Alimenia “Emma” Roach Alston, also known as Almeta, 95, passed away on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Sumter Health and Rehabilitation Center, Sumter. Born October 20, 1918, in Sumter, she was the daughter of the late Willie Roach and Matilda Prioleau Roach..
Emma attended the public schools of Sumter County. She was a member of High Hills A. M. E. Church, where she sang on the Senior Choir, served as a member of the Emma Louise Robinson Women’s Missionary Society and as a stewardess.
She was married to the late James Alston, Sr. for more than 60 years. Her employment history includes more than 20 years as a domestic and child care giver at Shaw Air Force Base.
She is survived by her children, Almeta (Henry) Murray, Ethel Lee Murray of Bridgeport, CT, James (Jane) Alston, Jr., Edward (Bertha G.) Alston, Beverly Ann Weathers of Washington, DC, and Frances Palmer of New York; a sister, Wilhelmenia Keith of Harrisburg, PA; a brother, James Roach of Sumter; and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, and a daughter, Shirley Cowherd.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p. m., Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from the High Hills A. M. E. Church, 6780 Meeting House Road, Dalzell, with the Rev. Thomas H. Habersham, pastor, eulogist, assisted by Presiding Elder James S. Cooper, the Rev. Charlie Howard, Rev. Henry J. Murray, Rev. Linda Richbow, and Rev. Ruth E. Robinson .
The family is receiving friends and relatives at the home of James and Jane Alston, 6415 Fish Road, Dalzell.
The funeral procession will leave from the home at 12:20 p. m.
Floral bearers will be nieces. Pall bearers will be nephews.
Burial will be in the High Hills A. M. E. Church Yard Cemetery.