Jake Gedson Gurley

February 19, 2019

CHARLOTTE – Jake Gedson Gurley, 75, died Tuesday, February 19, 2019.  Jake was born in Wilmington, NC on August 29, 1943 to the late Homer Lee Gurley and Bessie Christine Freeman Gurley.  Jake enjoyed a fifty-year career in the commercial radio sales business as an account manager.

In addition to his parents, Jake was preceded in death by a brother, Johnnie Gurley and two sisters, Jean Gotts and Juanita Broome.  He is survived by his wife, Bessie S. Gurley; sons, Morgan Rand Gurley of Charlotte and Luke Odysseus Gurley of Ranlo, NC; daughter, Ellen Christina Gurley of Charlotte; grandsons, Logan Stanfel and Avery Stanfel; and sisters, Joan Mullis, Janice Charles and Judy West.

There will be a Trisagion followed by a funeral service at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 22, 2019 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral.  Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

 Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral General Fund, 600 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203 or Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, P.O. Box 470408, Charlotte, N.C. 28247.

 Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.



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  • Daniel Norwood

    Jake - thanks for the laughs, even if they were at MY expense! ;) You'll be missed by all that knew you.

    To the family - thanks for sharing him with us. The radio industry was better because of people like Jake.

  • Ken Conrad

    Sorry to learn of Jake's passing. He and I worked together at several radio stations. I told him several times that he should write a book about Charlotte radio. His shared memories and stories would have made it a read that no one (especially those of us in the "biz") could've put down!
    The broadcast community has lost a long-time business giant and friend. My condolences to Jake's family.

  • Tom "TC" Carey

    I worked with Jake for years and he was a friend. Working with Jake was educational, fun, and mostly comical. My favorite Jake story I tell when his name comes up is I was on air and did appearances for the station. Jake came to me with a series of 10 appearances for the Super Cuts NASCAR team where I would go to their different locations and they would have the race car there. He said I would be paid $1,500 so needless to say I was psyched. After the final appearance, Jake had my compensation. He hands me a big envelope which seemed like they paid me all in $1 bills. When I opened it there was 150 coupons for free haircuts, no money. So back at the station, I'm like "what's this?". He said, "Did I forget to tell you it was all trade?". God bless him, he was old school radio and did whatever it took to please the client. Did I mention I am completely bald? RIP friend.

  • Bud and Linda Long

    Thoughts and prayers for Bess and the family. Jake was truly a real gentleman and we all loved him. Memories we made during the GHS Class of 1961 reunion committee meetings and reunions themselves will be with us forever as will the dinners at Jimmies on the 1st Thursday of the month! Thanks for the memories Jake! God Bless!

  • Anne and Joe Edwards

    We are so sorry for the loss of another wonderful classmate and will truly miss Jake. He was always the first to offer and plan anything we needed. Bess and family are in our thoughts and prayers..’

  • Linda P. Sell

    Bess, I'm so sorry for your loss.We will miss having Jake in our lives and will always remember him fondly.

  • Maria Collias

    Sending deepest sympathy, love, and prayers. I will remember his friendly manner.

  • Bill Blackwelder

    Bessie and family, I am truly sorry for your loss and please know that you all are in our prayers. May God be with you and comfort you during this time.
    With deepest sympathy, Bill Blackwelder

  • Peter J. Thevaos

    Bess and family, so, so sorry for your loss of Jake. I am really at a loss for words, What a guy he was. "May His Memory Be Eternal", "Zoe Se Sas" to you Bess and your children and grandchildren. I know Jake adored those little grands. RIP Jake!