Ray I. Worley
February 12, 1923 ~ June 24, 2003
Resided in: Leicester, NC
RAY I. WORLEY Ray I. Worley, 80, of 3357 New eicester Highway, Leicester, died Tuesday, June 24, 2003, at the Hospice Solace Center following a long illness. Mr. Worley was a native of Buncombe County and was an Army veteran of WW II. He was the son of the late E. I. and Grace Whitted Worley. He was a member of Leicester United Methodist Church. He retired in 1987 from the National Climatic Center in Asheville after 32 years of service. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Alma Price Worley. Together they raised three children and together they grieved the loss of one son, Gregg Worley and one grandson Brad Lee Worley. In addition to his wife he is survived by a son, Gary Worley and his wife Jackie of Crabtree in Haywood County, and a daughter Gracie Silver and her husband Ronnie of Asheville. Also surviving to grieve the loss of “Papaw Ray” are five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. His grandchildren are Mitzi Cooper and her husband Doug of Leicester, Gregory Worley and his wife Lynn of Leicester, Heidi Harper and her husband Dee of Asheville, Heather Brookshire and her husband Chris of Asheville and Heath Silver of Huntersville. His great-grandchildren are Tanner and Taylor Grace Brookshire, Cody and Dalton Cooper, Devon and Avery Raye Harper, and Bradley Ray Worley. Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm Friday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Revs. Wendell Brittain and Bill Gillespie officiating. Burial will be at Paynes Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. His family will receive friends from 7 - 8:30 pm Thursday at the funeral home. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Mountain Area Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.