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“My prayers go to all the family. I always appreciated the work she did for the MCEA. Also, I enjoyed her dry wit- she really had a good sense of...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: LaDelle Smith - Lewisburg, TN

“will miss her so much. #thequeenofmountpleasant#rolemodel ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Blake Hight - columbia, TN

“Harry, may God bless and comfort you and your family. You are my thoughts and prayers. ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Vaughnita Clemones - Columbia, TN

“Harry Wade, we are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. We will not be able to attend because we just found out, but...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: JoAnn, Earnestine and Louretha Pillow - TN

“May the beautiful memories of the wonderful times you and mom shared during these many years sustain you for eternity!! Many of them will make you...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: A. Yvonne, Michael and Michele (Johnson) Straker, Williams

“Harry Wade and family, I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Mary Jean's passing. I have so many great childhood memories of spending time with her. Please...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Renee Shyes Jones - Friend

“I know of certain that we never loose the people we love, even to their passing. they continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: lue payne - columbia, TN - Friend

“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Mary Jean. I have so many memories from my childhood to now. She was one of my mother's closest...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Christy Holt - Friend

“My sincere condolences to the Alexander Family. Let not your hearts be trouble for God is with you. As you walk this road, may you be guided by the...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Gloria J Dobbins - Friend

“Our hearts go out to the family of Mrs. Alexander in your time of sorrow. The Maury County Senior Center & the Solomon family (Wendy, Kenny & Justin...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Wendy L. Solomon - Columbia, TN


Mary Jean Kinnard Alexander, 75, retired teacher and resident of Zion Road, died Monday, November 28, 2016, at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

A graveside service will be conducted Friday at 2:30 P.M. at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens with Rev. Anthony Thomas, Sr. officiating. Oakes & Nichols Funeral Directors are assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be extended online at www.oakesandnichols.com.

Born June 1, 1941, in Maury County, she was the daughter of the late Robert Kinnard and Magdalene Browne Kinnard. She was a graduate of Carver Smith High School, attended Tennessee State University, and earned her Bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State University. For over thirty years, she taught English and Title 1 at Whitthorne Middle School; and upon retirement received a certificate from the Tennessee Education Association for her many years of active contribution to the purposes and achievements of education. She enjoyed reading, playing bridge and solitaire. She was a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church.

Survivors include her son, Harry W. (Tiffani) Alexander of Columbia; grandchildren, André McCoy, Stephon McCoy, and Cory McCoy, all of Columbia; step grandchildren, T'Kashli (Jonathan) Cooper and T'Darius Blue, both of Columbia; two great grandchildren; one step great grandchild; and a host of devoted friends, including Mary Armstrong, Pam Steward, Amanda Arnell, Wilma Polk, and Jennie Mitchell.

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