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Obit – Ms. Tracy Alexander

Ms. Tracy Alexander

A strong foundation is essential to any structure, yet seldom do we give it proper recognition until it falters. Such was the life of Ms. Tracy Alexander of South Carthage, a true bulwark of goodness in her community, who quietly serve others while never seeking notice or praise. Ms. Alexander died Sunday evening, April 18, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was admitted on April 2 for treatment of symptoms related to the Corona Virus. Tracy was 57 years old and is survived by her only immediate family, her sister, Carmen Alexander of Greenbrier.

In her honor, a memorial visitation was held on Thursday, April 22nd at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Tracy was one of the two daughters born to Aubrey Vern Alexander who died August 18, 2006 at the age of 66 and Barbra Faye Myers Alexander who died August 5, 2009 at the age of 65.

A time of remembrance was held on the Gordonsville High School “Turney Ford Field” at 1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon for the entire student body.

Following a private ceremony, Ms. Alexander will be buried beside her parents in the Gene Butler Cemetery in the Brooks Bend Community of Jackson County.

A Gordonsville Junior High School educator, Tracy taught 7-8th grade Social Studies. She was known for her dedication to students, not only as a teacher but as a volunteer and mentor. She could often be found serving at “Tiger” sporting events and helping with extracurricular activities. Coworker, Lynn Brown said of Tracy, “She was the kind of teacher that saw every student. She not only saw the star athlete and supported them, but saw the kids that were quiet, shy, and felt like they were alone. She saw them and loved them and let them know they mattered”.

Tracy was also a highly regarded and beloved member of the River Community Church in Cookeville where she regularly volunteered her remarkable “tech “skills. Her love for God and her faith in Jesus was evident in all she said and did. She was a skilled knitter who used her abilities to create support items for breast cancer survivors. In addition, she was an irreplaceable volunteer and friend of Rising Above Ministries, an outreach to the special needs community in Cookeville. Her presence at every outreach and willingness to serve in any way possible will never be forgotten by the special needs community.

Ms. Alexander had no biological children of her own, but many would say she was like a mother to them. She was a pillar of love and compassion in an often-lonely world. She stood for truth and goodness and made the most of every opportunity to support and uplift others. In her honor we would ask that you extend some small kindness to a neighbor or stranger, and in so doing, help strengthen the foundation of our community just as she did.