VAN WYCK – Samuel David Alexander Sr., 90, a long-time resident of Van Wyck, died on March 31, 2014.
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Mr. Alexander was born June 17, 1923, in Matthews, N.C., to Neil Orman Alexander and Hattie Smith Alexander.
Mr. Alexander graduated from N.C. State with a bachelor of science in agriculture. He joined the U.S. Army during World War II and served in the Philippines from 1945 to 1946.
He married Alice Crump Martin of Polkton, N.C., in 1949.
A lifelong farmer, Mr. Alexander grew up farming with his seven brothers and sisters in Matthews and then farmed more than 65 years with his family in Van Wyck. He had a major farming operation with a particular fondness for cows, turkeys and chickens. Mr. Alexander also served as a regional director of the Federal Land Bank. Mr. Alexander farmed regularly until he was 85 and even after retirement could be found chopping wood or taking long hikes on his farm.
Mr. Alexander was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. An elder at Van Wyck Presbyterian Church, Mr. Alexander also loved his church family. Always ready with a story, Mr. Alexander had a great dry wit and an easy laugh. A natural with children, he entertained many a baby with a game of Peep Eye. Mr. Alexander also enjoyed traveling with the Silver Fox Club of the Rock Hill YMCA.
Mr. Alexander was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Martin Alexander; his parents and siblings, Glenn Cooper Alexander, Mary Neil Alexander and Benjamin Franklin Alexander.
He is survived by his children, Samuel David Alexander Jr. and his wife, Bonnie, of Rock Hill, Jean Elizabeth Alexander of Asheville, N.C., Charles Martin Alexander and his wife, Salli, of Greenville, and Stephen Little Alexander of Greenville; his grandchildren, Susan Roberson and her husband, Keith, Patrick Alexander, Jordan Alexander, Ginger Davis and her husband, Richard, Ashley Alexander, Charles Alexander, Bennett Alexander, Stephen Alexander Jr. and Kelsey Alexander. He is survived by five great-grandchildren, Kate, Anna, and Elizabeth Roberson, Ava Davis and Holden Alexander. He is also survived by his siblings, Ruth Ingerson of Eaton, Md., Nancy Church of North Wilkesboro, N.C., Doris Alexander of Matthews and Ralph Alexander and his wife, Ruby, of Reidsville, N.C.; and his sister-in-laws, Julia Alexander of Van Wyck and Ruth Alexander of Monroe, N.C.; as well as his treasured friend, Lillian Matthews of Rock Hill.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at Van Wyck Presbyterian Church, 5140 Old Hickory Road, Van Wyck, SC 29744, with the Rev. Dr. Bill Johnson and the Rev. Randy McSpadden officiating.
The family will receive friends immediately following the service and suggest memorials be made to Van Wyck Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 68, Van Wyck, SC 29744.
An online guest register is available on the obituaries page at www.burgessfunerals.com
Burgess Funeral Home and Crematory, 1800 Charlotte Highway, is caring for the family of Mr. Alexander
Burgess Funeral Home & Crematory
1800 Charlotte Highway
Lancaster, SC 29720
Published in The Lancaster News on Apr. 2, 2014