Collins C. Alexander, 79, founded Eastside Baptist Church

January 30, 1996

The Rev. Collins C. Alexander, who established Eastside Baptist Church and was a leader in local Baptist affairs, died of cancer Thursday at his home in Northwest Baltimore. He was 79.

Mr. Alexander began his pastoral career in 1949 at the First Baptist Church of Baltimore. In 1958, he organized Eastside Baptist and was still serving as pastor at the time of his death.

"He was such a marvelous example to us and a role model. He always said a person had to be accountable -- live a good clean life and be accountable," said a son, the Rev. Cleveland Alexander of Baltimore. "He shared his God-given talents with all that he met through his ministry, especially the young whom he encouraged to expand their spiritual and intellectual horizons."

Mr. Alexander was president of the United Baptist Missionary Convention of the State of Maryland and started the Baptist Voice, a religious news magazine. He was a member of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Baltimore, trustee of the Baptist Aged Home of the United Baptist Missionary Convention and comptroller of United Baptist College and Seminary in Baltimore.

Born in Lawrenceville, Va., he came to Baltimore as a child and graduated in 1937 from Douglass High School. He attended St. Paul College of Virginia and Morgan State University and earned theological degrees at Virginia Seminary in Lynchburg. In 1937, he married the former Alma Louise Reed, who died in 1948.

Services will be held for 11 a.m. today at Eastside Baptist Church, 2519 E. Preston St.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Carolyn Darrian; another son, Nathaniel Alexander of Newark, N.J.; a daughter, Colleen Williams of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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