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Jakie (Jake) Alexander

Curtis, AR, 1938 - 2014

Jakie (Jake) Alexander, 76, of Curtis, Arkansas, was greeted by the Lord and a host of loved ones in Heaven on December 4, 2014. Born November 10, 1938, in Womble (Norman), Arkansas, the son of Elmer and Hallie Jo Stelter of Norman, Jake married Janice Faye James in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, on May 3, 1987. Jake was preceded in death by his wife, and his parents.
He is survived by three sons and two daughters: Glenda Dean and husband, Bill, of White Hall, Arkansas; Gary Alexander of Curtis; Guy Alexander and wife, Kim, of McDonough, Georgia; Stacey Cruz of Bentonville, Arkansas; and Jeff Mashburn and wife, Jennifer, of Benton, Arkansas; his sister, Sue and husband, Dee, Robbins of Norman; eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A retired welder and multi-craft mechanic with International Paper Company in Pine Bluff, Jake was a past shop steward of the United Paperworkers International Union Local 735, a board member and past state representative of the Clark County Cattleman's Association, board member of the Clark County Farm Bureau where he currently served in the Beef Cattle Division, Master Mason of the Free and Accepted Masons (Black Springs Lodge), 32nd degree Master of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite (Pine Bluff), a Shriner and member of the Shriner's Hospital for Children Endowment Fund 100 Million Dollar Club, member of the National Rifle Association, charter member of the Arkadelphia Bass Club, charter member of the River City Race Club and member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Known by those who loved him as Jake, Jacob, Poppa Jake, Papaw, the Godfather, Daddy and many other terms of endearment, Jake was most happy surrounded by family and friends, and made friends easily – anywhere he went, all ages – he never met a stranger. While he was passionate about helping others in the community, his countless acts of kindness were often silent and unseen by the masses. He was a bigger-than-life kind of man. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, cattleman and NASCAR enthusiast. His favorite places to enjoy God's creation were working cattle on his farm in Clark County, visiting at Shangri-La or fishing anywhere on Lake Ouachita, and sitting perched on his favorite rock overlooking the mountains and valleys of Stoner Mesa, Colorado. He was a great father and friend and will be greatly missed.
Visitation will be held Saturday December 6th at the Ruggles–Wilcox Chapel from 5–7 p.m. Memorial services will be held Sunday, December 7th at 2 p.m. in the chapel with the Rev. Charlie Williams presiding.
Memorials may be made to the Jake and Jan Alexander Memorial Scholarship Fund Clark County Fair Assn., P.O. Box 725, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, 71923; or the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, 5705 Grant Creek Road, Missula, Mont., 59808 (1-800-225-5355). Online guest register is available at

Published December 6, 2014

Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home
517 Clay St., Arkadelphia, AR
Phone: 870-246-4551