Donnie Stephens Alexander was born in Fentress County on June 12, 1944, the daughter of Frank Ealis and Ora Mae Richards Stephens, who preceded her in death. On May 24, 1963, she was united in marriage to Jimmy Ray Alexander, who survives.
Mrs. Alexander lived in Hardin County most of her life where she was employed by Garan Inc. for 36 and half years; she then retired as a homemaker. She was a member of the American Association of Retired Persons and attended Cornerstone Baptist Church in Savannah. She enjoyed sewing, cross-stitching, flower gardening and cooking. She was an avid reader, an avid pet lover, loved music and played the piano.
Mrs. Alexander departed this life March 18, at Savannah Health Care and Rehabilitation Center at the age of 69 years, 9 months and 6 days.
In addition to her husband, Jimmy Ray Alexander of Savannah, she is survived by a daughter, Melissa Gross and husband Randy of Piedmont, S.C.; two grandchildren, Jordan Samantha Gross and Emmanuelle Savannah Gross; a brother, Willis Stephens of Adamsville; and three sisters, Lois Alexander, Lucille Robinson and Nancy Polk, all of Savannah.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Whited and a brother, Bruce Stephens.
Services were held Friday, March 21, at 1 p.m. at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Charles Linam and Paul Weaver officiating. Burial followed at Memory Gardens in Savannah.
Memorials may be given to Cornerstone Baptist Church, 150 Park St., Savannah, Tenn. 38372 or American Heart Association, c/o Howard Bain, P.O. Box 1207, Savannah, Tenn. 38372, or Hardin County Cancer Society, c/o Hardin County Bank, 235 Wayne Road, Savannah, Tenn. 38372.