Reuben “Reid” Alliston, a farmer and life long resident of Buckhead, died on October 15, 2019 at the age of 79.
Reid is survived by his devoted wife, Gwendolyn Ivie Alliston, of 58 years; his children Jeffrey Reid Alliston of Cumming, Gregory Elbert Alliston and wife Julie of Buckhead, Leigh Anne Alliston Bell and husband Thomas of Buckhead, and Laura Lynn Alliston Massey and husband Zach of Madison; his grandchildren Brent Alliston, Blake and Kiki Alliston, Bryce Alliston, McKayla Alliston, Garrett Alliston, Levi Alliston, Macie Alliston, Allison and Alex Polsinelli, Ammie Bell, Alysse and Derrick Gainer, Ellie Massey, and Emmie Grace Massey; his great grandchildren Logan Alliston, Bancs Polsinelli, Adelyn Polsinelli, Derrick Gainer, and Easton Bell. His surviving siblings are Robert and Frances Alliston, Lucille Harrison, and brother-in-law Bobby Crisp.
Reid was born at home on August 15, 1940 to Robert LeRoy and Willie May Vining Alliston. He attended Buckhead Grade School and Morgan County High School where he was a team member of the 1956 State Champion Football Team. On June 9, 1961 he married Gwen, of Milledgeville.
Reid grew up learning to milk cows with his family. He later went on to buy the farm from his father and continued to dairy, as well as plant gardens and grow hay. Reid and Gwen raised their children on the farm just outside of Buckhead on Kingston Road. He enjoyed hunting rabbits, quail, and raccoons with his dogs. In the fall, after the hay was put up, he loved to work with his horses and mules and ride in the Bonner Wagon Train with his family. In later years, Reid’s love for tractors grew into collecting and restoring them.
The family received visitors on Friday, October 18 from 6-8 p.m. at A E Carter Funeral Home. The funeral service was scheduled for Saturday October 19 at 2 p.m. at the A E Carter Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside service followed at the Madison Cemetery.