I called Mr. Alley by pure happenstance one evening when I was work on the phone-a-thon for ORMA. Mr Alley and I had a very fun and interesting conversation until I mentioned my home town of Pleasant Garden, NC. At that point Mr. Alley stopped the conversation and asked me where I lived in conjunction to the old Ingersoll-Rand railroad stop. I informed him I lived down Nazarene Church Rd. which was formerly known as Wright Road, parallel to the majority of my family on Hunt Road. Mr. Alley quickly informed me that he was very close friends with my late great uncle Lawrence, the brother of my Grandmother, Frances. Mr. Alley and I chatted for a while longer and the conversation ended. On the eve of my high school graduation the following year I received a letter in the mail, a letter that is still in my possession to this day, reminding me of my late great uncle and my family's heritage and friend ship. I will be 29 on August 8th of this year and I remember Mr. Alley's words to this day. His letter still hangs on the wall of my office. Neither I, nor my family will forget the kindness, generosity and legacy that Mr. Alley leaves behind. He was and, his spirit will always remain, a truly great man.