Family and friends are invited to gather to celebrate the life of Anthony “Celie” Gurley on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 3-5 p.m. in the Granite Bar at S4. Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP on Facebook to help organizers in planning the event.
Gurley’s body was found Oct. 4 in a field near the restaurant where he worked in Anna, Texas, just north of Dallas on I-45. He had been missing since Sunday afternoon, Sept. 18, when he left work early, around 1 p.m., saying he didn’t feel well. The Collin County Medical Examiner has not yet determined a cause of death.
Gurley lived in Anna with his mother and sister. The family has already held a private funeral service.
Blake Deeter, who is organizing the celebration of life for Saturday, said that Caven Enterprises is donating the use of the venue for the service, and Uncle Julio’s, where Gurley worked as a server, is donating food for the event. Juan Gaviota Flowers is donating flowers.
There will be a video wall featuring photos of Gurley — known to his many friends as Miss Celie — throughout his life, and displays of memorabilia will also be set up for the service.
Organizers will be accepting contributions, which will be donated in his name to Resource Center, as his family requested, Deeter said.
For more information, check the Facebook page.