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Annie M. Alex

October 14, 1932 October 17, 2021
Annie M. Alex
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Annie Marie Alex entered into eternal life on Sunday, October 17,2021.  She was fondly known as “Tootsie”, Annie, or Marie to family and close friends.  She answered to all the names with a smile.  She was the second born of eleven children on October 14, 1932, to the late Earnest and Lottie Mae (Wynn) Fowlkes. Marie gave her life to Christ at an early age and was baptized by Rev. Fitz at New Bethel Baptist Church where she participated in Sunday School and other activities.  Rev. Fitz became a mentor and friend to Marie in college. She completed her early education at Nottoway Training School where she graduated and was the valedictorian in the 11th grade because high school completion did not include the 12th grade.  She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Virginia State College (now University) in 1953.  After graduating from college, she worked at Montefiore Hospital Bronx, New York, as a Cardiovascular Lab Technician. 

She married Charles Lee Alex in 1954 whom she met at Virginia State College.  Six children were born to the union. Marie was a military wife for twenty years traveling to various states in the United States and countries abroad. She loved meeting people from various ethnicities and cultures.  One military experience she talked about many times was going to Germany on the USS Patch Ship, an Army Transport Service, that carried troops and cargo between Europe and the United States. The rough seas, extreme waves, and severe mobility issues caused Marie to have a dislike for ships until she finally agreed to take a cruise.   She loved the experience and cruised until 2018. 

After retiring in Newport News, Virginia, she and her family were members and worshipped at Ft.  Eustis Regimental Memorial Chapel where they attended regularly. She enjoyed the sermons, communion, and program offerings. Marie was a wonderful cook and baker. She made French pastries, all kinds of cakes including cheesecakes, rum cakes, and other scrumptious main dishes for family dinners and reunions.  Her homemade ice cream was amazingly tasty. 
 
Marie would laugh with a wide smile. She would faithfully distribute Christian tracts at family reunions, on holidays, and at the grocery store because she wanted everyone to  know about salvation through Jesus Christ.  In addition to crocheting, Marie was  also an excellent seamstress and created decorated pillows, flowers, sweaters, jackets, dresses, and other articles of clothing for her family. She was an avid reader and her favorite poem was “Crossing the Bar” by Alfred Lord Tennyson. 

Marie was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and loving sister, aunt, and sister-in-law.  She had a beautiful smile and a heart of love. She is predeceased by five of her siblings: Oscar, Clinette, Elnora, Karl, and Della. 

Marie is survived by her beloved husband, retired Major Charles Alex; her children: Irvin (Bonita) Fredericksburg, VA, Karen Allison, Chantilly, VA, retired Major General Carl (Olesya), Nokesville, VA, Roger ((Karen) Brambleton, VA, Linda (Tony) Watson, Manassas, VA, and Paul (Becky), Merritt Island FL. In addition, 12 loving grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Elloris Spratley, Alma Fowlkes and brother-in-law, Wilfredo Rivera; siblings, James, Jeanne, Waverly (Margaret), Joyce (William) and Sereda. A  host of nieces, nephews, cousins, the Ayers Family, and countless loving friends mourn her.  Her lovely smile and generous spirit will be missed by everyone who knew her. 

Viewing Friday, October 22, 2021 from 4 to 7PM.

Funeral Service Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 11:00AM at New Bethel Baptist Church, Crewe. Interment Fowlkes Family Cemetery, Crewe.

W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangements.

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