Franklin Alston was born to Mariah Alston on May 2, 1924 in Kershaw County. Bold and fearless, he fought to remain here with us but when his body failed, his spirit grew stronger and departed this life at the Palmetto Health/PRISMA Medical Center on March 27, 2019. He was surrounded by the love of family and friends as God elected to transition him from his earthly home to his heavenly home beyond the sky. As a youth, he matriculated at the Coulter Memorial Academy, a private school for Colored children in Chesterfield County, where he went to school by day and worked at night at a service station. He left South Carolina to serve in the United States Army and served valiantly in World War II. Franklin decided at an early age that he would be self-sufficient and support his children so that they would also become self-sustaining and successful in their endeavors.
From 1946 to 1948, he was the owner of a luncheonette and newsstand in Brooklyn NY. Then in 1948, he obtained his New York State real estate license. He worked for the New York City Department of Transportation and Department of Corrections until his retirement. Upon retirement, Franklin opened a neighborhood supermarket in Brooklyn, New York. He committed his life to Christ and was an avid reader who read the bible from cover to cover. He attended church, both in the New York area and upon returning to McBee, SC. No life is ever complete without endearing family and friends’ enrichment.
Franklin leaves to mourn his beautiful life, three daughters: Maria Alston-Romero (George Smith) of Columbia SC, Royetta Alston of Long Island, NY, Reneé Davis (Wadell) of Powder Springs, GA, and Pamela Teasley of Toccoa, GA; two sons: Ricky Holley of Brooklyn, NY and Franklin Keith Alston of Bronx, NY; ten grandchildren: Stefan, Robert, Ricky, Janiya, Isaiah, Chris, Dericka, Desesiré, Chaquana, and Tiana; three brothers: Birdie Alston of Arlington, VA, Charles Pate (Shirley) of Temple Hills, MD, Jimmy Pate (Ann) of Annapolis, MD, and Mark Pate (Barbara) of Florence, SC; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ms. Mariah Alston Pate and three brothers: Monroe, Tinker, and Hampton Alston.
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