Alfred D. Talley
Alfred "Doc" Talley, on Monday, September 9, 2013 on his farm at the age of 92. Alfred was born in the family farmhouse on Mt. Lebanon Road in 1920 to Alfred H and Blanche L Talley. He is preceded in death by his parents and his two sisters Nancy Talley and Hazel Buckalew. Alfred, a life-long resident of Brandywine Hundred farmed all of his life and boarded horses at his Twin Pines Stables on Concord Pike. He drove school buses for O'Neil Bus Transportation, was a farrier, bought and sold horses, transported horses, owned several Thoroughbred racehorses, worked at the Brandywine Raceway and had a snow plowing business. He took farm produce to the King Street market during the '40's and '50's. He was an avid baseball fan, playing on farm teams in the late 1930's at Painters Crossroads, Lima and Thornton. He was scouted by the Philadelphia Phillies but chose to continue to work the farm with his father. He enjoyed bowling and was a member of several church bowling leagues at Fairfax Bowling Lanes. He was chosen on 2 separate occasions to be on a local TV show, 10 Pins and Dollars and enjoyed his brief TV appearances. Alfred received his honorable discharge from the US Army in 1946. He was a Sergeant for the 84th Quartermaster and was stationed in the Philippines. Doc was the Grand Marshall at Brandywine Raceway for many years with his beloved mount Bobby. He was a well known figure to many of those who visited the racetrack and those who worked at the track. His Twin Pines Stables were known locally for the many horse shows and horse related events and the easy access to the Beaver Valley. He loved horses and thoroughly enjoyed the many horse people that crossed his path over the 45+ years that he boarded horses. Doc's true passion was for fox hunting. He enjoyed riding to hounds in his earlier days with Valleybrook, Brandywine, West Bradford, Harry Walls and Pop Ford among many others. In his later years he enjoyed following Radnor Hunt in his well known red truck and working with his grandson Rusty and his hounds. He has shared his passion for fox hunting and his love of horses with his family and a host of friends - a list too long to fathom.
He is survived by his daughters, Norma Talley, Bear, DE and Cindy Walls, Conway, AR; three grandchildren, two great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren and a host of friends and extended family. He touched so many lives with his wit and wisdom and will be greatly missed by all.
A viewing will be held on Friday, September 13, from 6-9 pm at the McCrery and Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 19808. Friends may also call from 9-10 am on Saturday at the funeral home with the service beginning at 10am. Burial will be in Chester Bethel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Talleyville Fire Co., 3919 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803 or to Radnor Hunt, 826 Providence Rd., Malvern, PA 19355.
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