Ernest F. Alley
Story furnished by Clarence
Ernest receives plaque from
Glendale Fire Department as his wife looks on.
I have known Ernest Franklin
Alley all my life. A native of Glendale,
he was one of the finest men I every knew. His character was
impeccable, his disposition was kind and gentle, his smile was
contagious. He was a genuine Christian gentleman.
The son of Garley B. and
Bertha Irene Lowe Alley, he was born November 10, 1906 and reared in
Glendale. He was a member (life long I believe) of the Glendale
Methodist Church where he served in various capacities of leadership.
He was a life member and Past Master of the Glendale Masonic Lodge,
serving 30 years as secretary.
Ernest married Mary Cash, the
daughter of a prominent local family and they were the parents of one
daughter, Mary Ernestine Alley. They lived on Douglas Street in the
home which Ernest bought when the Mill sold the homes in the village.
Ernest was a textile worker
for most of his life, working for the D. E. Converse Co. Mills,
(Glendale, Clifton) until the mills closed after which he joined the
Long Mile Rubber Co. of Spartanburg, retiring in 1971.
After the homes were sold and
the mill ceased to provide fire protection, Ernest along with Jack Key,
canvassed the village regarding the establishment of a volunteer fire
department. The department was organized in 1958 with Ernest being
elected Assistant Fire Chief. (Click Fire Department)
In 1972 Ernest became a
school crossing guard at the Jessie Boyd School. The Nature trail at
the school was named, “The Ernest Alley Trail” in honor of Mr. Alley.
He volunteered for service with the Spartanburg Medical Center and
Mobil Meals. On November 10, 1990, the Mayor of Spartanburg proclaimed
the day “Ernest Alley Day”. In 1997, he was honored as, “one of
Spartanburg’s five unsung heroes.”
Ernest Franklin Alley died
Tuesday, April 13, 2004 at the age of 97. His obituary printed in the
Spartanburg Herald & Journal listed his survivors as; a son in-law,
James Worthy and wife Sylva of Cowpens; a grand daughter, Elizabeth
Hyland and husband, Mike, Cowpens; a grandson, Larry Worthy and wife,
Debbie, Spartanburg; four great grandchildren, Victoria, Joshua, Alley
and Blake; one brother, Raymond Alley, Spartanburg.
He was predeceased by his
wife, Mary Cash Alley; his daughter, Mary Ernestine Worthy; brothers,
Roy, Pierce and David Alley; sisters, Helen A Junk, Susan Bowyer and
Sara Edgens. Funeral services were held at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel
with interment following in the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
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