John P. Alkire III
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 17, 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 John’s marriage to Ripple. John and Ripple gave them two beautiful grandchildren, Samuel and Riley, who were the light of John’s 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. John’s 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 Raleigh’s 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 late 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 – kindness, love, and doing for others. Our love for him never ends and we will hold him in our hearts forever.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at Hayes Barton Baptist Church.
A memorial contribution may be made in John’s name to the Hayes Barton Baptist Church Building Fund, 1800 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, North Carolina 27608, or www.heartsandhandsforhaiti.org.
Arrangements were by Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Raleigh.