John Luther Alexander, Sr

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John Luther Alexander, Sr

Luther Alexander was an well-respected owner-operator of a country crossroads store in the farming community of Lake Swamp at what is known as Alexander Crossroads, named that because of the presence of Luther's store. He was a member of Pine Grove Methodist Church, and an Assistant Superintendent of the church's Sunday School. His father, John Wesley Alexander was Superintendent. Alexander Crossroads is located within a few hundred yards of Pine Grove United Methodist Church and its cemetery. Luther was widowed by Nettie Hatchell Alexander, who died of "Bright's Disease". Nettie is buried near daughter Ruth, and son John Luther, Jr. at Lake Swamp Baptist Church in Darlington County, not far away from Pine Grove United Methodist Church. Luther, Sr. later married to family friend, as well as Nettie's caretaker, Bertha Rosalie Lechner, known as Bertha. Luther pre-deceased Bertha by several years.


Obituary from "Florence Morning News", January 27, 1955:

"Darlington, January 26 - J. Luther Alexander, 77, of the Pine Grove Community died last night at home after an illness lasting several months.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday from the Pine Grove Methodist church. The pastor, the Rev. B.S. Hughes will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Luther Shealy. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mr. Alexander was born in Darlington County, son of the late John Wesley Alexander and Sally Stewart. He was for 15 years a member of the Darlington County Board, and for 30 years he had been superintendent of the Sunday School at the Piney Grove Church. He was chairman of the board of stewards at the church and was treasurer of the church building fund. He was one of the most outstanding leaders of his community.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Bertha L. Alexander; one son, Arnold C. Alexander of Darlington County; five daughters, Mrs. E.T. Nivens of Charlotte, Mrs. David Fields of Hartsville, Mrs. Herbert l. Jordan and Mrs. Archie McKay, both of Timmonsville, and Mrs. Robert White Jr. of Darlington County; one brother, Joe K. Alexander of Timmonsville; one sister, Miss Maggie Alexander of Darlington; 24 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren."



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  • Created by: Val McGinness
  • Added: 25 Jun 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 54096980
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Luther Alexander, Sr (23 Jan 1878–2 Jan 1955), Find A Grave Memorial no. 54096980, citing Pine Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery, Darlington, Darlington County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Val McGinness (contributor 47242116) .