Alvin Marion Rader, 89, died Sunday at Wake Medical Center after a short illness. He moved to the Raleigh area in 2010 from a long-time home in Charlotte, NC with now-deceased wife of 64 years, Shirley Palmer Rader, to be nearer to their sons and their families.
Alvin was born in Hickory, North Carolina to Alvin Marion Rader, Sr. and Floy Fulbright Rader, and lived in Lenoir for many years. He finishing school at Lenoir High, and enrolling at the University of North Carolina. World War II caught him up, as his entire generation, and he entered the V-12 naval training program at Carolina. In 1943, he joined the US Navy and was assigned to be a part of the commissioning crew of the submarine, USS Ling, on which he served for the remainder of the war.
After the war, he returned to Lenoir, and married sweetheart Shirley Palmer, in 1946. They moved to Charlotte for the improved job market, and raised three boys, Steven Rader of Chisinau, Moldova; and Douglas N. Rader and Mark T. Rader, both of Raleigh. The family attended Grace United Methodist Church for many years. Alvin worked as a salesman for McKinnon Tire and then Sears, Roebuck & Company for 30 years, retiring in 1990. He drove the family on camping trips all over the East, from Florida to Canada, visiting every Civil War battlefield and historic site along the way, and was selected “Father of the Year” in 1958 by the Charlotte News.
He was always known as a gentle man, loving husband and friend, and attentive father, grandfather and great-grandfather, always with a smile to whomever he met.
Alvin is survived by sons, Steve and wife Victoria, Doug and wife Lissa, and Mark and wife Sue; grandchildren, Tudor Rolinsky Rader (and wife Mariana), Chris Rader (and wife Melissa Meadows), Megan Culp (and husband Ben), Sarah Rader, and Lora Hinton (and husband Michael); and great grandchildren, Marian Tudor Rolinsky Rader, Brody and Zach Hinton, and Julia Culp. He is also survived by brother, Ronald Rader (and wife Geneva) of Raleigh; uncle, Carl Fulbright of Gastonia; brother-in-law, Dr. Mike Palmer of Durham; and sisters-in-law, Carole Palmer of Caldwell County and Marjorie O’Neill of Fort Washington, MD.
Memorials may be made in his honor to Transitions LifeCare (formerly Hospice of Wake County), 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607; or to the Submarine Memorial Association, 78 River Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601-7110. (SMA may not be tax deductible.)
Private burial will occur later at the Crisp-Palmer Family Cemetery in Caldwell County, NC.
The family is deeply grateful to everyone who helped sustain Alvin and Shirley over the years, especially neighbors in Charlotte and the staff at Sunrise of North Hills, to whom we are grateful.