Ms. Karetta Alexander

July 23, 2022


Mother Karetta Baker Alexander passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2022. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, August 6, 2022, 11 a.m. at Allen Temple AME Church, 2101 Lowe Street Tampa, FL 33605, Rev. Doctor Glenn B. Dames Jr., Pastor with Bishop Melvin Lee, Officiating. The Interment will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mother Karetta Baker Alexander was born in Quincy, Florida on September 17, 1931, to the late Charlie Baker and Ella Mae Baker. She was reared in Panama City, Florida and obtained her education through the Bay County Public School System. In 1957, she moved to Tampa, Florida. Mother Alexander was a member of Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church, and her previous church home was with the Apostolic Church of Jesus where she ushered for 36 years and baked delicious cakes, pies and sold frozen cups for various fundraising goals on behalf of the church. She was a loving Homemaker, a Foster Parent, and an in-home daycare provider to the children of young mothers in the neighborhood who were pursuing their education.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Deacon John Lee Alexander; son, James Earl Sessions; foster daughter, Mary Frances Robinson; parents; siblings, Henry Baker, Alberta Baker, and Amelia Baker Gayle; nephews, Joshua Johnson, and Ronnie Johnson; niece, Jeannie Johnson Williams; son-in-law, Leroy Green; sister-in-laws, Dorothy Williams, Louise Hardy, Rosalee Armstead, Corrine Jackson and Ernestine Alexander; brother-in-laws, Woodrow Alexander, Bishop Walter Williams, Deacon David Armstead Sr., and Elder James Hardy; cousins, Mazalene Golden, and James Edward Harris; a very close and dear friend, Mother Willie Mae Rawls; and Godson, Roderick Faison.

She leaves to cherish her memories with: her loving & caring children, Johnny Frank Sessions (Linda), Anita Green, Jerry Ann Norton (Joseph), Delphine (Gregory), and Ilene Lane (Dennis); foster sons, Craig Leonard Johnson, Michael McKinnie (Erica), and Garland Thomas; foster daughter, Sharon McKinnie; sister in law, Sue Alexander; brother in law, Bishop Roosevelt Alexander; Godson, Frankie Solomon Sr. (Susie); very close and dear friend, Mother Alma Solomon; grandchildren, Tomeka Truesdell (Gary), Johnny Sessions Jr.(Tonya), Marcus Session (Jillian), Leslie A Brooks(Yvette), Sergeant Major Edward Martez Hearn, Ebony Green, Samuel Leroy Green (Kanisha), Karetta Monique Green-Hill (Marquis), Janelle C. Mond, Jerlaine C. Beckwith, John Chandler (Ebony), Kennetha Warren, Cleveland Alexander, Teresa Sessions Burden, Queen Elizabeth Sessions, Nekuana Sessions, and James E. Sessions Jr.; great grandchildren, Leslie A, Brooks Jr. (Debrena), Antonio Marquis Brooks, Dasean Brooks, Jordan Brooks, Ida Hearn, Sara Hearn, Savannah Hearn, Camille Sessions, Caden Sessions, Samuel J. Green, Jon tae’ Beckwith, Jaydon Beckwith, Winter Chandler, Xialene Chandler, John Chandler Jr., Kallion Howard, Shekinah Burden, Jerbar Noah and Janese Russ; great great grandchildren, Vito Brooks, Corey Brooks, Jonathan Valley, Camiyah Reed and Cameron Reed Jr.; nieces, Ella M. Johnson, Laura M. Johnson, Yolanda Armstead Lemon (Rasheed), Linda Clayton, Brenda Armstead, Delia Armstead Jones (Keith), Hope Jackson, Veronica Sanders, Sheila Williams, Pamela Williams, Patricia Alexander, Linda Parker, Betty Abraham, Mary Lois Fleming, Dorothy Jackson Williams, Gwendolyn Alexander Balgon, and Vicky Reid Alexander; nephews, Sammy Fagin, Jerome Alexander, David Armstead Jr., Dale Armstead, Michael Williams, Robert Johnson, Joseph Johnson (Genviede), Gregory Alexander (Linda), Garon Gary, Kenneth Alexander, Chris Alexander, Lavarsky Alexander, Demetrius Alexander, Daniel Jackson, Leonard Jackson, Bishop Marquez Alexander (Amanda), and Winfred Alexander (Patricia); cousins, Elder James Ray (Betty), Dorothy (Blanky) Lee, and Ruby Powell; special relatives, caring friends, and neighbors, Mary Thornton, Frank Stokes, Michael Streeter, Mel Brown, Ms. Mary Helen Davis, Guirlande Thermidor, Bishop Samuel Hunt, Bishop Ronald Anderson, Michelle Dennard, Marita Webb, Leslie Brooks (Rose), Sisters Network of Tampa Bay, The Department of Children and Families Services (Access) and the AdventHealth Connerton Medical Staff; and a village of other loved ones who are not forgotten but too numerous to name.


The visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2022, at Ray Williams Funeral Home, 301 N. Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606.  MASK RECOMMENDED.

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August 5, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Ray Williams Funeral Home
301 N. Howard Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606

Funeral Service
August 6, 2022

11:00 AM
Allen Temple AME Church
2101 N. Lowe Street
Tampa, FL 33605

August 6, 2022

Rest Haven Cemetery Memorial Park Cemetery, Hanna Avenue, FL, Tampa

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