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Timothy R. Alston Timothy R. Alston
(November 15, 1959 - September 30, 2012)

President/CEO of TRA Medical Supply Company Inc., died Sunday, September 30, 2012, surrounded by family and friends at Washington Hospital Center.

Timothy R. Alston, affectionately known as Tim and Uncle Tim to his family and close friends, was born on November 15, 1959, to the late Flora Irene Carter and Paul Rudolph Alston of Washington DC. Timothy Rudolph Alston graduated from Fairmount Heights High School in Chapel Oaks, MD, where he was an honor student and star basketball player. Diligent in his academic pursuits, he received and accepted an academic scholarship, instead of accepting an athletic scholarship to Hampton Institute (now Hampton University), where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in finance. In 1986, he earned his Masters of Business Administration Degree with a concentration in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University.

Following a ten year career travelling aboard in the banking and international finance arena, Tim began putting into motion his dream to start his own company. In 1991, TRA Medical Supply Company, Inc. was launched and the rest is history.

Tim's goal in creating TRA Medical Supply Company, Inc. was inspired by an unwavering desire to be the captain of his own destiny. Tim believed that minority companies contributed valuable services not only to the industry and the economy, but in the community.

In a short span of time, Tim was able to build TRA Medical Supply Company, Inc. into a vital and thriving organization, currently recognized throughout the east coast region of the United States. Tim was a man who saw challenges as opportunities and for every opportunity he believed it was his duty to give back to his community and to share any and all successes. TRA enabled him to fulfill these dreams.

Tim, the youngest son of a single mother, knew first-hand the importance of reaching back to make a difference in the lives of others. His motto: when you know better and can do better you are obligated to help make someone else's life better. Seeing his mother build a life for him and his brother as a single mother, inspired Tim to create "Boys To Men Global (BMG)" a mentoring and tutoring program he launched in partnership with Empowering Minds Foundation, Inc., (an educational organization headquartered in Prince Georges County, Maryland). The first BMG program was launched at Surrantsville High School in Clinton, MD. The BMG program was designed to improve educational excellence in math, grammar, literature, SAT preparation and to give young men the opportunity to attend the college or university of their choice.

Focused and wise beyond his years, Tim gained the respect of business leaders and politicians throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia. He worked with unyielding dedication for personal, community, business and educational excellence. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Florida Avenue Baptist Church Washington, DC, Minority Business Owners of Maryland, Maryland Chamber of Commerce and Maryland's Minority Suppliers Association.

Timothy is survived by his wife, Tawana Nottingham Alston of Clinton, MD, brother, Lacy Alston of Columbia, MD, sister-in-laws, Dr. Sharon Alston, Dr. Robin Nottingham and Denitta Jackson, brother-in-laws, Steve and Derrick Nottingham, nephews, Matthew Alston and Dominic Nottingham Jackson, nieces, Brittany and Sariah Nottingham, a very special niece and nephew he and his wife helped raise, Skye and Brandon Nottingham and a host of loving relatives and friends.

A celebration of life service will be held Monday, October 8, 2012, at Ark of Safety Christian Church, 9402 Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro, MD. Viewing at 9am and service at 11am. Interment Ft. Lincoln Cemetery, 3401 Bladensburg Rd., Brentwood, MD immediately following service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Empowering Minds Foundation, Inc. BMG Program, 10500 Fox Ridge Ct., Bowie, MD 20721.