Thomas Elliot Gulley, 67, of Malvern, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. He was born July 19, 1945, in Camden, son of Mattie Randall and Hillis Gulley.
Thomas was a member of East Moline Church of Christ in Malvern. He was a graduate of Oak Grove High School. He was a member of the Martin Luther King Jr., Association, a board member of the Smith House for Battered Women. He was the owner and operator of Rib Shack.
He served his country by joining the United States Marine Corps on Oct. 25, 1965. While in the Marine Corps he received several honors, medals and commendations including, the Good Conduct Medal, Rifle-Marksmanship Badge, Vietnamese Service Medal with two, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnamese Campaign Medal with Device. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 5, 1971.
He was preceded in death by his fathers, Hillis Gulley and the Rev. Dennis Hudson; and an infant daughter.
Those left to celebrate his life and legacy are his mother, Mattie Hudson of Malvern; his two sons, Armando Gulley of North Little Rock, and Byron Gulley of Malvern; his fiancé, Catherine Latta of Malvern; five grandchildren; and two sisters, Beverly Lomack and Sandra Dendy of Malvern.
Mr. Gulley will lie in repose at East Moline Church of Christ on Friday, Nov. 16, from 4-7 p.m. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m., at the Malvern Senior Adult Center. Brother Louis Smith will officiate.
The committal service and final resting place will be held in Perla Cemetery.
Services are provided by Williams Funeral Home of Arkadelphia
To sign the guestbook in memory of Mr. Gulley, go to www.funeralsatwilliams.com.