Samuel Jackson Ghorley, Sr.

July 13, 1936 ~ November 9, 2020 (age 84)


Samuel Jackson Ghorley Sr., age 84, of Decatur, passed away Monday, November 9, 2020 at Starr Regional Medical Center of Etowah.

He was of the Baptist faith. He was the son of the late William Lee and Rebecca Gamble Ghorley.

He was preceded in death by his; brothers: James Ghorley, Franklin Ghorley; sisters: Alice Lee McGaha and Betty Boyd, Carolyn Gordon, Grace Boyd; step-daughter: Ella Geraldine Raper.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years: Velma J. Ghorley; son: Samuel Jackson “Sammy” Ghorley Jr. of Decatur; step-daughter: Patty Sue Shoulder of Kentucky; sister: Judy (Otis) Bryant of Palaska, TN; several grandchildren, nieces and nephew and other extended family.

A Graveside Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 12,2020 in the Cotton Port Cemetery with Military honors. 

Family will receive friends from 12-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2020.

Due to Covid 19 regulations we ask that you bring and wear your mask during the service and practice social distancing. 

Decatur Funeral Home & Cremation Services is honored to serve the Ghorley Family.

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