William (Bill) Morton Gulley, Sr.

william (bill) gulley, sr.
William (Bill) Morton Gulley, Sr., 86, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Sunday, September 26, 2021. He was born in Sharpsburg, Kentucky on January 19, 1935 to the late Virgil and Marjorie McKenzie Gulley. Bill was a graduate of Kentucky School for the Deaf in 1956. He worked on his family’s farm with his father until he started working at Genesco as a Leather Shoe Cutter from 1965 to 1970. He worked as a Gas Meter Reader at Western Kentucky Gas Company/Atmos Energy from 1970 until his retirement in 1995. He absolutely loved his family and was a loving husband, son, father, grandpa, father-in-law, uncle, and brother. He loved traveling with his loving wife Carolyn, being around his friends, teasing people, calling each of his lady friends his “sweetheart,” playing poker with his Midas touch, playing golf, working in the yard, and bowling of which he won many trophies from playing in the bowling league at Bowlarama and in many deaf bowling tournaments. He was a member of Kentucky School for the Deaf Alumni Association (Hall of Fame as a Leader), Kentucky Association of the Deaf, National Association of the Deaf, National Fraternal Society of the Deaf/ Catholic Order of Foresters (Officer positions & Hall of Fame), Dixie Deaf Bowling Association (Hall of Fame). He was a Kentucky Colonel. He volunteered selling tickets at Kentucky School for the Deaf’s athletic events. He enjoyed being involved in his children and grandchildren’s school sporting events and academic successes. In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by a daughter Pamela Sue Gulley; a sister, Barbara Gulley Furr; and a brother-in-law, Floyd Furr. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Carolyn Gulley; his daughter, Amy (Billy) Lange; his son, Billy Gulley Jr.; his two grandchildren, Brooke Lange and Kyle (Skylor Singleton) Lange; his nephew, Glenn (Carol) Furr; great niece, Laura (Chris) Chittum; great nephew, John Furr and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at Stith Funeral Home in Danville. A NFSD/COF Ritual will be at 7:30 p.m. during the visitation. Funeral service will be 2 p.m., September 30, 2021 at Stith Funeral Home in Danville. Rev. Jack Williamson will officiate. Bill was a huge University of Kentucky fan! Please wear UK attire or wear something blue & white during the visitation and the funeral service. He would love it! The family gratefully acknowledges the wonderful care of Dr. Richard Hempel and his Staff, Bo Eppinghoff and the McDowell Rehabilitation Services Staff, Heritage Hospice, Interpreters from the Central Kentucky Interpreter Referral, Interpreters from the Kentucky School for the Deaf Interpreting Department and Stith Funeral Home. Memorial donations in remembrance of Bill may be made to KSDCFI – Jacobs Hall Museum, Attn: Rhonda Bodner, KSD, 303 South 2nd Street, Danville, KY 40422. Please sign the online guestbook or send a Hug from Home. Visitation: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at Stith Funeral Home in Danville. A NFSD/COF Ritual will be at 7:30 p.m. during the visitation. Funeral Service: 2 p.m., September 30, 2021 at Stith Funeral Home in Danville

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  1. We were blessed to have met Bill during many of our family gatherings in person or via VP over the years and when we do see him, he was always full of cheer, had a great sense of humor, and we loved hearing his stories. He always made us feel welcome in his circle. We will miss him dearly. The memories we carry for Bill will always be in our thoughts and hearts. Rest In Peace and Godspeed, Bill.

  2. Bill, our sweet good friend, was very wonderful to all of us. He will be very sorely missed and never forgotten! All our love from the Langes

  3. Amy, Billy, Kyle, Brooke, Carolyn and family…I was so very sorry to hear of Bill\’s passing. I never saw him without a smile on his face! Your family will always hold a special place in my heart as you were all so welcoming to Aram and included him as one of your own. You will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days and weeks as you mourn the loss of this special man. Love to you all.

  4. Carolyn, Amy/Billy, Billy jr., Brooke and Kyle, I was heartbroken when I heard about Billy Sr. passed away. He loves you all so much. He had a great smile to everyone and the sense of humor. I miss Billy sr. and never forget about him. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

  5. My dear cousins, I don\’t remember a time in my life when I didn\’t look forward to traveling to Danville to see my \”family of cousins\” or a visit from all of you to Cincinnati. Billy was always so loving and outgoing. My heart is broken at this loss for our family and for all of you. I wish we could be there for the service, but know we will be watching from our respective homes. I love you all so much. Our loved ones are never gone unless they are forgotten and Billy will never be forgotten. My hugs, Aunt Margaret style, and prayers are with you all.

  6. I remember when you all came to Nanny/Liva Mae and Papa’s Charlie surprise anniversary party. She talked so much about her side of the family being there. She loved you all so very much. We all do. My love and prayers go out to you all.

  7. Bill, My good friend and co-worker, I am sorry sorry to hear of your passing on to your greatest Reward. We spent many days reading meters and helping to work service calls at the old Western Ky. Gas & the now, Atmos Energy. It is my hopes and prayers that God will now comfort your family and give them the peace and understanding that they are loved and remembered too. Your \”ole\” friend, andy bryant

  8. Our, My Family, thoughts and prayers are with you Mrs. Carolyn and Billy Jr. & all the family. It’s been a while since I have seen any of you, just only on FB. But looking back over life and being at KSD.. Wow what a impression Bill had made over us all growing up. Attending all the games. It’s inspiring see the Blue attires.. he would be happy. Bill will certainly be missed and never forgotten. Love each and everyone of you. May God comfort and bless you all.

  9. On behalf of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, the Order offers its deepest condolences and is proud of a life well lived by Colonel Gulley. Sherry Crose, Executive Director Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels

  10. Carolyn, I’m so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. I so enjoyed meeting you both this spring. I pray for the peace of God to strengthen you and your many memories to comfort you and your family. Blessings, Diane Stoltzfus

  11. Carolyn, I am soooo sorry to hear of Bill\’s passing. Thoughts of him and his kidding nature always make me smile. I frequently think of living next door to your mom on Grant St and getting to meet your wonderful family. Hugs. Lin

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