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The Western Star, October 1, 1943.


Was One of Comanche County's Most Beloved Citizens
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the Methodist church in Coldwater for J. L. Alley, a long time resident and beloved citizen of Comanche County, who died last Saturday, September 25, in Anthony at the home of a nephew where he had been taken a short time before so as to be near his doctor. The church was filled with relatives, neighbors and friends who gathered to pay tribute to his memory.

The service was in charge of the pastor, Rev. Major W. Parker, who brought an inspiring message, centering his thoughts on the 91st Psalm, using especially the first and last three verses: "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty," and "because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."

Mr. and Mrs. G. T. Hadley sang three songs, "No Night There," "looking This Way," and "Abide With Me," being accompanied by Mrs. Brumbaugh at the organ.

Burial was in Crown Hill cemetery, the following persons being casket bearers: Muriel and Charles Gregg and four nephews of Mr. Alley, Raymond Brown of this county and Joe and Dwite (?) Alley and Earl Gates of Anthony.


The following sketch written by a neighbor and friend was read at the service:

James Luther Alley was born near Indian Valley, Va., on April 6, 1861, and passed away at Anthony, Kansas, on September 25, 1943, at the age of 82 years, five months and 19 days. At the age of 16 he moved with his parents from Floyd County, Va., to Shady Grove, Jefferson County, Tenn., and continued to live there until 1902.

On May 12, 1888, he was united in marriage with Sarah L. Hinkle, of Jefferson County, Tenn., and to this union four sons and four daughters were born. One son, David, died in infancy.

In 1902 Mr. Alley and his family moved to Manchester, Okla., and from there to Comanche County in 1906, where he lived until his death.

He was converted at the age of 28 and joined the Methodist church at Shady Grove, Tenn.

Left to mourn his passing are his wife, Mrs. J. L. Alley, his seven children; Mrs. Neal White, Mrs. Charley Brown, Miss Maude Alley, Mrs. Delbert Kerr, and Paris, Orville and Lester Alley; a sister Mrs. Mary Thompson of Nederland, Texas, a niece, Mrs. Jake Lemon of Coldwater, 20 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Mr. Alley was a good neighbor and friend, always ready and anxious to lend a helping hand. He was greatly concerned about his family and enjoyed having them all near him. His life as a Christian has been an inspiration to many and his passing leaves a place not easily filled. We shall miss him, but we shall know he is enjoying a well earned rest.

Evaline Alley: Mother of James Luther Alley

Paris Clyde Alley: Son of James Luther Alley.

Elizabeth Ellen Alley, daughter of James Luther Alley, married Cornelius Vernosdol White, who was known as Neal White.

Thanks to Shirley Brier for transcribing and contributing the above obituary!

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