|Birth: ||Sep. 23, 1930|
|Death: ||Jan. 1, 2014|
Robert Charles Alexander, 83, of Paragould, Arkansas, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, due to complications associated with diabetes.
Even though his physical health had declined in recent years, his mind remained sharp as did his wit and unique sense of humor. He always enjoyed visiting with family and friends and he never lost his interest in current affairs, reading and working the daily crossword puzzle.
Robert was born at Paragould on Sept. 23, 1930, to James Wiltz and Evelyn Montgomery Alexander.
In 1956, he married Marilyn Stowers, the love of his life and his wife for over 50 years. They were the devoted parents of three children, Wiltz, Adrianne and Bill, and loving grandparents to their seven grandchildren.
Robert was a lifelong resident of Paragould and was a member of First Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday school to teenaged boys for several years. From 1944-47 he attended Western Military School in Alton, Ill. He graduated from Paragould High School in 1948 and from the University of Arkansas in 1951. Robert was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the U of A. From 1952-54, Robert served his country in the U.S. Air Force Reserves as a first lieutenant during the Korean War. Robert was an inventor, an artist and an avid musician. He was also a world traveler and he and his wife, Marilyn, enjoyed many exciting trips with their good friends and family. Robert was active in his community and was a former president of the Paragould Rotary Club. He was a philanthropist who supported many local and state institutions and charities with First Baptist Church, Dale Bumpers School of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas, the Greene County Library, Chateau on the Ridge and the Nature Conservancy being some of his favorites. Robert owned and managed the Alexander Plantation Co. for many years and also was owner of ALCO, a local grain elevator and seed company. He was a forward-thinking and conscientious steward of his land who always kept up with new and innovative farming techniques. He truly loved the land and passed this passion on to his children. He was an astute businessman and investor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Wiltz "Jimmy" Alexander and Evelyn Montgomery Alexander; his wife, Marilyn; and his sister, Ann Alexander Hamilton.
Robert is survived by his three children, James Wiltz Alexander of Dallas, Adrianne Alexander Hays and her husband Woody of Marietta, Ga., and Bill Alexander and his wife Allison of Searcy. He also leaves behind his seven grandchildren, Emily, Will, Christopher and Ellen Hays, and Bob, Sally and Jimmy Alexander.
His life was celebrated at First Baptist Church. Burial was in Linwood Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Heath funeral home.
Jonesboro Sun, January 2, 2014.
Jonesboro Sun, January 3, 2014.
James Wiltz Alexander (1894 - 1970)
Evelyn M Alexander (1903 - 1982)
Marilyn Stowers Alexander (1933 - 2007)
Created by: Sandra
Record added: Jan 01, 2014
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