NEWPORT NEWS, Va.-Welborn A. Preston Jr., 62, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at his home.

The Rev. Dr. Preston was born Feb. 4, 1951, in Texarkana. He was a former employee of Day & Zimmerman, Inc., as director of Industrial Relations at Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant, a minister, co-founder of Temple of Life Worship Center (New Life Christian Methodist Episcopal Church) and New Life Community Development Center.

Survivors include his wife, the Rev. Aretha Preston; four sons, Welborn Preston III of Los Angeles, William Preston and Waymon Preston of Dallas and David Wilson of Austin; two daughters, Carla McLaughlin of Hampton, Va., and Charonda Wilson of McAllen, Texas; his mother, Dr. Betty Preston Boling; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives.

Memorial services were held Saturday at Saint Paul CME Church, Norfolk, Va.

Arrangements were under direction of O.H. Smith & Son Funeral Home.

Online registration is at

ohsmithandsonfuneralhome.com.

Published: 02/11/2014