GRAHAM - Mrs. Shirley Kay Hurlocker Tucker, 70, went to be with her heavenly Father on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 11:43 a.m. following a courageous battle with her last four months of illness.
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A native of Alamance County, she was the wife of 34 years to Luther Lyman Tucker, who survives, and the daughter of James Salis Hurlocker and Annie Lee Garrett Hurlocker, both deceased.
She attended Blessed Sacrament School as a child and was a 1961 graduate of Walter Williams High School. Shirley was crowned Miss Burlington in 1962. She was an avid figure roller skater, had a great passion for animals and was of the Baptist faith. She was a loving mother and friend to all. Shirley worked as a security guard for many years before retiring as a correctional officer at the Men's Central Prison in Raleigh, N.C. after eight years of service.
In addition to her husband of the home, survivors include two sons, Joseph J. "Joey" Gregory of the home and James R. "Jimmy" Gregory and wife Jamie of Snow Camp; daughter, Jennifer Leanne Talley and husband Chuck of Graham; seven grandchildren, Joseph Alan Gregory, Brittney Kay Martello, Taylor Michael Clemmons, Jeanie Leanne Gregory, Gracie Lynn Gregory, Carson Garrett Talley and Courtney Elizabeth Talley; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Sylvia Ann Hurlocker Taylor and Clara Jean Hurlocker Freeman.
The funeral service will be conducted in the Mausoleum Chapel of Alamance Memorial Park on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. by the Rev. Mike Mitchener. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, prior to the service, at Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington.
Memorials may be made to the Animal Shelter and Animal Control, 215 Stone Quarry Road, Haw River, NC 27258.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to Constance Alice Taub, dear friend for 30 years, Sara Jean Miles, loving friend and care giver, and the staff at Select Specialty Hospital for the wonderful care and attention given to Shirley.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com
Rich and Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service
306 Glenwood Ave.
Burlington, NC 27215
Published in TheTimesNews.com from May 12 to May 13, 2014