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Winfred Alexander

Major (Retired) Winfred Alexander

U. S. Army Major (Retired) Winfred Bryan Alexander, 56, passed unexpectedly on Thursday, March 8, 2012 in Valdosta, GA. Services will be 12 Noon Saturday at the Old Jefferson County High School, Monticello. Burial with full military honors will be at Alexander Cemetery, Greenville. Viewing will be 3-8 p.m. Friday at TILLMAN OF MONTICELLO 850-997-5553. He retired from the Army after a stellar career. A three-time All-American track star at the University of Florida (UF), he was the first African American to command UF's Army Corp of Cadets. He later attained two Master's degrees, taught ROTC at Alcorn University and JROTC at Jefferson County High School and was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. A true sportsman, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, farming, woodcutting and spending time outdoors with friends.

Major Alexander leaves to mourn: a loving mother, Rochelle Alexander; two sons, Derrick C. and Winfred B. Alexander II; two daughters, Clemontina K. and Hannah R. Alexander; two grandsons, Mykel and Winfred B. Alexander III; four siblings, Cynthia A. Schwartz, U.S. Marine Captain (Retired) Clarence S. Alexander, Jr., Muriel A. Kweyama and Mijanou Alexander; one nephew, Alvis L. Horne II; two nieces, Briget V. Horne and Alexis H. Schwartz; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his father, Clarence Sr. and younger brother, U. S. Marine Corporal Clemon Alexander, who was killed during a truck bombing catastrophe in Beirut, Labanon in October, 1983.

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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Mar. 15, 2012
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