard Alford was born on September 26, 1951 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Howard Clegg and Regina Marie. He went by many names, but to most he was Tom or Tommy, to his children he was Pops, and to his grandchildren he was Pepaw. During his formative years, Tom and his family moved to Tampa, Florida, where he spent the first half of his life and started a family of his own. He moved with his family from Florida to Georgia for the second half of his life until his last day.

Tom was an avid golfer who loved to play often and participated in tournaments. He loved Football, specifically college football, and was a die-hard Florida State Seminoles fan. Tom was passionate about being in the great outdoors, and could always be found either camping, hunting, fishing, or sitting outside with a cup of coffee watching the grass grow. When he finally owned his dream, center console fishing boat, he spent every chance he could on Lake Lanier, close to where he lived. He took delight in teaching his children and grandchildren how to cast a line, bait a hook, and where to find all the best local fishing holes. Tom also loved being near the ocean, including vacationing on the beach, deep sea fishing, and seafood. Tom enjoyed cooking and grilling and spent a large portion of his time watching cooking shows, curating recipes, and making culinary masterpieces with his family. Because he dedicated so much of his time cooking, he also took joy in growing his own produce and tended his own garden every year. His children and grandchildren enjoyed picking blueberries from his blueberry bushes when they became too full. After retirement, Tom was passionate about traveling and exploring new destinations with his wife, Anna.

Tom was full of personality, always joyful and quick to make friends. He was often seen with his goofy smile, and his hearty laugh could be heard and recognized from far away. He was selfless, hardworking, and loyal. He was always a friend you could rely on when in need and even more unfailing as a father. He loved his family with all that he was and it was evident in how he spoke about them to others. He will be immensely missed by all.

He is survived by his wife, his brother, his four children, and his two grandchildren.

A celebration of Tom’s Life will be held Sunday March 27, 2022 at 3 o’clock at Bearden Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends on Sunday March 27, 2022 beginning at 2 o’clock until the hour of service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or for you to plant a native dogwood tree in Tom’s memory.

Condolences may be expressed at
Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, GA.