|Birth: ||Mar. 11, 1918|
|Death: ||Feb. 28, 2009|
Wiley T. Alliston, 90, passed away from cancer Saturday, February 28, 2009, at his home.
Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2009, at First Baptist Church of Saginaw. Interment will be held at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church of Saginaw building fund, located at 300 North Old Decatur Road, Saginaw, Texas 76179. (817) 232-0560.
Wiley T. Alliston was born in Fort Worth on March 11, 1918, and was the son of Reverend Wayne Alliston and Sallie Elizabeth Alliston.
Mr. Alliston moved to Mississippi at a young age, and graduated from Central High School in Jackson. He attended George Washington University for two semesters, and returned to Mississippi, where he received his law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1941. He was secretary of his law school at the time of his graduation.
With the coming of World War II, Mr. Alliston joined the Navy, became a Marine pilot, and started the first navigational school for the Marine Corps in Camp Kerney, California. During the war, Mr. Alliston was promoted to the level of Captain, and piloted transport planes for Marine Air Group 33 in the South Pacific. In this role he piloted the first transport plane to land at Guadalcanal, and was the Chief Operations Officer for the Marine base in Auckland, New Zealand. At the end of his service with the Marine Corps, he attained the rank of Major.
Upon his return to the states in 1945, he married Ruby Lea Tinsley of Fort Worth, the daughter of Rollie and Mary E. Tinsley. They moved to Jackson, Mississippi, where he established a law practice.
In 1946, he and Ruby moved back to Texas and he went to work for Stewart Title Company as a closer. In 1948, Mr. Alliston opened a law office in the Riverside area of Fort Worth. In 1951, Mr. and Mrs. Alliston moved to Houston where he became the first state agency director for Stewart Title company.
In 1956 Mr. Alliston was transferred to Dallas, Texas, as the manager of the Stewart Title office there. At that time he was also promoted to the position of regional manager, with oversight of the agencies in Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana. He was later promoted to senior vice president, and appointed to the board of Stewart Title Company. He remained on the board until he retired in 1988.
Mr. and Mrs. Alliston moved back to northern Tarrant County in 1974, where they raised Brangus cattle until recently.
Mr. Alliston is predeceased by his brothers, Wayne and John; and his sister, Anne.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby Lea; his son, Rollie Michael Alliston and his wife, Sarah, of Pound Ridge, New York; another son, Wiley Meredith Alliston, and his wife, Teri of Greensburg, Kentucky; and his grandchildren, Rachel, Loren, Drew, Jeff and Erin. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Published in the Clarion Ledger on 3/4/2009
Wiley T Alliston
Alliston, of Fort Worh, died Feb. 28, 2009. He received his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1946. He was a member of the Mississippi bar. He was a sole practitioner. From 1945 to 1951, he was an attorney for Stewart Title Co. in Fort Worth. He served as the company's state agency director in Houston from 1951 to 1956 and as vice president and regional manager in Dallas from 1956 to 1974. From 1972 until his retirement in 1988, he was senior vice president of the board in Houston. He served in te U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruby L. Alliston; sons, Michael R Alliston of Pound Ridge, N.Y., and W. Meredith Alliston of Greensburg, Ky., and five grandchildren.
(Texas Bar Journal (Vol 72,No. 6) - June 2009, p511)
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Plot: Masonic Section, Lot 123-D, Space 4
Maintained by: Sue Fitzpatrick
Originally Created by: Mona Hura
Record added: Mar 04, 2009
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