Roselawn Funeral Home & Roselawn Cemetery

741 Danville Road SW, Decatur, AL


Pastor John Alley Jr.

June 3, 1934June 21, 2020

John Alley, Jr. was born in 1934 in Portsmouth, Ohio to John and Sally Alley. He grew up on a farm, and he continued to love farming and gardening for the rest of his life. One day in high school, he and his best friend Bob decided to ask out a couple of cute sisters, and John ended up meeting the love of his life, Mary Davis. They married on July 10, 1952. They added two daughters to their family, Deborrah L. Marsh and Tonda Sue Musgrave. John came to know the Lord around 1962. This was a decision that would impact not only his life, but the lives of his family and of so many others who knew him. He embodied the phrase “to live is Christ.” John graduated from Tennessee Temple College in 1967; he then returned to Ohio and became pastor of First Baptist Church in Proctorville. John led the congregation at First Baptist for 35 years. He impacted many lives and made many close friendships during his time there. Over the course of his ministry, he continued his studies, ultimately earning his Doctorate of Ministries, as well as several master’s degrees. John and Mary moved to Decatur, Alabama when he retired from the ministry. But he never really retired. He acted as interim pastor in Decatur and was a guest preacher many times. He counseled people and led Bible studies. He even started a Bible study at the nursing home where Mary eventually had to stay due to her health issues. John visited her every day while she was there, and he was a blessing to the other residents as well. Family was important to John. He and Mary delighted in their daughters, their grandchildren and their great-grandchildren, and they were never happier than when they were surrounded by their loved ones. Mary went to be with the Lord in 2017. John will be sorely missed by those whose lives he touched. Even to the end, he witnessed to the nurses who cared for him at the hospital. His life had an eternal impact, and he leaves behind a legacy of Christ’s love. Graveside Service for John will be held Friday, June 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Roselawn Cemetery, Decatur, Alabama. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.roselawnfhandcemetery.com for the Alley family.


  • Tonda Sue Musgrave, Daughter
  • Deborrah Lynn Marsh, Daughter
  • Phyllis Hoehn, Sister
  • Erin Vaughn, Grandchild
  • Amanda Musgrave, Grandchild
  • David Musgrave, Grandchild
  • Leslie Dailey, Grandchild
  • Rebecca Pratico, Grandchild
  • Alex Blume, Great Grandchild
  • Mckenzie Blume, Great Grandchild
  • Addison Blume, Great Grandchild
  • Delaney Blume, Great Grandchild
  • Emily Nihiser, Great Grandchild
  • Trinity Nihiser, Great Grandchild
  • Matthew Nihiser, Great Grandchild
  • Jack Nihiser, Great Grandchild
  • Olivia Dailey, Great Grandchild
  • Connor Dailey, Great Grandchild
  • Kaylee Pratico, Great Grandchild
  • Hank Pratico, Great Grandchild


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, June 26, 2020


Pastor John Alley Jr.

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Karen Gillispie

June 26, 2020

There are not enough words to describe the love and admiration that Eddie and I have for Pastor and Mary . They were a team and their love of Christ and love for each other was the perfect example of what God would have us to be here on earth . He lived what he preached and led by example . He and Mary were always kind always ready to listen and always available for advice . Heaven is truly rejoicing and the angels are singing . I can just see the reunion with Mary and God opening His arms and welcoming him into His Kingdom . What a glorious sight it must have been for Pastor to experience what he’d preached about for so many yrs in his walk with The Lord . We are sad but rejoicing at the same time as he’s where he longed to be .... Enjoy heaven Pastor until the rest of us see you there one day soon . Love and prayers for all the family.

Richard Gibson

June 26, 2020

Pastor John and Mary were very influential in my life as a teen. He gave me a lot of great direction and Mary covered it all with love. Heaven is rejoicing today for sure.

David Musgrave

June 25, 2020

John Alley was spiritual leader, an incredibly intelligent man, funny in a sometimes awkward way, but mostly he was my Grandfather.

He taught me about antlions, made the most unbelievable rubberband guns, taught me how to cook beans over a fire, gave me a multi-tool to eat them, instilled a love for history, and is the reason I believe in God.

I roamed all over Marietta, Ohio learning about the settlers, finding out about Native Americans, and reading every plaque we could find. I still take pictures of them wherever I go because of him.

Lastly, I failed to become a counselor in schooling, but I hear his voice when I speak to those who seek my guidance. I know it is his loving, non- judgmental influence that has helped me help others.

John Alley was agape love. He didn’t use Christianity. He was/is a man of God. Mostly, he was my Grandpa.

Dan Musgrave

June 25, 2020

John Alley was a husband, a father, a grandfather. a great grandfather, a father-in-law, a pastor, a teacher, a fishing and hunting companion, a councillor and a friend.

2 Corinthians 5:8 talks about being absent from the body and present with the Lord. We know that he is with the Lord today and all of his loved ones who went before him and he has seen the face of our Savior and the glories of heaven.

Because he is not here we grieve his absence but also have the assurance that we will see him again and soon.

James 4:14 tells us our life is a vapour that appeareth for a little time, then vanishes away.

Philippians 3:20 tells us that our citizenship is in heaven from which look for the Savior Jesus Christ.

Those of us who have put our faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9) will see him again as well as our Savior and our family. Praise God!

Whether it is in the rapture or by our own passing, it won't be long. Revelation 22:20 says Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Sue Musgrave (Alley)

June 24, 2020

My Dad was a great Father . I was proud to be his daughter. He was always there for me with his wise counsel. If I had a question on a biblical topic he was always there with an answer. I will miss him but someday soon I'll see him again. I love you dad.

Genny Reigle

June 24, 2020

As a child, my family was a neighbor to PastorAlley and his family. When my parents (Roy and Carol Ferguson) decided to attend a church in later years it was First Baptist they chose. The testimony Pastor Alley had ultimately led to my family's salvation.
Pastor and Mary Alley will be/are missed but their ministry will continue through the lives they've touched.

Jim Overby

June 24, 2020

My wife Beverly (Trent) knew Pastor John his entire 35 years at FBC I was only around him for a few years. I believe we were the last couple he married while at FBC . He is now with his adorable wife Mary he was a good man and excellent preacher of the word and we will reunite someday in Heaven

Cyndie McDowell Ford

June 24, 2020

I left Proctorville many years ago and through those years I have found myself comparing other pastors and their wives to John and Mary Alley. I can honestly say I've never met another couple as humble and sweet as them. They were both wonderful and made a huge impact on my life. I remember the day I accepted Christ and my dad took me to their house to share the news with them. I wanted to be baptized but was scared of the water. Pastor Alley showed me his "handkerchief trick" to ease my fears and he baptized me that same night. I loved them and while I am so sorry for your loss, I know that he is rejoicing in heaven right along with his sweet wife....together again...just as I will always remember them.
Praying for comfort for the entire family during this time.
Love, Cyndie McDowell Ford

Teresa Staten

June 23, 2020

So much love and so many memories of Pastor and Mary.....two of the sweetest and kindest people! I was saved at First Baptist and baptized by Pastor Alley. He always had kind words of encouragement and loved his church with all he had.....thank you for all your teachings and dedication. You will be greatly missed!

Joshua Early

June 23, 2020

Pastor Alley was one of the kindest men I’ve ever been around. He always took time to listen. I can remember sitting in his office before service as a young man, getting ready to go on the stage to lead the church in song. He was always encouraging, always leading by example. He had a way to calm nerves and bring things into perspective as he’d pray prior to church. I can remember him always being involved with camp, kids ministry and any church activity. His life and character has paved the way and set an example for me as I’ve grown and now lead my own family and church. I’m grateful for my time serving with him. He has been missed around the tri-state since he retired and will always be remembered by so many. Much love to the family