JESS WILLARD ALEXANDER Known to family and friends as "J.W.", "J", and "Papa", was born in Hockley, TX, February 23, 1916. He was the second of 7 children, born to Annie Ruth and Oscar Alexander Sr. Jess grew up in Houston, TX and was educated in the Houston Public Schools. At an early age he accepted Christ and was a member of Beebe Memorial United Methodist Church of Houston, TX. Upon relocating to Oakland in 1942, he became a member of Beebe Memorial of Oakland and later affiliated with Grace United Methodist Church of Oakland. Jess worked as a welder in the shipyards during World War II. He later was employed by the Naval Air Station as an aircraft mechanic, specializing in building jet engines. He retired from the Naval Air Station in 1972, after 28 years of service. In 1953, he married his beloved wife, Homizelle, whom he affectionately called "Honey". They were married for 52 years and spent those years in Oakland. Jess loved cross country car trips. He and his "Honey" spent many vacations traveling throughout the country. They made many trips to Texas where they both were from. He enjoyed playing golf with friends and at 65, became a motorcycle enthusiast, riding from Oakland to Clear Lake to Los Angeles with "Honey" on the back. J.W. was a very generous man, helpful to everyone who knew him. He had a friendly, outgoing and gregarious personality and made many friends during his lifetime. He loved life. He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Oscar and Romero; 3 sisters, Bennie, Jewel and Princess. He leaves to mourn his passing, his devoted wife, Homizelle; one daughter, Doris Helen Dunn of Houston, TX; one son, Maurice Compton and his wife, Martha of Oakland; 2 brothers, Carl of Waller, TX and Ray of Pattison, TX; 4 sisters-in-law, Becky Alexander of Pattison, TX, Aurelia Alexander of Waller, Helen Alexander of Marlin, TX and Alice Alexander of Oakland; 2 aunts, A.C. Shepard and Erma Hendricks both of Houston. Papa loved and adored his grandchildren, Maurice, Malaak and her husband, Chris, Shani, Indya, Salari and Amir. He had 5 great grandchildren, Naeem, Miah, Maurice, Lola and Zorah. He also leaves a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at C.P. Bannon Mortuary, 6800 International Blvd., Oakland, on Friday, July 8th at 11:00 a.m.