Howard L. Alexander, 74 of Jackson, died April 17, 2017, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, due to complications from a fall he experienced on April 7, 2017.

He was born August 18, 1942, in Paducah, Kentucky, the youngest son of Edward and Olear (McChristian) Alexander.  He married Sherron Slusmeyer August 14, 1965.

Howard graduated from Heath High School in Paducah in 1961 and from Murray State University in 1965 with a degree in Elementary Education.  He received a Master’s Degree in School Administration from Murray State in 1968.  He taught school in Festus, Missouri, from 1965 – 1970.  He was an Elementary Principal with the Jackson School District from 1970-1986 and was Business Manager from 1986 until he retired from the field of Education in 1995.  He then got his license as a real estate sales associate and worked out of the office of Century 21 Ashland Realty of Cape Girardeau from 1996 until his death.  He found great satisfaction in selling homes to former students.

Howard’s civic organizations include a former member and president of the Jackson Rotary Club, active member on the Board of Directors of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, American Red Cross, United Way, and Jackson Jaycees where he served as local president, District Director, and was Jaycees State Vice President when Missouri marched Number One in the Parade of States in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Howard was a member of New McKendree United Methodist Church where he served as former chairman of Pastor – Parish Relations Committee, and other leadership positions. He was chairman of the Hospitality Team at the South Campus location at the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife, Sherron Alexander of Jackson; a son Todd (Debra) Alexander and three granddaughters, Casey (Brandon) Kuehn, Maria (fiancé Brendan Adams) Popp, and Payton Alexander all of Cape Girardeau.

He was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday April 20, 2017, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2017, at the funeral home with Rev. David Israel and Rev. Jimmie Corbin officiating.

Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Paducah.

Memorials may be made to New McKendree United Methodist Church or to Jackson R-2 School Foundation.

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  1. Sherron & Todd;
    You have our sincere empathy, on the passing of Howard or Mr. A. >>as many of us called him at Central Elementary. The Burleys

  2. Howard was a true gentleman and friend to my mother, Betty Goza. They last spoke when Howard attended my fathers visitation in November 2016. Mother was so happy to see Howard and spoke of his kindness.
    Mother was very saddened to read of Howard’s passing. On her behalf, and on behalf of the Goza family, our deepest condolences to Sherron and family for your loss. May God be with all of you!

  3. Cheryl Lawrence


    I was very sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    With Sympathy,

    Cheryl Lawrence

  4. Sherron,

    We were saddened to read of Howard’s death. He was a wonderful man. You will be in our prayers.

    Marvin and Sandy Woodfin

  5. Jean Fulton

    Our prayers are with your family during this time. God be with you.
    Ms. Jean and the KK staff

  6. Ken Gleason

    You have my deepest sympathy, Howard was a wonderful man and we will all miss his smile.
    I will keep your family in my prayers and may GOD strengthen each of you in your time of grief.

  7. Dixie Grantham

    We were so very sorry to read of Howard’s sudden and untimely death! His smile will be missed by many. Please know we will keep you in our prayers during this difficult time, Sherron.

  8. Jean Graham

    Sherron and Todd,
    We pray for you during this time of grief. Howard was admired and respected. We enjoyed his friendship and kindness. He will be missed.
    John and Jean Graham
    Jan and Nick Sachse
    Jeff and Rhonda Graham
    Jeff and

  9. Lisa

    Todd and family you have our sincere condolences. Many prayers for strength and healing in this difficult time.
    Much Love,
    George, Lisa and Caleigh

  10. Sherron, Todd and Debbie,

    You have my sincere condolences.

  11. Reba Davis

    Sherron, we are so sorry about Howard. He was a gentle man who was a true man of God in his whole life to his friends and family. Words can’t express our sadness for you and your family, but please know we care and love you. Reba and Tim

  12. Jeff & Nicky Wendel

    We just learned of Mr. Alexander’s passing. Truly sorry for your family’s loss. He was a very kind and wonderful man. He will be missed by many. Prayers!!

  13. Dave DeLaney

    The Missouri Jaycees and Missouri JCI Senate send our condolences to Sherron and family.

    Dave DeLaney #41203
    MO JCI Senate

  14. Dee and Wayne Maupin

    Sherron, Todd, and family,
    We were so shocked and saddened by the loss of Howard. We enjoyed our recent visits immensely. You two were the best couple to share a duplex with. It was fun having our impromptu visits in the back yard, watermelon on your deck, and so many other times. What precious memories! Thoughts, prayers, love, hugs as you adjust to your “new normal.” Dee and Wayne

  15. Bobbi A Hatler

    Sherron, I’m so sorry to hear about Howard. He was one of the sweetest men I’ve known. My father still remembers you both from your days in the neighborhood. My heart aches for you, for we are never ready for loss, no matter how it invades our lives. I wish I could take this hurt from you, but I will pray that God shows you your path through grief. I wish I could do more and I hope to see you again some day. Love always

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