OBITUARY

Toni Carol Gourley

July 19, 1943October 27, 2018
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Gourley, Toni Carol beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, age 75 of Seymour, TN went Home to be with Jesus on Saturday October 27, 2018. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Richard Gourley; parents, Reta and Carl Braden. She is survived by son, Keith (Kim) Gourley; daughter, Lyn (David) Myers; grandchildren, Ashton (Beto) Posada, Darren (Mary) Myers, Grant Gourley, Bret Williams; great grandchildren, Diego, Augustine, Cristian Posada. David Myers; sister, Judy (Carroll) Tipton; brother, CL (Vickie) Braden; several nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends Thursday, November 1st from 5-7pm at Berry Highland South on Simpson Road with funeral service following at 7pm. Pastor Bruce Yates officiating. Burial will take place Friday, November 2nd at 11am at Berry Highland South. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

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  • Visitation Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • Committal Service Friday, November 2, 2018
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Toni Carol Gourley

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Janie Payne

October 30, 2018

Toni and went to the same grammar school, is how and when we met. Through the years after we were out of school we lost touch. Occasionally we’d run into each other and briefly catch up on the happenings in each other’s lives. I’ve thought about her often over the years and have always loved her. She was full of life , so funny, and her laughter and smile was infectious. She loved her Richard fiercely, and was momma bear to her children. I will surely miss her and my visits with her these last years. RIP my sweet friend. Until we meet again in heaven. 💝

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Biography

Toni Carol Gourley was a modest woman, quiet and observant in her ways. She was trustworthy and traditional in her approach to her life and in her relationships. She was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew her. She was also a woman who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything she undertook. Realistic about life, she was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

      Toni was born on July 19, 1943 at Baptist Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her parents were Carl and Reta Braden. Toni was raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve her well throughout her life.

      Growing up in the Gourley household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well always with a good sense of humor. However, Toni was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and she was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Toni was raised with 2 siblings. She had a younger sister, Judy, and a younger brother CL. Toni was constantly involved in activities with her brothers and sisters. Toni and her siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Toni was always consistently loyal to her family.

      As a young child, Toni was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. She wasn’t pushy and never forced her way into games or other activities. Toni developed a variety of interests, though, and the things she enjoyed doing she did well. She was always curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. Toni took part in basketball. Honor society. Loved to read. Toni's memorable achievements included. However, what Toni enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with her many friends.

      While her teachers and even her friends generally thought of Toni as being a serious person, she managed to have a pretty good time in high school as she made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She graduated from Young High School in Got GED 1975. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was math and english. Toni was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using her exceptional memory, she was able to learn much through observation. Toni always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though she could easily master any problem that might be presented to her.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Toni was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during her life. Since she disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw her own conclusions based on direct observation, Toni was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew her. She was committed to her friends and valued the trust she placed in them. It was not uncommon for Toni to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought her out for advice because she had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of her best friends were her sister Judy Tipton, Janie Payne. Her best friend was JoAnn Herring, and close friends were Linda Donaldson, Helen Fain, Bonnie Soloman, Martha Morton, Wendy Berreth, Evelyn McCarter, Patsy Hurst,.

      On June 17, 1960 Toni exchanged wedding vows with (Carl) Richard Gourley at the Richard's mother's house of Knoxville, Tennessee. Compassionate and devoted to Richard, Toni held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. She took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it her total commitment. She was a source of strength and love to Richard and using her gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, she worked hard to make her new family happy.

      Toni brought the same traditional values in her marriage to bear on how she raised her children. She was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in her dealings. She would always listen carefully and think things through before she acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Toni was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Toni was blessed with 2 siblings, son, Keith, daughter Lyn. They were also blessed with 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, grandchildren,Ashton, Darren, Grant, and Bret. Great grandchildren Deigo, Augustine, Cristain, and David.

      Toni greatly enjoyed what she did for a living. She was a hard worker who expected the same in return from her co-workers. She was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Toni enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Toni was excellent at meeting deadlines. She was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. Her primary occupation was senior secretary. She was employed for 27 years at University of Tennessee Memorial Hospital. Toni worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Toni liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into her hobbies, where she was very methodical in how she organized her activities and categorized things. Since she enjoyed her private time, Toni always tried to allocate a specific time for working on her hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were gardening, reading, sewing, crocheting, coloring, and tole painting. Toni was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Toni found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, she could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. She applauded those who won, and she enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find herself wrapped up in those details. In high school, Toni played basketball. Volleyball, softball, bowling. She would watch her favorite sporting events whenever she got the opportunity. College football UT, MLB, college basketball and Nascar. Just being with her family.

      Many organizations were grateful to have Toni as a member, since she always brought with her a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Toni was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that she was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. She always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. In high school, Toni was a member of the Honor Society, Jivettes,.

      As a woman who always showed great commitment to the things she believed in, it’s little wonder that Toni was so active in her community. Being practical and mentally disciplined, Toni preferred to base her decisions on first-hand experiences. Toni was never afraid to roll up her sleeves and dig right in. She was a member of ABWA. Politically, Toni was a strong Democrat.

      Toni was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She was a member of First Baptist Church Seymour. During that time, she was active in vacation bible school, Sunday school, 9 yrs in a women's bible study, and took care of the greeters. She was a sympathetic woman who valued her beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

      Toni enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since she was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Toni appeared effortless. She enjoyed examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Favorite vacation was to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She also loved to go to the mountains. Living close to The Great Smoky Mountains, she did it often with her family. Toni also loved having family over for cookouts, birthdays and holidays. She loved the holidays, always decorated her home for each one.

      Toni was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Toni’s favorites was Sampson her cat. They were best friends for 16yrs. She had several cats, Midnight, Rusty, Snowball, Tigger, Fonzie, Potsi, Sampson, Precious, and had Baby Boo Boo when she passed away. She had several dogs, Brutus, COCO, Erfie, and Pepe La Pew.

      When Toni’s retirement finally arrived in 1998, she was well prepared. She always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things she knew, so she was very confident in planning her retirement. She had begun the process early and had her retirement all laid out well in advance. Seymour, Tennessee. In retirement, she found new pleasure in being a homemaker, spending time with grandchildren and great grandchildren. Running around with her daughter Lyn. Even in retirement, Toni continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in her new community and felt fulfilled.

      Toni Carol Gourley passed away on October 27, 2018 at University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, Tennessee. Meylodisplastic Syndrom blood cancer. Her children Keith and Lyn, her grandchildren Ashton, Darren, Grant and Bret, her great grandchildren, Deigo, Augustine,Cristain and David. Sister Judy and Brother CL. Berry Highland South Chapel. Toni was laid to rest next to her husband in the Baptismal Pool Garden at Berry Highland South, Knoxville, Tennessee.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Toni Carol Gourley. She was committed to living the life of a good woman who was both practical and trustworthy and sometime a little mischievious. She was committed to the traditional values that she upheld her entire life. She committed herself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around her. Most of all, she was committed to those she knew and loved.