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Thomas Pearson Alston, Jr.

June 16, 1925 - March 27, 2018

Thomas Pearson Alston, Jr., age 92, of McKinney, Texas, passed away March 27, 2018.  Thomas was born June 16, 1925, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Thomas Pearson and Ollie Mae (Plaxco) Alston.  He married Peggy Green on June 28, 1946, in Fort Worth.  Thomas was a graduate of North Texas State University in Denton, Texas.  He was employed as a manager of flight administration at O’Hare International Airport for American Airlines.  Thomas was with American Airlines for over forty years.

 

He is survived by his daughter, Claudia Alston and Patrick Ryan of Plano, Texas; son, Phillip Alston of Red Oak, Texas; daughter-in-law, Francine Alston of Frisco, Texas; granddaughter, Erin Kursevski and Hai Hunt of Houston, Texas; grandson, Zachary Alston of Frisco; and a great-grandson on the way.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Peggy, son, Thomas Pearson Alston, III, and sister, Dottie Hostettler.

 

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.  Inurnment will be at Ridgeview West Memorial Park.

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We're so going to miss you, Dad. You have been an exemplary example of what it means to be a true gentleman. You were always willing to help anyone who needed it, even if they didn't ask. You were always more than willing to share a story or two (or more) about your time at American Airlines. You loved to share a good joke or even a bad one. You were full of energy and curiosity and loved to learn new things. Your tenacity for delving into the family ancestry was inspiring and I bet you finally know where the Plaxco family came from. You were a part of the greatest generation. You cared, provided for and protected your wife and family. It was what men of your generation did. It was a duty and an honor you took seriously. Your steadfast care of mom in your home until you physically couldn't any longer was a phenomenal act of love and devotion. I remember Tommy Trey telling me he never remembered hearing you pray out loud. Even so, I could see in your heart that you knew who the Lord is and what He was in your life. And I remember so clearly the last few months your saying a few times that the Lord must have been watching out for you in this or that situation. I saw a lot of you in Tommy Trey. Gentle, kind, funny, smart and a righter of wrongs. My most cherished memory of you is when you told me a few years ago, long after Tommy Trey was gone, that you were glad I had married your son. I always felt like I was part of the family but it so touched my heart to hear you say that. You were a second dad to me. I'm glad I got to be a part of your family for almost 30 years. I'll see you on the other side, Dad. You'll have to tell me where the Plaxco family came from. Francine, April 10, 2018 We enjoyed Tom and Peggy at Country View Lane and Tom was a great story teller. He told such interesting stories about American Airlines. We will miss him and we believe he is now with Peggy in Heaven. Such good people! We were blessed to have known them both. Bob and Aleen Grimes, April 2, 2018