A TIME TO BE BORN
On July 30, 1944, a baby boy was born to the proud parents of John Raymond Alston and Josephine Revis Alston.
A TIME TO LIVE
Growing up as the oldest of nine children had its challenges, but John Raymond was a very young man who handled and accepted those challenges well. Very energetic and eager to assist his mom with the care of his three sisters and five brothers, he started his working career at the age of twelve years old. In between helping his mom and siblings, he worked at a store near Anderson Cross Road, and one day a young lady caught his eye and captured his heart. They courted, fell in love, and shortly thereafter, they married. This happy union was blessed with three girls and one boy. John Raymond worked hard to take care of his family and did not mind it at all.
He enjoyed his vehicles and had basically everything – a Thunderbird, Chevrolet, Porsche, Mercedes, and a Jaguar, just to name a few. In his lifetime, he could have owned his own car lot. He loved gardening, and everybody in his family had a garden. He planted his own and one for his sister, Mildred, and his daughters, Melody and Florence. If a family didn’t have a garden, as long as he had one, they had one. So much love was put into what he did for his family, but his love went further for his wife. Every year, he planted a flower yard for her that was simply gorgeous! He would even take flowers from his yard to give to others.
John Raymond was so proud of the celebration his wife and daughters planned for his sixty-fifth birthday. He told his baby girl, Florence, that if anything ever happened to him, for her to be sure to present that video. He loved spending time with his family at special gatherings and family reunions and would do anything for them. If anyone was sick or needed his help, he was always there ready and willing.
A TIME TO DIE
After a season of being a true soldier and fighting a good fight from June 8, 2017, until Thursday, November 1, 2018, his body became tired. He kept the faith and he knew the God he served. He would often say, “I’m just waiting on God.” Even when he was in severe pain, he still managed to smile, give his family kisses, and would try to talk. If he could still wink that eye, flash that winning smile, and say a word, it would be, “Family, I love all of y’all, trust in the Lord with all your heart, mind, body, and soul.” He did that! He would also say, “Thank you, Tine, my wife and my soul mate for fifty-three years, my daughters, my son, and my family for all you did for me. I felt the love and was grateful for all the times we shared.”
Forever he will always be in the hearts of his devoted wife, Christine; his daughters, Melody Boyd of Roanoke Rapids, NC, Janice Sykes of Murfreesboro, NC, Joyce Lynch of Emporia, VA, and Florence Jones (Larry, Sr.) of Rocky Mount, NC; his son, John Revis, Jr. of Roanoke Rapids, NC; his son-in-law, Gary Boyd, Jr. of Roanoke Rapids, NC; his grandson whom he was so proud he raised, Rashawn Revis; other grandchildren and great-grandchildren who were each the apple of his eye; his mother-in-law, Vonicella Clements; four brothers, John H. Revis (Shirley), Wendell Revis (Janice), Bobby Revis (Felicia), and Melvin Revis all of Richmond, VA; three sisters, Mildred Revis of Roanoke Rapids, NC, and Elain Revis and Brenda Chapman (James) of Hampton, VA; his brother-in-law, James Fleming, Sr.; his sister-in-law, Geraldine Revis-Poteat; other family members and loved ones.
Waiting to welcome him home are his parents, Raymond Alston and Josephine Revis Alston; his brother, Mac Arthur Revis; his grandson, Wise Revis; his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Fleming; and other loved ones.
Funeral services will be held at 12:30 P.M. on Sunday, November 4, 2018, at the Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Littleton, NC. The Pastor, Rev. C. E. McCollum, will officiate, and burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will repose at the church for one hour prior to the funeral time.