George Alexander '57 October 23, 2023 2:55 PM updated: October 23, 2023 3:09 PM
George Theodore Alexander
August 24, 1934 - October 17, 2023
George, born in San Angelo in 1934 was the 6th of 7 children born to Mary and Theo Alexander both of whom were immigrants from Greece.
George was raised in San Angelo and attended Santa Rita Elementary. He grew up in a bilingual household (his mother did not speak any English) and helped in the kitchen of his father’s restaurant “Liberty Café” later known to many as “Alexander’s”. His older brothers started a home building business in 1938, and he began working with his brothers in 1948 at the age of fourteen.
After graduating from San Angelo High School in 1953, he joined the Corp of Cadets at Texas A&M University. A member of the Class of '57, George received his degree in Petroleum Engineering. George served in the Air Force as an interceptor controller and was stationed at Perin AFB in Sherman, Texas.
He moved back to San Angelo in 1962 to raise his family. George joined his brothers as a partner in the family construction business. Together, the brothers built over a thousand homes in San Angelo under the name of Alexander Homes. Also, George and his brothers were involved with the development of the Southland Park subdivision. The Alexander brothers’ vision was to change the growth pattern of San Angelo toward the Southwest. They, along with other partners, developed Knickerbocker Road from Jackson Street to Southland Park. For over 40 years, George served as a Managing Partner of Alexander Construction Company and as a Co-Trustee of Southland Park of San Angelo. In addition to his brothers and family, he partnered with many investors/developers over the years and always gave due credit to his loyal partners and friends.
Over the years, he has assisted and/or served on the board of directors of many non-profit groups, such as West Texas Rehabilitation Center, the Salvation Army, Rio Concho Manor, the San Angelo Nature Center, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, and the Home Builders Association. Additionally, George served on the San Angelo City Zoning Board of Adjustments as well as served as the first president of the City of San Angelo Development Corporation. George also served as a director for San Angelo National Bank as well as Tom Green County National Bank. George served on the board of directors for the San Angelo Community Medical Center and was a founding Trustee, past-president and advisory director of the San Angelo Health Foundation. In 2002 George was selected as the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.
George was known for unconventional ideas. Respected for his tenacity and work ethic, George also loved and lived to problem solve. His door was always open, and he graciously gave of his time and talents to help those who sought his keen insight and guidance.
George is preceded in death by his mother and father, Mary and Theo Alexander, his sister Anna Alexander Pappas and niece JoAnna Pappas DeVault, his brothers, Bill, Frank, Alex and Nick Sr., and his nephew Nick Jr.
George is survived by his wife Pamela Nord Alexander and his step-family Colby Elliot, Amber Zarauskas and her four children and three grandchildren, and Matthew Elliot and his wife Samantha and their three children.
George is survived by his first wife, Georgia Alexander and their children, grandsons and great granddaughters: William Ted Alexander with his wife Lisa and son Will; Chris Chotas Alexander; and Mary Jane Steadman with her husband Craig and their sons Alexander with his wife Sydney and daughter Georgia, and Christopher with his wife Katie and daughters Clara and Vera.
George is also survived by his brother Gus Alexander with his wife Kaye and many nieces and nephews whom he loved as dearly as his own children: Carol and Vern Spurlock, Caroline and Frank Lamsens and their children Charlotte and Teddy; Megan and Alex Corpening and their children Isabel and Gus; David DeVault, Haley and Brad DeVault and their daughters Brook and Elaine; Paul Alexander and his children Amelia, Zackary and Brantley; Elena and Kevin Kent and their children Carson, Griffin and Eiley; Janie Davison, John Lambert and his wife Carrie, and Meredith Lambert.
The family expresses a very special thank you to the entire staff at Baycrest Senior Living.
Pallbearers are Paul Alexander, Todd Compton, Brad DeVault, Paul Ramsdell and Joe Will Ross.
Viewing is available at Harper Funeral Home on Thursday, October 19th after 11:00am and again Friday, October 20th from 8:00am-12:00pm.
Trisagion Prayer Service will be held at the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church on Thursday, October 19th at 6:30 p.m. A private, family service followed by the burial at Fairmount Cemetery will be on Friday, October 20th. There will be a come and go visitation and celebration of life on Saturday, October 21st from 10 a.m. to noon at San Angelo Country Club.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the San Angelo Area Foundation for the George Alexander Scholarship Fund c/o 221 South Irving, San Angelo, Texas, 76903, to Angelo State University for the Mr. & Mrs. Theo Alexander Scholarship Fund c/o ASU Station #11023 San Angelo, Texas 76909-1023, or the charity of your choice.