OBITUARY

Denise B. Gurley

April 9, 1952November 17, 2021

Denise Barry Gurley, age 69, entered the gates of Heaven on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. She was preceded in death by her father, Jack S. Barry; in-laws, Robert and Leona Gurley; brother-in-law, James Wesley Hood; and niece Carrie Hood Johnson. She is survived by her mother, Opal (Bootsie) Barry; her husband, Robert E. Gurley, Jr.; children Robert Barry Gurley (Amy) and April Gurley Owen (Brandon); four grandchildren, John and Miller Winford, Annaleigh and Adalyn Owen; sisters Deborah Barry McConnell (James) and Donna Barry Bell (Danny); brother Jack Barry Jr. (Allison); and sister-in-law Sandra Gurley Hood; along with a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews. Denise was a 1970 graduate of Woodlawn High School and was a member of Phi Beta sorority. After high school, Denise attended Jacksonville State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business. It was there she met the love of her life. The couple was married for 47 wonderful years. Denise spent the majority of her career working in the family business, Barry Pattern and Foundry Co. Inc., where she earned the title of President. Denise loved family gatherings, spending time with her grandchildren, sewing, making porcelain dolls and ceramics, Alabama football, and NASCAR. She was a member of Bluff Park United Methodist Church. Of all her hobbies, making porcelain dolls became her favorite. Denise made porcelain dolls for over 20 years and was a member of the International Doll Makers Association (IDMA) for 16 years. She served as Treasurer and co-chaired the annual convention when it came to Alabama in 2011. Denise was recognized with Certificate of Achievements by the IDMA, Academy of Art and completed the Modern Artist Doll Program in 1999. She received her first blue ribbon in IDMA Competition in 2008. Denise was a member of the Hoover Arts Alliance, North East Alabama Craftsmen’s Association, the Creative Artist Academy, and was co-owner of Lucy and Ethel’s Porcelain Dolls, LLC.

Denise’s love for her family and friends was evident to all. She never quite learned to tell them no, giving and serving them right up to her passing. She was a second mom to numerous children and had a way of making everyone feel welcomed. Of all the blessings in Denise’s life, her most prized possession was the gift of grandchildren. She spent every free moment with them and built the strongest of bonds. Denise’s family and friends will miss her gentle, kind spirit, her infectious laugh, and her love for others.

A visitation for Denise will be held Friday, December 3, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at Southern Heritage Funeral Home, 475 Cahaba Valley Road, Pelham, AL 35124, followed by a memorial service from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.southernheritagefunerals.com for the Gurley family.

Services

3 December

Visitation

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Southern Heritage Funeral Home

475 Cahaba Valley Road
Pelham, AL 35124

3 December

Memorial Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Southern Heritage Funeral Home

475 Cahaba Valley Road
Pelham, AL 35124

Memories

Denise B. Gurley

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Kathy Houston

November 21, 2021

My cousin was such a beautiful person both inside and out not only in appearance but goodness , she was truly kind and caring always made you feel welcome . Although over the years we grew up and lost contact as I moved away we reconnected on social media and became closer .
I remember her sweet smiles and warmth in talking with you . When we were children at my Aunts house her sisters and I would lay across the bed and tell ghost stories such a small memory but still in my mind .
My heart hurts for her wonderful family my thoughts and prayers will be with them all in the coming days ahead .
Knowing she is wrapped in Gods arms in a beautiful place .
With much love
Cousin Kathy

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY