Donald Edward Gaston, a resident of San Antonio, Texas and formerly of Cleveland, passed away on March 14, 2013, at the Sonterra Healthcare Center.
He was born on Sept. 20, 1934, in Cleveland. He served in the United States Navy from 1955 until 1957 when he was honorably discharged. He was married to Deborah Clayton Gaston, also of Cleveland, on Sept. 1, 1981.
He was well known as a professional wrestler. He was active in the sport from 1964 to 1984 using the name “Don Carson”. He was a four-time Gulf Coast Heavyweight and two-time Gulf Coast Southern Tag Team title holder, wrestling from coast to coast in the United States with tours in Japan and Australia. He also served as a Bradley County Deputy Sheriff and was a self-employed businessman.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Maggie and Wiley Gaston Sr.; one brother, Wiley Gaston Jr.; and disters: Wilma Stansberry and Leona (Shorty) Fowlkes.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah Gaston; his children; Bryan Gaston, Brandon Gaston and wife, Riley Gaston; Courtni Gaston; Kelli Gaston Alston and husband, Marques Alston; grandchildren: Caleb Jariah Gaston, Taylor Nicole Alston, Korey Daniel Alston, Carlynn Ranae Gaston and Clayton Nicholas Alston; include in-laws: Bob Stansberry, Jennings (Dink) Fowlkes, Betty and Larry James, Deloris and Amos Watson; aunts: Hazel Taylor and Nellie (Tip) Neely; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
A memorial service with military honors was held in the Vada Hagee Prayer Chapel at the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Matthew Hagee officiating.
Lewis Funeral Home, 811 South W.W. White Road, San Antonio, TX 7820.