Published in Hickory
Daily Record on May 12, 2011
HARMONY William Ralph "Red" Jurney, 90, of 3165 Harmony Hwy.,
died peacefully Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at his home after a period of
He was born on Oct. 17, 1920, in Iredell County and was the son of the
late McKinley and Nettie Johnson Jurney. His life was truly a miracle.
At age three, while sitting in his father's lap, he survived a lightning
strike that killed his father. He graduated from Harmony High School and
was a member of Union Grove United Methodist Church.
He served in the U.S. Navy aboard LST 386 during World War II, participating
in the Mediterranean invasions of Sicily and Salerno.
After his discharge from service, he and Clifton Stack founded Stack &
Jurney Garage in Harmony. In 1967, Mr. & Mrs. Jurney founded Jurney's
Rest Home in Olin which they operated until their retirement in 1986.
Red's minor league baseball career with the Statesville Owls ended with
his enlistment in the Navy. After World War II, he played baseball with
Harmony teams in various county leagues. He was a member of American Legion
Post 113, a founding member of the Harmony Volunteer Fire Department where
he served as chief from 1955 to 1963, and the Harmony School Administrative
Other activities included the Harmony and North Iredell Booster Clubs,
golfing, quail and fox hunting, training hunting dogs, gardening, and
raising cattle and small crops. Red enjoyed socializing with the many
friends he made through his activities and sharing his life experiences
with his children and grandchildren.
Red was married for 64 years to Lela VanHoy Jurney, who preceded him in
death in 2008.
Survivors include a daughter, DeLaine J. Smith, of Charlotte; sons McKinley
"Ken" Jurney (Marcia), of Statesville, and William R "Bill"
(Ann) Jurney, of Conover; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren;
brothers Neal, Donald, and Sam Wooten; sisters, Lucy W. Mahaffey, Ruth
W. Jackson, Sue W. Jones, Martha W. Harwell; and a number of nephews,
nieces, and in-laws.
He is also preceded in death by brothers Bill, Max, and Gerald Wooten,
and a sister, Mildred J.Gibson. Services celebrating Red's life will be
held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at Union Grove United Methodist Church
with the Rev. Steve Kirby officiating. Burial will follow at the Church
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 14,
in the fellowship hall at Union Grove United Methodist Church. Other times
the family will be at the Jurney residence in Harmony.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative CareCenter
of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625; Union Grove
United Methodist Church, 1331 Sloans Mill Road, Union Grove, NC 28689;
or Harmony Volunteer Fire Department, 3351 Harmony Hwy., Harmony, NC 28634.
Mr. Jurney's family wishes to thank the caregivers of Sherrie's In-Home
Care, Hospice of Iredell County, and Dr. Andy White and Harmony Volunteer
Fire Department for their service in their time of need. Condolences may
be sent to the family online to reavis funeral homeharmony.com Reavis
Funeral Home of Harmony is serving the family.