Fallen Hero: SFC(Ret) James A. Ralston


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Moore Funeral Home Services

805 Hardy St Hattiesburg Ms


Dec 26, 10-11:30 am, Monday, Moore Funeral Home, 805 Hardy St Hattiesburg Ms



Dec 26, 11:30 am, Monday, Moore Funeral Home, 805 Hardy St Hattiesburg Ms

Burial on Tuesday 27th 2pm Magnolia Gardens 5 miles south of Charleston, Ms


Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard.  “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on December 21, 2022, and has moved on to his heavenly home.  SFC(Ret) James A. Ralston, age 70,  a retired member of the MS Army National Guard, who had served within  the 631st Field Artillery Brigade and Region III, NCOA Shelby, has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country. A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier. We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

“Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten””

Obituary, visitation, and service details:  

James Albert Ralston, 70, passed away after a brief illness at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson on Wednesday, December 21, 2022. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, December 26, 2022 at the Hattiesburg Chapel of Moore Funeral Home. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at the Magnolia Gardens Cemetery in Paynes, MS.

James was a member of Okahola Baptist Church and served as a Deacon there. He proudly served his Country in the U.S. Army and Mississippi Army National Guard for forty-one years. James was a musician who loved to sing and play his guitar when ever he had the opportunity. He enjoyed classic muscle cars and attending Cruzin the Coast. In his spare time, he enjoyed to go hunting and fishing. James is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Earline Ralston and a sister, Linda Melton.

He is survived by his wife, Dorinda Middleton Ralston of Hattiesburg; a son, Ricky Ralston of Hattiesburg; a daughter, Kelly Ralston Williamson of Jackson; a brother, Larry (Jo) Ralston of Grenada; a sister, Reba (Jody) Ralston Matthews of Grenada; a brother-in-law, Donald Melton of Gulfport; seven grandchildren, Patrick, Peyton, Parker, Preston, Evan, Tristan, Chloe.

Visitation for James will be from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Monday, December 26, 2022 at the Hattiesburg Chapel of Moore Funeral Home.