March 22, 1952 ~ April 15, 2022

Born in: Sebastopol, MS
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Ernestine (Harrison) Alexander was born March 22, 1952 in Sebastopol, Mississippi to Charles Harrison and Dora (Johnson) Harrison.

“NaNa”, as she was affectionately called, attended Indianapolis Public School #32 and was a graduate of Crispus Attucks High School.

Ernestine was united in Holy Matrimony to Mr. Johnny Alexander.

She received Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at a very early age at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor David Lee.  “NaNa” later joined the Greater St.  Matthew Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Johnny Douglas where she was a faithful member of the Mothers’ Board and kitchen staff until her lengthy illness began to fail her.

“NaNa” was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend who loved her family and friends dearly. She always valued the close relationship that she shared with her two sons, Kevin and Corey. “NaNa” also loved being a grandmother to her two grandsons and would kill a rock over all four of her boys.

She had a love for cooking, which led to her career at MCL restaurant, Carmel Care Center and Traditions at Solana, from where she retired in 2021.

Ernestine (Harrison) Alexander “NaNa” departed this life on Friday, April 15, 2022 at the age of 70 years. Her husband, Johnny Alexander; parents, Charles and Dora Harrison; brothers: Burlin Griffin, Eddie Griffin, Willie Griffin, Hubert Griffin, Jerry Harrison and John Smith; and sister, Wanda Harrison, all preceded her in death.

She leaves cherished memories to her sons, Kevin and Corey Holder; grandsons, Wayne and Taylor Holder; six great-grandchildren; sisters: Marlene “May” Anthony, Mary “Put” Cates and Dora “Soyie” Sheets; brothers: J.C. Griffin (Judy), Paul “Corn” Harrison (Francine), William “Bill” Matheny and Joseph “NeNe” Matheny; a host of nieces, nephews, loving family, friends and Church family.

Services will be livestreamed at 12:00 Noon here

Funeral Service Broadcast: 04/30/2022 12:00 pm

Watch  Funeral  Service


Visitation: April 30, 2022 10:00 am - April 30, 2022 12:00 pm

Greater St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church
2501 E. 30th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218

Celebration of Life: April 30, 2022 12:00 pm

Greater St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church
2501 E. 30th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218

View current weather.

Tribute Video

Memories Timeline

View the Timeline
  • Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, png, gif.
  • Hidden
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


  1. Earnestine was a tireless worker and talented cook. She ensured hundreds of seniors had good food, regardless of special diets and other challenges. Ernie was always willing to lend a hand. It was a privilege to work with her for many years.

  2. To the Family, this is Denise Johnson’s Sister Gail we all go way back. So sad you all are going through this now. She definitely will be missed, but God is faithful in his word. She is resting in his arms and all that are saved will be with her again. I Pray for strength and Comfort for the family. Love to you all.❤️🙏🏾

  3. My deepest sympathy Ms. Dora May God continue to strengthen you and your family.
    With Love and Prayer

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

Sign the Guestbook