James Russel Alexander Jr.

January 19, 1925December 7, 2010

James R. Alexander, Jr. - Age 85, a native and lifelong resident of Mobile, passed away Monday, December 7, 2010, in the Allen Memorial Home after a brief period.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy Alexander; two sons, James R. (Cammie) Alexander, III and Steven C. (Keiko) Alexander; three grandchildren, Caitlyn, Rusty and Kyler Alexander; nieces, nephews and other relatives. Mr. Alexander attended St. Mary School, McGill Institute and Spring Hill College. He served three years in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He retired after 32 years from the Mobile Housing Board where he served as Executive Director. Mr. Alexander was past president of Mobile Area Community Action for four years, past president of Alabama Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, founding member of National Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, and a founding member of National Board of Directors to the Public Housing Directors. He served on the Allen Memorial Home Board of Directors and Catholic Social Justice Commission during Bishop May's Episcopate. Mr. Alexander received the M.O. Beale Scroll of Merit in December, 1984, in recognition of his years of service to the community. He was admitted to the Alabama Hall of Fame in October, 1993, for outstanding accomplishment, service and contribution to the lives of older American citizens. He served on the local Navy Service Action Task Force and on the local boards of the United Way, S. D. Bishop College, Senior Citizens Services, and Little Flower and St. Joseph Parish Councils. He was a previous member of Skyline Country Club, now Heron Lakes Country Club.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from St. Joseph Catholic Church, 808 Springhill Ave., Mobile, 36602, on Thursday, December 9, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the church. Interment will be in Pine Crest Cemetery.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Catholic Social Services, 555 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 36602. Condolences may be offered at www.radneyfuneral


  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, December 9, 2010
  • Visitation Thursday, December 9, 2010

James Russel Alexander Jr.

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Tom McKenzie

December 9, 2010

Jim & I were friends and golfing buddies, prior to our move from Mobile in 1969. Sorry to hear about his passing. He and the Family will be in our prayers.

Charles Rhyne

December 8, 2010

It was a privilege and an honor to work for Mr. Alexander at the Mobile Housing Board for nearly 25 years. He was an excellent boss and community leader. He had the strength of character to pursue what was right, and the will to stand up for it. There are few of his caliber today.

Mignon Kilday

December 8, 2010

How happy Jimmy's reunion with his mother and the Bullens. Fond memories of seven decades knowing those neighbors.