SPRINGFIELD - The Rev. Eula R. Alexander, 72, of Springfield, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center.
She was born Feb. 2, 1934, in Henning, Tenn., the daughter of Charles M. and Frances Lynk Bates. She married Curtis P. Alexander Sr. in 1959 in San Francisco; he preceded her in death.
The Rev. Alexander earned a bachelor's degree, with a major in speech and drama and a minor in English, from Tennessee State University in Nashville and a master's degree in human development counseling from Sangamon State University in 1977. She was a sixth-grade teacher at Thomas Edison Middle School, where she taught English and social science and was the head of the drama department. She taught for eight years in Springfield public schools and then served as a student relation's specialist, retiring from School District 186 in 1998 after 28 years. She founded the Beta Club honor society at Feitshans Elementary School.
She was a member of St. John AME church for more than 30 years and taught Sunday school and was Sunday school superintendent for many years. She also was a member of the Mary Louise Brown Missionary Society before becoming an ordained Itinerate Elder by the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1991. She served as an assistant to the pastor, taught Wednesday afternoon Bible study and led the Intercessory Prayer ministry. She was a charter member of the Kappa Sigma Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta sorority.
Survivors: two sons, Curtis (wife, Janet) Alexander Jr. and Dwight (wife, Claire) Alexander Sr., both of San Francisco; two daughters, Tanya (husband, David) McFadden of Hazel Crest and Kimberley Alexander of Springfield; five grandchildren; three brothers, Eddie (wife, Vertie) and Andrew Bates, both of Milwaukee, and Willie T. Bates of Stockton, Calif.; three sisters, Mary L. Bates of Henning, Tenn., Mattie V. Bates of Vallejo, Calif., and Phyllis Barlow of Covington, Tenn.; and many nieces and nephews.
Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, St. John's AME Church, the Rev. Charles Jackson officiating. Burial: Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.