Joseph Speaks Alexander

July 22, 1946March 14, 2013

Greensboro: Joseph (Papa Joe) Speaks Alexander, 66, entered into Glory on March 14th 2013. He had recently battled several acute illnesses and was recovering at Blumenthal Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Joe was born to Lester Clyde and Bonzie Speaks Alexander in Statesville, NC. Joe and his family were active members of Western Avenue Baptist Church. He attended Statesville High School and was active in the wrestling team as well as the area swimming team. Upon graduation, he began his college studies at Pfeiffer College. He later attended Lenoir Community College and graduated Phi Theta Kappa.

At the age of 20, Joe enlisted in the United States Army where he served in the Vietnam War. At the completion of Officers Candidate School, he earned the rank of Captain. His training included Special Forces, Green Beret and was a certified paratrooper. He received numerous medals and commendations while faithfully serving his country; to include two Purple Hearts, and the Silver Star. Joe received an Honorable Discharge in 1970 after being severely wounded in action.

Joe worked as a plant manager for Texfi Manufacturing for many years. He also returned to college in 1976 and received his Bachelor of Science degree from UNC- Greensboro. He was a loving father to his children and a great friend to anyone he knew. He enjoyed fishing, camping and trips to the mountains. He even continued his parachute jumps into his early 50’s. Joe began working at the Bulk Mail Center in Greensboro, NC. His years of service earned him the position of Postmaster where he worked for 15 years prior to retirement.

He is preceded in death by his father and grandparents. He is survived by his mother, Bonzie Alexander; children Laura A. Hargrave (Ken) and David L. Alexander (Nicole) all of Virginia. Papa Joe is the proud grandfather of five: Michael, Brandon, Dustin, Dylan and Nikki and also five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous cousins and Vietnam Veteran “buddies”. The family will receive friends on Monday March 18th from 6-8pm at Hanes Lineberry, 515 N. Elm Street Greensboro, NC. Burial arrangements are being made for Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC . On line condolences mad be made at


  • Visitation Monday, March 18, 2013

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Barry Thomas

March 27, 2013

I will always remember Joe in Jr High and High School. He was a special person and a good friend. His military accomplishments are very much appreciated by all who knew him.

Johnny Georgiou

March 21, 2013

Joe and I attended Mulberry Street elementary school, D. Matt Thompson Jr. high school and Statesville Senior High School together. In January 1966, he and I enlisted in the Army together at which point our lives took separate paths. Joe was a close friend and an outstanding person. He may not be with us now but his spirit lives on and he will never be forgotten. My heart felt condolences go out to his family members and friends.
Johnny Georgiou (Sanford, NC)

Cathy Blount

March 21, 2013

Laura, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ken, Laura & Nikki Hargrave

March 20, 2013

We will miss you Papa Joe, but know that we will see you again one day. Love you more than words can say

Ralph Price

March 18, 2013

Joe and I grew up in Statesville and had many fun times together as kids at D Matt as we called it..Mr. Miller always looked after us and followed us to Sr. High. I will always remember Joe for being a very kind person and helping others... My deepest sympathy to the family...Rest in peace...Mac Price

Lenore Reed

March 17, 2013

I share your grief, but know that God is with you. He will give you peace that surpasses all understanding.


March 17, 2013

Praying for all the family during this time.

The Antcliffs (Hampton, VA)

March 17, 2013

Your friends at Liberty Baptist Church in Bonzie's class are remembering you and your family with prayer and thoughts..we are sad to learn of this.

With love,
Sara and Jerry Walker

March 17, 2013

I am so so proud to call Joe my cousin.We grew up together more like brothers. Joe was one of the kindest people I knew.He inherited quality attributes from two of the finest parents. I will always cherish memories of our childhood days spent with a close loving large family of grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and cousins. I will catch up with you later Joe.
Tom Speaks and family
Salisbury, N. C.


March 17, 2013

My heart aches for the loss of your father and an American hero. May the peace of God give you comfort during this time and may his memory live on forever.