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Jane Sparks (Alexander)

Jane Alexander

Gastonia - Jane Sparks Alexander, 78, of Gastonia passed away May 27, 2021 at Robin Johnson Hospice House. She was born August 17, 1942 in Gaston County, NC, a daughter of Berel Ray Sparks, Sr. and Elaine Rhyne Sparks.

Jane taught elementary school in Gaston County for 35 years. In 1996, she was voted into Who's Who Among American Teachers for her service. After retirement, she returned to work to teach driver's education. Jane was an accomplished musician and played the organ and piano at numerous churches, including Resurrection Lutheran Church of Kings Mountain, where she was an active member for over ten years. She also gave a young friend a baton, which he used in directing his marching band. He has continued this as a tradition by presenting a baton to his university students when they reach the directing level. Serving her church was extremely important to Jane. She sang in the choir, regularly met with churchgoers to crochet baby blankets and prayer shawls for others, and was in charge of the children's music ministry. She held several positions on the Women of the ELCA at the state and local levels. Jane also enjoyed playing hand bells and growing flowers; especially her Christmas cactus and Angel-Wing Begonia. Travelling to the NC Mountains was another interest of Jane's, along with her fondness for butterflies. While her children were growing up, Jane's strong determination to keep them involved in the church was only one of Jane's accolades. She was also an excellent cook, and her specialties were "flapjacks" and green beans.

Jane is survived by her husband, Jerry Alexander; sons, David Alexander and J. Bryant Alexander (fiancée, Lisa Lawing); daughters, Tina Alexander and Elaine Alexander (fiancé, Billy Holt); brother, B. Ray Sparks (Nancy); eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two nephews and numerous cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Terry Alexander and great-grandson, Javarian Norris.

The family will receive friends at Resurrection Lutheran Church of Kings Mountain on Sunday, June 6, 2021 from 2-3pm. After the visitation, there will be a Celebration of Life service at 3pm at the church and officiated by Reverend Doctor K. Michael Varn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Resurrection Lutheran Church of Kings Mountain, 600 Crescent Circle, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.

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McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Alexander family.

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06/12/21 10:39 AM #1    

Scotty Wise (Price)

Sure do hate to see this. Jane was a sweet friend, one of the first I met as a new eighth grade student at Arlington. I know she will be missed. You can't think of her without remembering her smile. 

06/12/21 11:42 AM #2    

Betti Smith (Krapfl)

Jane & I grew up at Holy Trinity Lutheran across from Ashley. We used to joke about our lives being at church, then to school..very small world.... She had the best laugh ever!
And, her musical talent was awesome!!
Missed, indeed.

06/12/21 05:46 PM #3    

Richard Jordan

In 1997, I was serving as principal of North Belmont Elementary School and Jane was working an interim position.  We enjoyed working together and reminiscing our high school days.  She said her brother, Ray, was conducting a class to certify driver’s ed instructors.  She asked if I was interested to which I said, “Yes”.  I was only 4 years away from retiring and that seemed like an excellent part time job after retirement.  She gave me the details and I planned to attend my first class the next afternoon.  Sorry I never made it to that class—I had a heart attack the night before my very first class.  How my future would have changed had I taken those classes I cannot imagine, but I am sure continuing to work with Jane Sparks Alexander would have been a treat.  RIP Jane!

06/13/21 01:06 PM #4    

Jackay Stowe-McDaniel

Jane and I have been freinds since we were  in primary grades.  Of course we driffed away.   But she always had a smile and warm hello.   We went to Ap State together.  Of course she stayed and made a great teacher...I know her family really misses her.  All her kids need to care for each other

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