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Alan Ray Gifford, 50, of Fairmont, passed away Saturday (Feb. 25, 2017) at his home.
He was born in Fairmont, on March 24, 1966, the only child of Marilyn (Jackson) Gifford and the late Col. Richard E. Gifford.
Alan graduated from East Fairmont High School and Webster College. He had worked for General Delivery and most recently sold on EBay. His passion was music. Alan was an extremely talented musician and vocalist. He played several different instruments, most often the keyboard. He played with several gospel and country groups including Silverador, Rhythm Section, Transition, John Bolton and Marshall Sisters. He currently played with Intent, Country Knights, Knights of the Cross and Psalm 150.
Alan was a devoted member of the Rose of Sharon Church. He served the church with his Christian music and the Rose of Sharon Facebook with his other passion of taking beautiful pictures. Alan loved people. He will be greatly missed by his family, his church family, his music family and his many good and dear friends.
In addition to his mother, Alan is survived by his grandmother, whom he was extremely close to and helped care for, Virginia Jackson of Fairmont; his aunts and uncles, Pamela and Bruce Blagg of Florida and George D. and Barbara Jackson of Clarksburg; several cousins, Tina and Oscar Calderon of Florida, Erica and Rob Child of New York, Ryan and Nicole Calderon and their children, Arianna, Aiden, Ashton and Axel Calderon of Florida, Monica and Brian Adams and their daughter, Amanda Adams of Virginia, Jennifer and Peter Encinosa and their children, Alex and Anna, and Chris and Acima Blagg and their son, Owen, all of Florida.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandfather, George F. Jackson.
Friends and family may call from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with his Pastor Rex Musgrove officiating. Interment will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens. Serving as pallbearers will be members of the musical group, Intent.
Online condolences and memories may be shared with Alan's friends and family at www.carpenterandford.com.
Published on March 1, 2017
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