Robert M. Alexander, well known gospel preacher and educator, was called home by the Lord on March 10. His death was the result of an automobile accident, and he lived for about four hours after it occurred. At the time of his death Brother Alexander was active in the work of the Lord, serving as minister of the church at Jenks, Oklahoma. He had celebrated his seventy-fifty birthday on the Wednesday before. He was born near Owensboro, Kentucky on March 5, 1894. He had faithfully proclaimed the Word for fifty-seven years. He was a student of David Lipscomb in Nashville Bible College then attended Western Kentucky State, and the University of Oklahoma (A. B., M. A.). Brother Alexander served the Lord as both educator and minister. He taught in Cordell Christian College (1921-23), David Lipscomb College (1932-34), and Abilene Christian College (1946-55). Much of his preaching career was spent in Oklahoma, where he served churches at Chickasha, Wewoka, McAlester, Purcell, Norman, Cordell, Tulsa, and Jenks. He also served as minister for churches in Dearborn, Michigan; Colorado City and Greenville, Texas. An unusual distinction held by Brother Alexander was that he was one of the first ministers to conduct a vacation Bible school in the church, and for this school he prepared his own materials. Surviving are his widow, May, and two daughters: Mrs. Ellis Clanton of Tulsa, and Mrs. Charles Preston of Tyler, Texas. Funeral services were conducted on March 13 at 2:30 P.M. in the Park Plaza church building in Tulsa, which church Brother Alexander had helped establish and in which he served as one of its first elders. Tulsa ministers participating in the service were: Walter Billingsley, Rudy Wyatt, Bill Smith, Herschel Dyer, Ronald Milton and the writer. --- Waymon D. Miller. - Gospel Advocate April 3, 1969, page 226.
ROBERT M. ALEXANDER
Crash Claims Local Minister
From "The Jenks Journal," March 13, 1969
ROBERT M. ALEXANDER, Church of Christ minister, was killed in an auto accident last Monday evening. Kathey Schopp. of St. Louis, Mo., was injured while driving the other car in the two-car collision. The accident occurred at 5:45 p.m. on the Tulsa-Okmulgee Beeline at the Sapulpa Road. Trooper Oard, of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, who investigated the accident, said this was the first Tulsa County traffic fatality of 1969. He said the 1962 blue Cadillac, driven by Bro. Alexander, was headed east. He first stopped at the stop sign and then proceeded to cross the Beeline when the collision occurred. The other car, a 1969 Dodge, driven by Mrs. Schopp, was headed south. Both cars were declared total wrecks. Trooper Oard said a sad coincidence is that Mrs. Schopp's husband was killed in an auto accident near the same spot some five months ago. Mrs. Schopp was taken to St. Francis Hospital to be treated for fractures in both legs. Bro. Alexander was taken to the same hospital where he died at 9:05 p.m., just over three hours from the time of the accident. Trooper Oard said no charges have been filed. Bro. Alexander was born March 5, 1894, near Paducah, Ky. He attended school at Bowling Green, Ky., and obtained his masters degree at the University of Oklahoma. At the age of nineteen, he began preaching, a ministry which continued more than half a century. Mininstries included Greenville, Colorado City and Abilene, Tex.; Nashville, Tenn.; Dearborn, Mich.; and Hobart, Chickasha, Wewoka, Oklahoma City, Purcell, Tulsa and Jenks, Oklahoma. During his many years of ministrty, Bro. Alexander was equally well known and active as a college professor. He taught at Cordell Christian College, Cordell, David Limpscomb College, Nashville, Tenn. and Abilene Christian College, Abilene, Tex. His former students are numerous, serving all over the country and some in the Tulsa area. Three years ago, Bro. Alexander came to serve the Church of Christ in Jenks, which was holding services in an old two-story residence building on East Main Street. Under his leadership and experience, the congregation realized the fulfillment of a dream held for many years, and now a new, beautiful building stands on West Main Street, a tribute to the leadersihip of a man and to the faith and determination of a congregation. One of his great pleasures was the knowledge that the congregation had grown and prospered during these three years. It was only two months ago that Bro. Alexander and his wife, the former Roberta May White, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. At that time, they held open house and many of their friends visited them to pay respects. Besides his wife, survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Ellis (Emalene) Clanton, of Tulsa, and Mrs. Charles Preston, of Tyler, Tex.; three brothers, Vernon Alan Alexander of Dallas, Tex., Vaniah Alexander, Memphis, Tenn., and Leslie Alexander, Padukah, Ky.; and six grandchildren. Service was held at 2:30 p.m. this Thursday,at the Park Plaza Church of Christ, in Tulsa. Wayman Miller and Ronald Melton presided. Interment was at Floral Haven Cemetery.
Bio in Gospel Advocate, Sept 4, 1941, 852. Debater listed in The Encyclopedia of Religious Debates by Tommy Thrasher. Debates:
_ Davidson (Christian Church); 1928; instrumental music in worship
_ (Baptist Church); Wewoka, OK; 1938
_ (Holiness Church)
To view Thomas N. Thrasher, Sr.'s Web site of debaters, click here - The Encyclopedia of Religious Debates
Biographical sketch: Preachers of Today (Batsell Barrett Baxter & M. Norvel Young, eds.). Nashville, TN: The Christian Press, 1952, p. 12. Biographical sketch: Preachers of Today, Volume Two (Batsell Barrett Baxter & M. Norvel Young, eds.). Nashville, TN: The Gospel Advocate Company, 1959, p. 6. Biographical sketch: The Trail Blazers: Heroes of the Faith by J. Porter Wilhite. Oklahoma City, OK: Telegram Book Company, 1965, pp. 121-124.
Roberta May White Alexander
1894–1982 (m. 1919)
Romadene Alexander Preston
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