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Alvin Elais WALDRON Jr.

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Alvin Elais WALDRON Jr. Obituary
WALDRON, Jr., Alvin Elias Alvin Elias Waldron Jr., age 94, of Roswell, Georgia, formerly of Marietta, passed away on November 22, 2017, at his home at Brookdale Historic Roswell. A celebration service of Alvin's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church in Sandy Springs, with Dr. Joe B, Martin and Rev. Barry Hayes officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the Mt. Vernon chapel and immediately following the service. The committal service, with military honors, will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. As Alvin was proud to have served 37 and a half years in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, the family requests in lieu of flowers, that contributions be made to your choice of a service veterans or wounded soldiers organization. Alvin was born in Atlanta, the only son of the late Alvin Elias Waldron and Mathilde Catrena Peacock Waldron. He attended numerous elementary schools in the Atlanta and Fulton County public schools. Upon reaching high school age, he attended Fulton High School before being part of the first graduating class of West Fulton High in 1940. Alvin enlisted in the Navy shortly upon graduation and served his country in World War II in the Asiatic and Pacific theaters. After the War, he continued to serve in the Navy, Navy Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve until his retirement as a Commander in 1983. In 1946, upon returning from the Pacific, he met the love of his life, Helen Kathryn Grizzle, and they married on July 19, a union that would last 59 years until her passing in 2005. The Waldrons lived and raised their children together in southwest Atlanta, East Point and the Indian Hills community of east Cobb. They were members of East Point Presbyterian Church, where he served as a Deacon, and later at Mt. Vernon, where he chaired the all-important counting committee. In addition to his parents and wife, Alvin is predeceased by five sisters: Dolores, Doris (Ferguson), Betty (Briggs), Mary Ann, and Jeanne (McDowell). He is survived by sons Michael Patrick Waldron (Marilyn) of Roswell, Franklin Alvin Waldron (Darlene) of Cincinnati, Ohio and William Kennon Waldron of Marietta; grandson Rusty Bowen Waldron (Christine) and great-grandchildren Lily and Jack Waldron of Cumming; step-grandsons Lance Thomas Herd of Alpharetta and Jared Howard Herd (Rosanna) and step-great-grandchildren Dane, Hayden and Ezra Herd of San Diego, California; brother-in-law Richard McDowell of League City, Texas; brother-and-sister-in-law Charles Louie Grizzle and Phyllis Curles Grizzle of Sugar Hill; sister-in-law Bernice Deaton Grizzle of Buford; and several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Alvin spent much of his professional life as a Certified Public Accountant, establishing his own business shortly after graduating with an accounting degree in 1952 from University of Georgia, Atlanta Division (later to become Georgia State University). He also worked for the Connecticut General Life Insurance Company as an estate planner and as a financial executive with Duke Tire Company and its successor, Kelly Springfield Tire Company. After full-time retirement, he operated an accounting business part time in his home into his 80s. Alvin's recreational passion was playing golf. He was an early member of Lakeside Country Club in Atlanta from 1959-1974, then Indian Hills Country Club until playing his last golf rounds in 2012. If he was not playing golf, he enjoyed the company of the card room gang at Indian Hills, as they did him. Alvin and Helen made several trips to England, Ireland and Scotland, including a round of golf together on the Old Course at St. Andrews, and they also visited Hawaii, Canada, Vermont and other special places together. He enjoyed being around people and trying out new things. When he moved out of his Indian Hills home into a senior living facility, he made friends among residents and staff easily because this was the kind of person Alvin had always been, and that everyone knew and loved. The family would like to thank the staff at Brookdale for their special kindness and attention shown to our Dad these last three years. Arrangements made by Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory, Peachtree Corners/Norcross, GA. 770-448-5757.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Nov. 27 to Nov. 28, 2017
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