Glenn Alexander Gurley, 90, of 1014 Cathey Road, Charlotte, NC 28214 transitioned peacefully into his heavenly home on January 15, 2019. Glenn grew up in Statesville, NC and joined the U.S. Navy after graduating from Cool Spring High School.
Glenn was predeceased by his parents, James William Gurley and Viola Estelle McKnight Gurley, his 10 siblings, Edna Shoemaker, George Gurley, Fred Gurley, Ernest Gurley, Ola Christian, “JD” Gurley, Albert Gurley, Paul Gurley, John Gurley, and Mark Gurley, and his beloved daughter-in-law, Robin Gurley. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Hazel Gentle Gurley, his three children, Pamela Mullins and David, Glenn Gurley, Jr., and Michael Gurley and Susan, seven grandchildren, Joe Greene and Amy, Shannon Greene and Julie, Christy Ballard and Eric, Betsy Mauney and Steven, Eric Greene and Beth, Kati Leach and Ray, and Alexandra Mullins, and 11 great-grandchildren, Savannah and Tyler Greene, Evan Greene, Mason and Abby Pruden, Isaac, Elise, Grace, and Cole Mauney, and Skyler and Megan Greene.
Glenn served two years in the U.S. Navy before marrying his beloved wife, Hazel. Following his military service, Glenn worked as a brick mason, a fireman with the Charlotte Fire Department, a stocker, a delivery man, a barber, a vocational teacher at Harding High School and the Metro Center, a foil inspector, a bus driver, a chauffeur, a painter, and a carpenter. Upon retirement, he built a home in North Myrtle Beach, SC, where he and Hazel spent 15 years before relocating back to Charlotte in 2000.
Glenn loved life and lived it to the fullest. A man with a hilarious sense of humor, Glenn was a jokester and he always enjoyed making others smile. While living in North Myrtle Beach, Glenn served with the Kings Karpenters as a volunteer carpenter helping different communities rebuild after hurricanes. Glenn also traveled to Haiti and Jamaica, helping to build schools and churches. Glenn, a skilled handyman, was able to fix just about anything.
Glenn was a very kind man who treated everyone equally and with great respect. He never met a stranger, and was instantly beloved by everyone who met him. He also loved his family fiercely and was dedicated to protecting, providing for, and supporting them, until the very end. As a wise mentor, loving husband and father, and affectionate grandfather and great-grandfather, Glenn impacted the world in ways that will never be forgotten. He will never be forgotten.
In 2007, Glenn and his son, Glenn, Jr., wrote his autobiography, detailing his life and how God never ceased to provide, even in the most difficult of times. Glenn’s ebook, The Life and Times of Glenn A. Gurley, can be found here.
A memorial service to celebrate Glenn’s life will be held at Durham Memorial Baptist Church in Charlotte on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 11 AM. The family invites friends to fellowship over donuts and coffee at 9-11 AM. Immediately following the service will be the Interment at Forest Lawn West Cemetery in Charlotte.
Memorial gifts may be made to Durham Memorial Baptist Church and Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region to support the impactful efforts of these organizations as they serve the Charlotte-Metro area.