Doyle was funny. He had all the timing of a trained, seasoned professional comic and jokes that made you feel like he had experienced the story. He was always laughing and always bringing a smile to your face. Somehow he became the national registry of nick-names. Like a rite of passage, you had to receive a nickname from him. It would be funny, unusual, and fitting, but mostly it was his way of making you feel comfortable and relaxed in a serious world, loved and accepted in a world of mistrust. How Spencer became Spencer-renna, then Renna, then Renna-belle, to just Belle may not seem clear to all, but to Doyle, it was his way to...
Doyle was funny. He had all the timing of a trained, seasoned professional comic and jokes that made you feel like he had experienced the story. He was always laughing and always bringing a smile to your face. Somehow he became the national registry of nick-names. Like a rite of passage, you had to receive a nickname from him. It would be funny, unusual, and fitting, but mostly it was his way of making you feel comfortable and relaxed in a serious world, loved and accepted in a world of mistrust. How Spencer became Spencer-renna, then Renna, then Renna-belle, to just Belle may not seem clear to all, but to Doyle, it was his way to say he loved him and was proud of him, regardless of his name.
Doyle was a servant. He served his family, taking on extra jobs to support his family. From sweeping Tiger Stadium after the games, to roofing houses and pouring concrete, he prioritized his family. But the amazing part of Doyle was how he prioritized God by taking care of his Church Family. Doyle had no problem getting down on the ground to hook up a tow chain to his truck, regardless of the fact that towing this person in need would dirty his suit and make him late for Church. Doyle defended the weak and helped the poor, bringing Christmas gifts to students that didn't get Christmas, standing up for those who were too worn-down to stand up for themselves. He was truly a good Samaritan.
Doyle was a man. In a world that tries to downgrade the importance of a male in the family and society, Doyle had no problems using old-school fear and strength to help people make the right choice. It may sound strange, but there are many people out there that have him to thank for turning their lives around by being a man when no one else would.
Doyle was kind and loving. He grew up, for the most part, without a dad. Because his dad died when he was very young, Doyle, without numerous years to observe the role of a father set his mind on how to be a good father. He didn't have a father to hug him and tell him that he loved him and was proud of him every day, so he decided that was how he was going to be as a father, and he never seemed to fail. It seemed that in the absence of an earthly father role-model, he just used the heavenly Father instead and did a great job!!
Doyle loved music. From singing in the choir to playing the piano at home, Doyle was always interested in music. He loved singing in the truck, whistling while working, humming a tune as he walked, tapping a rhythm with his feet, or just singing with a CD. He wrote music. One of his sons went to LSU and joined an existing quartet singing group. The first song the quartet practiced looked familiar to him, then he realized it was Doyle's handwriting. A song Doyle wrote over 25 years ago at LSU was still around, still being sung. That song is like many of the memories we have of Doyle singing. Years later, we will still remember his strong, powerful voice singing Via Delarosa, At the Midnight Cry, and so many others.
Doyle was an LSU Tiger fan. Doyle thought the invention of the VCR was for the sole intent of recording LSU games so that you could always watch a game. His wardrobe dripped with purple and gold and there never was an Alexander vehicle without an LSU sticker on it, and there were a lot of vehicles! His loyalty to others also crossed over to his beloved school. No matter how bad the game, no matter how big LSU was losing, you always stayed to the end to support your team. Those that left early from a game were not true fans. Doyle loved sports. He played football and basketball through High School and numerous sports with friends and family afterwards. He would even watch soccer if there was nothing else on.
Doyle was an artist. Not many people know this, but even though he got a BA degree in Music Education and a Master's degree in Education Administration at LSU, he initially intended to major in graphic design. There is not much evidence out there of his art, but those who have seen it, see his talent. That creativeness bled over into everything he did, including his wood working. His wood creations are everywhere and serve as a reminder of his creativity and talent.
Doyle was honest and wise. No matter the situation, no matter the case, he always gave great biblical advice. If you had a small problem, he would listen and offer sage advice. If you had a big problem, he didn't mind telling you the truth. Where there was a difficult decision to be made or a bad circumstance that occurred, he was the first person to call. He knew the scripture and he knew good practices to be honest, ethical and effective.
Doyle was an amazing husband who treated his wife, Gina, with the utmost respect and love. People were always quick to notice the sweet love between them. After raising three wonderful kids of his own, he never hesitated to love, provide for, and help raise three step daughters.
Doyle loved others and let them know it. There are many people impacted by Doyle's live and all of them know how he felt about them. If he loved you, he would tell you and tell you often. He would say it at random times to remind you. He would say it multiple times in one sentence just to make sure you knew he was serious. He always let people when he loved them and was proud of them. He was the ultimate encourager. He wanted you to do your best at all times, not relative to the circumstances, but regardless of the circumstance.
Doyle Alexander was a man who was cherished and will be greatly missed. His influence, service and love will continue in the hearts of those whose lives he so powerfully touched.