John Davis Alston II, 83, died at home in Guntersville, AL, on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.
A native and longtime resident of Gold Sand (Gupton), in Franklin County, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Alexander Burt Alston (AB) and Margaret Hunter Alston.
A devoted son, husband, father, and grandfather, he and Peggy Ann Perry Alston were married for 62 years.
John attended Gold Sand School, then NC State University in 1960. He was employed at U.S. Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, as an Aerospace Engineer for over 35 years. His duties required extensive travel, which he came to enjoy.
John was in the ROTC at NC State for two years and served with the National Guard H9 and HQ Battery 113th Field Artillery Battalion for three years.
A lifelong Methodist, he also enjoyed other church services and visiting the Baptist Retreat on Lake Guntersville in Alabama. He worked with MYF groups and taught Sunday school classes.
John participated in competitive shooting for years and developed many friendships through the sport.
John was a long time resident of Guntersville, where he served on the design committee for the city, working to maintain the charm and beauty of the town. During retirement, he loved participating in senior sports; volleyball, tennis, softball, and always, shooting with a buddy or two.
John is survived by a loving family who was by his side during his final hours: his wife, Peg; three children, Judith (Julie) Hunter Alston, Shannon Alston Grass (Richard), and Alex Wiley Alston (Julie); and twin grandsons, Evan Carter Alston and Owen Spencer Alston.
The family received family and friends at Strickland Funeral Home in Louisburg, NC on Wednesday, February 17, from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. with funeral service following. Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery in Louisburg.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggested contributions to a charity of your choice. He was an avid supporter of the Shriners Hospitals for Children: 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607. He also supported the Wounded Warriors: Donor Care Center, PO Box 758541, Topeka, KS 66675-8541; St Jude Children’s Hospital: PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929; and Big Oak Ranch: PO Box 507, Springville, AL 35146.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation for all the expressions of love, encouragement, and support they have received.
Pallbearers were Ruxton Bobbitt, Richard Breedlove, Chester Calhoun, Fred Hampton, Billy Hudson, George Cooper Parrish and Johnny Sledge.
Honorary pallbearers were Travis Bishop, Bill Millican and Joe Morgan.