James Franklin Alston

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James Franklin Alston passed to his heavenly home on Monday, April 4, 2022, in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 86. James was born in Pandora to Travis and Annie Lou (Moseley) Alston on Oct. 16, 1935.

James worked in the music business for 50 years with RCA, BMG, and Arista Records. His partnership with these organizations led to a lifelong career of working with many notable artists, including Charley Pride, Alan Jackson, Clint Black, and many more. He was instrumental in starting their careers.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Mae Alston; his parents; brother Winford Alston; sisters Mildred Rhoades, Lucille Grooms, and Lola Slater; and son-inlaw Howard Morton.

James is survived and will be greatly missed by his children, Barbara Ann Pape (Roland), Glenna Faye Dear (David), LaVonnia Gail Morton, and Brian Keith Alston (Kris); grandchildren Kenneth Dear (Jennifer), Jason Mooney (Kira), Kimberly Howard (Lance), Wade Pape (Lora), and Justin Mooney (Glenda); great-grandchildren Christopher Morton (Ana), Camden, Kale and Colson Mooney, Kade and Kass Pape, Madisyn, Presley, and Bransen Mooney, Keith, Katelyn, and Kyle Dear, and Michael, Emilie, and Matthew Howard; great-great-grandchildren Ariel and Christopher Morton Jr.; sisters-in-law Inez Bues and Kathy Hengst; numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving family; and many friends.

Visitation was held on Monday, April 11, from 5-8 p.m. in the Finch Funeral Chapel in La Vernia.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church in San Antonio, officiated by the Rev. Edward J. Kern.

Interment followed in the Mission Burial Park in San Antonio.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or to a charity of one’s choice.