Alton Carroll Pledger, 87, a former resident of Durham, died at his home in Flat Rock NC on Friday, January 15, 2010.
Mr. Pledger was born in Roanoke Rapids to the late Alton Sterling and Bettie Westbrook Pledger. He lived in Durham most of his life until moving to Flat Rock, NC, 20 years ago. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps where he served in the Eighth Air Force and the 458th Heavy Bomber Group. He received the order of the Longleaf Pine awarded by Governor Hunt. He was a long time member of the Durham City Council and served on numerous committees. He was a 50 year member of the Durham Masonic Lodge #352, a York Rite Mason and a charter member of the Amran Temple. Also he was a former member of the Durham Optimist Club and a lifetime member of the Kiwanis Club of Hendersonville. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville. Mr. Pledger served on the Board of Directors of the Durham Chapter of the American Red Cross and chaired the committee that started the Red Cross Blood Bank program in Durham.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Nifong Pledger of Flat Rock; son, Drew Trent Pledger and wife Virginia of Knightdale; daughter, Sharman Dee Norman and husband Mike of Hendersonville; three grandchildren, Kyndal Norman, Spenser Norman and Kate Lundy; three great-granddaughters.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Interment will be at Woodlawn Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends on Sunday from 4:00-6:00 pm at Hudson Funeral Home.
The family request that flowers be omitted and donations may be made to the American Red Cross, PO Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA 50340-2018.