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Wilma Ray Alston
November 26, 1936 ~ May 30, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
Wilma Ray Alston was born to the late George Alston, Sr. and Viola Alston, on November 24, 1936 in Louisburg, North Carolina. She was the oldest girl of six children. Her four brothers preceded her in death, George Jr., Earnest Lee, Lewis and Robert Alston.
Wilma received her education in the North Carolina Public School System. She attended Perry School in Franklin County and she graduated from Spalding High School in Spring Hope, North Carolina.
Wilma worked at Osteopathic Hospital as a Dietary Aide alongside her best friend and sister-in-Christ, Sarah McCafferty who preceded her in death.
Wilma accepted Jesus Christ at an early age. She joined the People’s Baptist Church under the pastorate of Rev. Matthew M. Williams where she was a dedicated and active member for over 40 years. She was a member of the Senior Choir, Mass Choir, Pastor’s Aide, Pastor’s Anniversary, Women’s Day and Flower Pinning Committee. She also participated in the Hospitality Ministry as Chaplain, The Rose of Sharon Missionary Society, and the Baptist Foreign Mission Bureau on the Women’s Service Committee.
Wilma remained a faithful member until declining health prevented her from attending.
In her spare time, Wilma enjoyed reading magazines, clipping coupons, completing crossword puzzles, sewing, watching television shows that had Steve Harvey on it and listening to her favorite gospel AM radio station, “WDAS with Louise Williams”.
Wilma loved traveling. Whether state-to-state or on cruise trips, she was always ready to go on a new adventure. She would then return home to share how exciting her trip was. She loved going to live theatre performances especially if they were teaching about the Lord. The Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida and the Lancaster County Sight and Sound Theatres were her favorites.
Wilma made a lasting impression on whomever she met. Her fun and inviting demeanor made it easy for someone to call her “friend”. She took great pleasure in volunteering at Prison Outreach Ministries and helping people in need. Volunteering at Food Banks and at the Food Share Distribution Programs gave her a sense of joy and an opportunity to minister about the goodness of the God.
Wilma leaves to celebrate her life and cherish her memory: her two sons, Mark Alston and Desmond Alston; one daughter, Crystal Alston; and five grandchildren, Kahlil Williams, Siyani Williams (Yani), Mark Alston, Jr. (Mookey), Soleil Seth and Dalia Alston; one sister, Ola Jean Foster; three sister-in-law’s, Rebecca Alston, Mary Lee Alston and Geraldine
Billington, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, friends, family and her longtime extended family The McCafferty’s.