Alton J. Walston

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WILTON -- Alton J. Walston, 83, of Wilton died Tuesday afternoon, March 30, 2010, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Wilton.

He was born in Oklahoma, Sept. 23, 1926, a son of Pat and Elizabeth (Tibbs) Walston.

On July 25, 1994, he married the Rev. Sharon Stoops in Illinois.

Mr. Walston worked as a railroad engineer for Sante Fe Railroad for many years and was a church planter and minister for 45 years. He was a people person, and his mission in life was to serve God. He enjoyed tinkering on old trucks and cars and was a member of First Apostolic Church in Wilton.

He is survived by his wife, the Rev. Sharon Walston, of Wilton; children Gary, of Barstow, Calif., Barbara and her husband, Glenn, of Dayton, Ohio, and Paula and her husband, Gregg, of Barstow, Calif.; and three sisters, Dessie, Louise and Audrey. There are five stepchildren, Darla, Laura, James, Jeannie and Nathan. He was blessed with 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Dora Faye.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Wiles Remembrance Center, 136 High St., Wilton. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday from First Apostolic Church, U.S. Route 2, Wilton, with the Rev. Rick Stoops, district superintendent of Maine for the United Pentecostal Church International, officiating.

Interment will be at 11 a.m. May 4 at Lakeview Cemetery in Wilton. Tributes and memories may be shared with the family at

Published in Central Maine on Apr. 3, 2010