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Alexander was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He left professional automobile racing to join the Navy in 1941 and served honorably in the Pacific Theater of WWII until 1947 when he was discharged as a Chief Petty Officer. During the war he served on several ships including the USS Saratoga, Enterprise, Long Island, Hancock and Yorktown among others. He was present at most of the major battles of the Pacific including Midway, Okinawa, Iwo Jima, Marshal-Gilbert Raids, the Battle of the Coral Sea, and Third Fleet Operations against Japan. He served with Fighting Squadrons Six and Three under the command of E.O. "Butch" Ohare. He was aboard the USS Yorktown when it was sunk at the Battle of Midway. One of Jim's favorite quotes was "Oil, water and dungarees don't mix."
Jim married Maxine, his wife of 49 years in 1947. His passions were devising innovations for the moving business and playing golf. Jim was fortunate to have been selected to be a participant in the First Flight of the Montgomery County Honor Flights, and was flown along with a plane-load of other WWII vets to see the WWII Memorial in Washington DC. One of his proudest moments was to find that his daughter Linda would be the Captain and pilot the plane.
Jim is survived by his daughter Linda and her husband Rick Smith of San Augustine, TX.; Eleanor Osmon the Godsend of his life after Maxine; Rick and Margaret Osmon of Conroe, TX and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 12:00 Noon at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, 316 West Columbia, San Augustine, TX 75972. (936) 275-2311, with burial to follow at Macune Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Jeff C. Spring. Pallbearers: Jim Harper; Bob Shearon; Billie Hearn; Ron McNeil; Tim Williams; Gene Sowell; John Parker.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Nov. 18, 2012