John C. Hurley

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Funeral service for SMSgt John C. Hurley, USAFR Retired, 71, of Oxford, will be today, Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Wedowee with Dr. Tommy Miller and the Rev. Ken Ballard officiating. Interment with military honors and Masonic graveside rites will follow in the adjoining cemetery. Senior Master Sergeant Hurley passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, April 19, 2015 after a seven year battle with cancer. He was born in Wedowee to James Henry Hurley and Lexa Ann Pool Hurley. Sgt. Hurley was retired as the Superintendent of Transportation from the U.S. Air Force Reserve after 30 years of service. In 1980, he led a 10-person team which received the first Top Strategic Aerial Port Award ever awarded at the World Championship U.S. Air Force Competition to a reservist. SMSgt Hurley's team had placed second in the competition in 1978. SMSgt. Hurley was also a 32-degree Mason and a founding member of the Scottish Rite Club of Lodge 219 Lineville. John also retired after 18 years of service as manufacturing engineer and plant manager for Higgins Company in Lineville. He also started and managed a number other businesses during his career. John was a 1961 graduate of Randolph County High School and received an Associate in Applied Science Degree from the Community College of the Air Force; an Associate in Applied Science in Industrial Technology from Tri-County Technical Education Center and a Command Noncommissioned Officer Academy Diploma from the Air University's Extension Course Institute. Sgt. Hurley's military awards and decoration include the Meritorious Service Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal. In addition, he was the first licensed and accredited GSD analyst in the U.S.A. Above all, John's greatest accomplishment is his family. Three words sum up his life "God, Family and Country all three live on." He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Carolyn H. Hurley, of Oxford. He is also survived by his children and step-children; four daughters, Melinda Beth Hurley McCay (George), of Lineville, Rebecca "Becki" Jean Hurley Adams (Kevin), of Delta, Courtney Nicole Cox, of Oxford and Laura Mashelle Robinson Cox, of Ashland; two sons, John Charles "Chuck" Hurley Jr. (Angel), of Eastaboga and John Kevin Robinson (Misty), of Benton, La.; three sisters, Letha Hurley Rice (Harold), of Wedowee, Martha Hurley Smith (Lamar), of Carrollton, Ga. and Patti Hurley Holmes, of Wedowee; one brother, James H. Hurley Jr. (Lenita), of Roanoke; nine grandchildren, Justice Vinson Hurley, Victoria Grace Hurley, Jonathan Dexter Graben, John Ross McCay, Austin Lee Adams, Brooklyn Jean Adams, Skyler Lynn Anderton, Brooklyn Nichole Robinson and Kelsie Lynn Robinson; and three great-grandchildren, Addison Brooke Adams, Heidi Jay McCay and J. R. McCay. Mr. Hurley was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Betty Jean Smith Hurley. Jonathan Dexter Graben, John Ross McCay, Austin Lee Adams, Justice Vinson Hurley, James Christopher Hayes and Robert Eric Taylor will serve as pallbearers. Tommy Sanders, Willie Pierson and Larry Parsons will serve as honorary pallbearers. Send on-line condolences at Benefield Funeral Home in Lineville is in charge of the arrangements.
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Lineville, AL 36266
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Published in The Anniston Star from Apr. 21 to Apr. 22, 2015