ASHEBORO — Arlie Rex Hurley, 92, of Asheboro went to Heaven on Nov. 9, 2023, at his home.
A visitation was held Nov. 11 at Pugh Funeral Home, and the funeral Nov. 12 at Hopewell Friends Meeting, with Pastor James Pendell and Rev. Bob Choplin officiating. The burial followed in the church's cemetery, with military honors by the Randolph County Honor Guard.
Rex was born Nov. 2, 1931, in Randolph County to Archie Raymond Hurley and Sarah Daniel Hurley.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter and sisters, Marjorie Hurley Cross and Carol Hurley Efird.
Rex was a member of Hopewell Friends Meeting, had served on many committees, and taught the Adult Sunday School Class for many years. He was an avid Bible reader. Rex played a big role in the building of the church parsonage, fellowship building, picnic shelter and the Meeting House, donating all the concrete and labor.
Although from humble beginnings, Rex always strived to do his best. He had to work as a small child hauling water to the saw-millers that his father worked with. He graduated from Seagrove High School in 1950 and even before then he always found small jobs to do. He drove a school bus in high school and used the money for dental work and clothes.
He was drafted into the Army in 1952 and served in Korea. Rex used the GI Bill to further his education at Asheboro Commercial College and was an active member of the Army Reserve for several years. In the 1960s, Rex founded Rex Hurley Concrete Works and that business prospered until the late ’80s. He also co-founded Asheboro Ready Mix and later went into dirt and gravel hauling.
Rex was what you would call a “Working Man.” There was not much he couldn’t do. He provided for his family and others. Rex was a very honest man with a strong work ethic.
Rex was a member of the Randolph County Honor Guard for 10 years. He loved God and wanted everyone to serve his Lord and Savior. He was devoted to his wife and all his family and friends.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Rebecca Hinshaw Hurley; son, Randy Hurley (Jana); daughter, Rita Hurley Morton (Greg); brother, Wiley J. Hurley (Patricia); sisters, Rozine Hurley Davis and Olga Hurley Hogan; grandchildren, Daniel Hurley (Amber), Trenton Dougan and Renell Fields (Timmy); great-grandchildren, Kallie Fields, Holden Fields, Hunter Hurley and Lily Hurley; brother-in-law, Larry Hinshaw (Doris); several nieces and nephews, plus many devoted friends.
The family would like to give special thanks to Hospice and especially his nurse, Amber, who gave such special care, and Laurel Dawson.
Memorials may be made to:
— Hopewell Friends Meeting, 2244 Hopewell Friends Rd., Asheboro, 27205.
— Randolph County Honor Guard, PO Box 1672, Asheboro, 27204.
— Hospice of Randolph, 416 Vision Dr., Asheboro, 27203.