James Alexander (October 26th, 1987-April 20th, 2012)
James was born Oct. 26, 1987, in Kansas City, Kansas, the son of Nancy B. Alexander of New Bern and Dr. L. George Alexander Jr. James attended Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, N.C., for several years of elementary school before the family moved to New Bern in 1995. James attended Arendell Parrott Academy in Kinston, N.C., and graduated in 2006. He was a member and co-captain with his twin brother, David, of the school’s varsity soccer team and a member of the 2006 Division 2A High School Champion Swim Team. James graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2010, he was an honor student and an active member of a nationally ranked Science Olympiad team, service organizations, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was an Eagle Scout and a member of Troop 13 as well as the Order of the Arrow.
James had attempted to dive to the bottom of Solomon Bay in the Virgin Islands, but never came up alive. James was freediving with his twin brother, David. They Both graduated from Arendell Parrot Academy in 2006. In addition to his parents, James is survived by his twin brother and best friend, David, of New Bern, N.C; his sisters, Virginia of San Francisco, Calif., and Lauren of Charlotte, N.C.; his maternal grandparents, John and Reva Burns of Gainesville, Fla.; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends. His paternal grandparents, Leon and Virginia Alexander, of Charlotte, N.C., preceded him in death.