Zeb Alley Passes

Zebulon “Zeb” Alley of Waynesville Post 5202, who has been the VFW Department of North Carolina’s State Legislative Chairman for over 25 years, died on Thursday, June 11th, at the age of 84.

Zeb Alley

Zeb Alley

He was an artillery forward observer in the Korean War, and received a Bronze Star for valor and a Purple Heart for his combat services in the conflict.  He was known far and wide as a superb legislative lobbyist, being ranked for 16 years straight as North Carolina’s most effective lobbyist. But although he was hired by many heavy-hitting firms such as Progress Energy, Duke Energy, Cigna, First Union, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, General Motors and Sprint, he had a special place in his heart for veterans, particularly the Veterans of Foreign Wars. All those years, while he was battling in the legislature for those various companies, he always represented the VFW and the agenda of the North Carolina Veterans’ Council for free.

“Probably nobody has done more for veterans in the Tarheel State than Zeb Alley,” stated VFW State Adjutant/Quartermaster Bruce Edwards. “He used to claim with a chuckle that in veterans’ affairs, he worked for me and the VFW Department of North Carolina. It was a great honor to know him. There is simply nobody else of his stature to advocate veterans’ causes in the state legislature.”

Persons wishing to donate funds to help veterans in lieu of sending flowers, should mail their check to VFWNC, 917 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27601. Please annotate the lower left corner to read “Veterans Relief Fund.” 100% of these funds will be used to assist North Carolina soldiers, veterans, and their families who have fallen through the crack.

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