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Longtime missions supporter and WMU member Omer Alford, of Atlanta, died Aug 20. She was 103.

Alford was born in rural North Carolina before later becoming a member of Baptist Tabernacle in Atlanta. She was a longtime advocate of missions training, serving in WMU as president of Stone Mountain Baptist Association and later in the same role on the state level 1952-57. During her time as state WMU president, Alford served as a vice-president on the executive board of WMU on the national level.

In other roles, Alford served as vice-president of the Georgia Baptist Convention and was a member of the executive committee as well as the administrative committee of the executive committee. Other memberships were held in the public affairs committee, the resolutions committee, the nominations committee and the Georgia Temperance League. On the national level, Alford served on the committee on committees, committee on boards and the Foreign Mission Board.

Alford is preceded in death by her husband, John, and a son, John, Jr. She is survived by her son, Denny, six grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.


Frank Bozeman of Duluth died Aug. 23. He was 86.

A native of Albany, Bozeman was a retired Georgia Baptist pastor who served 56 years in various pastorates throughout the Atlanta area. He most recently served Flat Creek Baptist in Gainesville before retiring. He was also a retired Army veteran of World War II.

Bozeman is survived by his wife of 63 years, Wilma; a son, Bill Bozeman of Gainesville; a daughter, Frances King of McAllen, Texas; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.