WILLIAMSBURG - Deacon Hubert T. Alexander, Sr. BS, CHA, MS, was born in Eatonville, Florida where he graduated from the Robert Hungerford High School and continued his education at Tuskegee Institute. His high school graduation speaker was Dr. George Washington Carver and Dr. Booker T. Washington delivered the graduation speech at Tuskegee Institute. As a child he knew the author Zora Neal Hurston and appeared in several of the shows she produced and is mentioned in her book "Of Mules and Men". He was married to Bobbye Burns Alexander from Jacksonville, Florida for sixty years and was the father of three children, his beloved son, Hubie (deceased), two daughters, Reverend Catherine Alexander (Commander US Navy Retired) and Pearl Ings of Orlando, Florida, retired energy specialist of the Orange County School Division. Deacon Alexander was a member of First Baptist Church in Williamsburg for 56 years. His service of ministry to God through his church include; Trustee, Adult Sunday School Teacher (23 years) Weekly Bible Study Teacher (23 years), Deacon (35 years) , cooking for Brotherhood Breakfast (15 years). He also served as the former chairman of the Diaconate and led the church as chairman when they were without a pastor. Not only did he graduate from Tuskegee Institute with a concentration in Commercial Dietetics, he taught there as well. He operated a cooking and baking school, served as Managing Chef and as a College Food Service Director. During his 62 years of management and education, Hubert also served on advisory boards for the Hospitality Management programs at Tuskegee Institute, Bethune Cookman, The University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Virginia State University where he served as chairman for many years. His career in Colonial Williamsburg spanned 31 years where he was recruited to become the first African American in management. During these years he served as Food Service Supervisor, Hotel and Restaurant Manager, and Hotel and Restaurant Personnel Relations Coordinator. He implemented the first culinary arts apprenticeship program and ended his Colonial Williamsburg career as Director of Employment and Recruiting activities. Upon retirement from Colonial Williamsburg, he spent ten years as Founder and Director of Norfolk State University's Hospitality Management Program where he later was honored as a hospitality educator. He was also one of the original Commissioners on the Accreditation Board that established the accreditation standards for world- wide programs in Hospitality Education. Deacon Alexander is the author of the book "God's Awesome Handiwork". As a responsible citizen of Williamsburg, he served as one of the founders and long time chairman of the Redevelopment and Housing Authority, The Williamsburg Community Hospital, The Williamsburg Regional Library, The Quarter Path Recreation Area, The Chickahominy Scouting Reservation, and the committee that secured the Triangle Services community building. For 9 years he served as an adjunct instructor in the Hospitality Management program at Virginia State University and served as interim program director while the Director was on sabbatical in 2009. He retired from teaching in the spring of 2010 having dedicated 63 years of involvement in hospitality education. Preceding him in death were his parents Catherine and Cephus, his sisters Laura, Carol, and Eunice. In addition to his wife and daughter, Hubert is survived by three brothers, Edward, George, and Al and one sister, Evelyn and numerous other loving relatives. Final services will include the Wake at First Baptist Church on Friday, December 13, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. (tonight) and funeral services will be held in First Baptist Church on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 12:30 pm. In honor of Deacon Hubert Alexander, the family would appreciate contributions to EVAN (Eastern Virginia Aids Network, www. EVANVA.Org ) the First Baptist Church Scholarship Ministry, or floral funeral arrangements. Professional service entrusted to the staff of Whiting's Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185. (757)229-3011.
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Published in Daily Press on Dec. 13, 2013