NEWARK, New Jersey – Albetty Alexander of Newark, New Jersey, lovingly known as “Bush,” departed this earthly life entering into eternal peace on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. She was born on June 10, 1953 in Ahoskie, North Carolina. She grew up in Handsom (Franklin), Virginia – Southampton County in a place called “Popetown.” Albetty attended school in Southampton County, graduating from Southampton High School in 1971. She matriculated at Norfolk State College, receiving a bachelors degree in education.
Albetty began her teaching career in Norfolk, specializing in early childhood education. Subsequently, she moved and settled in Newark with relatives. She started her family, got married and raised her children in New Jersey. Bush was employed with the Irvington Board of Education until she retired in July 2011. She was a member at First Baptist of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset and served in the Usher Ministry. In 2017, Albetty returned to Franklin to care for her mother until her mother’s demise in January 2020. In September 2020, she learned of the rare illness that led to her transition.
Albetty Alexander was preceded in death by her parents, Johnnie L. and Alberta Pope; mother-in-law, Mary Alexander; nephew, Chase Pope and her brother-in-law, Michael Allen. She is survived by her husband, Donald Alexander I and her children; Chiquita Dotson, Gerrell Crawley and Donald Alexander II. She has one granddaughter Sanaa Campbell and one grandson, Gerrell Crawley. Albetty is mourned by her sisters: Muriel Myrick (Clarence), Sharon Vernon (Trent); brother Johnny Pope (Nidia); sisters-in-law; Francis Higgs (James), Sandra Ferguson (Barry) and Beatrice; brothers-in-law, Nathaniel Alexander, Jesse Alexander and Raymond Alexander; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Albetty has one fraternal aunt, Pattie Williams and special family members Theresa Jackson-Pope, Virginia McCoy and Jacqueline Thompson.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, April 27 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Evans Gordon Funeral Home in Newark, New Jersey.
A private celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, April 28, at 10 a.m. in First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens. You are welcome to join livestream: fbcsomerset.com. The interment will be in Graceland Memorial Park, Kenilworth, New Jersey. Information submitted by Wm. M. Johnson & Sons Funeral Home Inc.