Neill Funeral Home

3501 Derry Street, Harrisburg, PA


Gerald Atwell Alston Sr.

August 16, 1970February 1, 2020

Gerald A Alston, Sr. Born August 16, 1970 and passed on February 01, 2020.

He was born to the late Ola Mae Williams Alston and Percy Edward Alston, Sr. raised in Henderson, NC.

He graduated from Vance Senior High School in 1988, he joined the Army in 1989 and was a veteran of Desert Storm. He worked in Polk Youth Center for many years as a Correction Officer and most recently worked maintenance for American Home Medical Equipment Company.

He is preceded in death by two sisters Virgena Hargrove, Colleen Allen, and one brother Eric Maurice Williams.

He is survived by his wife Karla Alston, his children Maya and Gerald, Jr. and his children by marriage Xavier, Kasandra and Cristian Hagler. He is also survived by his godmother; Blanche Harris, three aunts, Maddie W. Alston, Rebecca Williams and Maggie Perry. An uncle William Alston, his five brothers Ethirling Alston, Durham,NC, Percy Alston, JR, Eugene(Evelyn) Alston, Christopher Williams, Henderson,NC and Rufus K.(Tameka) Williams, Greensboro,NC. As well as two sis sisters Linda Alston, Durham,NC and Carol(Bryan) Simmons,Henderson,NC along with a host of nieces and nephews, relatives and friends that were all dear to his heart.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 am, Friday, February 7, 2020, at Neill Funeral Home, 3501 Derry Street, Harrisburg, PA 17111. A viewing will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2020, from 6:00-8:00 pm, in the funeral home, and on Friday, 10:00 am, until the time of the funeral service, in the funeral home. Burial; with full military honors, will be held at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA, following the service.


  • Karla Alston, Wife
  • Maya Alston, Daughter
  • Gerald Alston, Jr., Son
  • Blanche Harris, godmother
  • Xavier, Kasandra, and Cristian Hagler, children by marriage
  • Maddie Alston, Aunt
  • Rebecca Williams, Aunt
  • Maggie Perry, Aunt
  • William Alston, Uncle
  • Ethirling Alston, Brother
  • Percy Alston, Jr., Brother
  • Eugene Alston (Evelyn), Brother
  • Christopher Williams, brother
  • Rufus Williams (Tameka), Brother
  • Linda Alston, Sister
  • Carol Simmons (Bryan), Sister
  • Gerald is also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; Percy Edward Alston, Sr., and Ola Mae Williams Alston.


  • Viewing Thursday, February 6, 2020
  • Viewing Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Interment Friday, February 7, 2020


Gerald Atwell Alston Sr.

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Soror Barbara H Jones

February 8, 2020

To Soror Carol Simmons and Family 🌹
My prayers and condolences are with you, and your family at this time, not of mourning but of celebration. “Those who love us never go away even when we are in our darkest time. He is resting in the arms of our Father and with you in Spirit.”
My the Lord comfort your hearts at this time. You will see him again one day.
Sisterly love,
Soror Barbara H Jones 💕💚

Bessie Southerland

February 7, 2020

My condolences to the Alston family . Gerald and I were in the same homeroom for years my last name was Allen in school. I was so sorry to hear he had left us gone too soon my prayers and thoughts are with the family.

Chico and Renae Russell

February 7, 2020

We are truly sorry for your loss. Chicken Wing was truly a joy and the life of a party. We will always remember him and treasure those special memories. His laugh was contagious and such a joy. Please find comfort in those beautiful memories you shared, and know that we grieve with you and we love you and we're praying for strength and healing during this time.

Sylvia Fields

February 6, 2020

Gerald was my classmate and a great friend of mines. His laughter was contiguous and he kept all of us laughing . Heaven has gained another angel . I pray peace and understanding over his family . He will be missed .... Sylvia

Angela Williams

February 6, 2020

To the family, stay strong, keep the faith and know he’s in God’s Hands. I will miss my brother-in-law dearly.

Jacqueline Allen Jackson

February 6, 2020

Sending my condolences to the family! Gerald and I grew up in neighborhood that all the kids played together! Plenty of days of him being the comedian on the bus! Fond memories!! Him and I shared the same birthday! May the sweet memories of him give you comfort!

Caroline (aka Liz) Fitzhugh

February 6, 2020

To my dearest shining cousin Gerald. I'm sadden about your death. But I know now you are in heaven with your mom, dad, brother, sisters and other good relatives of our. I remember the good days where we had family reunions at your Uncle Garnett's house where as though all the Alston/Williams families attended and you were the happiest cousin who always grin and have jokes for everyone to laugh and enjoy themselves. We have always said that you miss your calling in becoming a Comedian. But your present always brighten up each one of us when you comes around. We will always remember you cuz and love you forever. RIP and we all will meet again. Love Cousin Liz

Timikia (Meanie) Southerland

February 5, 2020

Boy was this SHOCKING news!!! Just wanted to stop by to let you know that you will always be remembered and missed. I will miss your funny awkward laugh and voice. Continue to get your rest. I will see you some day. 🤦🏽‍♀️😢🤭

And to the family, I am so sorry for your loss. But God knows best rest in his care knowing that JOY comes in the morning. May GOD BLESS you and heaven smile upon you. Rest in his care.

Be Blessed,
Timikia (Meanie)

Brandi Earley

February 4, 2020

I walked into work today and took a pause to reflect in what I fondly remember as Geralds area.

He had this infectious laugh that once you heard it you knew Gerald was there. Non stop entertainment.

He did not just provide entertainment but he was awesome to go when I needed advice or help.

Knowing him was a gift that will always be treasured. In my mind I can still hear him Saying Miss B I Got You.

Rest in peace sir. You will be surely missed but never too far from our hearts.

Eric Earley

February 4, 2020

Gerald was one of a kind. It was a pleasure to be around him. It was never a dull moment when working around him. He would have you laughing so hard your gut would hurt for days. He was a hard working individual who took pride in everything he did and was a great inspiration to everyone around him. He was a vital person with the company he worked at. Gerald you will not be forgotten. Rest in peace brother