This is one “scoop” the woman nicknamed Scoop won’t break. Instead, she’s the heart of the news story and, sadly, it is to confirm the passing of Missy Alford early Thursday morning.
For years, she’d been a tireless promoter of the Rome/Floyd business community, whether working for others or later with her husband and partner since October 2013, Rome businessman Larry Alford. She was at the chamber ribbon cuttings. She would work her way into the networking clusters at downtown coffee breaks. She’d send a stream of photos of openings or closings on Broad Street to Hometown Headlines with the always-pensive question, “What’s up here?”
That’s why we called her Scoop. With dozens of so-called news professionals in town, she usually was the first to see a story coming together. We kidded her about earning a degree in “Drive-by Journalism” — but never found the time to get her that diploma.
Even on Wednesday, as she battled after a massive surgical attempt to preserve her life, we were running down her last tip, texted to us on Saturday afternoon. She had heard a comment from a clerk about a potential hiccup involving a growing local retailer (we’re still waiting for that official word from the parent company but it appears she was right again).
Larry says Missy started feeling bad Sunday and wasn’t improving on Monday. One thing led to another and finally he called an ambulance as she went into distress. Hints of problems were evident on Facebook soon after as prayers were sought. Friends responded with a flood of them. By early Tuesday, in a 5:45 a.m. phone call, Larry begged for more. That usually was the time of day Missy was itching to share a tip.
And when she wasn’t on the prowl for the latest business gossip, she was at Publix or other grocers picking apart all the deals. Wednesdays were her favorite. She’d cruise Publix, hitting the “BOGOs” — buy one, get one specials — very hard as well as other discounts. She’d add a slew of coupons to it all and roll out of the store with a full buggy and a receipt showing she spent under $6. That from a spouse who always said Larry was the cheap one.
She also found energy for a Girl Scout troop, often lobbying others to join in a project or a trip. And then her causes, including the Alzheimer’s Walk and so many others.
And what do you say about Cooper? Her constant companion, the subject of all the photos she took that didn’t involve a coming or going downtown business? He’ll need Larry in coming days – or perhaps the other way around.
Missy Alford earned the title of ambassador from the chamber of commerce. But she’ll be remembered as an ambassador for Rome, Ga., and anyone she called a friend. Just ask the dozens upon dozens of them posting on Facebook right now. They don’t know whether to be stunned or saddened or both.
We think Missy, instead, would prefer they sneak Cooper a quick pet or a treat.
Mrs. Melissa Kay “Missy” Alford, age 35, of Rome, passed away Thursday morning, February 8, 2018, in a local hospital.
Mrs. Alford was born in West Liberty, KY on March 18, 1982, daughter of Terry Dean Williams and the late Rita Lynn McMillen Brown. She was a graduate of Menifee County High School in Frenchburg, Ky., and Morehead State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. She was employed in Sales and Marketing with Service Master by Twins here in Rome.
She was an Ambassador with the Rome Floyd Chamber of Commerce and was active in chamber affairs. Mrs. Alford was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church and was a Girl Scout Leader with Troop No. 17855 here in Rome.
Survivors include her husband, Larry Dean Alford, to whom she was married on October 19, 2013; her father, Terry Dean Williams, and his wife, Vicki, West Liberty, Ky.; a sister, Terri Keath, and her husband, Will, and their daughters, Bella, Kendell, and Korbyn, all of Mount Sterling, Ky.; her four-legged critter, Cooper; other nieces and nephews survive.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 3 p.m. at Spring Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Douglas Crumbly, the Rev. Jim Reynolds and the Rev. Corey Wright officiating. Interment will follow at a later date in Brown Cemetery in Pomroyton, Ky.
The family will receive friends at Spring Creek Baptist Church on Saturday from noon until 2:45 p.m.
Honorary pallbearers are requested to assemble at Spring Creek Baptist Church on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and will include Ambassadors and staff of the Rome Floyd Chamber of Commerce and members of Girl Scout Troop #17855.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spring Creek Baptist Church Youth Ministry, 2636 Chulio Road, Rome, Ga. 30161.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel.