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Harry & Bryant Company

500 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC

OBITUARY

Dewitt Roy Alexander

18 December, 194211 January, 2015
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D. Roy Alexander

Charlotte - Roy, age 72, passed away Sunday, January 11, 2015 at his home in Charlotte. He was in the company of his loving wife, Sue Peck.

Born December 18, 1942 in Charlotte, he was the son of Dewitt Patterson Alexander and Ruth Swaringen Alexander. Following graduation from “old” Harding High School, he continued his education at Davidson College, earning a BS in Biology and Chemistry and at UNC-Chapel Hill, earning a Master of Teaching degree in Science Education. He served two years in the U.S. Army.

His career in education included teaching at Independence High School for 4 years, a 4-H Agent with the Cooperative Extension Service for 10 years, science educator and special programs coordinator at Discovery Place for 19 years, and Executive Director of the Davidson Lands Conservancy for the past 8 years.

Roy's passion was the environment and how to conserve and protect Mother Earth. Roy was instrumental in helping to establish Mecklenburg County's recycling program; he received the Guardian of the Environment award in 2003, was a founding Board Member of the Catawba Lands Conservancy, and joined the Board of the Davidson Lands Conservancy in 2006. Roy was active for 15+ years with Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Advisory Boards, and currently served on the County Greenway Advisory Council and the County Stormwater Advisory Board.

Roy was an active member of the Country Club Heights neighborhood for over 25 years and led efforts for Shamrock Park maintenance and the community garden. Roy was “half-fish” and loved everything in the water...swimming, snorkeling, and scuba. He paddled canoes and kayaks and loved the out-of-doors, whether he was on the water or in the woods.

Roy loved his family and took great pride in his children and grandchildren. He loved his wife, Sue Peck, of 30 years. He was a devoted father to a son, Tod, and daughter, Beth.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Sue Peck; two children, Tod Alexander (Carmen) of Charlotte, Beth Alexander Stanley (Brian) of Lewisville, NC; and seven beloved grandchildren, Karis, Caleb, Joshua, Hosea Alexander of Charlotte and Jackson, Bella, Justice Stanley of Lewisville, NC. He is also survived by a brother, Neal Alexander (Carolyn) of Greer, SC and sister-in-law, Gladys Alexander of Thomasville, NC.

He is preceded in death by a brother, Lynn Alexander.

A service to celebrate Roy's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 17 in Harry & Bryant’s Chapel in the Oaks, 500 Providence Road. The family will receive friends following the celebration.

In lieu of flowers, or for those wishing to send memorial gifts, please consider the Davidson Lands Conservancy (davidsonlands.org) or Conservation Trust for NC (ctnc.org).

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, 17 January , 2015

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Gwen Cook

8 February 2016

Roy was an inspiration to me and to the Mecklenburg County Greenway Advisory Council. He will be missed.

Catherine Page Hoffman

19 November 2015

Roy was truly one in a million. One of the kindest souls I've ever met. He'll be missed dearly but truly has left a legacy of love of nature and conservation.

Dick Huffman

12 February 2015

I was very saddened to learn of Roy's passing. I have many fond memories of the many hours he spent at our house working with my mother on Project Aries and the integration of the Charlotte schools. He contributed greatly to our community and will truly be missed.

Tim Trautman

20 January 2015

I want to thank Roy for his dedication and passion toward our creeks and floodplains. It was a pleasure to work with him over the years at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services.

Jan Davis Tevepaugh

19 January 2015

Sue, I was so sad to hear of Roy's unexpected passing. I have such fond memories of you both during my 4-H years. I had the pleasure of running into Roy numerous times on Main St. in Davidson and will miss seeing him and chatting with him. Davidson has lost a great friend.

Tim Tompkins

19 January 2015

My name is Tim Tompkins, I was a student of Roys in 1969.1970 at Independence High School. He was my teacher , mentor and friend. he was 25 years old when I first met him and I found him to be a great man with a great heart that truly cared and had a great passion for life and career . I was there for his first marriage and to see the kids come along. I used to babysit Tod as a baby and I found Roy was like my older brother that taught me life has so much to offer and he was right. I now live in Hong Kong and China for more than 25 years having my own business and we like many friends went our separate ways but Roy will always remain in my heart as a truly great influence to my life . my sincere condolences to his wife and to his children and grandchildren. He will always remain in my Heart as a very wonderful Special man.

Beth and Joe Peters

16 January 2015

Roy lived a life that mattered. As he went about his daily life in a quiet, kind way, he put his magical signature on every person, plan, and project he came in contact with to create something dramatic, fun, purposeful, and transforming. Roy, and all his contributions to life, has left a lasting impression on us as we interact with the natural world. He will live in our hearts always.

15 January 2015

Have known Roy and family for many years.
Roy was in our college/career SS class at old Garr Church. Smart and likeable fellow. I'm sure he will be greatly missed.

Margaret S. Stewart

Don Abernathy

15 January 2015

Roy was an outstanding citizen who contributed greatly to the betterment of our neighborhood, city, and county.

Tammi Remsburg

14 January 2015

I was very saddened to hear of Roy's passing. I worked with him at Discovery Place for many years. I went on some incredible trips that he planned. He was always so optimistic and it was always a pleasure to be around him. My prayers are with his family and close friends.

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