Petty Officer First Class SEAL Joshua Thomas Harris ’94

Petty Officer First Class SEAL Joshua Thomas Harris ’94, of Virginia Beach, Va., died Aug. 30 in a combat operation in Afghanistan. Described in a U.S. Navy press release as a “highly decorated combat veteran,” he is the second Davidson alumnus killed in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Josh was born in Chapel Hill on Apr. 19, 1972, to Dr. Sam R. Harris and Evelyn Long Harris, 6182 E. U.S. Highway 64, Lexington, NC 27292. He graduated from Lexington Senior High School and Davidson with a degree in studio art. He went on to pursue a master’s degree in architecture from UNC Charlotte and enlisted in the Navy in August 2000.

Near the maximum age for eligibility at 28, he aimed to become an elite Navy SEAL, and he succeeded. He deployed several times to Iraq and Afghanistan, where he was serving with the Naval Special Warfare Command Development Group (NSWDG) when he died. His numerous medals include the Bronze Star.

Surviving are his parents; his twin sister, Kiki Harris; brother, S. Ranchor Harris III (Serine); two nephews, Dylan and Chase; and uncles and aunts, Thomas Veach and Sveta Long, Randy and Penny Overby, and Tom and Marci Harris.

Scott Kirkland Alford ’94

Mr. Alford, 34, of Matthews, NC, died Wednesday January 12, 2005 at his residence. He was born January 6, 1971 in Germany and was the son of Jerilyn “ Lyn” Friend Alford and Lodwick Kirkland. Alford. Mr. Alford attended Davidson College on a basketball scholarship and graduated from the University of North Florida and received his MBA from the University of Central Florida. He was an assistant to Mr. Frank Renfrow of Matthews. Funeral services were held Monday, January 17, 2005 at Matthews Presbyterian Church, where he was a member with The Reverend Dr. John Wilkerson and Rev. Catherine George officiating. Interment was held in the Matthews Historical Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Heather Coker Alford; son, Tristan Kirkland Alford of the home; parents Kirk and Lyn Alford of Lenexa, Kansas; brother, Brett Alford of Charlotte, NC; Paternal Grandfather, Capt. Lodwick H. Alford, USN (Ret.) of Sea Island, GA; and Maternal Grandmother, Mildred Friend of Portsmouth, R.I. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Western North Carolina, 121 West Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. Arrangements by McEwen Funeral & Cremation Services, Mint Hill Chapel.

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