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Joseph Horace Alley

January 15, 1952 ~ February 15, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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Joseph Horace Alley, age 71, of Rutherfordton, NC, passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills. 

Joe a native of Rutherford County, was the son of the late James Alvin Alley and Margie Ella Lane Alley. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his sisters, Ella Mae Beheler, and Brenda Gail Spencer. Joe is survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. 

Although Joe was a very private man, he never met a stranger. He was many things to many people but most importantly, he was their friend, always upbeat and offering encouragement. Joe was called Bo from an early age and referred to himself as Wyatt Earp years later. But to most, he will always be Bo. Joe spent many years of his career in banking, and later in the insurance business. He also raised and trained Rottweilers, loving each fur baby unconditionally.  Joe was a lifelong lover of the guitar and enjoyed all music genres. Most recently, Joe loved getting together with his friends (The Rutherfordton Jam) to make beautiful music, playing his guitar, and loving the fellowship with each person. He was the founder and leader of the RS Central Gathering, coordinating annual events for past alumni. Wonderful times had by all, some beautifully and forever reconnecting after so many years. Joe touched the lives of innumerable people, garnering friendships that lasted for decades. His friendships were many, his relationships were individual, all unique and personal. He ministered to everyone he met, leaving a feeling of peace with each person, sharing God's word on his personal journey. During Joe's most recent illness he was humbled by the outpouring of prayer. He never realized the impact he had on the lives of so many. His lengthy stay at Cleveland Regional Medical Center cultivated new relationships and hundreds of encounters with those he considered new friends, many praying with Joe at his bedside. A special thank you to the entire staff who cared for Joe at Cleveland Regional Medical Center for their expertise but more importantly, their love and devotion for Joe's wellbeing, comfort, and care. Absolutely every person he met loved him for his beautiful soul, kindness, and authenticity. Special recognition to Dr. Troha Emergency Medicine, Dr. Thao, and Emily with palliative care, and Dr. Bock Trauma Surgeon and the innumerable professionals who touched him deeply during his last weeks. Heartfelt recognition and praise to the staff at Hospice of Rutherford County for their empathy and compassion during such a difficult time. There aren't words to express the gratitude for everything they did for Joe. Through every interaction, family and friends were comforted by dedicated professionals.

Special quotes:

Emily: "Grief is such an ocean. Joe's light is so bright! I know that no one nor any time and space can dim that!!" Dr. Thoa..."Joe found great happiness and joy in his last weeks. He had peace and contentment knowing he wasn't alone. He was surrounded by his close friends and personal families, all providing comfort through prayer and healing touch."

So many depended on Joe's presence and guidance in their lives. His impact on those he knew and loved will be Everlasting.

Special quotes by friends:

"His leadership in establishing the RS Central Gathering helped to reconnect many RS Central friends."

"One couple reconnected at one of The Gatherings and just celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary."

"Joe was the glue that held our class together. " "To know Bo, was to love him and appreciate all he did to make this world a better place."

"Joe touched so many lives in so many ways."

"He made a difference in this world."

"The meetings we had were great fellowship and renewed friendships."

"Joe was truly a good man. Kind and compassionate to us in our hardest hours." "He was funny, caring, candid and a dear friend to so many."

"I will be forever grateful and as he said for so many, ""He will be missed by all those that respected and loved him so much.""

"The impact he made will not be soon forgotten." "He kept all of us connected through organizing The Gathering and his own class of '70. He did all that without seeking recognition."

"Thank you for all the years of keeping our Class of '70 together."

"He was the catalyst behind the RS Central Gathering and the continuing spirit of the Class of 1970. And most importantly, he knew love and caring mattered most."

"Gone but never forgotten."

Each person has a story about Joe, memories that will be carried in our hearts forever. Love never dies when touched by such a beautiful soul. Even during dark times Joe always smiled, knowing God was in control. "SOAR WITH THE ANGELS."

Receiving of friends will be from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Saturday, February 25, 2023 at McMahan's Funeral Home. The memorial service will be at McMahan's Funeral Home Chapel at 3:00 PM, Saturday, February 25, 2023. McMahan's Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. 

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February 25, 2023

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
McMahan's Funeral Home
249 South Main Street
Rutherfordton, North Carolina 28139

Memorial Service
February 25, 2023

3:00 PM
McMahan's Funeral Home Chapel
249 South Main Street
Rutherfordton, NC 28139


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