I finally looked more closely at the May 15, 1925 issue of the Caddo Herald and found my gggrandfather’s obituary. The reason why I overlooked it earlier was because the small headline listed the passing of “Marse Alec”, not T.A. Alexander. Had I not recently read about his nickname, I wouldn’t have read his obituary. By the way, “marse” is an old Southern slang term for “master”.
I posted Thomas’ picture and some information about his service in the Civil War on my View blog. I add his obituary here since he was Caddo’s longtime constable.
“Caddo folks were saddened Wednesday afternoon when the news spread that T.A. Alexander had died at his home on Russell Street.
The funeral was held at two o’clock at the Methodist Church yesterday afternoon, burial in Caddo Cemetery.
Marse Alec, as he was familiarly known, was 77 years of age last Sunday, is survived by his wife and one son. He was a good man; recently had professed religion and joined the Methodist Church. But he was a good man long before that. His days were filled with good deeds. Never did the needy come to him in vain. He never had much of this world’s goods, but people had confidence in him, and when he asked for a contribution for some unfortunate it was always given to him. Time after time have his friends elected him constable- which office he held until his death.
Everyone liked Marse Alec. He was a friend to all. As a peace officer he was kindly and considerate, always tried to show the wrongdoer the error of his way.
Yes, a good man is gone, but his spirit will still survive. The spirit of friendly service is not dead.
Rev. M.A. Cassidy, his pastor, conducted the funeral.”