Mr. Alfred Royal Jr. was the fourth oldest son of the late Bertha and Alford Royal. He began his life on August 1, 1934 in Burgaw, North Carolina and departed this life on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, North Carolina.
Alfred Royal attended the public schools of Pender County in Burgaw, North Carolina. After graduating from high school in May 1953, Alfred moved to Washington D.C. It was there that he lived with his older brother, Gilbert. Alfred worked various jobs in Washington, D.C. to include Hotel porter and Bank teller. In February 1959, Alfred began his Federal government career at the United States Postal Service as a Mail Handler and advanced to a supervisor in that position. Alfred worked a total of 31 years with the Postal Service and retired in February 1990.
In Washington, DC, Alfred met Kathryn in 1953 at Tabernacle Baptist Church and not long after in May 1954, they were united in holy matrimony. They were blessed with and raised a large family of six children.
Alfred accepted Christ at an early age. He decided to serve Jesus Christ in different auxiliaries at Tabernacle Baptist Church. He was an active member and served as a Deacon. He was also a member of the Men’s Chorus where he enjoyed singing, he served on the beautification committee, the transportation committee and he assisted any where else he was needed to serve. Also, Alfred worked in the community helping neighbors with clean-up projects and offering transportation to others for work or grocery shopping. After his retirement he and Katherine moved home to Fairmont, North Carolina in March 1992. There Alfred found a new church home and became a member of First Baptist Church where he became very acclimated in the church. He attended Sunday School and Church regularly, served on the Deacon Board and was a member of the Male Choir. Alfred attended numerous events at the Church and he was always willing to lend a helping hand. He loved the Lord and exemplified it with his happy smile, friendliness and caring ways. He loved sitting on his porch, being outside and riding his lawn mower. His will be missed greatly by family and friends.
Alfred worked for several years at the Food Lion in Fairmont where he would greet everyone with respect and a hearty smile. He would take time to talk to almost everyone, no matter rain or shine. He was known throughout Fairmont as “Mr. Sunshine” and in June 1994, Alfred was recognized by Food Lion for an Outstanding Performance Award for his excellent customer service.
Alfred was an avid and dedicated sport fan. While in Washington, D.C., he was faithful about supporting and watching the Redskins, Bullets (now Wizards) and the baseball team. Also, he enjoyed watching boxing matches, especially Mohammed Ali, Joe Frazier and upcoming boxers. When he returned to North Carolina, Alfred kept a special place for the Washington sport teams, but he also supported his North Carolina sport teams.
Alfred was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Floyd Royal, one son, Hal Royal and six siblings: Robert Royal, Herman Royal, Harry Royal, William Royal, Alberta Royal and Julius Lee Royal.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his five children: Debra Jamison (Robert) of Washington, D.C., Kathy Trimble of Fairmont, NC, Alfred Tyrone Royal (Toni) of Washington DC, Alvin Royal of Temple Hill, MD and Audrey Poole (Larry) of Clinton, MD; 9 Grandchildren, 12 Great-grandchildren; his sister Clara Mae Rowell of Washington, DC, two special brothers-in-law, William Floyd (Mae) and Dallas Ford both of Fairmont, NC, three sisters-in-law, Alice Carter (Thomas) of Fayetteville, NC, Mary Floyd of Washington, DC and Brenda Royal of Burgaw, NC; a special niece Mary Lee Latham of Jacksonville, NC, many nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives, friends and neighbor.