Today the family of John Alkire wants to express and share our deep thanks, gratitude and appreciation for the joy and love he brought into our lives.
On Saturday, July 17th, we encircled him with love and sent him off on his next great adventure. His main love in life was his family. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Lynne. Their beautiful romance was unwavering from the moment they met. They still held hands 43 years into their marriage. They were truly blessed by a love that brought them joy every single day. Their legacy of love is their two children, Beverly and John. An additional daughter came into their lives through Johnâs marriage to Ripple. John and Ripple gave them two beautiful grandchildren, Samuel and Riley, who were the light of Johnâs life. He spoiled them with chocolate milkshakes for breakfast and tickled them incessantly. John was extremely close to his sisters, Judy, Jacque and Jody, and his brother, Jim. They always knew they could count on big brother, even when he was playing pranks on them. Johnâs life was blessed with many deep friendships. This circle of friends became his extended family and enriched his life immensely.
Those who knew John will remember and treasure the qualities that defined him most. He lived life passionately and lit a room with his positive attitude and resounding laughter. He had an innate ability to make others feel connected, included, and warm in his presence. He expressed his southern hospitality by cooking desserts. Friends could not wait to devour his rum cake, pralines and banana pudding. He was also an adventurer to the core. He got great pleasure from taking apart and putting together his favorite cars, then driving them around mountain roads. He loved Auburn football and outdoor sports. He was one of Raleighâs most avid skiers and skied over 50 days last season. There was not a run he could not or would not go down. He was happiest on powder days, skiing the black runs of Alta and Snowbasin. After retiring early from his tire business, he followed his passion and even became a ski instructor later in his life. He was open to new experiences and traveled all over the world. His favorite trip was when he and his wife took their daughter to explore Egypt and Jordan for her 40th birthday. John stayed busy but always had time to visit and share. John lived life to the fullest, celebrating every day without regrets. He has left a legacy that makes our family proud â" kindness, love, and doing for others. Our love for him never ends and we will hold him in our hearts forever.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at Hayes Barton Baptist Church. The family will receive friends in the church parlor one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made in Johnâs name to the Hayes Barton Baptist Church Building Fund, 1800 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27608. or www.heartsandhandsforhaiti.org
Arrangements by Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Raleigh.