SALISBURY - God sent His Angel of Mercy to bring His child home. Mr. Ivery Alexander, 89, was called by his Heavenly Father to come home on Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 2:08 a.m. at his residence. He now rests in the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Born on a small farm on May 16, 1925, in Salisbury to the late Mrs. Dosha Waiters Alexander, he was a believer of growth, advancement, determination and perseverance.
Mr. Alexander matriculated in the Salisbury City School System. His education was guided by wonderful teachers who freely shared their knowledge and life experiences. He studied under their tutorage at Lincoln Grammar School, Monroe Street School and J.C. Price High School. He studied at Columbia Trade School in Washington, D.C., and completed requirements to become a Bartender and Tailor. He also attended Rowan Technical College where he was certified in Industrial Management.
Mr. Alexander's first job was on the farm. He learned everything there was to know about agriculture. When he left home, he became employed at the Union Station in Washington, D.C. Upon returning to Salisbury, he was employed by Southern Railroad for 12 years, the City of Salisbury for three years and retired from Carolina Rubber Hose/B.F. Goodrich. He later worked in maintenance for Kennedy Realty and Dr. Windsor Black.
A Montford Point Marine, he joined the ranks of men and women of color who were allowed to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps
for the first time to serve their country during World War II
. He served in Okinawa, Japan. In July 2012, he, along with his fellow comrades, received the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony in the nation's capitol that recognized and honored more than 300 Marines as the First Black Marines.
A member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Salisbury, Inc., he was an ordained deacon for more than 50 years. Other affiliations include a mason, formerly with Western Star Lodge 9, life-member of Montford Point Marines Association, J.C. Price American Legion Post 107, and a former member of the Salisbury-Rowan Branch of the NAACP.
In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his two older brothers, Henry Lee Alexander Sr. (1914-1957) and Bobbie Rayfield Alexander (1917-1971); a daughter-in-law, Darnetta C. Bailey Alexander; granddaughter Tonya Agnew; and great-grandson Branden Ivery Agnew.
Those left to cherish and honor his memory are his wife of 70 years, who he married on March 26, 1944, Mrs. Rutha B. Evans Alexander; sons William Erskine Agnew-Alexander (Delores) of Philadelphia, Pa., and Honore Ivery Alexander Sr., of Salisbury; daughters Annie Ruth Alexander McQuaige and Arnethia Julia Alexander-Daniels (John A.); foster sons Joseph W. Alexander and Robert Alexander (Yolanda), all of Salisbury; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; first cousins Rev. Dr. Henry B. Waiters of Salisbury and Mr. Henry Saulters of Granite Quarry; and a host of relatives and friends.
Arrangements: Services will take place Sunday, June 22 at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Salisbury, with Visitation at 2 p.m. and Funeral at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be on Monday, June 23 at 12 noon at Salisbury National Cemetery, Statesville Boulevard with military rites by the Rowan Honor Guard. Rev. Nilous Avery II, pastor, is officiating.
Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home Inc. is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.nobleandkelsey.com
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Montford Point Marine Association and the J.C. Price American Legion Post 107.
Special thanks and heartfelt appreciations to Dr. Trevor Allison, Dr. Roy (neurologist), doctors and staff at the VA Hospital in Asheville and Washington, D.C.; Primary Homebase staff at the VA Hospital in Salisbury; Dr. Grim, his CNAs, Abundant Living Adult Day Care; grandson Jamel A. Alexander; foster son Robert Alexander; nieces Rosalind Evans Odom and Charlotte Ann Powers Troy of Lumberton; family friend Kathy Scott; and (adopted) granddaughter Makeba Beatty, for their loyalty, faithfulness, care and support during these past 15 years.