First Posted: 7/15/2009
MOUNT AIRY Ruby Pauline (Polly) Gravley Gessley, former resident of 330 Gravley St., Mount Airy, entered into rest suddenly at her home at 1503 Pine Hollow Drive on Monday, July 13. Polly began her life on Sept. 8, 1934, as the daughter of Issac Edgar Gravley and Pearl King Gravley. She grew up along with six loving brothers and sisters. She completed high school at Franklin High School and pursued a nursing career at city hospital in Winston-Salem, after which time she joined and served her country as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. She provided superb care and support to many women at hospitals in America and abroad as an obstetric nurse until her retirement. Polly is survived by her loving and dedicated husband of 52 years, Lester Jack Gessley of Ft. Pierce, Fla. Also surviving are two sons, Lester Jack Gessley II of Melborne, Fla., and Mark Bradford Gessley of Arlington, Va.; and one grandson, Lester Jack Gressley III of Florida. Mrs. Gessley is survived by three sisters, Thelma Conner and Gladys McHone of Mount Airy and Margie Johnson of Rock Hill, S.C.; and one brother, Jim Gravley of Hickory. Also she is survived by a host of nieces and nephews of the local area and a lifelong friend, Claudia Bryant of Mount Airy. Mrs. Gessley is preceded in death by her parents, Ike and Pearl Gravley; one brother, Jack Gravley, who died in the Korean War; and a younger sister, Mabel Lewis. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and her body rests at Haisley Funeral Home in Fort Pierce, Fla. Her loved ones ask that memorial gifts be made in her remembrance to the American Lung Association, 8300 Health Park Drive, Suite 316, Raleigh, NC 27615.