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Charles Gregory Alty

October 31, 2021 - August 25, 1960

Charles Gregory Alty, 60, of Lynchburg, VA went to be with God on August 25th, 2021, after a valiant battle with cancer.

Born on October 31st, 1960, in Fall River, MA, Greg’s family moved to Lynchburg when he was age 6. He graduated E. C. Glass High School in 1978 and went to Duke University, where he graduated in 1982 with a degree in computer science. He later earned his M.D. at the Medical College of Virginia, where he remained for his residency in general surgery. From 1991-2005 and again from 2014-2020, Dr. Alty practiced general surgery in Lynchburg, also practicing in Winchester, VA from 2015-2020.

During his retirement from 2005-2013, he served as a missionary surgeon in Christian hospitals annually with World Medical Mission, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, for month-long trips to help rural communities in Africa, two weeks in Haiti following the earthquake in 2010, and one week in Pass Christian, MS after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He was awarded the “In the Footsteps of the Great Physician” recognition by World Medical Mission in 2017. Greg had a huge heart for this ministry, which he passed down to his son, Isaac, who accompanied him four times to Africa.

Greg’s Christian service extended to the congregation of Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon, elder, Children’s Church teacher, Sunday school teacher, Bible club leader, handbell player, and chaperone on youth mission trips and yearly summer retreats. Greg loved Jesus and studied the Bible faithfully with groups of Christian brothers. His favorite chapter in the Bible was Genesis 3, which describes the fall of humanity and our desperate need for a Savior, Jesus Christ.

Greg also served the community as an adult leader in the Boy Scouts. He led a Cub Scout den locally in Pack 7 and served regionally on the Council Executive Board for the Blue Ridge Mountains Council, leading in the position of District Chairman. When Isaac became a Boy Scout in Troop 7, Greg participated in hikes, camping trips, and as a chaperone for a Philmont trek, a National Jamboree, and a Northern Tier Adventure trek. Greg completed his Wood Badge leadership training and was awarded the Silver Beaver for service by the Council.

Above all, Greg loved his family deeply and was happiest when spending time with his loved ones. Whether he was sitting on the beach, riding motorcycles, or enjoying a good meal around the table, Greg loved being in the company of the those closest to him. He will be dearly missed by them all. Greg is survived by his wife, Lisa Trevey Alty, his son, Isaac Gregory Alty and Isaac’s wife, Jill, of Boston, MA, and his parents, Charles M. Alty and Antoinette P. Alty, of Lynchburg. Additional survivors include his siblings: Jeffery S. Alty of Naples, FL; Jon C. Alty and wife, Kim, of Fredericksburg, VA; and Jenifer A. Massie and husband, David, of Lynchburg; his brother in-law Thomas S. Trevey and wife, Helen, of Richmond, VA; his sister-in-law, Julie D. Trevey, and husband, Olen Crane, of Richmond, VA, and his much-loved nephews and nieces.

A private burial will be held at Spring Hill Cemetery. Because of the current COVID situation, no public service will be held at this time, and a celebration of life service will be scheduled for a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to one of these organizations he served: Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2424 Rivermont Ave, Lynchburg, VA; Blue Ridge Mountains Council of the Boy Scouts of America; or World Medical Mission.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

 

 

A private burial will be held at Spring Hill Cemetery. Because of the current COVID situation, no public service will be held at this time, and a celebration of life service will be scheduled for a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to one of these organizations he served: Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2424 Rivermont Ave, Lynchburg, VA; Blue Ridge Mountains Council of the Boy Scouts of America; or World Medical Mission.

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Dear family members: I was sorry to read of Dr. Alty's obituary in the paper and just wanted to send my sincere sympathies and the Lord's peace to you all. Dr. Alty did surgery on me on more than one occasion and I am happy to say they were successful. I was overjoyed to read of his spiritual commitment to serve others and reach out to a lost and dying world with the love of Jesus. Again, I wish you peace and grace in this time of grieving and as King David remarked, "he will not return to us, but we will go to him" Best blessings, Craig

Posted by Craig M Miller on September 15, 2021

The Lynchburg Alumni Association expresses our sincere condolences to the family.

Posted by Lynchburg Alumni Association on September 8, 2021

My deepest condolences to Lisa, Isaac and the Alty and Trevey families. Greg was my doctor on multiple occasions, and during the most recent hospitalization he discovered an aneurysm which I was not aware of. He recommended that I consult a vascular surgeon. I followed his advice, had the surgery and and will always be grateful for his sharing his discovery. He was thorough and had a very caring spirit. I did not see him often, but I will still miss him.

Posted by Vince Sawyer on September 5, 2021

I was in Lisa’s first biochemistry class at W&L. Along with others, I got to hear from Lisa about Greg and surgical residency at MCV. It sounded tough, but the more I heard, the more surgery became my own goal. I kept the plan secret because I didn’t know if I could be what he was - larger than life and never in doubt about the most important aspects of the surgical ethos. 110% sacrifice- any doubts are overcome by diving in head first. He was a hero for me, although I didn’t meet him in person until twenty five years later when he became my colleague. He was still dogmatic and still fully committed. He was an instant mentor. We got to work together and it was my honor and privilege to share the operating room when our combined expertise was required. I would not let him down because it would undermine my own career foundation going back years to before I knew why we were so committed in the care of those in need. Lisa got to know me and my nature under stress and she helped me reach my early goals. Years later Greg seemed to understand me immediately- both strengths and weaknesses. He was interested in my well-being. I will never forget an episode when he set boundaries that kept me from being overwhelmed. He knew I could never say no to anything related to patient care. He also saw me looking threadbare and exhausted. He marched into the right office and got me the mercy I would never ask for to lighten call duty. I will never ever forget this. This is a long story to make a single point, but it is a great man who seeks clemency and relief for a friend. (I never asked him for help and it was much later that I found out that he had done this). Losing Greg is a great loss on so many levels. I am certain that there are many stories shared about how he lead and guided careers - or maybe he was an unwitting mentor who didn’t know how many he guided. He didn’t seem to want the credit for the leadership - it was who he was. There are not many people who we watch in everyday life and want to be who they are or do what they do. Greg left a big footprint and positively affected the trajectory of countless people. He left the world a much better place! I am better for knowing him and Lisa.

Posted by David Cassada on August 29, 2021

Lisa, Kim and I send our deepest condolences to you and Issac. Greg was so courageous in his journey with cancer. I will remember him having fun zooming up the street on one of his bikes. You were a brave and loving wife/caregiver. If I can help you in any way please let me. Nancy Downey

Posted by Nancy Downey on August 29, 2021

I was so sadden to read about Dr. Alty's passing. 26 years ago he saved my life, and allowed me to raise my new born daughter. Years later when he was not practicing gen surgery, I called him about a surgery I needed. He called me back and gave me the advice I needed . He was and will always be my hero. I use to send him cakes on the anniversary of the day he saved me. He was a wonderful man and great surgeon. Fly high and rest in peace with our Lord and Savior, job well done.

Posted by Lisa Mitchell on August 29, 2021

Lisa - my heart breaks for you and Isaac in your loss of Greg. I hope all the wonderful, loving memories you have of your life with him will bring comfort as you live through your grief. Even though he is gone physically, he lives on in your hearts because you loved him. God bless his soul. Loving thoughts and prayers are sent to you.

Posted by Valerie (Hobbs) Stjohn on August 29, 2021

Dr. Alty touched so many lives and will be greatly missed. He was a wonderful neighbor for many years. Sending heartfelt condolences, Elizabeth

Posted by Elizabeth Farnsworth on August 29, 2021

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