James 'Papa' Gurley Sr.
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CONCORD - Rev. James Lee "Papa" Gurley Sr., age 87, of China Grove, died Monday, July 22, 2013, at Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast after a period of declining health.
Born July 16, 1926, in Cabarrus County, James was a son of the late James A. and Mary Bost Gurley. He was a lifelong area resident and veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during World War II.
James was a minister of the Gospel and an evangelist holding services and tent revivals all over North Carolina. He was employed at W.S. Tyler in Salisbury as a wire weaver for many years until retiring.
"Papa" was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother. He will be dearly missed.
In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his wife, Mary A. Broadway Gurley; his son, James Gurley Jr.; his grandson, Lee Gurley; and sister Colleen G. Woodward.
He is survived by his daughter, Kay G. Sutton of Rockwell; his son, Jeffrey Gurley of China Grove; his three grandchildren, James Dale Gurley, Buddy Sutton and Julie Sutton, all of China Grove; and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three brothers, Kenneth Gurley of Kannapolis, Donald Gurley of Concord and Paul Gurley of Gold Hill; and one sister, Doris Hess of Faith.
The entombment and funeral services will be private.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929; or HSUS, 2100 "L" St., N.W., Washington, DC 20037.
Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com
Whitley's Funeral Home
1748 Dale Earnhardt Blvd
Kannapolis, NC 28083
Published in Salisbury Post on July 24, 2013