BURLINGTON - Mr. Robert Nelson "Catfish" Gilley, 73, of 918 Porterfield Drive, died suddenly at his residence Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.
A native of Alamance County, he was the husband of 52 years to Irma Davis Gilley, who survives, and the son of Norman Otis Gilley and Pauline Holland Loper, both deceased. He retired from the City of Burlington in the street division department and worked at Frank's Place for several years. He was an avid outdoorsman and a member of Ducks Unlimited.
Robert was a very loving husband, father and grandfather. In addition to the wife of the home, survivors include his son of whom he was proud, Robert N. "Robby" Gilley II; daughter and fishing buddy, Lisa Michele Gilley and former son-in-law, James Cole "Coley" Rich; granddaughter, Jennifer Gilley May and husband Mike; and grandson, Robert N. "Trey" Gilley III and wife Ashley; and their mother, former daughter-in-law Margaret Ann Hatcher; great-grandchildren, Austen Blake May, his sidekick, and Khloe Bella May, his little princess; sister, Nancy G. Manson of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at the Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. At other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Center for Aging, c/o Harvey Jay Cohen, M.D., Box 3003, Duke University Medical Center, and Durham, NC 27710 to benefit the Duke Aging Center's Parkinson's Research Fund or the Nation Rifle Association, 11250 Wales Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com