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Charles B. (Alec) Alexander

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Lt. Colonel Charles B. Alexander (Alec), beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away on Sunday, November 23, 2003. A resident of Austin for forty-six years, Alec was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Janice and Charles Alexander on January 5, 1914. Alec enlisted in the U.S. Army at an early age. He served his country all over the world including the Pacific, the Far East, North Africa and Europe. While serving as Provost Marshal in Alexandria, Egypt, he met and married the love of his life, Lillian Borromeo on October 12, 1946. Upon returning to the states, he opted to join the newly formed U.S. Air Force. He specialized in law enforcement and personnel management. He was Provost Marshal at numerous Air Force bases in this country and overseas. Alec truly loved military life. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Air Force in 1957. After retirement from the military, he was employed by the U.S. Brewers Association where he worked and initiated many programs to educate the public on issues concerning the brewing industry. He retired from the USBA as Regional Vice President after twenty-five years. Alec was a long time member of the Austin Club where he served many years on the Executive Board and held the office of President for eight years. He was a life member of the Retired Officers Association and active with several civic organizations over the years. Alec loved all sports, but had a special love for the game of golf. He was an avid golfer and so looked forward to playing each week with his many golfing friends. He dearly loved the game and the values that overlapped into his everyday life. He and his son-in-law, Bill Dufour encouraged and instilled the same for his grandchildren, Kristin, Kyle and Kevin. Alec loved his grandchildren with a love that cannot be expressed adequately in words. He was their strongest supporter and severest critic. Alec is survived by his only love and wife of 57 years, Lillian; daughter and son-in-law, Vera and Bill Dufour and their children, Kristin, Kyle and Kevin; his sister, June Johnston of San Antonio and several nieces and nephews; also Toby, his companion and loyal Labrador retriever. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Glenn and Colin; and a sister, MaryLou. Alec and Lillian enjoyed their retired life and loved doing things together. The years were a love affair for them and both felt their marriage was meant to be. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 25, 2003 at Cook-Walden Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 26, 2003, in the Colonial Chapel of Cook-Walden Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Cook-Walden/ Memorial Hill Cemetery. Honoring Mr. Alexander as pallbearers will be Colonel Chris Hayden, Colonel George Wehling, Colonel George Brooking, Colonel Frank C. (Pat) Malone, Kyle Dufour and Kevin Dufour. Honorary pallbearers include George MacDonald, Jack Balagia, Iaasac Bell, Dick Cory, E.G. Dufour, Derry Gardner and special friends from the Austin Club, Robert Looney, Robert Sparks, Royce Faulkner, Eugene Palmer, Danny Burger, Mike McKinney, Alden Smith, Robert Spellings and Tommy Townsend. The family would like to thank Dr. Jerry Fain and Dr. Frederick Griffiths and their wonderful staffs, especially Diane Hartley, Robin Nickel and special nurses, Linda Woodhall and Dell Knop who cared for Alec during the last few years. Also, many thanks to the caring people that came into our lives through Hospice Austin and the Christopher House. Memorial contributions may be made to these organizations so that they may continue to make this difficult time more bearable for others as they did for us.
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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 25, 2003
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