Alton Lee Neatherlin, longtime resident of Highlands, passed away on Friday, July 27, 2018 at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown. Alton was 87 years old. Alton was born in Coryell County, Texas and graduated from Flat High School. He was the son of P.M. Neatherlin and Dorothy Poe Neatherlin, who preceded him in death. He married the love of his life, Charlene Neatherlin, in 1949. They were married for 61 years until Charlene’s death in 2010. In 1955, Alton and Charlene, along with Charlene’s brother, James “Jim” Brazzil, moved to Highlands to start The Highlands Star newspaper. The Highlands Star - Crosby Courier is still being published today. Alton was preceded in death by his wife, Charlene Neatherlin and his daughter, Treena Dickey. Alton is survived by his sister, June Nauert, his son, Kenny Neatherlin, his daughter, Jana Maler and his grandchildren, Kenny Neatherlin Jr., Blaine Dickey, Drew Essen and Krista Porter. Also surviving are his three great-grandchildren, Kinsey Neatherlin, Kylin Neatherlin and Wesley Andrew Essen. Alton was a beloved member of the Highlands Rotary Club, the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Second Baptist Church of Highlands.
His family will receive friends at a visitation from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 2 at Sterling White Funeral Home in Highlands. The funeral service will be held on Friday, August 3, at 10:00 a.m. at the Sterling White Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be private. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.sterlingwhite.com.