Mr. William Edgar "Buck" Alexander

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William Edgar "Buck" Alexander
Funeral services for William Edgar "Buck" Alexander, 86, of Farmerville will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 17, 2010 at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church with Bro. Woody Reeder officiating. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, September 16, 2010 at Farrar Funeral Home in Farmerville and graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 18, 2010 at Alamance Cemetery near Atlanta, Texas under the direction of Farrar Funeral Home of Farmerville.
William Edgar "Buck" Alexander was born August 24, 1924 in Kelsey, Texas to William Lee Alexander and May Day Alexander. He had three sisters: Thelma Ray, Rosalie Bearden and Gladys Ward; one brother Chester "Chic" Alexander and one step brother, Selvin Truitt.
He did a lot of jobs, then logging, until the end of 1942, when he joined the Army. In 1943, he was assigned to the 2042 Combat Engineers, attached to the 8th & 9th Air Force. He as a Military Policeman, Firefighter and flew Combat Missions either as a nose gunner, belly gunner, turret gunner or tail gunner on B-17's. In 1946, he returned to Barksdale Air Forc Base, where he served as a Military Policeman until his discharged in 1947. When he left England he brought home a wife, Barbara Olive Barton Alexander. He got a job at International Paper Mill in Bastrop for 38 years.
He was preceded in death by daughter Stephanie Olson; son William David Alexander; Granddaughter Tina Michelle Wooten/Clark; three great-grandsons, Patrick, Dalton and Donald.
Survivors include his wife of 64 and a half years, Barbara Olive Alexander of Farmerville; daughters, Beverley Curse of Farmerville and Jennifer Lynn Puckett (Carlton Dan) of Harleton, Texas; eight grandchildren, Melissa, Tammy, Vickie, Charles, Teresa, Katrina, Christie and Tracy; 21 great-grandchildren, Sabra, Adrell, Karissa, Danielle, Raven, Hannah, Cory, Trey, Conner, Kyra, Wendy, Destiny, Katie, William, Julie, Erica, Beau, Cruz, Willie, Candice and Jeremy; five great-great-grandchildren, C. J., Stephanie Ann, Braden/Tatum, Jayden and McKenzie; two sons-in-law, Harry Olson and Carlton Puckett and three very special friends, Felton Polk, Bruce Paradis and Alma Laing.
Pallbearers will be Charles Cruse, William Wilkerson, Cory Brantley, Trey Brantley, Russell Wimbish, Brian Lutes, Darryl Clark and Bruce Paradis. Honorary pallbearers will be Felton Polk, Dan Puckett, Wayne Durman, Eddie Jones and Henry Bradford.
Published in Bastrop Daily Enterprise on Sept. 15, 2010
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