|Birth: ||Apr. 15, 1913|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 3, 1989|
South Carolina, USA
Belvin was the manager of the old City Products ice company in Florence, South Carolina, connected with Fruit Growers Express and due to the decline of iced railroad cars, as opposed to refrigerated cars, he later moved to another related job in Fort Myers, Florida as he was already near retirement. He later moved back to his home in Florence.
After returning, Bill was a volunteer for "Meals on Wheels". He was a former Master Mason at Amity Masonic Lodge #340, was a member and was active as a Steward at Saint Paul Methodist Church in Florence. He was a member of the Breakfast Optimist Club and the Brotherhood of Retired Railroad Men.
Rev. John L. Jernigan performed the wedding vows for the Jennie and Belvin union.
Belvin's name is inscribed in his parents' family bible as Belvin "Rhyne" Alexander, but he spelled it "Ryan".
The couple had two daughters, Barbara Lynn Alexander and Patricia Kay Alexander.
A tribute from daughter Patricia:
"Belvin Ryan Alexander was a special man. His family, his church, and his friends were the most important things in his life.
He loved his family. He and Jennie were married for 43 years before his death. He was the kind of father every child should have. He had an abundance of patience and a great sense of humor. Even though he worked long, hard hours at the ice plant, he always had time for his children and their friends. He spent hours in the yard surrounded by neighborhood children. He had the Alexander knack for telling an outrageous tale with such a straight face you weren't sure if he was teasing you or not. He drank ‘tea' from dainty china teacups, had his fortune told by 5-year-old gypsies, bought gallons of Kool-Aid from card-table stands, and drove carpools with a gentle, steady humor. He didn't endure these activities, but enjoyed them.
Belvin and his brother Lee were especially close. Belvin lived with Lee and his wife, Edith, some before he got married. Over the years they shared many family activities and celebrations. They planted a garden together on Lee's farm each summer. Others enjoyed being around Belvin and Lee because they enjoyed each other's company so much.
Belvin had two daughters and two granddaughters. He passed his love of growing things on to his older grandchild, Susie. She frequently stayed with her grandparents on weekends and during summer vacations. Emily, his younger grandchild, was especially lucky because she lived in the same town as 'Granddaddy'. He had retired before she was born so they were playmates. Granddaddy would be hanging out of the door waiting when he knew his 'buddy' was coming. They spent hours swinging in the backyard and playing 'I Spy'.
Belvin loved to watch ball games on television and to fish - winter or summer. He was very active at his church, St. Paul United Methodist Church He visited shut-ins weekly and delivered 'Meals on Wheels' to the elderly when he was in his seventies. He didn't seem to realize the 'old people' he was helping were often younger than him!
Belvin died on Friday, February 3, 1989 while working in his yard. It was a quick, peaceful death like his father before him. Hundreds of people filled the church at his funeral. It was a tribute to a loving, funny, precious man who liked just about everyone he met and accepted each person for the good he found in them. I don't believe he realized he always saw the good in people because he brought out the best in them.
Belvin Ryan Alexander was a special man."
Belvin's body was entombed in the indoor mausoleum section of the cemetery, and in May of 2010 Jennie joined him.
Joseph Kirkland Alexander (1885 - 1962)
Frances Leitha Hancock Alexander (1887 - 1961)
Jennie Caddell Alexander (1915 - 2010)
Florence Memorial Gardens
South Carolina, USA
Created by: Val McGinness
Record added: Jun 28, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54213255