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David Alford, age 55, of Gatesville, died Monday, June 6, 2016, in a local hospital. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today (Saturday), June 18, 2016 at Mt. Cavalry Church of God in Christ with the Rev. Lee O. Ford officiating. Mr. Alford was born Oct. 26, 1960, in Killeen to the late Frank Alford Sr. and Lucille Kay Alford. He is survived by his only daughter, Hannah Smith of Gatesville; two grandchildren; a sister, Gracey Alford of Killeen; and three brothers, Frank Alford Jr. of Dallas, Joseph Alford of San Antonio, and Gregory Alford of Killeen.

January 7, 1959 – June 11, 2016


Ricky Blanchard, age 57, of Cameron, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2016. Funeral services were at 12:00 noon Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at Scott’s Funeral Home Chapel in Gatesville. Burial followed at Greenbriar Cemetery. Ricky was born on January 7, 1959, in Gatesville, Texas, to Bobby and Peggy Burt Blanchard. He retired from Coca Cola after working for 16 years. He loved all Texas sports teams, his cats, and his dog, Chila. He was preceded in death by his father, Bobby Blanchard. Ricky is survived by his wife, Lucy Blanchard; mother, Peggy Blanchard; children, Tańna Louise Almendarez, Cody Lansford and Jonathan Lansford; sister, Pam Fuller and husband, Steve; brother, Randy Blanchard and wife, Eva; brothers-in-law; David Corona, Damon Corona, George Corona and Lupe Corona; grandchildren, David Landsford, Vernon Rodriguez Jr., Israel Seth Rodriguez and Jolene Louise Almendarez; and special nieces and nephews, Aaron Ortega and wife, Michelle, Ryan Blanchard and Brooke Ortega; numerous other nieces and nephews; and greatniece, Chloe Ortega.