Superintendent James Douglas Alexander Sr., a life-long resident of Helena-West Helena, departed this life Thursday, May 30, 2013 at the Helena Regional Medical Center.
Superintendent James Douglas Alexander Sr., a life-long resident of Helena-West Helena, departed this life Thursday, May 30, 2013 at the Helena Regional Medical Center. He was born June 9, 1930 to the late Elder George Alexander and the late missionary Mary Tyler Alexander. He served faithfully as the pastor of the Willis Temple COGIC in Madison and the St. James Temple COGIC in Marianna. He was also the superintendent of the Marianna District of the Churches of God in Christ. He was very active in many civic organizations including the West Helena Housing Commission, Arkansas Food Bank board of directors and was the first African-American to seek public office in West Helena. After retiring from Mohawk Rubber Company, he worked in the Helena– West Helena Public School System for a number of years. He served his country in the armed forces from 1954-1956. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife for 63 years; a son James D. (Lori) Alexander Jr. of Tulsa Okla.; five grandchildren; eight great grandchildren, sisters-in-law and brother-in-laws, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. His parents and siblings, three sisters and three brothers preceded him in death. Public visitation will be Friday, June 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Jackson and Highley Funeral Home Chapel. District funeral services will be held 7 p.m. Friday, June 7 at St. James Temple COGIC, 67 Louisiana St., Marianna. Jurisdictional funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at the Lee Senior High School Auditorium Marianna. Immediately after funeral services, interment will follow in Jackson Memorial Cemetery on Southland Road in Lexa.