LONGVIEW — David C. Alston Sr., 88, of Longview, Texas, passed away September 14, 2012, at a local nursing center. He was born August 13, 1924, in Pittsburg, Texas, to David Cleo and Winnie Fox Alston.
Mr. Alston graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1942 and enlisted in the U.S. Army
in 1943 to serve his country during World War II
. He went to basic training at Camp Polk, La., and served in the 536th Amphibius Tractor Battalion. During his service, he was active in the Invasion of Lati and the Invasion of Okinawa. He received two Bronze Stars
for good conduct. He was awarded two Bronze Stars and one Bronze Arrowhead for the Philippine Liberation and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign. He also received the Expert Rifle Award and was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of sergeant.
Mr. Alston returned home and went to work for L E Myres Co. and then in 1952, went to work for the Cherokee Construction Co-Eastman Construction, where he drove one of the two trucks delivering the first loads of soil for the Eastman Kodak construction site. He went to work for Eastman Kodak during their initial hiring when the plant started, and he retired from them in 1984.
Mr. Alston was a 32nd degree Mason with Lodge 404 in Longview, Texas, as well as a Scoutmaster while his boys were growing up. He was a member of Oakland Heights Baptist Church.
He is survived by his sons and daughter-in-law, David Alston Jr. and his wife, Sophie, of Hallsville, and Dennis Alston of Longview; daughter-in-law, Robin Alston of Hallsville; grandchildren, W. David Alston and wife, Nicole, of Duncan, Okla., Chris Alston and wife, Sheri, of Longview, Elaine Alston of Longview and Stephanie Alston of Austin; great-grandchildren, Dane, Dax and Dayce Alston of Duncan, Okla., and Kyle, Taylor, Skylar, Trenton, Cameron and Emilee of Longview; brother, Jackie Joe Alston of Longview; and brother-in-law, R.T. Edwards of Paris, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elaine Alston; and son, Michael Glenn Alston.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at the chapel of Lakeview Funeral Home, with Dr. James Butch Tanner officiating. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Christopher Alston, W. David Alston, Dane Alston, Dax Alston, Elaine Alston and Stephanie Alston.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday, September 17, 2012, at the funeral home.
The family would like to say thank you to Whispering Pines Lodge for the special care and attention Mr. Alston received during his four years and where he called it home. Also, a thank you to Dr. Shen for the excellent care provided and to Southern Care Hospice for their excellent care and compassion for Dad and all of the family.