Alton (Al)'s Story
Al passed peacefully into eternity on November 22, 2016 surrounded by his family after a 18 month battle with lung cancer. His faith and courage was an inspiration to all who knew him and shared his life. He will be deeply missed by family, friends, and business associates.
Al was born in Sardis, Mississippi on July 3, 1945. He and four of his five siblings were raised in a children's home in Oklahoma. It was there that he met Margy and Darvin Atchison who would become his adoptive parents. He never saw his early life as anything other than a great learning experience about the value of hard work. He carried those life lessons with him to his career in in the Oklahoma National Guard and to his career in the automotive aftermarket industry,
He was very proud of his service to the military. He enlisted with the Oklahoma National Guard in 1969 and retired 36 years later in 2005, after earning the rank of Chief Command Warrant Officer and the Legion of Merit award.
He started in the automotive aftermarket industry in 1971 and worked in that industry as a manufacturer's agent until his death. He was well respected for his work ethic, honesty, and was genuinely loved for his larger than life personality and presence by those he knew him.
He preceded in death by his brother, Daryl Atchison and his step-father, Darvin Atchison. He is survived by his wife, Debra Atchison; his daughters, Christy Atchison, Susan Godinez and her husband Bryon, and Alyson Atchison; two grandchildren, Karlee and Kyler Godinez; and two brothers, Ralph and Don Elmore, and one sister, Sandy Askins.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, December 9, at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Rd, Houston, Texas.
A Life Tribute will be 2 p.m. Saturday, December 17, at the 45th Infantry Brigade Museum, 2145 NE 36th St, Oklahoma City, Okla.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be given in Al's name to St. Martin's Episcopal Church, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, or an animal protection group of your choice.
Published on December 5, 2016