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William Lee Gurley

April 10, 1954 ~ September 19, 2023 (age 69) 69 Years Old
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William Gurley Obituary

     William Lee “Bill” Gurley, age 69 of Jonesboro, died Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at home, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born April 10, 1954 in Anna, the son of Carlos and Willma (Musgrave) Gurley. He married his loving wife, Peggy Goins, on June 15, 1984. They shared 39 wonderful years together.      

       Bill worked many years as a supervisor at the City of Jonesboro where he made many friends. He then worked as the water operator for Southwater, where he helped build the new water treatment system, from start to finish. He took great pride in his work.

       He had many hobbies, including watching Westerns, spending time outdoors, trapping, digging ginseng, fishing, squirrel-hunting, and his favorite, turkey-hunting. Some called him the “Turkey Slayer” He also enjoyed yard sales where he would hunt for old zebco rods and reels to collect and refurbish. He loved music and had an amazing voice, he was a song leader at church for many years.

       Bill enjoyed fellowship with his church family at the United Pentecostal Church of Dongola. He loved travelling with his wife, Peggy. They took many trips to the beaches in Florida, but his favorite trip was travelling out West.

       Bill is survived by his wife, Peggy Gurley; daughter, Rachel Gurley (Kevin Washer); son, Michael (Ivy) Yana; grandchildren Lily, Holly, and Allie Yana, Drake and Cheyenne Roach; brothers, Carlos (Sharon) Gurley and Mike (Melissa) Gurley, sisters, Paula (Rick) Wright and LouAnn (John) Roquemore; many nieces, nephews, great friends, and family. He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Paul Davis; step-mother, Ann Gurley; father-in-law, Ted Goins; mother-in-law, Susie Goins; sister, Lori Duncan; brother, Bernard Davis; and brother-in-law, Jeff Goins.

       He really loved spending time with his family and many special friends. Bill will be greatly missed by all.

       Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 24, 2023 at the Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro, with Rev. John Gourley officiating. Interment will be in the Anna Cemetery. Friends may visit from 12:00 p.m. noon until the service hour at 3:00 p.m. at the Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children or St. Jude’s. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home

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September 24, 2023

12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home Jonesboro
800 Public Square
Jonesboro, IL 62952

Funeral Service
September 24, 2023

3:00 PM
Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home Jonesboro
800 Public Square
Jonesboro, IL 62952

September 24, 2023

4:00 PM
Anna Cemetery
Davie Street
Anna, IL 62906


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