Carolyn Madeline Cates Hurley – Obituary

Carolyn Madeline Cates Hurley

Carolyn Cates Hurley

October 26, 1941 – July 19, 2021

Carolyn Madeline Cates Hurley, 79, of Salisbury, NC passed away Monday, July 19, 2021 at Novant Rowan Regional Medical Center.

Born October 26, 1941 in Burlington, NC she was the daughter of the late Vance Cates and Eva Mangum Cates.

Mrs. Hurley was a graduate of East Carolina University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Education. She was a first-grade schoolteacher at Frank B. John and Overton Elementary schools. Mrs. Hurley was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Salisbury, member of the Colonial Dames, member of Chi Omega sorority, and awarded the Clement Cup by Historic Salisbury.

Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother, Philip Cates and son, Gordon P. “Buck” Hurley, Jr.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Gordon P. Hurley; son, James F. Hurley, IV; and sister, Margaret Schenck.

Burial will be held at 10am Friday, July 23, 2021 at City Memorial Park cemetery. Memorial service will be held at 11am, Friday at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dr. Randal V. Kirby officiating. The family will speak to friends following the service in Lewis Hall.

The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Myron Goodman, Dr. Boyd Watts, Judy Leazer, and caretakers, Jackie Mills and Timeka Jones.

Memorials may be made to Elizabeth H. Hurley Memorial Park Fund, c/o Foundation of the Carolinas, 220 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202; Historic Salisbury Foundation, 215 Depot St., Salisbury, NC 28144 or to the charity of donor’s choice.

Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Hurley family. Online condolences and memorial tributes may be made at