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Jimmy J. Alexander, also known as J.J., 85, passed away on May 21, 2017 in Abilene. Graveside services will be 11:00a.m., Wednesday, May 24, 2017 in the Texas State Veterans Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory St.
Jim was born in Kansas City, KS on September 2, 1931. He had a twin brother, Jack who he was separated from at a very young age. He was adopted and raised by an Aunt and Uncle in Wichita, KS. After graduating from high school, Jim joined the Air Force, married his high school sweetheart, Virginia, and traveled the world. After four kids added to their young family, Jim and Virginia raised their family moving from base to base until Jim retired from the Air Force in 1969 after 20 years of service. He then moved his family to Albuquerque, NM to begin his new career with the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller.
This was just his second career. 17 years later he retired from the FAA. As he tried to settle into retirement, Jim and Virginia did some traveling. He took a position as a professor at the FAA Academy at OK State University. When he was truly ready to retire, they moved to Phoenix, AZ.
He found retirement boring and joined the Sheriff's department in Sun City, AZ as a deputy. Jim was always a devoted husband and father. He was a pilot, rode motorcycles, and did everything he could to enjoy life. Jim's wife of 65 years, Virginia, was always right by his side encouraging and cheering him on to achieve his goals. Jim had a very long and fulfilling life, and will be missed greatly.
Jim leaves behind his wife, Virginia Alexander; three daughters; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his son, Lynn;
and his twin brother, Jack.