Rexford C. Alexander

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Rexford C. Alexander, 78, of Apex passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2017. The Tennessee native was a retired Air Force Master Sergeant with twenty-three years of military service.

He was a combat veteran having served with three US Army missions during three tours in the Vietnam War. He was the recipient of Army and Air Force decorations, including four AF Commendation Medals.

He is survived by the “love of his life”, Bonnie Britt Alexander of Apex. Brother, Edward (Diane) Alexander of Gilbert, AZ. Step-daughter, Mary “Betsy” (Stephen) Gray of Bear Creek. Grandson, Hunter Mitchell of Fort Bragg. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Carol Powell Alexander. Parents, Mark and Roselyn Gann Alexander. Daughter, Belinda Gail Stevenson. Grandson, Brandon Tackett.

His life was one of constant learning. His travels around the world enhanced his appreciation for history and different cultures; he was partial to his homelands of Ireland and Scotland. He attained a Civil Engineering-Structural Degree; he was the recipient of sixty-five college/school/course diplomas and certifications. He was a historian, genealogist, researcher, and author of family biographies. He was most proud of his book “From Obscurity to Oblivion” TSgt Jewell Maddox, USAF, the intriguing story of his cousin who died in WWII.

He was Past Master of Square & Compass No. 3; F&AM; of the Grand Lodge in Tokyo, Japan; thrice Past Worthy Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 494, in Tennessee; Advisor of the Tachikawa (Japan) Order of Rainbow for Girls; and Prelate for the Tokyo Commandery of Knights Templar, Tokyo, Japan. He was a member of Islam Shrine in Tokyo.

Mr. Alexander was a Life Member of Clan Donald (McDonald)-USA; Scottish American Military Society; Sons of Confederate Veterans; VFW, DAV, and Charter Member of the Air Force Memorial, Washington, DC. He was of the Baptist faith.

Rex was an avid horseman after his military service. He was active in the advancement of the Tennessee Walking Horse, Racking Horse, and Spotted Saddle Horse breeds. He was well respected for his knowledge and contribution to the equine industry in lower East Tennessee. He was a cowboy at heart.

Many things could be said of Rex, but he felt his greatest attribute was his honesty. Very often it was not appreciated by others but his word was his bond and he never had to “try to remember” what he said. He set high standards for himself and would not compromise his integrity to be politically correct.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 PM Saturday, August 19, 2017 at O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Chapel in Lillington. Burial will follow at Harnett Memorial Park with full military honors. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 1:00-2:00 PM. No flowers are requested.