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Clarence Alexander

Remembering The Life

Of

 Clarence Edward Alexander

Clarence Edward Alexander was born to Frank Elijah & Thelma Lee Alexander (who preceded
him in death) in Hazlehurst, Mississippi on June 6, 1950. He was the youngest of 5 children
born into this union. His family moved to New Orleans for several years, before permanently
moving to Los Angeles in 1957. Upon Moving to Los Angeles, the Alexander family joined Good
Fellowship, Church of God and Christ, under the leadership of Elder R.C Richmond. Clarence
accepted Christ as his Lord & Savior at an early age.  All Clarence knew as a young child was
Church, because his parents kept him in Church for all the services and Bible School. As
Clarence grew older, he actively worked in the church. He sang in the Choir and served as a
Deacon. Clarence had a love for singing and was a member of the group, “The Sanders
Brothers” for several years in which he also managed. He later joined Faith Fellowship Church
of Corona in 2006, under the leadership of Pastor Mark Williams, where he became a faithful
and dedicated member. Clarence has always been a true believer in God!
Clarence attended Edison Junior High and Fremont High School in Los Angeles, California. He
graduated from Fremont High School in 1968. Clarence grew up in South Central L.A. where
he was known in the neighborhood as “Shoe”!  He was given this name by his older brother
Earnest, at a very young age because he was so fast on his feet!  Clarence was a Tract & Field
star in high school. In his sophomore year, he received many honors for the Southern Lead
Championship, City Championship and State Championship in Track & Field. In his Senior Year
he ran a 9.7 in the 100 yard dash, and 21.8 in the 220 yard dash. He continued his track career
while attending East LA College. Clarence was drafted to the United States Army in 1970, and
served in the Vietnam War, where he was injured and honorably discharged in 1971. Clarence
truly had a love for Track but, due to his misfortune and inability to run again, he lived his dream
through his students by Coaching the Youth in Track. Clarence was also known for his ability to
fight, with a hard hit!  No one messed with him!  He taught all the guys in the neighborhood how
to fight, and also how to drive! 
Clarence worked at various jobs until he decided to go into business for himself. He had his own
Locksmith Business called, “Alexander Lock & Key”. He also worked for LA Unified School
District, as a Track Coach. After moving to Corona, he worked for Lake Elsinore Unified School
District, in the Maintenance Department until he retired!
On July 5,1985 while at his God sister’s (Ethel) party, Clarence continued to save the one &
only seat in the house which was filled by the love of his life, Beverly. He would not leave her
alone, and insisted that she drive him home due to his over indulgence. Of course, Beverly
rejected him at first but after asking Ethel and several other people at the party about him. 
Everyone told her how nice & cool he was, not to mention handsome, she gave in and drove
him home and kept his Cadillac Seville overnight. There was not a day passed by that he would
not call her several times a day! Beverly was always waiting by the phone. After 5 years of
dating, they finally tied the knot on 9/1/1990. Clarence & Beverly were blessed to have a
blended family of 8. He had 5 children, Carmicha, La Quarry, Cassius, La Shica & Benjamin and
Beverly had 2 children, Dyshawn, & La Neshia. They had one child together, their baby girl
Jazmine. Clarence & Beverly had a true & everlasting love and a relationship that no one could

take apart! They went to Church together, family outings together, played games
together, partied together, traveled together and just loved hard! They would have celebrated 30
years of marriage on September 1st.
Clarence’s favorite things he loved were playing his Gospel music, all oldies music, his favorite
groups were the Williams Brothers, The Jackson Southernaires, The Temptations, Shirley
Caesar, and his favorite girl Gladys Knight, who he would have left Beverly for. He was an
excellent Cook! He loved to Cook & Barbeque.  He would eat grits everyday if he could. He
loved fried fish, Salmon Croquettes, Gumbo, Greens, Chitterlings and just plain old Soul Food.
His favorite game was dominoes! He taught his kids and son in laws how to play the game! He
called himself the Greatest!  He also loved to play Bid Whist and just have good old family fun
time! Fishing also something he loved to do, and camp out with the kids….
Clarence was a very respectable man, and a man of integrity! Everyone loved Clarence! He had
a nickname for everyone. There were times when family would say that he was henpecked but
that was just who he was! He was quiet at times and always attentive to his wife’s needs. He
taught his children to know and love the Lord, and always put God first! He always told them to
have respect for themselves and others! He was a dad to many, and he was very respected and
loved! Clarence loved his wife, children, grandchildren, and great grands! They were all his
pride & joy! Clarence had great friends from childhood who he loved and stayed in contact all
the time. Just to name a few, George Coley who he considers his brother, Steve Lang, & Danny
Moore who he ran track with, went to Track Meets as adults, and Kevin Wright who kept him
laughing with all his crazy jokes.
After a long battle with Cancer, Clarence passed away on August 13, 2020, peacefully in the
hospital, with his wife, children, grandchildren, and Pastor at his side. Clarence leaves to
cherish his wife Beverly, his 4 daughters, Carmicha Butler (Lamont), La Neshia Johnson, La
Shica Lowe (Zuri), and Jazmine Alexander. He leaves 4 sons, La Quarry Alexander (Priyah),
Cassius Alexander, Dyshawn Johnson, & Benjamin Alexander (Sarah). He also leaves 22
grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, his sister May Sanders, brother James Conley, 3 God
Sons, Greg, Dontae, Eric, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, Church family, and
friends……

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