Cecil Clarence Gurley, 84, of Hayti, Mo., died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004, at his residence.
Born Sept. 4, 1919, in Dorsey, Miss., son of the late Lema Summers and Elmer Clarence Gurley, Sr., he was a member of the Glass Memorial Baptist Church, a member of the Production Credit Association and was awarded the Pemiscot Pioneer Heritage Award by the Historical Society in 1999.
On Dec. 25, 1940, in Osceola, Ark., he married Myra Nell Fitzgerald, who preceded him in death on Jan. 4, 1997. He was also preceded in death by five brothers, Hubert, James Durward, E.C., Jr. and Bill Gurley; two sisters, Syble Howell and Mary Greenwell and one grandson.
On May 11, 1998, in Kennett, he married Betty Grinsead Mobley, who survives.
Survivors also include one son, Kenneth Gurley and wife, Carolyn, of Boca Raton, Fla.; one daughter, Vickie Porter and husband, Van, of Whitehall, Ark.; four grandchildren, Renee, Ives, Tricia King, Kristen Scherm and Kyle Porter; two great-grandsons, Joshua and Zachary King; two step-sons, Thomas and Charles Mobley and one step-grandson, Christopher Mobley.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Glass Memorial Baptist Church near Hayti with the Revs. Mike Nealey and Eddie Roden officiating.
Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery at Hayti.
Pallbearers were Malcolm Babb, Dennis Fisher, Gary Hayes, Tony Sample, Dewayne and Phillip Shelly.
Honorary pallbearers were Richard Kohn, James and Paul Maclin, Alan Newman and C.W. Reed III.