|Birth: ||Feb. 16, 1918|
|Death: ||Nov. 8, 2009|
ROBERT T. ALEXANDER
FAIRFIELD - Robert Tate Alexander (Tate) of Fairfield died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, at his home. Son of the late John Addison Alexander and Janet Ingles (Fultz) Alexander, he was born Feb. 16, 1918, in Norfolk.
Graduating from Fairfield High School, he attended Washington and Lee University. He graduated Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1939 with a degree in chemical engineering.
He was a lifelong resident of Fairfield and a retired businessman and farmer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth F. (Libby) Alexander; two brothers, James G. Alexander Sr. and John A. Alexander; a son, Robert Tate Alexander Jr.; and a grandson, Iain M. Alexander.
He is survived by three sons, Dr. Bruce Alexander and wife, Margaret, of Birmingham, Ala., Sam Alexander and wife, Kenmar, of Staunton and John Alexander and wife, Susan, of Independence; 11 grandchildren, Brenden, Laura Draper, Lindsay, Chris, Aaron, Micah, Tate, Kyle, Kara, Jason and Ben; one great-grandson, Sam; and dear friend, Judy Hoyt.
He was very active in community affairs, including lifetime membership in Fairfield Presbyterian Church. He was a dedicated Rotarian who served as district governor and received the Paul Harris Award. Locally, he was known as "Mr. Rotary" and a true "Southern gentleman." His public service included time as the Rockbridge County Commissioner of Revenue. He was a direct descendent of the first high sheriff of Rockbridge County.
He served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II, attaining the rank of lieutenant.
A private graveside service will be followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at Timber Ridge Old Stone Presbyterian Church. A luncheon reception hosted by the family will follow at the Fairfield United Methodist Community Center.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Rockbridge County Public Schools Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 1042, Lexington, VA 24450.
Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory in Lexington.
Staunton News Leader - Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia - November 11, 2009 - Wednesday.
Sara Elizabeth Firebaugh Alexander (1916 - 2002)
Robert Tate Alexander (1943 - 1999)*
Created by: Sgt Daxter
Record added: Feb 10, 2012
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