Life has a beginning and an ending, but the most significant expectation decreed by the author and finisher of our faith is that ONLY what we do for Christ will last. The faithful journey of our beloved Anthony Laurin Alston peacefully ended when the Lord let him take his final rest.
Anthony (Tony), 73, passed away peacefully Monday, January 23, 2023. Born in Siler City, NC on August 26, 1949, he was the son of the late Charles Norman Alston Sr. and Nancy Price Alston. He graduated from Chatham High School. He was a member of Corinth African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Siler City, NC.
Anthony, affectionately known as Tony, was a very caring and humble person. Growing up, Tony lived with his grandmother, Fleta. He as with his other cousins and brothers worked along with his uncles and father who were brick masons. Tony worked as a helper for many years. He was a man that never met a stranger. Tony was able to get a lot of information from people in a very short period of time. Tony also liked to draw and collect model cars as well.
When Tony lived in Siler City, you would often see him riding his bicycle around town. When he moved to Burlington, NC, Charles Jr. spoke with him often. In those calls, he always talked about family. He loved listening to music and playing his harmonica. He would often sing a song or two, such as “Amazing Grace” and “Because He Lives.” He read the Bible constantly and enjoyed Bible stories. At the end of his conversations with Charles, he would ask who’s going to pray you or me. These special conversations will be greatly missed.
Tony is survived by his brother Charles Alston Jr. (Dr. Diedra Alston), and Eddie Siler; nieces and nephews, Dr. Charles Alston III (Andrea), Diedra Alexandria Alston, Nicole Davis-Norwood (Pastor Robert Norwood), Crystal Saulter, Tiffany Saulter, and Angelo Alston Jr.; brother-in-law Don Harrington; sister-in-law, Meneva Alston; and beloved Aunt Ava Siler.
Mr. Alston was preceded in death by his father and mother, as well as his step-mother, Murphy Siler Alston; sister and brother, Cynthia Alston Saulter-Harrington, Angelo B. Alston and a host of cousins.
“To Live in the Hearts of Others is Not to Die, but to Live!”