Theodore “Buster” Arnold Worley

Well done, thou good and faithful servant … enter thou into the joy of thy Lord”


Theodore “Buster” Arnold Worley, age 92, of Pulaski, went to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, Christmas evening, Dec. 25, 2012, at his home.

He was born July 18, 1920 in Todd, N.C. (Ashe County) to the late Samuel Isiah Worley and Matilda Rose Worley Foster. He was also preceded in death by his first wife of 63 years, Goldia Pauline Rutherford Worley, in 2008, and their only son, Gregory Arnold Worley, in 1996; three sisters, Doris Eliza Worley, Jeanette Harrison and Virgie Lee Worley, and two  brothers, James Cyrus Worley and Stanley Worley.

He was a veteran of the United States Army.

He was a long time member of the Pulaski Church of God and very active member within the church. He served as the church clerk since 1956, taught Sunday school for over 47 years, and was a former choir director and youth pastor. He was very proud to be a member of the Lord’s Acre Sale Association, where he served as president for many years.   He was retired from Jefferson Mills, with over 27 years of service. Mr. Worley worked part time with Bower Funeral Home for 20 years, where he and his wife, Goldia, were always considered a part of their family.

Surviving are his wife, Berta Bond Viars and her family of Pulaski; grandsons, Eric D. and wife, Mandy Worley, of Pulaski, Kevin G. Worley and wife, Ashley, of Dublin and T. Larry Worley of Dublin; granddaughter, Kimberly Worley of Dublin; great-grandsons, Carter Eric Worley, Carson Grimes Worley, Caiden James Worley and “Soon to Be” Gregory James Worley; daughter-in-law, Bonnita Warden Worley of Dublin; sisters, Catherine Richard of Phoenix, Ariz., Martha W. Norris of Boone, N.C. and Betty W. Southern of Dublin; brother, William “Bill” Foster and wife, Ann, of Lancaster, Pa., brother-in-law, Coolidge Spencer Harrison of Statesville, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Aretta R. Barker of Grassy Creek, N.C., Shirley R. Neaves of Grassy Creek, N.C. and Iona Rutherford of Grassy Creek, N.C., and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Pulaski Church of God (Refreshing Center), with Pastor Jerry Collins officiating. Interment will follow at Old Dublin Cemetery, where V.F.W. Post 1184 will conduct military honors. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time at the church.

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The family wishes to thank Good Samaritan Hospice for their compassionate and loving care.

Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski, is handling the arrangements for the Worley Family.



One Response to Theodore “Buster” Arnold Worley

  1. Joe Branson

    January 2, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I was so sorry to hear of Bro. Worley’s passing. I live here in Mississippi now but grew up in Pulaski. I knew him all of my life and had just sent him a Christmas card in Nov. I hope he was able to read it. All of you are in my prayers at this time!

    God bless,
    Joe Branson

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