Posted on April 5, 2021
July 16, 1942 — April 1, 2021
MIDDLESEX – A.J. Walston died in his sleep at home Thursday morning following a brief period of declining health.
He was born in Wilson County, a son of the late Mildred and Ruth Walston who preceded him in death, as well as a sister, Elaine Blackmon.
He graduated from Walstonburg High School in 1960 and went to Raleigh to join the Raleigh Police Department in 1963. He was then drafted into the Army National Guard in 1964 and served until 1995 with approximately 31 ½ years of service. Later, he worked with his son in landscaping for 10 years before he officially retired.
He loved his church, Middlesex Baptist, where he served as a deacon and on many other committies where he will be greatly missed.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, at Middlesex Family Life Center with visitation from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. prior to the service.
Entombment with military honors will follow in Hollywood Cemetery.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Betty; children, Melissa Parrish (Jerry), Greg Walston and Michael Walston (Maggie); eight grandchildren; brother, Bob Walston (Melda); sister, Faye Baldree (Bert); and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home, Louisburg; www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.
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