Maurice Edward Alston, Sr.
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Nov. 7, 1922 - Oct. 13, 2013
Shreveport, LA - On Sunday, October 13, Maurice passed away peacefully, surrounded by family members in the Shreveport VA Hospital, following a brief illness. His long, remarkable life began on November 7, 1922, in Mena, Arkansas. After graduating as a local high school valedictorian, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and ultimately was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the Artillery Corps. At age 20 he married fellow Mena resident, Jo Marie Vaught; their marriage produced six children.
Maurice served as an Army Air Corps aviator in the Pacific Theater of WW II, and later entered the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He was recalled to active duty when the Korean Conflict began, and thereafter completed a distinguished 30-year military career as a jet tanker navigator, serving at air bases in Puerto Rico and four different states. He retired at the rank of Lt. Col.
Maurice went on to work 10 years for United Air Lines in Nevada. During that time he and Jo Marie divorced, and he later married long-time Shreveport native Zelma Boston. They thereafter lived together here until her death in 2005. Maurice was a caring parent and doting grandparent. His first grandchild, Michael, brought him special pride as an Air Force captain who piloted helicopters. In 1994, Maurice was deeply grieved by Michael's untimely demise in line of duty.
Maurice leaves five sons and a daughter, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Aside from his devotion to kids and grandkids, Maurice was well known and appreciated for freely volunteering his time and talents helping neighbors, the Barksdale AFB Pharmacy, the Boy Scouts, and the First United Methodist Church. All who knew him will miss him.
Graveside services will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at Forest Park West Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Boy Scouts or First United Methodist Church.
Osborn Funeral Home - Shreveport
3631 Southern Avenue Shreveport, LA 71104
Published in Shreveport Times on Oct. 15, 2013