- October 21, 1926 - March 23, 2015
- Daly City, California
of Alexander's Passing
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Alexander M. Thompson was born on October 21, 1926 in Charlottesville, Virginia to Ms Elizabeth Morton Thompson.
Alexander, affectionately known as "Baby Ray" grew up in the country, and was raised by his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. John Edward Thompson. As a teenager young Alexander moved to Maryland and there he joined the US Navy. It was during this time, while stationed at Treasure Island in San Francisco, CA he met and married his "peanut tossing girl", Cardella Hopkins who tenderly called him "Sweet".
Newly married, Alexander, who was still enlisted in the Navy, went to serve his country. First to Japan, and then on to Pearl Harbor. It was during this time at sea that his relationship with Christ grew. In 1946, Alexander was discharged from the US Navy and returned to his family.
Upon returning home, Alexander took on various jobs including construction worker, chauffeuring, and an attendant at Southern Pacific Train Station. He and the family also joined a local church under the leadership of Rev. Earl where they loved to hear the Swine River Singers. Shortly after this Alexander and his family would move to Crocker Amazon Projects and it was during this time they united with First Union Baptist Church in San Francisco, CA. It was during these years that Alexander found the Lord and was saved!
Alexander enjoyed sharing with his family stories of how he was raised, and taking trips back east. He also loved to box, and would often go a few rounds with the neighborhood children, teaching them how to box as well. He loved to travel (although not by boat) and frequently visited Texas with his family!
A short time later, Alexander and his family united with Paradise Baptist Church. It was there that he was called to preach the gospel, often telling the story of how he didn't want to become a preacher, but he soon came to understand that God had different plans for his life. It was at Paradise under the leadership of Rev. Ray Howard, that Alexander accepted his calling and preached his first sermon. He was on fire for the Lord!
Alexander would be later be called to be the Pastor at St. Phillips Missionary Baptist Church, also in San Francisco. Although he desired to be an Evangelical preacher, he obeyed the voice of God, accepted his calling and was installed as the Pastor of St. Phillips, where he served as Pastor faithfully and diligently for 50 years, until his passing.
Pastor Thompson was a great man who loved God, life, his family and the church. He and his wife fostered many children over the years. He also mentored and counseled many ministers, most of which went on to become great Pastors and mighty men of God! He made a promise to God during his navy years that if HE brought him home, he would serve HIM, and Pastor Thompson did just that, instilling those same values into his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, leaving a legacy of greatness for many to follow!
Pastor Thompson leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 71 years, Cardella Thompson, his children Eva Hayes, Joyce L. Cade and Tanya Ann Prince, his brother-in-law, Clarence Wiseman, sisters-in-law, Annie Thompson and Mildred Wiseman, close cousins, Virginia Jones and Martha Ann Godchildren: Shante Peoples and Alexandria Tucker and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and church family. Preceding him in death: his Mother Ms. Elizabeth Morton Thompson, Grandparents: Mr. and Mrs. John Edward Thompson, Sister: Catherine Walker, Brother-in-law, George Walker, Son: Alex Ray Thompson , Sr., Son-in-aw: Rev. David H. Cade, Grandson: Eric Hayes and Nephew: Jimmy Hopkins.