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Jerry Lee Alphin

January 17, 1928 ~ February 1, 2024 (age 96) 96 Years Old

Jerry Alphin Obituary


Jerry Lee Alphin, of Raleigh and formerly of Fayetteville, passed away peacefully February 1st surrounded by his family.  He was born January 17, 1928 to Oliver Hartman Alphin and Fannie Roberta Johnson  Alphin.  He left home at 17 and joined the US Navy in January 1945.  After serving in the Pacific 1945-1948, he returned home in January 1948, graduating that spring from Fayetteville High School. He attended Worth Business School.  He worked his entire career (52 years) at Dickinson Buick, later Dickinson Buick Dodge and co-owned the business for over 30 years with Leon Shackleford, and later with Leon and Scott Shackleford.  He married the love of his life, Billie Aldred Alphin in 1975 and gained two daughters in the process!

He served many civic, business and service organizations over the years including YMCA, United Way, Methodist University, Kiwanis Club, NC Automobile Dealers Association, National Dodge Dealer Council, NC Buick Advertising Group, and National Dodge Marketing Group.  Dickinson Buick was awarded the NCADA Dealer of the Year in 2001.  He also served on the Boards of United Carolina Bank and later BB&T.   He was raised at Judson Baptist Church, and later he and his wife, Billie, joined First Baptist Church where they were active in M&M Sunday School and several fellowship groups, and he served on the Finance Committee. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed his many regular foursome groups over the years at Highland Country Club. After retirement he enjoyed more involvement with Kiwanis, travel with family and friends, weekly golf outings with the senior golfers who played various courses in the region, and he learned to play the piano.   He was a compassionate, generous and kind man, who had many cherished and dear friendships. He moved to Raleigh after Billie’s death in 2015, to be closer to his daughters and their families. He made many new friends at Brighton Gardens of Raleigh, and enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Jerry was predeceased by his siblings, Vera Bell Alphin, Oliver Hartman Alphin, Jr., Harold Alphin, Melba Dean Alphin Hamilton and Eva Gray Alphin Brown.  He is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth Potter Doucette (Michael) of Lynchburg, Va. and Margaret Potter Rader (Robert) of Raleigh; his grandchildren, Douglas McDonald (Marianne) of Johnson City TN, Maggie Garborg (Sean) of Minneapolis, MN, Stiles Rader of Asheville, Rob Rader (Jade) of Raleigh, Colin Doucette of Va. Beach and Blair Doucette of Richmond; his great grandchildren, Maddie, Jon Michael, Ben and Chris McDonald, Bjorn and Sylvia Garborg; his cherished nieces and nephews, Betty and Donnie Alphin, and Diane and Harold Bunce. 

The family is grateful for the love and care given to Jerry by the staff at Brighton Gardens of Raleigh, caregivers with Lekita Cares, plus Rose, Rachel and especially Rosa Murimi. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 2 pm at First Baptist Church, 201 Anderson Drive, Fayetteville.  The family will receive friends following the service in Williamson Hall. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to First Baptist Church Benevolence Fund, 201 Anderson Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28301; The CARE Clinic, 239 Robeson Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301, or a charity of your choice.

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Arrangements by Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home, 545 Ramsey St. Fayetteville, NC 28301. 

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Memorial Service
February 17, 2024

2:00 PM
First Baptist Church
201 Anderson Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301

Visitation Following Service

First Baptist Church
201 Anderson Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301


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