Zachary Stephens Alford

April 13, 1979November 17, 2021

It is with deepest sorrow we announce that Zachary “Zach” Stephens Alford, age 42, a beloved fiancé, father, son, brother, family member, and friend passed away on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 after a sudden illness. He was born in Lexington, South Carolina on April 13, 1979 to Donna Schneider Alford and Roy “Steve” Stephens Alford IV. After graduating from Lexington High School, Zach began his career cutting trees as the owner and operator of To The Top Tree Service. Growing up on the family farm instilled in Zach a great love for the outdoors. He was an avid hunter, hunting deer, wild boar, turkeys, and fishing. He won several hunting awards hog baying in Texas, Louisiana, and Georgia. He was also very passionate about traveling to assist with hurricane clean up. He shared many of these activities with his fiancé, Ashley and his four-legged companion, Cash.

Zach supported the Outdoor Dream Foundation by taking children hunting and making their outdoor dreams comes true. He was a Christian man, loved God, his family, and his friends and will be dearly missed by all that knew him.

He is survived by his children, Wyatt and Blythe; parents, Donna and Steve Alford; grandmother, Grace Mellette (Russ); step grandmother, Emily Alford; sister, Jennifer Alford Lever; adopted brother, Jai Hicks (Mary Beth); loving fiancé, Ashley Welch and her children, Dalton and Colton; aunt, Alice Schneider Camens (Marc) and aunt, Bobbi Buff; uncles, George W. Schneider, Charlie Alford, Mokey Buff, Waldo Buff; nephews, Ryan and Josh Lever; cousins, Taylor and Tyler Schneider, Gregg and Trinity Schneider, Bryam Frick, Caroline “Buffy” Buff, Allison Buff Black, Waldo Buff Jr., Chauntee Hutchins, Sarah Alford Ponds, Jeremiah Alford, and his lifelong best friend, Jay Emory. Zach leaves behind his beloved dogs, Cash and Sky; pet raccoon, Slick and numerous other hunting dogs.

Zach is predeceased by grandparents, Kenneth and Barbara “Bobbie” Schneider, Roy Alford III; uncle, John Gary Schneider and aunt, Helen Schneider. A memorial service will be held at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. with visitation to follow. A Celebration of Life will be held at Schneider Farms on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. Honorary Pallbearers are Morgan Kaigler, Jai Hicks, Jay Emory, Ricky Campbell, Glenn Williams, Bruce Gates, Daniel Sawyer Jr., Daniel Sawyer Sr., Robert Christofoli, and Jake Loiacano.

We would especially like to thank Dr. C. Phillip Toussaint, Lexington County EMS, and the staff of the Surgical ICU at Lexington Medical Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Outdoor Dream Foundation, PO Box 802, Anderson, SC 29621, Joy Mission Church, 72 Creek Road, Chapin, SC 29063 and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, 1130 St. Peter’s Road, Lexington, SC 29072.


  • The Outdoor Dream Foundation
  • Joy Mission Church
  • St. Peter's Luthean Church Endowment Fund


  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, November 21, 2021

  • Visitation to follow service

    Sunday, November 21, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, November 27, 2021


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Jodi Howard

November 23, 2021

words will never express the feeling of this loss.... we just spoke of my hunt in Colorado the day before all this happened...... wow ..... buddy as I learned of the illness I prayed and then again on the days that followed.... I was high on the mountain when u passed and I got the message of your passing ...... what a mighty God we serve as your complete healing was given to you and I prayed again for your family ....... memories will never fade of the swamp hunts .....the trees being cut .....the deer hunts etc .......... rest easy and enjoy the ride ..... I love ya bud.... to the family my condolences and continued prayers for peace understanding and comfort ....... gone from this world to start a new walk in glory...... but never forgotten here .

Jason Jones

November 21, 2021

Damn good man gone RIP zach just shocked love you brother my condolences go out 2 the family and anybody who knew him till we meet again brother , Jason Jones aka JJ

Jillian Miller

November 21, 2021

Zach I will miss you very much!! You helped me when I was married and I didn't think anyone else would help! But you were there to make me smile and help me get things back right when I was at the darkest point in my life! Thank u for everything you did for me and for everything you stood for! I love u and I know your in good hands now!

Jewel Raines

November 20, 2021

My condolences goes out to the Alford and Lever Family. God will make you all strong , in knowing he's in good care.

Jesse Monts

November 20, 2021

Zach I'm going to miss you Brother. I didn't work with you long but the time I did work with you is full of good times and great memories. You gave me my first ever chainsaw because no man should be without one LoL. The trips we took just to prepare your hunting spots were fun too. Rest peacefully my friend until we see each other again. You are Just a good ol' boy and I appreciate you.