Edward Drummond Alexander obituary photo
 
In Memory of

Edward Drummond Alexander

January 31, 1975 - June 8, 2017

Obituary


With much sadness Claire and Ed Alexander of Raleigh announce the death on June 8th of their son EDWARD DRUMMOND ALEXANDER, 42, of Raleigh.

He grew up in Raleigh, graduated from Broughton High School, attended Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia for his freshman year, then transferred to NC State University where he earned his B.A. degree. While at State he was elected Treasurer and then President of the Delta Rho Chapter of Theta Chi, and in recent years served as Alumni President.

Pleasing in both countenance and demeanor, he was popular with...

With much sadness Claire and Ed Alexander of Raleigh announce the death on June 8th of their son EDWARD DRUMMOND ALEXANDER, 42, of Raleigh.

He grew up in Raleigh, graduated from Broughton High School, attended Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia for his freshman year, then transferred to NC State University where he earned his B.A. degree. While at State he was elected Treasurer and then President of the Delta Rho Chapter of Theta Chi, and in recent years served as Alumni President.

Pleasing in both countenance and demeanor, he was popular with a host of wonderful friends of all ages, was gifted with many talents and enjoyed a wonderful sense of humor. Yet possessed of high intelligence and moral standards, he did not suffer fools gladly.

His greatest accomplishment was his nurturing of his wonderful son, Ward Alexander, who turned 8 on June 1st. Edward was a hands-on Dad who taught much to his little boy, and who took him fishing and boating and canoeing and attended, during the last year, with much determination and effort during his illness, nearly all of Ward's sports activities and Y-Guides meetings and Lacy School events.

In addition to his parents and his son, Edward is survived by his sister Dr. Martha Elizabeth Ledbetter Alexander of Chapel Hill and Raleigh, and by his brother Douglas Campbell Alexander (and wife, Caroline Madry Alexander) of Greensboro, also nephew Charles Raymond William Alexander and niece Muriel Reeves Elizabeth Alexander of Greensboro. Plus many uncles, aunts, and cousins.

His grandparents were Douglas O. and Mary Baker Alexander of Raleigh, and Dr. Hilton Drummond Haines and Martha Elizabeth Ledbetter Haines of Rockingham N.C. Most of his ancestors lived in North Carolina since colonial times and included farmers, planters, stonemasons, merchants, ministers, judges and magistrates, legislators, leaders in the textile industry, Trustees of the University, doctors, Revolutionary War patriots, Civil War veterans, and World War II service by both of his grandfathers.

Edward will be missed. But to quote the words of the Massachusetts Bay Colony poet Anne Bradstreet, written in 1678, we say to our son:
Thy love is such that we can no way repay,
The heavens reward thee manifold we pray.
Then while we live, in love let's so persevere.
That when we live no more, we may live forever.

The family invites friends to visit Sunday (June 11th) from 5 to 7 pm at the home, 1528 Canterbury Road, Raleigh. An interment will be held at a later date and will be private.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary's St., Raleigh, NC.