SHELBY - Ruby Irene Gourley, 82, of Shelby, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Wendover Hospice House. A native of Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Champion Hardin and Naome Ferrel Bowen Hardin.
She worked and later retired from J & C Dying as a winder tender. Mrs. Gourley loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved gardening, working in the yard and cooking. She was a member of Elliott Memorial Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Homer Gourley; son, Harley Dale Owens; four brothers, Jacob L. Hardin, Edward Eugene Hardin, Herman Hardin and an infant brother; one sister, Mae Jackson; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She is survived by five daughters, Deborah Melton and husband Leroy of Shelby, Reda Burns and husband Russell of Clover, S.C., Rhonda Smith and husband Danny of Waco, Fonda Grayson and fiancé John Cook of New Jersey, and Sandra Denise Yancey and husband Billy of Shelby; one step-son, Wayne Gourley Jr. of Statesville; one brother, Floyd Hardin of Mauldin, S.C.; two sisters, Edith Stroupe of Shelby and Pearl Godfrey of Augusta, Ga.; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the home of Denise Yancey, 2313 Kings Road Extension, Shelby.
Graveside service: 2 p.m. Monday at Cleveland Memorial Park
Burial: Cleveland Memorial Park
Officiated by: Dr. Tim Sims
Funeral home: Cleveland Funeral Services & Crematory is serving the family.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC 28150.
Online condolences: www.clevelandfuneralservice.com