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Died April 21, 2011

CLAYTON -- Charles Harrelson Gurley, 67, Clayton, died at Duke University Hospital surrounded by his family Thursday, April 21, 2011.

Services are today, April 25, 2011, at 1 p.m. at McLaurin at Pinecrest Funeral Home in Clayton, and the family will receive friends after the service. Burial will be at Willowdale Cemetery, Elm Street, in Goldsboro Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at 11 a.m.

He was the son of the late Charles Harvey Gurley and Sadye Reid Morris Gurley of Goldsboro.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Jane Peedin Gurley of Clayton; son, Charles H. Gurley Jr. of Atlantic Beach; daughter, Carol Gurley of Prescott, Ariz.; brother, Morris Gurley of New York City; sister, Harriet Gurley Smith of Shreveport, La.; and grandsons, Ben Finch Massey III, Brandon Clay Massey and Charles H. Gurley III.

Charles was born and raised in Goldsboro.

Charles was a graduate of Georgia Military Academy in Atlanta, Ga., and attended North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount.

He was a sales representative for Evergreen Seed Co. in Fuquay-Varina prior to his illness.

He was a Paul Harris Fellow with the Clayton Rotary Club.

Charles was an avid collector of art and antiques, with special interest in art glass and American furniture.

Charles was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Goldsboro.

Charles was a renowned record collector and authority on rhythm and blues music. He was also well known for his shag dancing, having been a dancer since his early days at Goldsboro High School. Charles was inducted into the Shaggers Hall of Fame in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Living Legends in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., National Living Legends in Virginia Beach, Va., and Atlantic Beach Hall of Fame in Atlantic Beach. He taught countless young people how to dance and love music, and has left a lasting legacy through them.

Flowers are welcome or contributions can be made to Shaggers Hall of Fame Foundation, P.O. Box 4070, North Myrtle Beach, S.C., 29597, or the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be made to the family at www.mclaurinatpinecrest.com.

Arrangements by McLaurin at Pinecrest Funerals and Cremations of Clayton.


Published in Obituaries on April 25, 2011 1:48 PM