By Cheryl Brown –
Deacons, ministers, pastors, family, and friends gathered together at Loveland Church to remember the life of Augustus Ceasar Alexander, Sr. Most of his life he was a deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, and Sunday School Teacher at Union Bapt ist Church in Bordentown, New Jersey. He was 94 years old and many times said that he looked forward to heaven.
Born in either 1915 or 1916 in Jacksonville, Florida he was the second of three sons born to the Rev. Edmond and Isabella Jones Alexander. After the premature loss of his mother, at the age of six, he moved to Trenton, New Jersey where he attended school. His father re-married Annebelle Simpson (who became his mother). To this union four sisters were born.
The family then moved to the small town of Roebling, NJ. It was there that he fell in love with and married Maria Johnson until her death nearly 60 years later. To this union five children were born.
Loveland ministers spoke of his dedication to reading the word of God and singing Christian songs. Out of respect for the word of God, when Pastor Chuck Singleton would preach he would sometimes stand for the entire sermon.
He was baptized at the age of 12, into the Baptist faith, where he stayed until 2003.
Unfortunately declining health brought him to Rialto where he lived with his son and daughter-inlaw for the past nine years. The Loveland Joyful Noise Trio served him communion every month and each spoke of his ministry to them. Deacon Emertus Saul Miller said he didn’t like the newer songs but when he sang SHINE ON ME, he lit up.
As a young man, his sport of choice was boxing. Alexander was a Golden Glove Champion for two consecutive years. He was also a hard working family man. He retired from the John A. Roebling Steel Mill. He had a strong constitution and after two hip replacement surgeries last year, he confounded doctors by making a nearly complete recovery.
His son Gus Jr. and daughter-in-law Esther were his caregivers. On Wednesday, December 29, 2010 his prayers were answered. After being hospitalized, he succumbed to double pneumonia and renal failure.
He leaves to cherish his memory his children: Rose Steele, Augusta, GA; Shirley Williams, Burlington, NJ; Ella Harrison, Clinton, MD; Augustus (Esther) Alexander, Jr. , Rialto, Ca; Donna Tucker, Bordentown, NJ; Carla (Derrick) James Mt. Vernon, NY; siblings: James Alexander and William Alexander, Roebling, NJ; Annie Laura Lee, Bordentown, NJ and Alice (Bob) Murphy, Ewing, NJ; 20 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 13 great-great grand children, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Preceeding him in death are his wife Maria of almost 60 years, his youngest son, Raymond, sisters Fannie and Lucille, his parents and grandson, Cressie Williams.
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