Alston Martin Stevens Jr.

Norfolk, Virginia


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Alston Martin Stevens, Jr., 89, died on August 26, 2019. Born in Chesterfield County, VA he enlisted in the Navy at 17 and retired after 20 years as a Senior Crew Chief. Most in the Hampton Roads flying community knew him as Steve. After retirement he served as airport manager and operator at...

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I met Steve in 1978 when my father-in-law and I wanted to learn to fly. To us the airfield looked a little weather-beaten and well used. Then we met the manager, an unassuming man with khaki pants and shirt who proceeded to size us up. After several questions he realized we were on the level. He always asked the same question. Why do you want to fly? As we all know there is only one answer. I have always wanted to fly. When the lessons started I realized I was where I wanted to be. The whole...

Us Kids back in 1982... from left to right Dawn, Joe, Allison, Mike

If it were not for Mr. Stevens allowing us neighborhood friends to the boys.. back in the 1980's, work the summer hours w/banner making & having the occasional fun flyng when work was done, the love for aviation would not exist to this day.
"Thank you Mr. Stevens for raising some respectful, hardworking men & for the youthful memories I personally hold dear to my heart to this day. Now you have REAL WINGS being in Heaven so Fly high Sir, Fly high!"

I was fortunate to know Buzz as a friend and father-n-law. He was one of a kind who could tell some tales. I, along with my dad, were fortunate to be among the many pilots he helped achieve that goal. Godspeed on your final journey. Our world is less brighter today.

Tom, Ray, Joe, and Jimmer, I was getting ready to go fishing awhile ago and I had a memory of your Dad.
So I googled him and the first article was him being inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame, which nobody deserved more than "The Buzz". Then I saw his obituary and then the deepest sadness came over me.
Your Dad touched so many lives and loved by all.
He was so very proud of you boys .
It was my honor to have known him and to call him my friend.
Rest In...

Alston Stevens (Cigar) was about as good as it gets. His generous way of operating South Norfolk Airport got hundreds of students pilot licenses because he probably had the lowest priced rental planes and instructor fees in the U.S. All his planes were maintained in top mechanical shape by him and his well trained boys. His planes might have been a little muddy from that grass strip but the oil was always clean and the mechanical things in top order. He lived modestly driving used Ford...