James Robert Alexander

April 20, 1932 – April 1, 2015

Former Lovell resident James R. Alexander died April 1, 2015, at Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn., after a brief illness.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Rita Alexander; four children, Mike Alexander and his wife Teresa, Carol Alexander, Chris Alexander and wife Ruby and Bryan Alexander and wife Rebecca; four grandchildren, Shasta, Aaron, James and Austin, and two great-grandchildren, Mya and Braydon. He also leaves behind a very special friend and unofficially adopted son, Joseph McNeil of Cody.

Mr. Alexander was born in Dermont, Ark., on April 20, 1932. He was raised in Dermont and then resettled to Texas, where he met and married Rita. In 1972 they moved to Cody and eventually settled in Lovell. In 2004 Jim and Rita moved to Kingsport, Tenn., for retirement.

Mr. Alexander was a lifelong Freemason. He was a member of the Cody and Lovell Masonic lodges, the various York Rite bodies and was a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason. Jim spent countless hours working for the Shriners and helping disabled children. He loved his fraternal links and cherished them greatly.

When the time comes for Rita to join him, they will both be interred forever in the Tillar Cemetery located in  Drew County, Tillar, Ark. At that time, Masonic graveside services will be performed. Until that day arrives, Mr. Alexander will reside on the fireplace mantel, where Rita will keep him informed of all that is going on.

To send one of our special floral arrangements, please call Valley Flowers & Gifts in Lovell, 307-548-7101