JACKSON - Johnny Hester Alexander, 85, died Nov. 6, 2001, at his home.
Born May 21, 1916, in Puryear, Tenn., son of the late Charlie Hester and Ollie Miller Alexander, he was a member of Shady Acres Church of Christ in Sikeston and a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps. An early member of the Elks Lodge and lifetime member of the Professional Golfers Association and various civic organizations, he was a widely respected golf instructor, head professional and manager at four country clubs and various civic organization.
Formerly of Sikeston, he was a leading golfer in Southeast Missouri early in his career, but he devoted over 50 years to teaching at the Sikeston Country Club; Jonesboro, Ark., Country Club; Milan, Tenn., Country Club; and the Kimbeland Country Club in Jackson. He organized and participated in numerous golf championships throughout his career and always had a special interest in teaching young players.
He was the dearly beloved husband of 65 years of Daveen Davis Alexander, who survives of the home in Jackson; dear father of Phyllis Alexander (Garland) Castleberry of Front Royal, Va.; loving grandfather of Johnny (Carolyn) Castleberry, Patti Castleberry Hartle and Tod (Tina) Castleberry of Sterling, Va., and Christopher Castleberry and Scott Castleberry of Washington, D.C.; loving great-grandfather of Jack Alexander Castleberry, Ashley Hartle, Brett Hartle, Lindsay Castleberry and Brooke Castleberry, all of Virginia; beloved brother of Ollie B. Friedlander of Columbus, Ohio, Pansy (Joseph) Schoenberg of Morley and Violet (Ronald) Dreschel of Hodgenville, Ky.; his sister-in-law, Frances Alexander of Sikeston; and dearly loved brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle and cousin of many.
He was also the beloved brother of the late Charles Alexander who lived in Sikeston.
Friends may call after 5 p.m. today at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston.
Full military graveside rites are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Park Cemetery. Johnny Hester, minister of Shady Acres Church of Christ, will officiate.
Pallbearers will be: David Alexander, John Castleberry, Tod Castleberry, Scott Castleberry, Christopher Castleberry, Jerry Inman, Carl Kinneson and Garland Castleberry.
The family of Johnny Alexander
request memorials be made to
St. Jude Children's
Memorial Fund Program
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, Tenn. 38105-1905
or to a charity of the donor's choice.