Houston man killed in hunting accident near Big Creek

By JOEL McNEECE
A 24-year-old Houston man was killed Saturday, Jan. 29 in a hunting accident near Big Creek.


By JOEL McNEECE
A 24-year-old Houston man was killed Saturday, Jan. 29 in a hunting accident near Big Creek.
Martin Chance Alford was pronounced dead at the scene after being shot in the head.
Alford was among a group of men from Calhoun and Chickasaw County that had been hunting hogs Saturday morning when the accident occurred around 12:30 p.m.
The hunters were on CR 306 when one of the men dropped his belt with holster while getting in a vehicle.  The gun discharged when it hit the pavement, shooting Alford in the back of the head, according to Deputy Dean Poynor.
No charges are expected to be filed in the incident.
Alford was employed by Chickasaw Wood in Houston, and was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Pittsboro. He was a volunteer fireman with Thorn Fire Department.
His funeral service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church in Pittsboro with Rev. James Taylor officiating. Burial was in Rocky Mount Baptist Church Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Victoria Coleman Alford; his mother, Karen Prewett, of Pittsboro; and his father, David Alford, of Thorn.

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