OBITUARY

Carl Hamilton Alexander

May 19, 1948April 13, 2021

Carl Hamilton Alexander passed away peacefully at the age of 72 on the porch at Hospice of the Golden Isles, on April 13, 2021, surrounded by his family and friends.

He will be missed by many, especially the love of his life, Susan and all of his children, son Ryan and his wife, Mechelle, daughter Grace and her husband, Bryse, son Donnie and his wife, Kelly, and daughter, Shannon. Carl was a proud grandfather to Ryan, Tyler, Jacob, Marley, Alex, and Bailee. He was a beloved brother to Gene and his wife Jane and Peggy, and brother-in-law to Sheryl and Jay, Shirley and Dennis and Sara. Carl also leaves 20 nieces and nephews and six aunts and uncles who were all very special to him. Carl is preceded in death by his parents, James and Jean Alexander; his son, Robert Drawdy; and his best friend and brother-in-law, Ray Starling.

We announce this loss with deep sadness, but with immense pride of a life well lived. The Glynn County Police Department released the following and we cannot think of a better way to honor such a wonderful man than with the words of his beloved friends:

"Today was difficult for many of us at Glynn County Police Department as we lost not only a friend and mentor, but a true example of a gentleman. Retired Chief of Police and current Special Advisor Carl Alexander has passed away after a valiant and lengthy fight with a horrible disease. Though we know his battle is over, he has earned his reward in Heaven and the loving embrace of God.

Chief Alexander was born in Brunswick on May 19, 1948, and was raised on St. Simons Island. He was a 1966 graduate of Glynn Academy and later attended North Georgia College.

He began his lifelong career in public service with Glynn County Fire Rescue in 1970. In 1972, he donned the badge of the county police, thus beginning his lifelong journey. In 1974, he was named our Officer of the Year. In 1975, he transferred into narcotics and did extensive work in undercover operations locally, and throughout the State of Georgia, with the Ga. Bureau of Investigation, and in several states with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. During his tenure in the division, he was involved in a helicopter crash, which yielded a large seizure of narcotics. In 1981, he was awarded a Congressional Commendation for narcotics work.

In 1982, Carl transferred into the Investigations Division, before assuming command of the unit in 1985. He attended the prestigious FBI National Academy-Quantico and graduated as part of the 143rd session in December 1985. In 1986, Carl was promoted to Major and then in July of 1987 he was named Chief of Police.

During his tenure as Chief, he led the efforts to adopt a new retirement system for GCPD; this system was ultimately adopted county wide. He started the Drug Abuse Recognition Education or DARE program in Glynn County Schools, an initiative to educate our fifth and sixth grade children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Chief Alexander was an early leader in community based policing starting the Bike Patrol and Beach Patrol.

He made sure that the officers received proper credit for outstanding and meritorious performance in the line of duty by implementing an awards program for officers and staff.

Under his leadership, GCPD became the 14th nationally accredited agency in the state in 1994. In 1998, he led the agency to state certification, becoming the 29th out of more than 500 local agencies in the state.

His knowledge and experience were often called on by others as he was appointed by Governor Harris to the Organized Crime Prevention Council. Chief Alexander also served on the advisory board of the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council. In addition, he served as an advisor to the Armstrong State Public Safety Training Center. He also was elected vice-president by his peer chiefs of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.

Chief Alexander modernized the county emergency radio system converting to the 800mhz system and also brought computer technology into the police vehicles. During his tenure, the current Glynn County Public Safety Complex was constructed.

Chief Alexander retired as Chief of Police from GCPD in July 2002.

He then was appointed Director of Security of Sea Island Company in July 2002 until his second retirement in February 2021. He led Sea Island during the G-8 Summit which ensured the safety and security of the Presidents and Prime Ministers of numerous countries.

In 2020, he answered the call to serve again for Glynn County and served as Chairman of the Police Advisory Panel. In February 2021, he returned to his beloved GCPD as Special Advisor. He served his home once again, bringing his total service to Glynn County to a remarkable 51 years.

In addition to his law enforcement contributions, he also served on the Glynn-Brunswick Hospital Authority beginning in 2004 and chaired the Authority from 2012-2015. He would chair Southeast Health System Inc. from 2016 through 2018. He resigned from the Glynn-Brunswick Hospital board in February 2020, but remained on the board of Southeast Georgia Health System Inc.

Chief Alexander led a remarkable life almost entirely here in the Golden Isles. He was a man of strong character and deep devotion to his lifelong profession. His direct leadership has impacted every aspect of the police department for 50 years and for countless years to come. His commitment to Glynn County has changed countless lives and led to his being honored by the county who renamed Public Safety Boulevard to Carl Alexander Way late in 2020.

So now, we shed a tear for our friend and thank the Lord for his healing. We mourn not only for the passing of our friend, but, for our loss of him, of his friendship, leadership, and his strong spirit which demanded all of us to be better police officers. We hope and pray in the days to come he will continue to guide us from above and when we meet again that he will tell each of us, one and all, how proud he is that we were a Glynn County Police officer.

So tonight, we offer a salute to our Chief, we say thank you for your service and thank you to Susan and his family for allowing us to have him in our lives these past 51 years."

In addition to the multiple accolades and achievements above, Carl was a member of many local organizations to which he was dedicated, such as the Two Way Fishing Club, The Supper Club and The Exchange Club. He was especially devoted to the Shivers Hunting Club in Burke County, Ga., where he spent every weekend he could with some of his best friends sitting on the porch, hunting and fishing.

Carl will leave a void in our family that will never be filled; including all of his friends he considered family. He was the cook of countless Alexander family reunions, the captain of family fishing trips, the man who could fix anything, a generational bee-keeper, the tailgate boss, the man everyone called for everything, a genuine example of southern hospitality and a damn good Dawg.

The celebration of Carl Alexander's life will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 20 on Hermitage Island Drive, in Brunswick, Ga., with a reception to follow. Southeast Georgia Health System will be providing masks.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Carl Alexander Memorial Fund, which will later be donated to the needs of the Glynn County Police Department, a department dear to his heart, at P.O. Box 21647, St. Simons Island, GA 31522.

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Gary and Tina Holloway

April 20, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. Carl was an honorable man and will be greatly missed.

Pete Chambers

April 19, 2021

I was blessed to have had the honor of first meeting Carl in 1983, while working as a GBI Narcotics Agent, assigned to an u/c investigation in Glynn, County.

Years later I was blessed to again to renew our friendship, as our separate paths in law enforcement continued to cross.

Carl was known by many as a "Cop's Chief"; one if the greatest accolades you could receive. For this meant that subordinates knew they could count on you to help develop their careers and look after their interests, above your own. A law enforcement role model which is unfortunately becoming harder to find these days.

To Carl's family....both blood and blue....please know you have my thoughts and prayers today and in the days ahead.

To Carl....Rest In Peace Brother. You have earned it. You will not be forgotten.

CATHY VARNEDOE

April 18, 2021

Ken and I were devastated when we heard the news. Carl was very special to Ken and I with our police careers. So sad to hear of his passing. He was such a pillar of the community and I was so looking forward to him helping GCPD getting back on track. So sorry for your loss Susan and the family.

Alex Atwood

April 18, 2021

Cindy and I were indeed saddened to learn of the passing of our friend Carl Alexander and wish to express sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Alexander family. Carl was a very special human being, dedicated to his community and loyal to his friends. I truly believe he was the finest law enforcement officer I have ever known. I was honored to call him friend and a better man for having had Carl in my life.

May God bless and keep you.

Sincerely, Alex Atwood

Sheriff Kevin Beary

April 16, 2021

Carl was a true friend and a true law enforcement leader. He led from the front and cared about his community and his agency. He loved his family and enjoyed many great times with his colleagues and friends. His appointment to Special Advisor to GCPD says it all. He loved his agency and the community he served. Prayers to his fine family
GA and our Nation need true LE leadership like the Chief provided, not the PC garbage we have today.
Rest In Peace Blue Warrior.

James Jordan

April 15, 2021

Holly and I would like to wish the family our condolence for the loss of a great man. We both worked with him and he treated us like family. He was a great Chief and fellow Officer that was great with everyone. He will be greatly missed. RIP Chief. Our prayers and blessing go out to the family .

Carissa Clark

April 15, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of such a wonderful man. I enjoyed my almost 8 years of working with Carl on Sea Island. He was always so pleasant and had a great smile. I loved to hear him laugh as it was one of those down in the gut sincere laughs. All my best to his wonderful family who I enjoyed meeting at different times.

Andy Sinquefield

April 15, 2021

With many years serving in law enforcement with Carl, I was always amazed at how professional he was. A true public servant and one who loved his community. Carl will be long missed my so many, and his legacy will last forever. I served along side of Carl in the Exchange Club of Brunswick where he always tried giving back and making a difference. Again, my thoughts and prayers are with the family as they say goodbye for now to Carl, and man larger than life...

Charles Rinkevich

April 15, 2021

Susan and family
Sara and I extend our deepest condolences for your loss. Carl was an exemplary human being and a great Police Chief and community leader. You and he have our thoughts and prayers. May God rest his soul.

Gail Crosby- Mobley

April 15, 2021

Susan, I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Carl. He was such an all around great person that upon meeting him you immediately liked him. Very personable and professional. He will surely be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless. Gail Crosby-Mobley

FROM THE FAMILY