Alex “Lil Bro” West, Jr. was born on October 21, 1930 in Summerfield, Louisiana to the late Alexander West and Rosie Bell West. He gave his life to Christ at an early age, becoming a well-respected Deacon, Sunday School teacher, singer and guitar player at Holy Ghost Temple Church of God in Christ in McNab, Arkansas. He was known as a “jack of all trades:” mechanic, carpenter, inventor and welder. If he couldn’t do it, it was likely that it couldn’t be done.
Alex loved to read the Word of God daily and he was profound in it. He was also known as “The Prayer Warrior.” He often let his children know, “I pray for you all every morning.” He loved the challenge of putting large puzzles together. He was known as “Mr. Puzzleman” of Heather Manor Nursing Facility. If you asked him how he was doing, his favorite slogan would be “Blessed by the best and highly favored.”
Alex was married to Ruth West of McNab, Arkansas on October 25, 1952 and to this union six children were born.
Alex is preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Clyde, Nathaniel, Vernon and David; and three sisters, Lydia, Corithian and Melva Jean (Regina).
Alex West, Jr. leaves to cherish his memories his “always will be wife” Ruth West of Hope, Arkansas; sons, Alvin West (Keisha) of Little Rock, Arkansas, Larry West (Onie Ray) of Little Rock, Arkansas, David West (Linda) of Hope, Arkansas; Eugene West (Yolanda) of Indiana, Mark West (Nikki) of Little Rock, Arkansas, Curtis West of Omaha, Nebraska; daughters, Dorothy “Queen” Porter (George) of Maumelle, Arkansas, Joyce Cooper of Kansas City, Missouri; and a host of nieces, nephews, 40 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and friends; special friend, Supt. Floyd Steward.
Visitation will be 11 a.m.-5 p.m., family hour 6-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be 2:30 Saturday, March 25 at Holy Ghost Temple in McNab. Burial will be at Harmony Cemetery in Saratoga. Arrangements entrusted to Hicks Funeral Home, Inc.