Le Ester Alexander was born on 6 December 1938 and passed away on 5 May 2022 due to heart failure. He was born to Billy Alexander and Jessie Alexander in Waurika, Oklahoma. He was raised in Lawton, Oklahoma and exposed to the military life at an early age, earning his first wages shining boots at Fort Sill. His father, a World War II veteran, also encouraged him to receive an education and serve in the U.S. Army. After he graduated from Lincoln University, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 30 March 1962. That same year he married Wanda Alexander, his wife of 50 years who preceded him in death in 2012. Over his 30 year career, he rose to the rank of Colonel and received numerous military honors including, Service Medal with Bronze Service Star // Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal // Viet Nam Service Medal (2 Campaigns) // Armed Forces Reserve Medal // Army Service Medal // Overseas Service Ribbon (4) // Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal // 2 MSMs. In addition to his military service, in 1978 he continued his education by completing his master’s degree in Business Administration at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.
Despite his numerous military and academic honors, he viewed his service to the Lord as his greatest accomplishment. He began this journey in 1985 by becoming a deacon at Macedonia Baptist Church in San Francisco, California. By 1987, he had become the Head Deacon and served until 1991. In 1991, he retired from the US Army and moved from Presidio, California to San Antonio, Texas. That same year, he became a member of Second Baptist Church in San Antonio and served as a Sunday school teacher. He thoroughly enjoyed sharing the word of God and bringing people closer to Christ. Through these profound experiences, he recognized that he wanted to further his ministry and become a reverend. In 2010, he joined Mount Calvary Baptist Church in San Antonio and under the tutelage of Reverend Herbin, became an ordained minister in 2011. While at Mount Calvary, he began an extremely popular Wednesday night bible study. By allowing God’s message to shine through him, the power of God’s Holy Word deeply resonated with many people. In 2014, he left Mount Calvary and joined Mount Zion First Baptist Church in San Antonio. While at this church, he continued his Wednesday night bible study and was an enthusiastic member of the prison ministry, volunteering when he was physically able. Though he served in multiple churches over the decades, he had his strongest impact as a minster at Mount Zion First Baptist Church, where his presence will continue to be felt for many years to come.
Reverend Alexander is survived by his son, Dr. Warren Le Eric Alexander (wife, Molly Ellen Alexander) of El Paso, Texas and his four grandsons: David Eric Alexander, Jonathan Michael Alexander, Joshua Ryan Alexander, and Michael Anthony Alexander. He is preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Alexander (2012); son, Forrest Alexander (1978); daughter, Grace Alexander (1987), as well as his three brothers, Billy Dean Alexander, John Alexander, and Milford Alexander. In addition, Reverend Alexander is survived by his significant other, Ms. Gloria Bryant, who was one of his strongest supporters and confidants after the death of his wife in 2012. At Reverend Alexander’s passing, we are saddened by the fact he can no longer provide his excellent leadership, moral guidance, and wisdom to the many people who loved him. However, we are emboldened by the fact that the Lord has a new Christian Soldier in heaven, who steadfastly upheld the Christian moral standard as any good soldier does. When we think of the contributions of Reverend Alexander, we should remember the words of Saint Paul in 2 Timothy 4:7-8. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing.