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1631 Church Street
Phone: 757-622-1085
Fax: 757-624-1508
Robert Alston

Robert Alston Sr.

Tuesday, June 2nd, 1925 - Friday, October 16th, 2020
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Robert Alston Sr. was born June 2, 1925 in Littleton, North Carolina to Richard and Susan Alston. He was the fourth youngest of his 13 siblings.

He traveled to Norfolk, Virginia by his sister’s side, Peggy Kearney, where he would later meet his beloved wife, Josephine Alston.

Married in February 12, 1945, Robert and Josephine had five children, Carolyn Boyd Artis, Robert Alston Jr., Geraldine Faye Alston, Douglas Lee Grant Alston, and Tony Alston.

He raised two grandchildren as his own, Carol Clay (Granddaughter) and Montique Alston (Great Granddaughter).

He is survived by his children, 12 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 25 great great grandchildren, 1 great great great grandchild, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Welcoming him into his transition, he is proceeded by his wife, Josephine Alston, his son, Douglas Lee Grant Alston, and his granddaughters LaShawn Alston and Joyce Alston.

Robert “Grandaddy” Alston, Sr., was loved by many. He was very funny and had a way with words. He enjoyed a good car ride and loved to be around his family and the family dogs.

While we all have our private memories of Robert Alston Sr., today we celebrate and honor him.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home
    1631 Church St.
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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    Friday, October 23rd, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Friday, October 23rd, 2020 2:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home Chapel
    1631 Church St
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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Lelia hagan

Posted at 10:15am
Sending our deepest condolences to the Alston family Robert will be sadly missed may he rest in the arms of the lord forever as we all cherish the memories we have of him. Mr and Mrs Hagan

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Posted at 07:01pm
With deepest sympathy! We will truly miss him and that big smile he always had! From niece Brenda Sharp Whitten and the Sharp extended family
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Nelda Hughley

Posted at 05:41pm
To the Family of Mr.Robert Alston,
May these candles light his way and May God and His Angel's speed him on his Heavenly Journey. Prayers of peace & comfort to you all ❤ Always in your Hearts .
With All my Love, Nelda

Nelda Hughley

Posted at 04:55pm
My Dearest Carol, May your Heart be filled with the Love & Beautiful Memories of All of wonderful years you shared with your Grandfather Love , Nelda
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Rodney, Laura, Ciara and Jordan Spruill

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You will always be in our hearts , we love you uncle Robert!
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