Charles Norman Alston

Charles Alston

Charles was born September 26, 1946 to Mary Lyons and Charles Alston in Columbus, Ohio. He is the oldest of two children with his twin sister Charlene Taylor being born minutes after. Charles graduated from East High School in 1965. He attended OSU and Franklin University. He served in the U.S. Army and retired from General Motors after 30 years of dedicated service.

He met his beautiful bride and wife Darlene Alston at East High school and they later married in 1973. Today Charles and Darlene celebrate their 47th wedding anniversary.

Charles loved playing the piano and organ for churches in his community. He was a dynamic vocalist and loved sharing the gift of his beautiful voice. He was lovingly known as Chicken Charlie by his friends and coworkers at General Motors.

Charles is preceded in death by his stepfather James Lyons, his father Charles Alston, special Aunt Grace Hunter Henderson and many other aunts and uncles. He is survived by his wife Darlene Alston, his mother Mary Lyons, his sons James Daniels (Tracy) and Charles Alston, III (Charlene), his twin sister Charlene Taylor, his nephew Michael Walters (Christina) and niece Charmaine Powell, 7 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, a host nieces and nephews.

Visitation 11:00 AM and Funeral Service 12:00 PM Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at New Covenant Believers Church, 3400 Kohr Blvd 43224

Interment at Glen Rest

Condolence Messages

  1. We would like to extend our condolences to the family. Continue to rely on God and know that he hears your prayers, because he cares for you. With caring thoughts.

  2. Darlene so sorry about your loss, we will be praying for you and the family.

    God Bless you sis.

  3. Adrian and Fanee' Frederick

    We are saddened by the loss of Brother Alston and his hospitality and presence will be missed.

  4. Adrian and Fanee' Frederick

    We are saddened by the loss of Brother Alston and his hospitality and presence will be missed. May God’s grace and peace join you in this difficult time.

  5. Sincere condolences to Darlene and the family in the passing of Charles. I was blessed to have known them since the early 1980’s when we sung together in the Majestic Choir at Rehoboth Temple Church, and recently they were a vital part of “The Keepin’ Hymns Alive” singing group. Charles and Darlene were some of the “classiest and sweetest people I’ve ever known” Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Sandra Waters-Holley

    Being around the corner from your precious Mom, Sis, Lyons, and being a fellow worshipper with you for thirty plus years, are treasured memories! Butch, you were definitely the apple of God’s eye! My prayers are with Darlene, Sis. Lyons, Charlene and family. You are missed!

  7. So sorry to hear of this! I’ve always enjoyed the warm and sincere greeting on Sunday mornings. Prayers of comfort and peace to you, Darlene, and your entire group of family and loved ones.

  8. Praying for the family of brother Alston that God will keep them through this great loss.

  9. Asking God to surround you with His perfect peace at this difficult time.

  10. Sister Darlene and family… I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your precious loved one Charles. You two were always so sweet and always so well dressed. Always smiling, always kind. My prayers are for our God to comfort you as HE has promised to do in his word.

  11. Mary Ellen Smith

    Sending my condolences to Mother Lyons and her family. I’m so deeply sorry for your lose. I am praying for you all. Sincerely.

  12. To the family of Charles Austin. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Charles. We attended Rehoboth Temple church many years ago and sang in the choir together. I remember Charles to be very outgoing who seem to always have a smile on his face. It has been many years since I saw him but I will always remember him as a very nice person. May God carry you through and give you the peace that passes all understanding. So sorry again for your loss.

  13. Sis Debbie Franklin

    To Sister Darlene and family: I am praying for you and your family. I haven’t seen you guys in so long but I want you to know that I always thought you guys were the nicest and cutest couple I knew when we all attended Rehoboth Temple. I have never forgotten either of you. Trust God to hold your hand through this journey. God Bless you and your family

  14. Rance & Jovanna Robinson

    Our family is sending our deepest condolences to the Alston family. We are saddened to lean of Bro. Alston’s passing. He always greeted everyone with warmth and genuine love.

  15. The Battle Family

    We thank God for the gift of friends and extended family. Such a beautiful soul, we love you and appreciate you. Blessings family we know he’s smiling and happy with Jesus.

  16. Mr. and Mrs. Michael Slocum

    We are praying for you and your family. God bless

  17. Eugenia "Bootsie" Newman

    I was so saddened to hear of the loss of our dear brother Charles. The warmth and love that you guys have extended to so many thru the years has been a treasure to our church family. I pray that it will be multiplied back to you.

  18. Preston and Yvette Robinson

    To the family of Charles Austin we our wishing you strength wrapped in hope during this tough time Preston and I are thinking of you and the family with sympathy.

  19. Greg and Becky Patton

    My deepest sympathies to Darlene and your family. May God help you through these difficult times.

  20. Dawn Smith (Johnson)

    To the entire family of Mr. Charles Alston I’m so
    very sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Alston was always so kind to me and had such an infectious smile. I would always run into him at Kroger’s and lately have been wondering why I haven’t seen him at the new one one. Ms. Darlene you will remain in my prayers for strength and comfort during this difficult time. Always in my thoughts
    Godbless you all!

  21. Darlene my prayers are with you and your family at this time. I love you!

  22. Sis. Darlene,
    Praying God’s blessings of strength and comfort for you and your family, in Bro. Charles’ unexpected passing.

    He was perfectly suited to greet and welcome folks to New Covenant. I will miss his warmth and kind spirit! <3

  23. Rodney and Emanuel (Sutton) Freeman

    To Darlene and Charlene, I am so sorry to hear of Charles passing. We have all been friends since high school and Charles was such a nice and peace loving person. Darlene, you and Charles made a beautiful couple and were blessed with many years together, may God be with you and your family and give you strength and comfort at this time. You remain in my prayers.

  24. To Darlene Alston and Family,
    So very sorry to hear of your Husband’s passing. Know that we will be keeping you in our prayers. May God comfort and keep you and yours.
    Michael and Jewel Smith


    Chauncy and the entire Alston family – I am so sorry to learn of Charles, Sr.’s passing. Your memories will comfort you in the days to come. I am praying for and send love the entire family.

  26. Lawrence Bell

    To the Alton family…I am very sorry to hear of the transitioning of Charles. I attended East HIGH School with Charles, and have seen him from time to time. He was always an outstanding person, and l remember him having a voice that was precious.
    I will lift the family up in prayer.
    God Bless!

  27. Janet (Burley) Brunson

    To The Alton Family:
    I was sadden to learn of Charles (Butchie) passing. We all grew up in Refuge Bapt. Church. He was such a joy to know and be around. My condolence to his twin sister Charlene and mother Ms. Mary Lyons. May God continue to strengthen/bless everyone during time of sorrow. Keeping you all in my prayers.

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