Rufus J. Alexander, III, District 1
Mr. Rufus “Butch” Alexander of Fort Pierce, Fl. His family is a well-known pioneer family in the community dated back the year of 1902. On a cold April 19, 1949 a new life was added to the archives of the Peek- Alexander family-one Rufus Jerry Alexander, III. He was born in Lawnside, New Jersey to Sarah and Rufus Alexander, Jr.
In the spring of 1924, Percy and Helen Peek his grandparents opened the first funeral establishment in the 400 block of 8th Street under the name of Peek Funeral Home. The establishment was later located to its present site in 1928. After his grandparents, “Butch’s” mother (Sarah) took over the business and became 1 of 13 female licensed funeral directors and embalmers in the world. The business family-owned and operated has pledged over 82 years of services to the Tri-County communities delivering the finest and professional service.
“Butch” is a third generation Funeral Director and presently, he serves as General Manager and Vice President of the business. He has pledged his involvement and believes his efforts will assist in the community its redevelopment. Recognized as Mortician of the year for the 1st Regional District of the Florida Mortician Association, Inc., and currently serving as Co-Chairman.
He attended the local elementary schools and Lincoln Park Academy High School. In 1964 he transferred to John Carroll High School, where he participated in track & field, basketball and football. He graduated in 1967. He attended Miami-Dade Community, Tuskegee Institute, and he received a degree in Mortuary Science from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. “Butch” has over forty-years of experience in Funeral Services. He is very committed to helping families in need.
He serves as City Commissioner District 1,Served as the Vice Mayor - City of Fort Pierce, Chairperson of the St Lucie County Fire District , Board Member St Lucie Metropolitan Planning Organization, Board Member Council on Aging, Life Member NAACP, Founding Member Democratic Black Caucus of St Lucie, Member of SLC Tourist Development Council, Member of Lincoln Park Business Association, Founding Member of St Lucie County Concerned Citizen, Board Member of the Boys & Girls Club St Lucie Co, Weed & Seed, Past Board President of Agape, Inc., Member of the Fort Pierce Masonic Lodge # 155 , Cherokee Lodge # 7270.,Past Member of the Advisory Committee to IRCC is a Captain Saint Lucie ( C.O.P) Sheriff Citizen Patrol. He gives freely of his time to community activities as well as sponsors activities for children.
“Butch” was united in holy matrimony to the former Sandra Reddick. To this union children united there Daughter Ayana. Ayana’s other brothers and sisters are Alisa, Clesha, Tony, and Brian. “Butch “is the grandfather of fourteen and two great grand’s.
“Butch” is a member of Greater New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, where the Rev Clarence Ingram is pastor. In his spare time, Butch loves to go fishing.