Joseph C. Alexander, Jr., known as Alex or Joey to his family and friends, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, December 15, 2019 in Mobile, AL of heart failure. He was 71 years old.
Alex was born May 2, 1948 in Madisonville, KY and graduated from Linden McKinley High, Columbus, OH in 1966. He enlisted and served honorably in the US Army during the Vietnam war as a machinist in the 66th Armored Division out of Fort Hood, TX from 1968 to 1971. Alex was deployed for much of his tour of duty, a recipient of the National Defense Service Medal and Sharpshooter (rifle) Medal and obtained the rank of SP5. A longtime resident of Mobile, Alex worked as a sheet metal worker and mechanic for Acordis Cellulosic (formerly Courtauld’s) Fibers in Axis for 19 years.
Alex built a beautiful life with his wife of 36 years, Janis Marie (née Foster) and three children, Dora Michelle Bosman of Daphne, AL, Renée Bangs Mrosowski of Austin, TX, and Daniel Ross Bangs, Jr., of Mobile, AL. He was a voracious reader and deeply interested in history, particularly military history. He was a quiet, gentle man. A natural caretaker and protector, he kept daily to-do lists so he could make sure to take care of everyone in his life. He loved the animals that visited the backyard at night and considered it his responsibility to make sure they were handsomely fed.
He touched many with his gentle, quiet nature. His daughter Michelle, said of Alex, “He was my rock, my true north… His character and level of integrity were something to witness… His heart was filled with kindness… He loved his friends, siblings, us kids, grandkids and great grandkids. However, when it came to his love for my mother that was something to behold. They were partners in crime and best friends.” His son Daniel, said he was, “a role model of what a man should be.” His daughter Renée, said he was, “sure, solid, dependable, always there when we needed him… We all knew how much he loved us. Because he showed us, every single day.”
Alex is survived by his wife and children; three grandchildren, James Ross Cutler and Brandee Marie Alexandra Cutler, of San Antonio, TX, and Renée Elizabeth Mrosowski, of Eureka, CA; six great grandchildren, two sisters, Roberta (Jerry) Cherne and Bette Jo (Mike) Singleton, one niece, Rachel Davis, and two nephews, Brian Lambert and Michael Lambert. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rubye and Joseph Cecil Alexander, Sr., and one nephew, Sean Singleton.
A memorial service will be held February 18, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. at the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 34904 Alabama Highway 225, Spanish Fort, AL and the family welcomes his friends to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to either the Mulherin Custodial Home on Halls Mill Rd. in Mobile or the GoFundMe set up to assist with the unexpected medical expenses associated with his sudden illness. (/www.gofundme.com/f/joseph-alex-alexander-memorial-fund)
Alex was deeply cherished by his family and a beloved friend to many. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com