WILSON - Henry Hyman Walston, III, died on Thursday April 27, 2017.
He was born in Wilson, NC, the second son of Henry Hyman Walston, Jr. and Ruth Sauls Walston. H. H. attended the Public Schools of Wilson graduating from Charles L. Coon High School. He then attended one year at Darlington School in Rome, Georgia. After graduating from Darlington, he attended Atlantic Christian College. H. H. was a natural athlete and excelled in all sports in which he participated.
H. H. was a veteran of World War II seeing action in North Africa and Italy. He was a member of the U. S. Army infantry receiving two purple hearts and the bronze star.
Following the war, he served as a sales supervisor on the Tobacco Markets in Wilson, NC and Nashville, Georgia. He also assisted his father in managing farm properties. Later he had a long career as Secretary and Treasurer of Barnes Motor & Parts Co., Inc.
H. H. married Martha Barnes Kirkland on March 22, 1947. They recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with their children and families.
H. H. was a life-long and loyal member of First United Methodist Church in Wilson serving in many capacities. Upon retirement, he spent countless hours riding his steering wheel adorned bicycle, visiting friends in the hospital and nursing homes and enjoying his children and grandchildren. H. H. was loved by many and he loved everyone equally in return.
He was predeceased by his parents, brothers, Dred Stuart Walston, Hubert Cozart Walston and his sisters, Ruth Sauls Walston and Sarah Walston Peters.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Kirkland Walston; son, Henry Hyman Walston IV and wife, Betty Lou; daughters, Martha Kirkland Walston and Jean Walston Neese and husband, Johnny. Also by four grandchildren, Kirkland Stringer Walston, Henry Coble Neese and fiancée, Marian Taylor Rice, John Walston Neese and Martha Walker Neese.
He was a member of a large family and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Wilson, 100 Green Street NE, at 3 P.M. on Sunday April 30th. Interment will follow immediately at Mapelwood Cemetery.
The family is thankful for all his faithful caretakers over the last few years.
The family will be at home, 1225 Kenan Street from 4:30 - 8:30 on Saturday April 29th as well as other times.
In lieu of flowers please consider contributions to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 1423, Wilson, NC 27894-1423 or the organization of your choice.