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Heights Funeral Home

1317 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

R. Scott Alley

July 8, 1950August 29, 2019
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Richard Scott Alley, Jr. (Scott) was born in Lawrence, Kansas in 1950, and grew up in Wichita, Kansas. Scott is the son of Dr. Richard Scott Alley, Sr. and Marcia Godding Alley, brother of Lecia Alley Dorfler. Scott’s earliest ambition was to follow his dad’s passion and become a race-car driver, but, after leaving high school, he continued his educational studies and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree from Wichita State University in 1975. Later, after graduating from Spartan College of Aeronautics with a specialty in Non-Destructive Materials Testing, he was hired by the Mobil Oil Company. This began a career that would take him around the world, working in Nicaragua, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Nigeria, Qatar, Australia and Papua New Guinea. Scott, a self-taught musician, started playing guitar in high school. He was ever curious about different facets of music that led to his eclectic sense of musical style. Music was a central focus of his life and his journey that began with the Rolling Stones and Motown in the 1960’s, followed by rock and bluegrass in the 70’s and 80’s, leading to an immersion into flamenco and classical guitar, and finally his latest loves, Celtic, Hawaiian, blues and World music. He was a consummate entertainer and loved to make people smile with his music and humor. In 1993, while working in Jakarta, Indonesia, Scott met and fell in love with Mellyati (Melly), and they married in 1994. They moved to Houston in 1995 and, after the ExxonMobil merger, remained based there, although Scott still traveled extensively overseeing quality on many significant and sizable new projects. He was proud to retire from ExxonMobil in 2016, after 38 years of service with the company. For the last few years, Scott and Melly have been helping underprivileged children in Indonesia by providing support and schooling for them. Provision has been made for this legacy to continue into the future. He is survived by his wife, Melly; mother, Marcia Alley, sister and brother-in-law, Lecia and Joe Dorfler; nieces Kristin Dorfler Caddick, Katie Dorfler Heim, nephew, Joe Dorfler, great-nephew, Peter Heim and great-niece, Lily Heim; also Melly's brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews in Indonesia.

  • FAMILY

  • Melly Alley, Wife
  • Lecia Nan Dorfler and her husband Joe, Sister
  • Marcia Alley, Mother
  • Kristin Dorfler Caddick, Niece
  • Katie Dorfler Hern, Niece
  • Joe Dorfler, Nephew
  • Peter Heim, Great-Nephew
  • Lily Heim, Great-Niece
  • Several Brothers-In-Law, Sisters-In-Law, Nieces and Nephews in Indonesia

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Bennie See

September 14, 2019

MONICA CARMODY

September 12, 2019

Gordon Purdy

September 12, 2019

Melly,
I am so sorry to hear of Scott's passing and your loss. I started working with Scott in 2000, and shared many a cup of coffee and laugh with him. We swapped off many work locations from West Africa, to Indonesia and PNG, and his work with ExxonMobil was just as successful as his music contributions were in retirement. He has made a lasting impression on a great many people and will be truly missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with you; please let me know if you need anything.

Mike and Barbara Strong

September 11, 2019

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Mike and Barbara Strong

September 11, 2019

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Mike and Barbara Strong

September 11, 2019

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Mike and Barbara Strong

September 11, 2019

Scott came to our house every Wednesday afternoon to play music with us and Kevin. We ate sandwiches and chips and then we played music for the afternoon. We will always remember those times and truly miss our dear friend. Here are some of our photographic memories of Scott and a solo photo of him playing ukelele at our wedding in 2017.

Our deepest condolences to you, Melly, and all of your family. Through Scott there is another star in Heaven tonight.

Gary Aho

September 11, 2019

I had the good fortune to play in a band with Scott the last year and a half. It was my first exposure to the ukulele as a lead instrument, and his talent on the baritone uke was impressive. His playing was much appreciated by the Cypress bluegrass community, for which we performed a couple of shows. They were looking forward to hearing him again, and send their condolences to his family. Scott was a lot of fun, and I will miss him.

Ed Cotham

September 11, 2019

Scott was one of the best guitar players and nicest people I ever knew. He had a great sense of humor and never let small things get in the way. I enjoyed playing with him and will miss him. Aloha, my friend.

Gerald Readore

September 11, 2019

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