POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. - Alexander Michael Ebersole, 18, of Poplar Bluff, entered into the presence of his loving Heavenly Father on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
He was born on Nov. 7, 1999, to Aubree L. Ebersole and Michael J. Graham, in Chesterfield, Missouri.
Alex attended Poplar Bluff Schools prior to graduating as a 2nd Lieutenant from the Missouri Military Academy, in Mexico, Missouri, on May 26, 2018. While attending MMA, Alex was an active member of the golf, basketball and football teams. During his senior year, he was awarded The Red Ireland '41 Trophy for a Fighting Heart, The MSG Billy M. Crawford Award for Military Courtesy and The Don Hooton Class of '19 Fellowship Cup. Alex earned an academic and football scholarship to play for the Lions at Lindenwood University, in St. Charles, Missouri, for the 2018-19 school year; he planned to major in cybersecurity.
Alex had a quick wit and an incredible sense of humor. Alex enjoyed cheering for the New Orleans Saints. He was an avid movie buff and loved playing video games with his friends. Alex also relished river adventures, road trips and driving his '85 Chevrolet K-10 truck. Most importantly, Alex was supported by his number one fan, his mom. They were an inseparable team!
Alex is survived by: his loving mother, Aubree Ebersole, of Poplar Bluff; grandparents, Bill (Janet) Ebersole, of Poplar Bluff, Carol Ebersole, of Poplar Bluff, Christine Graham, of St. Louis, Missouri, and James M. (Judy) Graham, of Peoria, Illinois; two great-grandmothers, Reva Mayse, of Bethany, Missouri, and Gertrude Eisele, of Peoria; aunt, Atalie Ebersole, of Alexandria, Virginia; uncle, Brice (Erinn) Ebersole, of La Porte, Texas, and cousins, Will, Cale and Coy Ebersole; step-uncle, Eric (Kaisha) Pigg, of Poplar Bluff; great-uncle, David Ebersole, of Reedville, Virginia, and his son, Hart Ebersole; great-aunt, Gail Dolan (Rick Williams), of Cape Coral, Florida, and her daughters, Stacey (Brian) Hickie and Amy (Andy) Garrett; great-uncle, Mal (Susie) Mayse, of Columbia, Missouri, and their daughters, Emily (Justin) Boese and Elizabeth (Jason) Roland; cousin, Christy Zlatos, of Pullman, Washington; aunt, Stacy (Rick) Hendron, of Elmhurst, Illinois, and cousins, Madeline, Riley, Gavin and Chloe Hendron; uncle, Patrick (Amy) Graham, of Phoenix, Arizona, and cousins, Weston, Henry, and Wyatt Graham; and half-sisters, Corri and Colbi Schofield, and nieces, Zoe and Brooklin and nephew, Coleson.
He is also survived by: other relatives, many close friends, coaches and teachers who loved him very much. Alex was a huge inspiration to all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by: his father, Michael J. Graham, of Peoria, in 2014; his beloved dog, Shasta; his great-grandparents, Donald V. and Helen D. (Sallee) Ebersole, William V. Mayse, Walter E. Eisele, James M. and Priscilla A. (Canty) Graham; and his beloved great-great aunts, Merle Ebersole and Iva Dene Zlatos.
A visitation and funeral service were held on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, at Moore Funeral Service Chapel, in Poplar Bluff, with Rev. Byron Beck officiating. A private burial followed on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, at the Memorial Park Cemetery, in St. Joseph.
Memorials may be sent to the Alex M. Ebersole Foundation Memorial Scholarship Fund at Southern Bank or Sterling Bank in Poplar Bluff.
As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.