James Harlan Gorley, Jr.

Published 5:01 pm Wednesday, May 20, 2020

James Harlan Gorley, Jr.


James Harlan Gorley, Jr., 73, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2020. He was born in Danville, Kentucky on March 4, 1947 to the late James Harlan Gorley and Winifred Grace Cornish, Sr. and was the husband of 51 years to Valerie Anne Webster Gorley.

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James was a United States Navy Veteran and a member of Sycamore Church of Christ where he was the former minister for several years. He enjoyed meeting and talking to new people and was frequently adopting shelter dogs and taking in strays. His favorite dog who survives him is Sam.

In addition to his wife Valerie, James is survived by four children, Jim (Krista) Gorley, Brian Patrick Gorley, Megan Elizabeth Gorley Van Hoose, Matthew Timothy (Autumn) Gorley, ten grandchildren, Merica, Max, Matilda Gorley, Samuel Harlan Gorley, Katherine King, Gabriel Van Hoose, Zara Jordan Van Hoose, Ella, Emma, Elijah Gorley, and siblings, Debbie (Benny) McCarty and Rusty (Nancy) Gorley.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Steven Dean Gorley.

The funeral service and visitation will be private and burial will be in Elder Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jim, Matthew, Brian, Max, Samuel Gorley and Gabriel Van Hoose.

Honorary Bearers are Dr. Colin Raitiere, Jerry Lanham, Dudley Shepperson, Johnny Moore, and Billy Gorley.

To abide by regulations set forth by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, 33% occupancy of the funeral home will be in practice and attendees are asked to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Sycamore Church of Christ or Danville Boyle County Humane Society. Services are under the direction of Walden Funeral Home Perryville.