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Edwin (Sonny) L. Gurlen, 64


Edwin (Sonny) L. Gurlen, 64, of North Little Rock passed away on Monday, February 18, 2019.  He was born on December 2, 1954 in Kennett, Missouri to the late Harry and Goldie Gurlen. 

Sonny loved fishing, hunting, playing pool and many outdoor sports.  He worked for AT&T Phone Company for 34 years and proudly served in the United States Air Force.  On April 12, 1975 Edwin married the love of his life Debbie Galyean-Gurlen in the Baptist Church in Bragg City, Missouri. 

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife Debbie Gurlen; his son Shane Gurlen (Kelly) of Cabot; his grandchildren Kyle Johns and Brooke Gurlen both of Cabot; his siblings Nancy Hardin of Kennett, Missouri, Margret Folkes (Carl) of Kennett, Missouri, Janet Thompson (David) of Jacksonville, Arkansas, and Gary Wayne Gurlen of Little Rock, Arkansas; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400. 


  • Becky L Holliday Posted February 20, 2019 10:11 AM

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Praying for God’s peace and comfort to surround you.

  • Gin Taylor Posted February 20, 2019 12:25 PM

    So sorry for your loss. Sonny was a very nice man

  • margaret clements Posted February 20, 2019 3:44 PM

    I worked with him on the frame at at&t. he was so funny and fun to work with. so sorry for your loss.

  • Dearl Brown Posted February 20, 2019 7:24 PM

    Sonny was a good friend.. He was always asking if he could help me in any way. So sorry about his passing away.

  • Sharon Moore Posted February 20, 2019 7:40 PM

    Sorry for you all loss my prayers are with you all

  • Mary Andres Posted February 20, 2019 7:49 PM

    I worked with Sonny when he worked on our manhole trailers . I was a splicer then. He was a very good mechanic and kept our trailers in tip top shape. He was always very nice to me.

  • Jimmy & Susan Sorrows Posted February 20, 2019 9:19 PM

    Sorry for you loss, Sonny for a great man! God bless.

  • Ron & Noma Frigaard Posted February 21, 2019 9:26 AM

    He will be missed. Our prayers are with all of you.

  • Mary Posted February 21, 2019 3:26 PM

    Sorry for your family’s loss. May God hold you tight together during this time.

  • Ronda Gilbert Hines Posted February 21, 2019 5:01 PM

    Your family will be in my prayers.

  • Scharlene Wilkerson Posted February 22, 2019 6:56 AM

    I’m sorry to hear about this. I haven’t seen ya’ll in years but we had some fun times when Terry was alive.

  • Kris and Heather Weaver Posted February 22, 2019 7:28 AM

    Please know how sorry we are for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • George & Brenda Haggard Posted February 22, 2019 10:11 AM

    Debbie,Shane & Family: So sorry for the loss of Sonny. I know he fought long & hard. He was a great guy & longtime friend. Our thoughts & prayers are with the Family at this time. .May God Bless, George & Brenda Haggard

  • Harvey Reeves Posted February 22, 2019 6:23 PM

    Sonny will be missed

  • Lowell Bullock Posted February 22, 2019 6:26 PM

    My buddy forever , sorry for your loss.

  • Art and Debbie Posted February 24, 2019 1:49 PM

    Thank you Sonny for your years of friendship to my Dad, Arthur Henninger. You have always been kind and there to help when needed. The food at Rixie Deer Camp will never be the same. We are going to miss you a lot. You are now free from pain and will forever be young.

  • Randy Kent Posted November 6, 2020 3:28 AM

    Sonny was a great friend and co-worker. I didn’t learn of his passing until recently. So sad to hear of his passing. I will miss you my brother!!! Rest in Peace

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