Michael James Gurley, 61, of Belmont, NC transitioned peacefully into his heavenly home on October 5, 2019. Michael grew up in Charlotte, NC and graduated from West Mecklenburg High School and Gardner-Webb University.
He was predeceased by his father, Glenn Gurley, his father-in-law, Milton Martin, and his sister-in-law, Robin Gurley. He is survived by his wife, Susan Gurley who, in his final days he affectionately referred to as his angel, his mother, Hazel Gurley, his sister, Pamela Mullins and husband David, his brother, Glenn Gurley, Jr., his mother-in-law, Mary Martin, his sisters-in-law, Reesa Martin and Nancy Breithaupt and husband Farrell, his nephews and nieces, Joe Greene and Amy, Shannon Greene and Julie, Christy Ballard and Eric, Betsy Mauney and Steven, Eric Greene and Elle, Kati Leach and Ray, and Alexandra Mullins, and his great-nephews and nieces, Savannah and Tyler Greene, Evan Greene, Mason and Abby Pruden, Isaac, Elise,Grace, and Cole Mauney, and Skyler and Megan Greene.
After graduating from college with a psychology degree, Michael worked as a counselor at a group home. He later worked in the grocery business, most recently as a faithful member of his local Walmart team.
Michael loved life and inherited a hilarious sense of humor from his dad, who he called Pops. Like his dad, he was a jokester and he always enjoyed making others smile. He played the role of Corporal Walter Eugene "Radar" & Reilly in his high school production of M*A*S*H. Michael’s hobby was photography and he developed pictures in a darkroom he built. He enjoyed politics and wanted people of different opinions to share openly in peace with respect for one another.
Michael enjoyed board gaming and video gaming with his friends and he was recently on the design team of the 2018 edition of the Book of Dragons Deluxe Edition Bundle that includes Michael's Don't Poke the Dragon!, a two-to-five-player push-your-luck game for families and children.
A memorial service to celebrate Michael’s life will be held at First Baptist Church in Mount Holly, 300 South Main Street, 28120, on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 11:00 AM. The family invites friends to fellowship over doughnuts and coffee at 10:00-10:45 AM.
Memorial gifts may be made to Gaston Hospice, PO Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054, to support the efforts of this amazing organization as they continue to provide exemplary end-of-life care and compassion.
Jeffrey S. Painter Funeral Director Licensee of Mount Holly is serving the Gurley family.
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