Gunnery Sgt. Hurley Lee Cain (1935 - 2018)

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Gunnery Sgt. Hurley Lee Cain, 82, passed from this life on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 at Twelve Oaks Assisted Living in Mount Airy, N.C.
He is remembered for his military service to country, his pride in his two children, his love of his heritage, Virginia relatives and Galax roots. 
He was born Oct. 19, 1935, in Galax, Va., to Casper and Nora Roberts Cain.
He attended Glendale school before joining the United States Marine Corps in 1954.  He was stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA; Iwakuni, Japan; Twenty Nine Palms, Calif.; and Hawthorne, Nev. 
He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, one in 1966 and one in 1969.
Cain was a decorated veteran and recipient of numerous awards including the Meritorious Unit Commendation award, Combat Action Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, 7 time Good Conduct Medal, Rifle and Pistol Sharpshooter Badges, two time Meritorious Mast Award.  
In 1973, Cain received the National W.P.T. Hill Award before retiring from military service in 1974. 
He was married to Naoko Seki "Micki" Cain who survives. They have two children, Elina Lea Cain of greater Seattle, Wash., and John Oneal Cain of Florida.
He was also married to Barbara Towles Cain who is deceased. No children were born to this union. 
He is preceded in death by his parents; and two half brothers, Eldridge Cain, Eugene Lawson.
Survivors include his children, Elina and John; two grandchildren, Jordan Sorrick of Columbia, Mo., and Lea Morgan of Joplin, Mo.; one great-grandson, Vincent Jonah Morgan of Joplin Mo.; one brother, Casper "Oneal" Cain of Hillsville; three nephews, Larry Cain of Hillsville, James Bird of Spokane, Wash., and Ellis Eugene Lawson of Fries; one niece, Kathy Reed of Buena Park, Calif.; as well as a host of loving, devoted extended cousins, nieces and great-nephew.
A memorial service  will be held Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, at 3 p.m. in the Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Sam Bartlett delivering eulogy. Special music by Debbie Sutherland Creed.  Graveside military salute and honors performed by Grayson VFW 7726 will follow in the Galax City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until time for the memorial service at the Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home.
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Published in Galax Gazette from Oct. 24 to Oct. 25, 2018
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