Nellie Gray Alexander was born August 7, 1900 and passed away on June 27, 1994. She was a member of the Middleburg United Methodist Church for 82 years. She was born in Prince William County, the daughter of John and Kate Gray.
Nellie attended Red Hill School in Catharpin, VA. She was married to Richard Earl Alexander. They lived for many years behind what used to be the BP station on the corner of Rt. 50 and The Plains Road, in a house now owned by Mr. & Mrs. Howard Allen. She and her husband built that house and raised their own children as well as the children of her divorced brother there.
Nellie had five daughters and one son. One of the daughters, Ann Alexander married Forrest Lisenbee and for many years resided in Fairfax, VA. They had a jewelry store and a watch repair business in Middleburg from 1952-1954. They had one daughter named Cheryl. As a child Ann attended church here and when she moved from this area she would return to visit with her many friends. Ann moved to Clearwater, Florida when she retired to be closer to her daughter and for the ulterior motive of being close to baseball spring training. She was an avid baseball fan.
Cheryl spent many summers in Middleburg throughout her school years, staying at Grandma Alexander’s. Cheryl decided after the death of her mother to do something special to honor the memory of both her mother and grandmother who were so active in this church. She contacted Richard Kirk and discussed the idea of a scholarship program for the youth of our church. The Administrative Council heartily approved this idea.
Thus, the Nelly Gray Alexander and Ann Alexander Lissenbee Scholarship was born. This is to be an annual award given to one or more high school seniors or a current college student, bachelor or graduate of our church if there are not any senior high students. There is an application process and a committee to make a recommendation to Cheryl and her family for them to make the final decision on the recipient for that year. The scholarship is awarded each year in August on the Sunday closest to Nellie Alexander’s birthday.
This year the scholarship is awarded to Katelyn Amanda Zilke.