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Morgan Nelson Alston was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility. Morgan was born on April 27, 1950 at home by a midwife in Darnell, LA. His parents were Clyde and Mattie. Morgan was raised in Darnell, LA. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life. Growing up in the Alston household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Morgan was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Morgan was raised with five siblings. He had one sister, Geneva and four brothers, Clyde, Jesse, Melvin and Marvin. Morgan was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sister. Morgan and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Morgan was always consistently loyal to his family. ...
Morgan Nelson Alston was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.
Morgan was born on April 27, 1950 at home by a midwife in Darnell, LA. His parents were Clyde and Mattie. Morgan was raised in Darnell, LA. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.
Growing up in the Alston household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Morgan was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Morgan was raised with five siblings. He had one sister, Geneva and four brothers, Clyde, Jesse, Melvin and Marvin. Morgan was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sister. Morgan and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Morgan was always consistently loyal to his family.
As a young child, Morgan was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Morgan developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Morgan took part in football and basketball. However, what Morgan enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.
While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Morgan as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Magnolia High School in 1968. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Morgan was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Morgan always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.
College life brought with it a new set of challenges, but Morgan handled them well. Being a critical thinker who always remained intellectually independent, Morgan was able to focus on the task at hand in order to complete his class work. He seemed to thrive on college reading assignments, something that often bogged down his classmates. Morgan was able to read the material and retain the information in a way that impressed his fellow classmates. The ability to efficiently complete the task at hand was a skill that served Morgan well during his college experience. He attended Business College in New Jersey. He also supported his wife so that she could achieve her Master's Degree in Nursing and Health Care Education. He was an "Honorary" Oncology Nurse. He accompanied Myra on countless Annual Oncology Nursing Congresses around the country.
Always considered to be a solid friend, Morgan was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, Morgan was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for Morgan to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, his best friend was Wilbert Thompson. Later in life, he became friends with Midge and Jame Williams, Cheryl and James Hughes, Roy Teves, George and Helen Harrison.
On November 25, 1984 Morgan exchanged wedding vows with Myra Lawson Davis at the Little Chapel of the West of Las Vegas, Nevada. Compassionate and devoted to Myra, Morgan held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Myra and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.
Morgan brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Morgan was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Morgan was blessed with one daughter, LaRona and three step-sons, Sanford, Stephen and David. They were also blessed with 14 grandchildren, Davexter, Curtis, Tyson, Davian, Terry, Alicia Morgan, Demetrius, Destiny, Stephen, Stacy, Tifiney, Jorden, Lala, and Tywana.
Morgan greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Morgan enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Morgan was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was in Casino Gaming. He was employed in Casino Management at the Flamingo. Morgan worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.
Morgan was in the Army. He was in Alaska. A literal thinker who possessed a calm exterior, Morgan seemed to enjoy the routines set forth by the military. His results-oriented approach to things made him committed to the job, and he understood well his role in serving his country.
Morgan liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Morgan always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were watching and talking about basketball, football, cooking, and especially Bar-B-Qing. Morgan was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.
Morgan found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. In high school, Morgan played basketball and football. Recreational sports included Racquetball and golf. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football, basketball and tennis.
Morgan was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a Christian. He was a sympathetic man who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.
Morgan sought out practical solutions, not individual recognition. He was always grounded and objective, feeling a strong sense of responsibility for taking care of what needed to be done. This selfless attitude earned Morgan many accolades for his efforts and achievements. Some of his most prestigious awards included earning the 20 year service award with the Flamingo Hilton.
Morgan enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Morgan appeared effortless. He enjoyed researching all of his examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, Morgan always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included going to Atlanta, Georgia, San Diego, San Francisco, and on a Caribbean Cruise.
Morgan was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Morgan’s favorites was Java, a Chihuahua dog. They were best friends for 3 years. His family was rounded out by his Parakeet, Frisco.
Morgan Nelson Alston passed away on March 1, 2012 at at home, surrounded by his family. Morgan fought a brave battle against cancer. He is survived by his wife, Myra; sister, Geneva, brothers; Clyde, Melvin, Marvin; step-sons, Sanford, Stephen, David; grandchildren, Davexter, Curtis, Tyson, Davian, Terry, Alicia, Morgan, Destiny, Demetrius, Stephen, Stacie, Jordan, Tiffiny, Lala, Tywana. Services were held at Palm Northwest Mortuary. Morgan will be laid to rest on Father's Day, June 2012, next to his daughter, LaRona.
Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Morgan Nelson Alston. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.
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