Jon Rodger Alley
1936 - 2020
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Jon Rodger Alley CHARLESTON - Jon R. Alley entered into eternal rest on the morning of February 24, 2020. He was the son of John Boyd Alley and Caroline Cecilia Rodgers Alley of Charleston. Jon was born October 16, 1936. He grew up in Windsor Place and attended Saint John Elementary School on the Charleston Naval Base. He graduated from Bishop England High School and attended one year at The University of North Carolina, then transferring from Chapel Hill to the St. Louis Institute of Music. While attending the Institute, Jon was employed as a reader for blind children. He was also a librarian at the University of Missouri Medical School. Jon served his country in the United States Army at The Fort Leonard Wood Engineer Training Center. After graduating from the Institute of Music and completing his military service, he became a music teacher and an accomplished concert pianist /recitalist. In addition to his passion for the piano, Jon also enjoyed frequent backpacking excursions through the Missouri Ozarks. Hikers today can probably hear the echo of his friendly, hearty laughter. Among his many awards, he was a winner at the artist level and adjudicator of the National Guild of Piano Teachers. Jon would tell you that he now teaches for The Divine Maestro. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Rebecca Alley, of Huntsville, Alabama, nephew, Bernard "Joe" Alley, of Atlanta, Georgia, and cousins Leon Barrineau of Charleston, Judy Barrineau of Texarkana, Texas, and Ron Barrineau of Columbia, SC. He also leaves behind a group of dear friends who provided immense help and tender care during his final years. His family and friends would like to thank the staff at Sandpiper Skilled Nursing facility and the dedicated Hospice team who serve the patients at Sandpiper, for their understanding and appreciation of Jon's quick wit, and for laughing along with his ever present self-deprecating humor. Jon is predeceased by his parents and a brother, Bernard Joseph Alley. He is also predeceased by his life-long friend William "Bill" Heigold. A Celebration of Jon's life will be scheduled in the very near future. Relatives and friends are invited to request more information by emailing to: Visit our guestbook at charleston

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Published in Charleston Post & Courier from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27, 2020.
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March 5, 2020
Jon played the classics with heartfelt artistry. I miss him!
Charlene Moon
March 1, 2020
Jon's generous nature and wonderfully wicked humor will be so missed. Your friendship enriched my life.
Mary Ann Mercante
February 27, 2020
Jon Rodger and I were close friends for 55 years.Prayers for Jon Rodger and his family and friends.
Michael James Rosell
February 27, 2020
So very sorry to lose my friend Jon Alley . He was one of a kind, always the jokester. He liked to call himself that too. He was one of the most kind, and generous people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. We go way back to about 1996 . I certainly will miss him and his sense of humor. He had such a kind spirit. Rest in Peace my friend until we meet again. You are no longer in pain
Harriett, your spiritual guide
Harriett Grady
February 27, 2020
Leon,My condolences for the loss of your cousin.
Chris Sosnowski
February 27, 2020
Jon was my dearest friend for 25+ years. He was always there for me and we shared so many things in life. I believe God works through people and He used Jon to His glory in my life. May Jon rest in peace and I pray we will meet again.
Carolyn McBane
February 27, 2020
Jon was always a delight to be around and always had a smile on his face no matter how he was feeling. May he rest in peace.
Susan Varner
February 27, 2020
Jon was in my first grade class at CHICORA GRADE SCHOOL in 1942 & we lived one block apart in WINDSOR PLACE. I have my class picture with him & my other classmates & always wondered what happened to him, he was a great friend. Rest in peace Jon.
Sammie Douan
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