W. Earl Gourley © Enid Morning News 04-1984 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
Cherokee – the funeral for W. Earl Gourley, 80, who died Monday evening at the home of his daughter in Tustin, California, will be at 11 AM Saturday in the United Methodist Church at Cherokee. Doctor William R. Chase will officiate.
Masonic graveside services by members of Masonic Lodge No. 307 will be conducted in the Cherokee Municipal Cemetery.
Gourley was born May 31, 1903, in Elizabethon, Tennessee, and moved with his parents to Avard when still a child. He graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University with a bachelor of science degree and received his Master's degree from Oklahoma University. On July 9, 1927, he and Icyl Baldwin were married.
Gourley was superintendent of schools for 29 years, serving at Bishop, Shattuck, Fort Supply and Waynoka. He and his wife later owned and operated the John Deere Equipment Company at Cherokee for 16 years, retiring in January 1975.
Gourley was a member of the Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge No. 307 and the Shriners at Oklahoma City.
Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Warren (LaWana) Fair, Tustin, California; one son, Max, New York City; one sister, Vina Dougty, Amarillo, Texas; one brother, Doss Gourley, Alva; four grandchildren; and three great – grandchildren.
The casket will be open at the funeral home only.
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