Barbara Rose (Henry) Alton died peacefully on August 20, 2001, in Washington, D.C., after a long illness.
She was the beloved wife of Colonel (retired) Carlly L. (Joe) Alton and the devoted mother of William C. Alton.
The youngest of the three daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Manual C. Henry, she was born on April 9, 1936, in Houston, Texas, where her Christian upbringing included attendance at the Mt. Corinth and Antioch Baptist Churches. She was a member of the Class of 1954, Wheatley High School, where she was the Cheerleader Captain and voted “most talented.”
She attended Los Angeles City College and Texas Southern University where she earned her B.A. in Music Education. She continued her professional studies at La Verne College, La Verne, California, and Trinity College, Washington, D.C. She worked as an elementary school teacher in Pomona, California; Leavenworth, Kansas; the American School, Monrovia, Liberia (West Africa); and Prince George's County, Maryland.
She was preceded in death by her father; her mother; and her oldest sister, Mrs. Lula M. Jefferson. Her survivors include her husband and son, both of Ft. Washington, Maryland; one sister, Dorothy J. Parker, and her husband, Major General (retired) Julius Parker, of Tucson, Arizona; two aunts, Mrs. Lillie T. Wallace of Houston, Texas and Mrs. Juanita Toney of Delray Beach, Florida; her very dear friends, Colonel (retired) and Mrs. Clarence G. Barrens of Ft. Washington, Maryland; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, all of whom she greatly loved.
The late Mrs. Alton will lie in state Monday, August 27 from 11 a.m. until the funeral service at 12 noon, Ft. Washington Baptist Church, 11516 Ft. Washington Rd, Ft. Washington, MD 20744. Interment immediately thereafter at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. Colonel (Chaplain) Jack A. Marcom, Jr., officiating. In lieu of flowers, her family suggests memorial contributions to the Ft. Washington Baptist church or the American Cancer Society.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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