BACK TO SCHOOL AT 70
Alferd (cq) Williams dropped out of school at six years old to be a share cropper in Tennessee after his father died.
When he joined the Army at 18, not knowing how to read or write and without a birth certificate to guide him otherwise, he spelled his first name A-l-f-e-r-d and, from that day forward he has been Alferd … even though his name is pronounced the traditional way – Alfred.
In 2006, St. Joseph, Missouri school teacher Alesia Hamilton scolded Alferd for consistently ignoring the written instructions she’d sent home with his grandson, whom Alferd escorted to and from school most days.
When she learned that Alferd was unable to read, she encouraged him to come to her class. Alferd agreed and, in 2007, enrolled at Edison Elementary School and joined Mr. Hamilton’s first grade class … and learned to read and write.