Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park

2205 Williamsburg Drive, Gastonia, NC


Ronald James Alexander

Passed away on May 12, 2020

'A Very Good Husband and a Man of God'

Ronald James Alexander, age 67, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday ~ May 12, 2020 at the Caromont Regional Medical Center with his loving wife by his side. Ronald was mechanically inclined and loved to work on old cars. He was a gifted and talented man who could fix about anything. He also was a huge Star Trek fan. He was a longtime member of the North Carolina Air National Guard where he served as an airplane mechanic. His wife is going to miss everything about him. He will be missed greatly by his family and friends too.

Those left behind to cherish and remember Ronald are his loving wife of 49 years Karen Willcoxen Alexander of the home; one sister: Carla Little of Albemarle; one brother in law: Charlie Blackwell; his best furry friend: Molly along with many friends.

Ronald was the son of the late Roy Alexander and Mary Crump Alexander Patterson. He was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Harry Patterson. Ronald and his wife lost their only child Scott James Alexander in 1996; three sisters: Frances Alexander, Pat Alexander and Monica Alexander Blackwell; two brothers: David Alexander and Joseph Alexander.

A Life Well Celebrated Ceremony will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday ~ May 16, 2020 in the Chapel of Carothers Funeral Home, 2205 Williamsburg Drive, Gastonia.

Graveside and committal will follow in the Garden of Prayer at Gaston Memorial Park. Military honors will be delivered at a later date.

The family will receive guests from 6:00 PM ~ 8:00 PM, Friday ~ May 15, 2020 and from 10:00 AM ~ 11:00 AM, Saturday ~ May 16, 2020 prior to the service.

Expressions of love and fond memories may be made on Ronald's guestbook at www.carothersfuneralhomegastonia.com

Ronald and his family are in the loving care of Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park.


  • Karen Willcoxen Alexander, Wife
  • Carla Little, Sister
  • Charles Blackwell, Brother-in-law
  • Molly, Best Furry Friend
  • Scott James Alexander, Son (deceased)
  • Mary Crump Alexander Patterson, Mother (deceased)
  • Roy Alexander, Father (deceased)
  • Harry Patterson, Stepfather (deceased)
  • Frances Alexander, Sister (deceased)
  • Pat Alexander, Sister (deceased)
  • Monica AlexanderBlackwell, Sister (deceased)
  • David Alexander, Brother (deceased)
  • Joseph Alexander, Brother (deceased)

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  • David Dawson
  • Shane McElheney
  • Chris Price
  • Daniel Carney
  • Henry Nupp
  • Bill Gohr


  • Receiving of Guests

    Friday, May 15, 2020

  • Receiving of Guests

    Saturday, May 16, 2020

  • Life Well Celebrated Ceremony

    Saturday, May 16, 2020

  • Graveside and Committal Service

    Saturday, May 16, 2020


Ronald James Alexander

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Larry Cook

May 14, 2020

Ron could take any difficult job and make it work. When he was doing some automotive body work, I took an old tin can and crushed it and pressed it in a press to make one of the worst messes I could deliberately do . I casually handed it to Ron and asked him to straighten it out. Unbeknownst to me he was watching and probably anticipating my challenge and he had a similar can like the one I was damaging. I handed him the can I’d just crushed and said, “here Ron, straighten this out!” He immediately took it and pulled out the undamaged one from hiding and handed it to me. I was in immediate shock and was the laughing stock, but he just sat there with that big ol friendly grin that he always had. A really swell guy and he leaves a big empty spot for sure.

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