Deaconess Alma R. Claxton Malone transitioned from Earth to Glory on March 29, 2023. Alma was the fifth of eight children born to Henry Lewis Claxton and Rosa Porter Claxton on January 19, 1929 in Saxe (Charlotte County), VA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete Malone, Jr.; grandson, Ryan LaMont Freeman; her parents; and her seven siblings, Florence, Mary, Marie, William "Sonny," Gladys, Elizabeth and Louise. \n\nShe was educated in the Chesterfield and Richmond City Public School Systems. Alma met her future husband one Sunday morning as they both were walking to their home churches, Second Baptist Church in Newtown and Williams Temple C.M.E. From this union, four children were born - JoAnn, Gail, Beth and Steve. \n\nShe loved her children and were so proud of them, but there was special love for her grands and great-grands. They were her HEART. She just loved children and working with them. She provided before and after care for a countless number of children in her home during her employment at the St. Gerard Nursery School which was just across the street from her home. On numerous occasions, they were overnight and weekend guests, but she didn't mind. She provided the love and the discipline. \n\nShe enjoyed traveling with friends and meeting new friends with each adventure. She also loved working outside tending her garden and flower beds. Her front yard was even featured in the Richmond newspaper for its beauty and her tenacity. \n\nShe accepted Christ at an early age, joining the Second Baptist Church South Richmond after her family moved to Richmond. She was a faithful and active member until her health began to decline. She served on several committees and organizations, including the Kirk A. Cooke Choir and Widows and Friends. She was installed as a Deaconess under the pastorship of Rev. Lawrence B. Samuel. She was also a member of the Virginia State Baptist Deacons Convention and the Women's Auxiliary (Richmond, Local, State and National Levels). Alma was instrumental in organizing the Memorial Wall at Second Baptist Church. She was also a long, in good standing member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Virginia, Elizabeth Harris Chapter No. 86.\n\nShe leaves to cherish her memories, one son, Steve V. Malone (Tammy); three daughters, JoAnn M. Draughn (Raymond,), Gail S. Greene (Carvel), Beth M. Cunningham (Phil); six grandchildren, Erica Williams, Raymond Draughn, Jr. (Bethany), Sheyla Draughn, Taryn Harrison (William), Noelle Ghoram (Cliff), Phillippe "Pete" Cunningham; seven great-grands, Matthew, Morgan, Mason and Miles Harrison, Shemar Williams, Moriah and Melina Ghorham and a host of loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors. Also leaves to cherish her memory are her god-daughter, Mary Crawford and two adopted sons, Brent Walker (Rolanda) and Neal Walker.