Alex Speaks 90, of Beaufort and widower of Pastor Sarah Frazier Speaks, died Monday, July 29, 2013, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services for Mr. Speaks will be held at 11:00 AM, on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at the Burton New Church of Christ with burial in the Beaufort National Cemetery with military honors.
The Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 PM Monday at the Holy Temple of Jesus Christ, Donaldson Road, Burton.
He was born July 6, 1923, in Beaufort County, South Carolina, the son of the late Bossie and Elizabeth Deloach Speaks.
He was educated in the local public schools of Beaufort County, where he attended and completed his education at the Beaufort County Training (Old Shanklin) School in Burton.
In 1942, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country honorably until January 31, 1946. During his time in the Navy, he received several ribbons, medals and awards to include the World War II Victory Medal,the American Area Asiatic Pacific Award w/1 star and the Philippine Liberation Award. Upon returning to Beaufort, he gained employment at the Beaufort Naval Hospital where he worked as a cook for 35 years before retiring.
On June 12, 1948, he was united in Holy Matrimony to Sarah Frazier. Two children were born of this union with one daughter, Lucille Badger, preceding them in death. This union of 64 years ended on April 14, 2013 when his beloved Sarah went home to glory.
Brother Speaks was a member of Holy Temple of Jesus, under the leadership of his late wife, Pastor Sarah Speaks. He was a great provider, a loving husband, father and grandfather, one who dearly loved and took care of his family. He loved showing off his culinary skills by cooking delicious dishes for his family. He enjoyed fishing and gardening and prided himself on his beautiful plants.
On Monday, July 29, 2013, his earthly life’s work was completed. God being too just and too wise to make a mistake, called him from labor to reward.
He leaves to cherish her memories: Two sons, Kenneth (Evangelist Roshon) Speaks and Michael (Vera) Speaks both of Beaufort, SC; A daughter, Bettye (Larry) Millender of Burton, SC; a very special niece to whom he was a father figure, Gladys (George) Richardson of Charleston, SC; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; five sisters-in-law; a host of other nieces to include Tiffany Middleton; nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends, including his caregivers, Ada Ferguson, Grandson, Alexander Speaks and granddaughter, Natasha “Debbie” Chisolm; his spiritual family, Apostle Larry & Prophetess Green and the Reach Out and Touch Ministry and the Holy Temple Church Family.
Marshel's Wright-Donaldson Home For Funerals is in charge of the arrangements.