In Memoriam : John Alexander

John Alexander John Hampton Alexander - age: 59
(May 20, 1957 to September 04, 2016 )
Resident of Ewing, Illinois

Visitation Information:
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Leffler Funeral Home
401 East Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812

3:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Leffler Funeral Home
401 East Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812

John Hampton Alexander, age 59, of Ewing, passed away at 11:47 p.m. Sunday, September 4, 2016, at his home with his loved ones at his side.

Funeral services for John will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton with Pastor Jay Kelly officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton. Private burial services will take place at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton.

John Hampton Alexander was born on May 20, 1957 in Ramapo, New York, the son of James Arthur Alexander and Francis Jewel Pauline (Oshier) Alexander. He married the former Kimberly Dawn Parr and she preceded him in death in 2010.

John was a LPN, as well as an avid fisherman and motorcycle rider.

He is survived by his siblings: Robert Eugene Alexander of California, Geneva Harmon-Cremer of Ewing, IL, Mary Denise Gobtop and husband Randall of Macedonia, IL; his children: Eric Powell and wife Tiffany of Sesser, IL, Thomas Gratton Alexander & wife Amber of Sulpher, LA, Michael Andrew Alexander and wife Kendra of Sesser, IL, Michael James Salatas of St. Louis, MO, Jeanetta Kay Speakman of Zeigler, IL, Nicholas John Salatas and wife Emily of St. Louis, MO, Jeffrey David Salatas and wife Lisa of Johnston City, IL, Elizabeth Dawn Salatas-Molitor and husband David of St. Louis, MO, Phillip Robert Salatas of Benton, IL; his father-in-law Leon Parr of Orient, IL; 19 grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.

A special “Thank You” to Geneva and Joseph Alexander for their loving care during John’s illness, and to all of his lifelong friends that uplifted him in his time of need.

John was preceded in death by his parents; wife; four brothers: William A. Alexander, James Arthur Alexander, Jr., Gerald “Harry” Archie Alexander, Thomas Gratton Alexander; two sisters: Rita Lee Davis, Carol Lynn Rand; a sister-in-law Judith Ann Shurtz; and a nephew James Earl Hinton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eternal Friends in Christ Church of Sesser, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Andy Gillespie - September 6, 2016Contact this person Contact this person
John was my buddy as a little boy. During the summers and at other times, when my family visited my great-uncle and -aunt, Doc and Maida Belle Hill, in Ewing, my brother Jim and I always looked forward to more time running around with Jimmy and Johnny. We knew the other siblings as well and their parents. A friend of a child is a friend for one's lifetime and I never lost my affection for John and the adventures we experienced together, like blackberry picking, exploring the nearby woods and fields, watching the action down at the feed mill, playing pinball at the Ewing Garage, playing in the schoolyard, making ice cream and soda runs at Fern Darr's Store, and playing the juke box at Abby's Café till we'd get run out for playing the same song over and over again. Oh, and we were known for pulling a prank or two, here and there, and then try to act adorable at the dental office or when it was lunchtime back at the house. (And Aunt Maida Bell sure did put up with a lot from us boys! SMH now!) And I must say, we had a fine time in the game room playing cards (Gin Rummy) on many an afternoon. I wouldn't trade those days for the world! With the passage of time, starting with our teen years, we lost touch with one another but not of these memories. I wound up becoming a preacher like my Dad, and until only a few years ago I always wondered what happened to the Alexander boys. Finally, I heard someone tell me John was living in Ewing and my brother and I stopped to see "Johnny" as we called him, and that was our last contact. I regret that life was so busy we had no more opportunities to visit. But I'm grateful for this reconnection in adulthood. Let me say that God loves each of you in the family and cares for you in your loss! His grace is great to everyone who believes in Him and who calls upon Him in faith. You are in my prayers during this time.

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