ALSTON, Clarence Wyatt, 85, of Irvington, Va., peacefully departed November 2, 2011. Born June 12, 1926 in Richmond, Va., Clarence graduated from John Marshall High School in 1943. He attended the University of Richmond, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. He also attended Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., and graduated in 1949 with a degree in Business Administration. Clarence served in the U.S. Navy and upon discharge worked in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Clarence worked extensively in the banking industry for 40 years, including two years with the Federal Reserve. In 1950, he joined The Bank of Virginia in Richmond, Va., as Assistant Director of Personnel. He earned certificates, Pre-standard and Standard from The American Institute of Banking. He subsequently became the vice president in charge of all retail services for the bank in 1965. In this position, he was instrumental in developing the Master Card services, which is now Capital One. After his retirement from The Bank of Virginia, Clarence joined The Bank of Lancaster in Kilmarnock, Va., and spent seven years as Senior Vice President and Trust Officer. He helped to further promote the newly established Trust Department, now known as Bay Banks of Virginia, Inc. Among his many professional association and civic involvements, Clarence served as president of the Richmond Civitan Club, president of Richmond Chapter of the Easter Seal Society of Virginia, chairman of the Salvation Army in Lancaster County, president of the Atlantic States section of Consumers Bankers Association, president of the Richmond Chapter of the American Institute of Banking, a director of Northern Neck Insurance Company, president of the Lancaster County Lions Club, and president of Chesapeake Academy Foundation. Clarence was a member of Richard Henry Lee SAR Chapter, the Ancient Planters Association and the Jamestowne Society; formerly he was a member of Salisbury Country Club in Richmond, Va., and Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club in Kilmarnock, Va. Clarence was a longtime member of Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church, Weems, Va., where he served as deacon, elder and church treasurer. Previously, while a member of Bon Air Presbyterian Church in Chesterfield County, Va., he was elected to the Board of Deacons and served as chairman. Clarence is survived by his wife of 57 years, Anne Simpson Alston; four children, Allen Davies Alston and wife, Debby, of Kernersville, N.C., Charles Wyatt Alston and wife, Susan, of Davidson, N.C., Joanne Webb-Fary and husband, E. Randolph, of Gloucester, Va., Susan Alston Fenerty and husband, William, of Midlothian, Va. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Lauren Alston Bridges, Anna Alston Ashby, Claire Alston, Bethany Alston, John Alston, Emily Webb, Nathaniel Fenerty, Kirkland Fenerty, Elizabeth Fenerty; two stepgrandchildren, Katherine Fary and David Fary; and a sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Worlledge and her husband, Donald, of Roanoke, Va. At his request, Clarence was interred at a private ceremony held graveside at Historic Christ Church, Weems, Va., on November 6. The Rev. W. Clay Macaulay presided. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury Foundation, Irvington, Va., or Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church, Weems, Va.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.