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Dr. John Gilbert Alphin, Sr.

Dr. John Gilbert Alphin, Sr.
  • July 24, 1935 - February 14, 2013
  • Florence, South Carolina

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“February 13, 2018Hey Everybody, For me, this brought tears of joy! Love ya'll!!!Gilbert Edwin ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Gilbert Alphin - Kure Beach, NC

Early Christmas Morning 2012 “Daddy will love you. Book work is well underway! See you later. :) ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Gilbert Edwin Alphin - Kure Beach, NC

“Daddy we will always love you!! ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Gilbert Edwin Alphin - Kure Beach, NC

“To the family of Dr. John Gilbert Alphin, Sr., I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Alphin's passing. I am so thankful for the friendship that he and I...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Melvin Proctor - Kings Mountain, NC

“for the family of Dr.John Gilbert Alphin Sr.. I am a neice of Audrey Alphin Lindsay and Donald Lindsay, was so sorry to hear of your family's loss....Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Gail and George Jones - Whitakers, NC

“Sincere sympathy from Norwood Ezzell family ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Cindy Bell - Mount Olive, NC

“May the memories of Mr. John's love be with you all and confot your at this time and in the days and weeks to come. With Deepest Sympathy ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Ann Outlaw,Billy & Barbara Jones, Ricky & Vickie Deaver - NC

“A wonderful uncle and kind-hearted man who always made me smile. I will miss you Uncle John. ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Alice Hobin - Fuquay Varina, NC

Dr. John Gilbert Alphin
July 24, 1935 – Feb. 14, 2013

FLORENCE, SC—Dr. John Gilbert Alphin, 77, passed away Thursday afternoon, February 14, 2013 at McLeod Hospital in Florence, S. C.

Services to celebrate his life will be held Sunday, February 17, 2:00 p.m. at Tyndall Funeral Home in Mount Olive, North Carolina. The funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Wanda Simmons. A visitation will immediately follow the service. The interment will take place in the Gilbert E. Alphin, Jr. and Eva Grady Alphin Family Cemetery in Mount Olive, North Carolina.

Friends and family are being received at the Gilbert E. Alphin, Jr. home place, now the home of Vance and Ann Alphin.

Born at his Grandmother Grady's home, John Gilbert grew up near Summerlin's Crossroads in Duplin County, North Carolina. At a young age, he was baptized at Bethel United Methodist Church, the family's ancestral home church. Dr. Alphin attended N.C. State University where he obtained a bachelor's degree, master's degree and doctorate degree in agricultural engineering. While at N. C. State, he also graduated with the Air Force ROTC.
As a long time resident of Florence, S. C., Dr. Alphin was member of Central United Methodist Church. He was a Methodist Youth Fellowship leader and a Boy Scout assistant leader.

Dr. Alphin's career took him to Clemson University's Pee Dee Research and Education Center at Florence, S.C. where he was a professor of agricultural and biological engineering. Retiring after 32 years of service he was named professor emeritus.
While at Clemson, Dr. Alphin invented and patented the once-over low profile tobacco harvester and he held many other patents. He did extensive research in the tobacco fields of farmers in the eastern South Carolina area. He had received numerous awards and recognitions for his efforts. In 1975, Dr. Alphin was awarded the Engineering Concept of the Year Award with the American Society of Agricultural Engineers for 1982-83, claiming in 1984 its Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Agricultural Engineering Profession. During his research, he consulted with Phillip Morris and Ron Planck tobacco industries. After retiring, Dr. Alphin continued his research and consulting work with Powell Manufacturing.
Another involvement of John Gilbert's was the Alphin-Cheek Mfg Co. of Mount Olive, NC, which manufactured tobacco harvesters that his father had invented. Ultimately he succeeded his father as company president. Other business enterprises include farming and rental operations in Duplin, Wayne, and New Hanover counties.

Dr. Alphin is survived by his wife, Marguerite Register Alphin a native of Rose Hill, NC; their children Gilbert Edwin Alphin and his wife Karen Rud Alphin of Kure Beach, NC, JoAnn Alphin Alexander and husband, Alan Clay Alexander of Seneca, SC, and Anita Alphin Bryan and husband, William Smith Bryan, Jr., of Mt. Pleasant, SC; four beloved grandchildren, Callie Frances Alexander, Clayton Moore Alexander, John Houston Bryan, and Macaulay Grace Bryan; three sisters, Nancy Alphin Williamson and husband Stephen M. Williamson of Kenansville, NC, Audrey Alphin Lindsay and husband Donald Lindsay of Waynesboro, VA, and Eva May Alphin Avent and husband Kenneth Avent, Sr. of Faison, NC, and a brother Vance Alphin and wife Ann B. Alphin of Mount Olive, NC, a brother-in-law Lee Register and wife Catherine of Rose Hill, NC, and a sister-in-law Edith R. Brinkley and husband Charles of Teachey, NC; a true friend, Willie Davis of Florence, SC, many nieces, nephews, and numerous cousins.

John Gilbert was preceded in death by an infant son, John Gilbert Alphin, Jr., and his parents Gilbert Estus Alphin, Jr. and Eva Grady Alphin, and his parents-in-law, Edwin Lee Register and Mildred Brown Register.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate gifts honoring the memory of Dr. John Gilbert Alphin be made to the Arthritis Foundation, PO Box 96280, Washington, DC 20077; the American Heart Association, PO Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058, the family's home church, Bethel United Methodist, c/o Charles Ivey, 2284 Summerlin's Crossroad Road, Mount Olive, NC 28365, or to the church or charity of your choosing.