Charles William “Bill” Alton, the son of Jefferson James Alton and Clara Ester Ballard, was born March 22, 1928 in Carlisle, Iowa. Bill entered into his Heavenly home on Thursday morning, March 8, 2018, while a patient at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri, making his age 89 years 11 months and 14 days.
Bill was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Gray on February 1955. He was blessed with six children, Donald, William, Carla, Michael, Melissa and Charles. In his later years he married Evelyn (Sykes) Richards.
He served in the United States Army in World War II from 1946 to 1947.
Bill worked for many years at TXI in Texas driving a truck for the quarry. At one time he worked for the Cabool Enterprise, Cabool, Missouri, helping with each week’s mailing. Many friends will remember him from his CB radio days as “OB.”
He attended Praise Assembly Church in Summersville, Missouri, for several years. He was a devoted bluegrass fan. He and Evelyn attended many bluegrass festivals. He enjoyed gospel music and reading.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Jeff and Clara Alton; wife Mary Elizabeth; son Donald Alton; sister Luella Piland; brother James Alton; and granddaughters Destiny Ragsdale and Rayla Choate.
Bill is survived by his wife Evelyn Alton and children Willy Alton and wife Doris, Carla Burks and husband Billy, Michael Alton and wife Deana, Melissa Holder and husband Derek, and Chuck Goodrick. He is also survived by stepdaughter Lisa Richards, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation was held Sunday, March 11, 2018, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Bradford Funeral Home, Summersville. His funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 12, at the funeral home with a graveside service at 11:45 p.m. at Big Creek Cemetery, Yukon, Missouri.