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Arlanders Alford (affectionately known as GOAT), age 84 was born February 24, 1938 in Cottonton, Alabama. He was the youngest son to the late Jesse Alford Sr. and Elnora Screws Alford.

As a longtime resident of Tampa, Florida, he was employed as a shrimper until his retirement.  Although he had many hobbies, his number #1 love and passion was GOLF. In addition to his golf skills, he was also known for being an amazing swing dancer and an awesome dominoes player.  All of these talents helped form his nickname “GOAT” because he truly was the GREATEST OF ALL TIME.

On Thursday February 02, 2023, God looked around his beautiful garden and saw an empty place. He looked down upon earth and saw Arlanders tired face. He reached down and placed his arms around Arlanders so he could rest and enjoy his beautiful garden.

”Favorite Scripture: Psalms 23”

Arlanders Alford leaves to cherish his memories: six children Jesse James Griffin (Doris) of Jacksonville, FL, Tracy Shawn Wiggins of Atlanta, GA, Ellen Shawnie Nealy- Morton, caregiver (Michael), Arlanders Alford (Chrisse), Lakisha Reed (Lamar) and Maurice Dyal (Takisha) of Tampa, FL. One brother: Jesse Alford Jr. (Ann) of Philadelphia, PA.

Twenty-eight grandchildren, including his loving caregiver, Jasmyne B. Nealy. Twenty great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Goat will be missed by a host of cousins in Alabama and Chicago, many friends throughout Tampa, A devoted friend, Lorraine Mitchell, her children, and grandchildren were very dear to his heart.

Longshoreman Hall (Shrimper) and Rogers Park Golf Course.

Per Goat’s request there will be no funeral services. The family would like to thank you for the many prayers, calls, and condolences. 


  • Rufus Lewis
    Posted February 19, 2023 at 10:51 pm

    I agree he was one of the greatest of all time. His golf game and swing was respected by all players that played with Goat. He was also a ballroom dancer. He could dance with two of three ladies at the same time. He was one of the men that erected the Willie Black monument that’s on the tenth tee at Rogers Park Golf Course in Tampa Florida.

  • Arnold’DaddyBo’Watson
    Posted February 20, 2023 at 1:29 pm

    Just Thank Goat for being apart my life. You on the team that never loses.

  • Nieche Pendleton
    Posted February 21, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    My condolences Shawnie and Jazz. I pray that the Lord provides comfort and peace during this difficult time to you all and the family. My prayers are with you.

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