Wallace McLean Gourley

wallace gourley

August 29, 1926 ~ April 14, 2023

Born in: Reidsville, NC
Resided in: Southern Pines, NC

Wallace McLean Gourley, age 96, passed away on Friday, April 14, 2023 at Pinehurst Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. 

Born in Reidsville, NC on August 29, 1926, he was a son of the late Toby and Mozelle Gourley. 

Wallace served in the United States Army for 3 years during World War II. He then went on to work as the Customer Service Manager for Fieldcrest Mills for 42 years before retiring. He and his wife Carolyn moved to Southern Pines to enjoy the golf community. Wallace just couldn’t resist and went to work for Pinehurst #8 as a ranger for 19 years. 

He was preceded in death by his son: Chip Gourley; brothers: Malcom and Melvin Gourley; step-brother: Willard Gourley; and step-sister: Janie Kilpatrick. 

Wallace is survived by his wife of 46 years: Carolyn Gourley of Southern Pines; son: Brent Gourley of Gastonia, NC; step-son: Tony France and wife Julie of Denver, NC; brother: Frank Gourley and wife Alice of Henry, VA; two granddaughters: Morgan and Taylor. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Pinelawn Memorial Park chapel in Southern Pines, NC. 

Online condolences may be offered at www.PinesFunerals.com. 

Powell Funeral Home is honored to serve the Gourley family.


Memorial Service: April 22, 2023 2:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Pinelawn Memorial Park
1105 Morganton Road
Southern Pines, NC 28387


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  1. Saddened to hear of the loss of Wallace. We give God praise for sharing him with us. He was a wonderful example of a disciple and servant of Jesus! John 14:1-3 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

  2. Dear Carolyn and Family,
    Blessings and Peace to you during this sad time. Wallace was truly God’s servant here on earth. I remember him washing pots and pans at the “Soup Kitchen- Martha’s Place”. He was always ready to help with a smile on his face.
    Love, Angie Huber

  3. Carolyn, Becky and I were so sorry to hear about Wallace. It’s been so long since we have seen you guys, but still have fond memories. Our prayers are with you, Brent, and the rest of the family.

  4. Carolyn, Reggie and I are saddened to hear of Wallace’s death. We will be thinking of you and your family . We have great memories of our years in Church, traveling, and playing rook. We are praying for you. Love, Reggie and Janet Fulcher. Collinsville, VA.

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