OBITUARY

Thomas Herman Alley Jr.

May 25, 1922January 18, 2012

Thomas Herman Alley, Jr.

Mr. Thomas Herman Alley, Jr., 89, of Charlotte passed away January 18, 2012 at Presbyterian Hospital. A funeral service will be held in the chapel of Harry & Bryant Company at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2012. The committal and graveside ceremony honoring Mr. Alley’s valiant World War II service will follow at Sharon Memorial Park Mausoleum. Ministers Sharon Doar and Joe Aldrich of Myers Park Baptist Church will be officiating. The family will receive friends at Harry & Bryant on Sunday, January 22, between 4:00 and 5:30 p.m. A native of Charlotte, Herman was born in a small, frame house on West Bland Street on May 25, 1922 to Thomas Herman Alley and Daisy Simpson Alley. He graduated from Central High School in 1941, and then the American Institute of Banking and Rutgers Graduate School of Banking after serving three years in the U.S. military.

Mr. Alley’s military service initiated in August of 1942, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army and then served in World War II with the renowned 101st Airborne Division, as a member of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, F Company. The young Staff Sergeant was presented with several awards for his heroic service, including the Distinguished Unit Badge, the Purple Heart, and the Bronze Star Medal. As recently as 2011, he was appointed a “Chevalier” of the Legion of Honor by a decree of President Sarkozy of France. His single most memorable moment in life was the emotion-filled jump into Normandy as a paratrooper on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

In addition to his military service, Herman enjoyed a fulfilling career in banking, being employed as Assistant Vice-President of Union National Bank, Senior Executive Vice-President of Ervin Construction Company, Owner and President of Currahee Company, Vice-President of John Crosland Company, and President of Stockton-White/First Citizens Bank Mortgage Corporation. He retired from First Citizens Bank in 1995.

Mr. Alley was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his wife Louise Morrison Alley. He is survived by sons, Ronald Alley and wife Donna of Beaufort, SC, Thomas Alley and wife Kim of Charlotte, NC, Timothy Alley and wife Brenda of Beaufort, NC; a daughter, Teresa Alley Benner and husband Frank of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, Jacqueline Alley Perez of Yuma, AZ, Jennifer Alley Allen and husband Robert of Raleigh, NC, Christopher Benner of Charlotte, NC, David Benner of Charlotte, NC, Sharon Alley Hill and husband Steve of Beaufort, NC, Lauren Alley Woodruff and husband Clay of Charlotte, NC, Lindsay Benner of Jacksonville, FL, Paul Alley of Charlotte, NC, Jonathan Alley of Greenville, NC; great-grandchildren, Cameron Alley, Zachary Martel, Sierra Willis, Charlotte Woodruff; great-great-grandchild, Kolin Walley; and long-time friend and companion Susan Anderson of Charlotte, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

Arrangements are in the care of Harry & Bryant Company of Charlotte. Condolences may also be expressed at www.harryandbryantfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, January 22, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 23, 2012
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Richard Green

January 2, 2013

I met Tom on a trip to Normandy in 1999. I enjoyed the 2 weeks I spent with him and Bill True. Both great Americans.

Brenda Hughes

April 6, 2012

I was a producer on the documentary, "North Carolina's World War II Experience" (UNCTV), which featured Tom Alley. Our crew spent an entire afternoon with him - hearing some of his many stories from the frontlines of history. In that short time, we learned so much and were grateful for his willingness to share what were often, painful and personal memories. Tom Alley was a true hero - a man who left home to fight for freedom simply because it was the right thing to do. We mourn his loss. The world is a better place because of him.

chris benner

January 28, 2012

they had shrubs and trees, talking, dancing ones even. they had pavement and parking lot. steeples and playgrounds. they walked and they walked and they walked. they read the paper. they watched television, from soaps to fantasies to the news to mysteries. they had encyclopedias and magazines. they had green beans fresh and snapped and soaking. oatmeal and oatmeal pies. grilled cheese and banana and peanut butter sandwiches. they talked. they talked alot. they talked about wind and rain. about mountains and prairies and snow and sneezes. about people and places. about the town and about the beach. about the doughnut shops and the hospitals. about the doctors and about the journalists. about friends and about family. and they talked about him all the time. grandmother and grandson talking about grandpa. from dawn till dusk, from dusk till dawn. forever.

Ed Sander

January 25, 2012

I met Mr. Alley in my travel business years ago.

After hearing of his experience in World War II I asked him to speak at my son's scout troop, which he promptly and graciously accepted.

Although many of the young scouts that heard him that evening don't remember many details, they all remember his German Lugar. I am so glad he shared himself with us that evening.

Many of you know he fought in some of the war's most horrific battles. He was one of the first men to land in France, behind enemy lines, on D-Day. And he was in the middle of the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne. He was on the front lines most of the war. A man who serves his country like that deserves our admiration.

What I found most amazing was that he put those gruesome memories aside, came home and enjoyed a wonderfully successful life.

His life is a terrific example for all men.

My son Jed and I extend our most heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

–Ed Sander IV

Ed Sander

January 25, 2012

I met Mr. Alley in my travel business years ago.

After hearing of his experience in World War II I asked him to speak at my son's scout troop, which he promptly and graciously accepted.

Although many of the young scouts that heard him that evening don't remember many details, all remember his German Lugar. I am so glad he shared himself with us that evening.

Many of you know he fought in some of the war's most horrific battles. He was one of the first men to land in France, behind enemy lines, on D-Day. And he was in the middle of the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne. He was on the front lines most of the war. A man who serves his country like that deserves our admiration.

What I found most amazing was that he put those gruesome memories aside, came home and enjoyed a wonderfully successful life.

His life is a terrific example for all men.

My son Jed and I extend our most heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

–Ed Sander IV

Blair Malcolm

January 23, 2012

We are so sorry for your loss. Herman was a true hero.

Gary & Debbie Blankemeyer

January 23, 2012

Dear Tom, Kim and Lauren,
Our sincere sympathies on your loss. It sounds like your father and grandfather was an extraordinary man. Our thoughts and prayers and with you and your family.

David Crane

January 23, 2012

Similar to David Finlon (who posted earlier) I met Herman several years ago in the context of a playing cards together. He was, perhaps, the classiest gentlemen it has been my privelege to know. Disarmingly modest, gracious to a fault and voracious in his enjoyment of life, I only wish I had had more opportunities to know him on a personal level. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones on the loss of such a wonderful man.

Jim Crawford

January 23, 2012

I knew Herman from his days as a developer and considered him one of the finest men I have ever known. He was always very nice to me and always with a kind word about others.

He was a true hero as a member of the greatest generation. We can be thankful that he survived WWII to touch so many lives by his presence. We will all miss him. Condolences to his family.

January 22, 2012

Mr. Alley was a true hero and gentleman. It was an honor to know him and a privilege to participate in his medical care. I will deeply miss him. My thoughts are with his family. Sincerely, Charlotte Karriker, MD, First Charlotte Physicians Matthews.