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Billy Carol Gurley, age 68, of Jefferson, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital after a brief illness.
Billy was born in Baxley, Georgia, to Paul Bannister and Ann Lavern Shipes Gurley. He attended school in Jacksonville, Florida, and moved to Jefferson, Georgia, after his high school graduation. In 1969, he was drafted into the US Army, where he served his country in the Vietnam War. He was a member of Maysville Baptist Church.
During his career, he was affiliated with the Standard Coosa Company and Jackson EMC but spent the majority of his years in the Residential Contracting industry. After his retirement, Billy was well-known in the Jefferson area for his deliveries for the Crawford W. Long Pharmacy.
In addition to his parents, Billy was predeceased by two brothers, Edward and Eugene Gurley, and a sister, Betty Ann Gurley.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Annie Williamson Gurley; four daughters, Marie Howard (David) of Oakwood, Paula Gurley (Andy Loftis) of Lavonia, Lisha Hardy (Scott) of Jefferson and Karen Gurley of Jefferson; five grandchildren, Caleb Hardy (Taylor), Kacy Morgan, Tom Evans, Colton Morgan, and Camren Hardy. He is also survived by two sisters, Mary Canup and Johnnie Mae Gurley, both of Elberton; an aunt and a number of cousins, as well as a special cousin, Bo Shipes of Brunswick.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, March 16th, at 11:00am in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Home with Pastor Shane Roberson officiating. Burial will follow in Evans Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening, from 6:00-8:00pm at the funeral home. Serving as Pallbearers will be Caleb Hardy, Tom Evans, Colton Morgan, Camren Hardy, Scott Hardy and Christopher Williamson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia, P.O. Box 49309, Athens, GA 30604, or the organization of your choice.
Evans Funeral Home, 1350 Winder Highway, Jefferson, GA 30549. 706-367-5467.
Online condolences at www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com
Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia
P.O. Boox 49309, Athens GA 30549