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First Free Will Baptist Church of Marion
Saturday December 19th, 2020
11:00am

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Bobby Alexander Gurley

 

 

On the morning of Tuesday, December 15, 2020, Bobby Alexander Gurley departed this life at his home with his family by his side after a brief illness.

 

A native of McDowell County, he was born on April 02, 1932 to the late John Edward and Thelma Elsie Bruner Gurley.

 

Bobby was a faithful servant of the Lord. He was a member of West Marion Baptist Church since 1961, where he served as head of the Deacon Board, a Sunday School Teacher, and Sunday School director. He also served with the Blue Ridge Baptist Association. Bobby’s career was always in the foam and fabric industry. He was a self-made business man. He opened his first store in Asheville in 1968 and later bought property and built a store on Biltmore Avenue, where he remained in business for 48 years. He opened the Marion location in 1984, which continues today. He enjoyed watching baseball, NASCAR, and he was a Ford fan. He was also a proud veteran of the United States Army, where he served in Korea. A loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Bobby’s life will be a blessing in the lives of all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his siblings, Roy Gurley, Howard Gurley, James Gurley, John Gurley, Jr., and Helen Gurley Riddle.

 

Those left to cherish his precious memories are his loving wife and best friend of 65 years, Joyce Edwards Gurley; three children, Martha Gurley Garaventa, Cindy Gurley Newton (Wayne), and Paula Gurley Gouge (Rodney); four grandchildren, Joseph Garaventa, Kaleb Gouge (Kayla), Miranda Chiodo (Anthony), and Selena Gouge; and one great granddaughter on the way.

 

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery with Dr. Dennis Love officiating.

 

Flowers are appreciated, but those wishing to make a memorial in his honor may do so to the American Cancer Society by visiting, www.cancer.org.

 

 

 


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Guestbook

Today we lay to rest
One of McDowell Countys best
When I was small and left all alone, he stepped in to give me a home and loved me as one of his own
What I thought would only be temporary became my everyday.
I traded my old box for what became my earthly rock.
He lead me to follow the Lord and taught me to drive a Ford
It was an honor to be his daughter and have him as my father.
Rest In Peace, Bobby A Gurley 1932-2020

Paula Gouge Dec 19 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Bobby Gurley

Tommy Robinson Dec 18 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Bobby Gurley

Theresa Queen Dec 18 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Bobby Gurley

Buddy and Katie Martin Dec 17 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Bobby Gurley

David Lane Dec 17 2020 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are all in our prayers.

Keith and Lakie Arrowood Dec 17 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Bobby Gurley

Keith and Lakie Arrowood Dec 17 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Martha and family , I am so sorry for your loss I guess God decided that he needed your dad with him and so he took him , I know how it feels to loose a dad , but knowing we will see them again one day helps us . Treasure all of the memories you and your family shared with him and may it give you comfort in the days ahead. Continued prayers for you and your family .

Pamela Burnett Dec 16 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Bobby Gurley

Penny Brown Dec 16 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Bobby Gurley

Wilma Hall Burke Dec 16 2020 12:00 AM

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