Alma Exum Alley

August 30, 1932September 29, 2011

Alma Exum Alley, 79, passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2011. She was born in Wilson, NC and was a resident of the Peninsula for 60 years. Alma was the Chief of Office Operations for the Veterans Medical Center in Hampton and retired in November 1990 after 33 years of service. She was a member of Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church since 1967.

Preceding her in death is her first husband of 43 years, Speight Exum; son, Terry Lawrence Exum; her second husband of 5 years, James Alley, Sr.; her parents; and four brothers.

Alma is survived by her son, James Alley, Jr.; daughters, Laurie Exum Marino and husband, Bill, Sheri Exum Overton and husband, Roger, and Pat Alley Traino and husband, David; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother, William Varnell; and sister, Beatrice Varnell Driver.

Alma greatly enjoyed her extended family and many dear friends. She especially enjoyed the antics of her great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Alma's life will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 3, 2011 at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the service until 8:30 p.m. Interment will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 4 in Maplewood Cemetery in Wilson, NC.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church, 1024 Harpersville Rd., Newport News, VA, 23601; or the York-Poquoson Relay for Life, 11835 Canon Blvd., Ste. A102, Newport News, VA 23606.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family. Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666.


  • Celebration of Life Service Monday, October 3, 2011
  • Visitation Monday, October 3, 2011

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Tina Giordonello

October 4, 2011

i only knew her as gram she always treated me with kindness i know she loved her kids and grandkids my son josh told me she loved him from day 1 she will be missed by all she is blessed to have so many that loved her so much , To all the family our deepest condolences From the Giordonellos Jojo & Tina

Madison Page

October 3, 2011

Aunt Alma, you will always be in my heart. Family events will never be the same with out you and your sense of humor. You will be loved and missed forever!

October 3, 2011

Dear Sheri and family:
We were so sorry to read about the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Sylvia and Harvey

Terrie Kyle

October 3, 2011

Sheri, Roger and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. I loved bumping into her (I really would bump into her or her cart) while out shopping. She will be missed by so many people.

I am sure you are all finding comfort in the love you all shared with her.

Praying for you all,

Lisa Keen

October 3, 2011

I will miss her smile and the sense that I was in the presence of a very strong soul with a very kind heart.

Bob & Gwen Politte

October 3, 2011

Melissa you were in our thoughts all weekend. Just know we are always here if you ever need anything.

Tina Soles

October 3, 2011

Laurie, Sheri & family - praying for the Lord's peace and comfort for you during this time of trial. I can remember always being so excited to visit your home when you were teens. Your mom was such a joyful lady and a wonderful "Aunt" to myself and Val!!

We will miss your mom terribly! When my daughter was very little, she called your mom "Aunt Elmo". Your mom always got a kick out of that!

Sending all our love your way. You are in our prayers!

Tina, Randy, Kayla & Zach
Jeremiah 29:11

October 3, 2011

As President of the Peninsula Winnies Motor Home Club,, the entiire club extends our deepest sympathy to her family. I'm sure she will be terribly missed by family and friends as she was when she left our club.
Betty Blackburn, Pres. PW Club

Linwood Adams

October 2, 2011

As a former co-worker who worked closely with Alma at the VA Hospital, I extend my deepest sympathy. She was a wonderful person and a very good friend.