Doug Gourley

August 15, 1945 ~ September 4, 2019

Born in: Dickenson County, Virgnia
Resided in: Jonesborough, Tennessee

Douglas (Doug) B. Gourley, age 74, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Doug was born in Dickenson County, VA, and was the son of the late Blanche Jones (Jack). Doug lived with his grandfather, Howard Gourley, until the age of 10 when he returned to Johnson City. Doug served in the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade and fought in the Vietnam War where he was wounded in combat and received The Purple Heart Medal. For 40 years, he worked at Gordon’s/Thomasville Furniture and the VA, retiring in 2008.

Doug loved the Lord with all of his heart and served as a deacon at The Living Word Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend who lived his life with the principles of integrity, hard work, and love.

Left to cherish Doug’s memory is the love of his life of 50 wonderful years, Linda Gourley. He is also survived by his two children and daughter-in-law; his son, Aaron and wife Sara Gourley of Kingsport, and his daughter Jessica Gourley of Jonesborough. Doug also had one beloved grandson, Paxton Gourley.

Doug grew up in a family with 9 siblings who are also left to cherish his memory: Sue Marley (Mike Zulinski) , Larry Jones (Dot), Harold Jones (Georgia), Rena Willis (Jim), Palmer Jones (Shirley), Tammy Yelton, Lori Trent (Allen), Vonda Stout (Mark), and Orben Jones (Barbara). In addition to his immediate family, Doug will also be cherished by his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Sammy Garland, Bobby and Pat Church, the late Richard and Lola Church, and Lynn Church (Connie). The extended family includes Bill Head, the late Debbie Head, Godson Josh Head (wife Kim and children Kalie and Caleb), and adopted granddaughter Mackenzie Robinette.

A special thank you to the Johnson City Medical Center Staff. Words cannot express how the nurses in the ICU, 5200/5300 wings, the Surgery Team, Johnson City Internal Medicine, Dr. Paula Smith, Nurse Judy Gogan, and Nurse Jill took extraordinary care of Doug during his hospital stay. We are forever grateful.

The family of Doug Gourley will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at Morris-Baker Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 6:00 PM, officiated by Reverend Dale Ferrell. A committal will be conducted at 1:00 PM on Monday, September 9, 2019, at Mountain Home National Cemetery. Friends and Family are asked to gather at the cemetery gates at 12:50 PM to go in procession.

Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends.


Visitation: September 8, 2019 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Morris-Baker Dogwood Chapel
2001 E Oakland Ave
Johnson City, TN 37601

(423) 282-1521

Funeral Service: September 8, 2019 6:00 pm

Morris-Baker Dogwood Chapel
2001 E Oakland Ave
Johnson City, TN 37601

(423) 282-1521

Committal Service: September 9, 2019 1:00 pm

Mountain Home National Cemetery
53 Memorial Dr.
Mountain Home, TN 37684

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  1. Brenda k Mathes-Story says:

    I am so sorry to hear the news about Doug. I talked with him not long ago in Jonesborough.
    Sending deepest Sympathy.

  2. Robin Bumpus says:

    Jessica, I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember the first time he got sick and I made him and I made potato soup for him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. Audrey Picklesimer says:

    Hold on to sweet memories. Praying for you all.

  4. Mike Warner says:

    Sorry for your loss Aaron.

  5. Cindy Davis says:

    Gourley Family, Was so sad to hear of your loss. May God comfort you all during this time.

  6. Jimmy Moore says:

    Aaron, what a great legacy your Dad leaves for the family. His life and service speaks volumes for a life well lived.

  7. thelma greer says:

    i am so sorry praying for you thelma greer

  8. Kathy & Bobby Garst says:

    We both are sorry to hear of the loss of a very dear friend who we know is enjoying Heaven now ! Praying for all the family & friends !

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