He was born March 10, 1924, in Grandfield to Jesse Ernest and Rosa Lee (West) Alexander. The Alexander family moved to a farm southeast of Altus when Jesse was a small boy. He graduated from Porter High in 1942. He entered the U.S. Navy in September 1943 and drove the LCM amphibious landing crafts in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in March 1946. He continued his education at Sterling College in Sterling, Kan., attaining a bachelor of science degree in biology in 1950. He married Anna Mae Cundith in Sterling, Kan., on Dec. 22, 1948.
Alexander farmed the homeplace southeast of Altus since 1955. He was ordained as a deacon at Humphreys First Baptist Church on July 14, 1957, where he taught a boys Sunday school class for several years. He was a former board member of the Humphreys Coop and served on the Board of Education of Humphreys and Southside Schools for 12 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Alpha Rape and Wilma Thompson.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Anna Mae of the home; four sons, Ron Alexander and wife Denise of Virginia Beach, Va., Gary Alexander and wife Cindy of Mesa, Ariz., Lyle Alexander of Oklahoma City, Jeff Alexander and wife Betty of Wichita Falls, Texas; seven grandchildren, Patricia Miller and husband Jack, Amy Anderson, Emily Peyton and husband Steve, Jeremy Alexander, Kristin Bosgieter and husband Tim, Tyler Alexander and Amanda Alexander; three great grandchildren, Josh, Jordon and Megan Miller and one sister, Betty Alexander of Clarksville, Tenn. and many friends.
The Alexander Family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday at Kincannon Funeral Home.