Eugene “Gene” Harrison Alexander ’39

Eugene “Gene” Harrison Alexander, 96, of Mooresville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at his residence, after a brief illness. He was born Aug. 23, 1917, in Huntersville, to the late James Wilson and Daisy Rogers Alexander of the Cornelius community. He was married for 62 years to Edith Oehler Alexander, until her death in 2003.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, Pressley and Jay Alexander of Charlotte; James Alexander of Davidson; sister, Laura Morris of Charlotte; and two grandsons, Jamey Sloop and Darin Eugene Alexander.

After graduating from Cornelius High School, Gene chose farming as his way of life and established himself as a hard-working cattle farmer and as owner and operator of Alexander Lumber Company and Farm. His multiple accomplishments and influence will be long remembered by his family, friends and community.

He was a member and supporter of Mooresville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church since 1951, 62 years. There he served as teacher of the Men’s Sunday school class, deacon and elder. In 2000, he was honored as Elder Emeritus by the Session of the Mooresville ARP Church, for his faithful service.

He is survived by sons, David Alexander and wife, Janet, of Mooresville and Joe Alexander and wife, Cathy, also of Mooresville; daughters, Mary Sloop and husband, Wayne, of Horse Shoe, Daisy Beam and husband, Alex, of Mooresville and Jeanette Stikeleather and husband, Richard, also of Mooresville; sister, Lois Bell of Due West, S.C.; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held Saturday afternoon, Jan. 4, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville. Graveside services will be held today (Sunday, Jan. 5), at 1:30 p.m., at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 19920 Bethel Church Rd., Cornelius. Funeral services will be held today (Sunday), at 3 p.m., at Mooresville ARP Church, with the Rev. Andy Ward officiating. The family will receive friends in the Family Life Center, after services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Lake Norman, 705 Griffith St., Davidson, NC 28036 or Mooresville ARP Church, 659 Carpenter Ave., Mooresville, NC 28115.

Cavin-Cook Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Alexander family. Condolences may be made to the family at