Judge Lee S. Alford was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina on May 16, 1942. His parents are deceased. He is married to the former Terri D. Baker and they have two sons, Matthew Lee and Ross Dean.
He attended public schools in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He attended Clemson University and received his bachelor's degree in history in 1968 from the University of South Carolina. He received his juris doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1971. He later attended Winthrop University in night school and earned fifteen additional hours credit in accounting, auditing, and federal tax.
He entered the United States Air Force in 1960 and was stationed in the Philippine Islands, Taiwan and Tripoli, Libya. He was honorably discharged in 1964.
He practiced law in York, South Carolina from 1971 to 1979. He has been admitted to practice law in the South Carolina State Courts, Federal District Court for South Carolina, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He was president of the York County Young Lawyers Association. He also served as president of the South Carolina Probate Judges Association.
He was elected Probate Judge for York County in 1978 and reelected without opposition in 1982, 1986 and 1990. He also served as Clerk of Court for York County during a vacancy in that office. He was elected by the General Assembly to serve as Family Court Judge for the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit in 1992 and reelected without opposition in 1995. He was elected by the General Assembly as a Resident Circuit Court Judge for the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit in 1998 and reelected without opposition in 2004 for a six-year term. Judge Alford serves on a volunteer basis as a judge for York County Drug Court. He was honored by the York County Bar Association for contributions as a lawyer and judge and for contributions to the state and his local community.
He served on the legislative study committee which drafted South Carolina's version of the Uniform Probate Code and as a member of the legislative task force which recommended the current commitment laws for chemically dependent persons. He served on the Bench/Bar committee of the South Carolina Families and Kids project. He also served as Chairman of the Sixteenth Circuit Governor's Youth Council.
He is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in York where he has taught Sunday school for more than 25 years and has served as Lay Representative to the S. C. Annual Conference, Lay Leader, Trustee, Chairman of the Pastor Parish Relations Committee, President of the Methodist Men's Club and coached of the church youth basketball team for a number of years.
He is past president of the South Carolina United Way, the Western York County United Way, York Red Cross Chapter, York Rotary Club, Greater York Chamber of Commerce, York Jaycees and York county Mental Health Association. He also served as Community Action Vice President of the S. C. Jaycees, Chairman of the York County Boy Scout Council and as a trustee and director of the York County Crescent Shrine Club. He is a member of the American Legion and Forty and Eight.
He received a Distinguished Service Award from the York Jaycees in 1976 and was named one of the Three Outstanding Young Men in South Carolina by the S. C. Jaycees in 1977. He received the Paul Harris Award from the York Rotary Club. He was named Shriner of the Year by the York County Crescent Shrine Club. He received the Future Leader Award from the S. C. Governor's Youth Council for his work and leadership on the Council. He received the Project of the Year, Key Man and Jaycee of the Year award from the York Jaycees and received an Outstanding Local President and Outstanding State Vice-President Award from the S. C. Jaycees. He received a Jaycees International Senator membership from that organization.
He received a "Nine Who Care Award" from WSOC television recognizing volunteers in the Charlotte, North Carolina region. He and his wife, Terri, were recognized as the Duke and Duchess of York in 1998 who serve as honorary hosts for the Summerfest Festival in York, S. C. in recognition of service to the community.