Joseph “Graham” Alley, 34, beloved son, brother, uncle, teammate, coach and friend, entered life eternal Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Graham, son of Deb and Jerry Alley, was born in Norfolk and lived in Virginia Beach.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Donald Clark and Eugene “Jeep” Alley.
Left to cherish his memories are his parents; sister, Ashley Alley (Tarek Shuman) of Alexandria; brother, Greg Alley (Lauren) of Pacific Palisades, California; nieces and nephews, Lucy and Gabriel Shuman and Coen and Luna Alley; grandmothers, Gloria Alley and Carolyn Clark; and his many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Graham, a proud graduate of Norfolk Academy and Virginia Military Institute, never met a stranger and was at ease holding a nine-minute-old infant or the hand of a 90-year-old senior. From his preschool days forward, his earthly loves were music and sports. He spent countless hours singing, writing and performing music.
Graham was a member of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church Choir, where his rich baritone voice always made a joyful noise and glorified his Lord. He was a student of the game of basketball from age five and never saw a three-pointer he wouldn’t take. Graham also loved the written word, as evidenced by his VMI degree in English. He was employed by Regent University admissions and recently remarked that he had never worked with a group that was so loving and supportive.
The family would like to thank Jamie Dougherty and Carol Thomas Downing for nurturing Graham’s love of music; Dr. Paul Sayegh for his years of friendship and support of Graham; and recognize Graham’s special friends, Rebecca, Isaiah and Gideon Royer.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, at St. Aidan’s, 3201 Edinburgh Drive, Virginia Beach. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, please consider gifts in Graham’s memory to the Chas Foundation, Norfolk Academy, VMI or St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church.
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