James Alston, known as Mr. Sonny, waves at a school bus as it passes him on Chapel Hill Road on Sept. 23, 2014 in Cary. He worked as the crossing guard for Northwoods Elementary School across the street for more than 10 years before he died in December 2015. He once said he enjoys arriving more than a hour before school dismisses to set up his chair and wave at traffic as it moves by him. Alston alternated between a single or double handed wave, a peace sign, two thumbs up, or his favorite “Rock On.”
James Alston, known as Mr. Sonny, waves at a school bus as it passes him on Chapel Hill Road on Sept. 23, 2014 in Cary. He worked as the crossing guard for Northwoods Elementary School across the street for more than 10 years before he died in December 2015. He once said he enjoys arriving more than a hour before school dismisses to set up his chair and wave at traffic as it moves by him. Alston alternated between a single or double handed wave, a peace sign, two thumbs up, or his favorite “Rock On.” Robert Willett rwillett@newsobserver.com
James Alston, known as Mr. Sonny, waves at a school bus as it passes him on Chapel Hill Road on Sept. 23, 2014 in Cary. He worked as the crossing guard for Northwoods Elementary School across the street for more than 10 years before he died in December 2015. He once said he enjoys arriving more than a hour before school dismisses to set up his chair and wave at traffic as it moves by him. Alston alternated between a single or double handed wave, a peace sign, two thumbs up, or his favorite “Rock On.” Robert Willett rwillett@newsobserver.com

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