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ALSTON, James Attorney Jim Alston 1914 - 2013 James Lewis Alston was born in the Ansley Park neighborhood to May Lewis and Philip Henry Alston on January 7, 1914. He attended the Atlanta public schools, Episcopal High School in Virginia and was a 1936 graduate of the University of Georgia where he was a member of the SAE fraternity. Mr. Alston received his law degree from Emory University Law School in 1939 and began his law practice in Atlanta with his father and older brother, Philip, Jr., in the firm that later merged into Alston & Bird, LLP. During World War II, he interrupted his law practice to serve as a captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps in England. There, he met his future bride, Lucille Vogt, an American working at the American Embassy in London. They were married in London, four days before the allied invasion of Normandy. Following the war, King George VI named him a member of the British Empire for his service during the close alliance between the United States and Great Britain. Once the Alstons returned to Atlanta in 1946, he practiced real estate title law here until his retirement from Alston, Miller & Gaines in 1976. Mr. Alston led a low-key life, enjoying family and friends and spectator sports. A devoted UGA football fan, he attended football games up to his 80th birthday, and he and his wife attended the UGA-Florida games in Jacksonville for 30 years. Though he was a lifelong Bulldogs fan, he also enjoyed watching Georgia Tech and the Falcons, too. The Alstons travelled extensively throughout Europe with a particular interest in history. Except for his school and war years, Mr. Alston was a life-long resident of Ansley Park; he died in the same house he bought when he returned from the war in 1946. He was a past president of the Ansley Park Civic Association, a member of the Piedmont Conservancy and a past board member of Canterbury Court. Mr. Alston was an honorary Life Member of the Piedmont Driving Club and the Nine O'Clocks. He was also a charter member of the Commerce Club and a member of the Society of Colonial Wars. Mr. Alston is survived by his son, Stuart J. Alston and wife, Glen, and his daughter, Amanda Alston Gregory and her husband, H.D. "Greg" Gregory, Jr., of Atlanta, and his grandchildren Emery L. Alston of Roswell, H.D. "Drew" Gregory, III of Atlanta, Jane Alston Tobias of Chicago, IL and Alice Gregory Legum of Annapolis, MD. Five great-grandchildren - Alston Grace Tobias, Elizabeth Glen Tobias, Jack Tobias IV, Aubrey Gregory Legum and Henry Reichel Legum - also survive him. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Vogt Alston, in 2004 and by his brothers, Philip H. Alston, Jr. and Robert C. Alston, II; and his sisters, May Birnie Alston Jordan and Anne Alston Glenn. The family is grateful for the dedicated care-giving by the staff of the Daniel Companion Nursing Agency, including Shelburt Gaines, Jermaine Goodwin, Joy Gude and Bill Little. Mr. Alston was a life-long communicant of St. Luke's Episcopal Church where he served on the vestry. The family will receive friends at St. Luke's Episcopal Church on Tuesday, the 9th of July from 10:30 until 11:30AM. A graveside service will follow at Westview Cemetery at twelve o'clock, noon. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Crossroads Community Ministries, 435 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30308 (crossroadsatlanta.org); Quality Care for Children, 2751 Buford Highway, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30324 (qualitycareforchildren.org) or Hospice Advantage, 100 Crescent Centre Parkway, Suite 220, Tucker, GA 30084 (hospiceadvantage.net). Arrangements by H. M. Patterson & Son Arlington Chapel.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 7, 2013
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