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
Published in Salisbury Post on July 24, 2013