Fries Memorial Moravian Church
251 N. Hawthorne, Winston-Salem, NC 27104
Saturday, Apr 09, 2011
Dec 31, 1921 - Apr 04, 2011
Forsyth Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC
Hal Grayson Worley
Winston-Salem - Mr. Hal G. Worley, 89, died Monday, April 4, 2011 at Forsyth
Medical Center. Mr. Worley was born on December 31, 1921 in Kinston, NC.
After graduating from high school in 1939, he enrolled at the
University of North Carolina and later transferred to Virginia
Polytechnic Institute. His education was interrupted in 1943 when he
joined the Army Air Corps. He served in a B-29 Bomber and was awarded
the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Distinguished Flying
Cross and Unit and Presidential Citations. He returned to the
university in 1946 and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in
Mr. Worley began his career with the Western Electric Company in
January 1947, as an engineer of Wage Practices at the North Carolina
Works in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He advanced to Department Chief
of Industrial Engineering at the Burlington Plant in November 1955. In
March of 1957, he returned to Winston-Salem as Department Chief of Wage
Practices and became Department Chief of Engineering Results in February
1959. He was promoted to Assistant Manager of Wage Practices in
December 1959 and became Assistant Manager of Technical Publications in
In January 1963, he was selected to participate in the Company’s
management training program in New York. At the completion of the
course in June 1963, he was sent to Allentown (Pennsylvania) Works as
Assistant Manager of Personnel, Labor and Industrial Relations, Training
and Public Relations. He was assigned responsibility for Inspection,
Quality Control, Material Management and Production Control for the
Allentown and Reading Plants in March 1964. A year later, he was named
Assistant Manager of Manufacturing.
Mr. Worley was promoted to Manager of Industrial Engineering at the
North Carolina Works in June 1965. In March 1967, he was transferred to
Greensboro, North Carolina, as manager of the Company’s manufacturing
plant there, returning to Winston-Salem in November 1975, as Manager of
Industrial Engineering. He was named Manager Burlington Shops in
October 1977 and became Manager of Manufacturing in April 1979 at the
Lexington Plant in Winston-Salem. In July 1983, he became Manager of
Computer Systems Development, Customer Engineering and Quality
Administration. On June 1, 1984, he retired from AT&T after 38 years of
His membership and services to organizations include Chapter President
of the Society of Advancement of Management, Chapter President and
Regional Vice President of the American Institute of Industrial
Engineers and member of the Winston-Salem Engineers Club. He served as
Chaplain of the Masons, Director of the Kiwanis, member of Rotary,
Treasurer and Personnel Chairman of the Winston-Salem Arts and Crafts
Association, Director of Greensboro and Burlington United Ways and
Director and President of Greensboro Junior Achievement. His
association with the Boy Scouts of America includes Board Member and
Vice President of Exploring in the General Green and Old Hickory
Councils, Chairman of Area Exploring, Chairman of the Southeast Regional
Exploring, member of the National Exploring Committee and member of the
Southeast Regional Board. He was the recipient of the William H.
Spurgeon and the Silver Beaver awards for his work in scouting. He has
been a member of the Winston-Salem and Allentown Chambers of Commerce, a
Director and Vice-President of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and
Board member of the Alamance County Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Worley has served Fries Memorial Moravian Church as teacher,
superintendent of the Sunday School and a member of its Board of
Trustees on numerous occasions. He also served on the Provincial Board
of the Moravian Church, the Board of Christian Education and Evangelism,
the Financial Board and the Stewardship Committee. He is a former
President of the Piedmont Virginia Tech Alumni Association.
Since retiring, he has been working as a volunteer with the North
Carolina Baptist Hospital, the Northwest Food Bank, the Telephone
Pioneers of America, Keep America Beautiful Committee, and the Boy
Scouts of America at the local and national levels. He maintains an
interest and contact with the educational institutions he has served.
He has served on the Boards of the Salemtowne Retirement Community,
Camp Carefree, Chairman of the Forsyth County Domiciliary Advisory
Committee, Consultant for the Middle District Bankruptcy Court and
Director for the Vantage Senior Golf Tournament held at Tanglewood Park.
He is a member of Oldtown Club and is an avid gardener attending the
Master Gardener program for four years.
His wife of 50 years, the former Rosemary Thorpe, passed away in
November 1999. On May 6, 2004, he married Thornie Hartle Gay. Their
children are Noelle Gay Schofield (Rob), James David Gay (Leanne),
Charlotte Gay Whitted (Gordon), Nathan James Gay. Their grandchildren,
Jonathan Gay (Brittany), Evelyn Schofield, Lauren Schofield, Emily
Whitted, Anna Whitted, James Whitted, and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Fries Memorial Moravian Church, 251 N.
Hawthorne Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27104 and Hospice and Palliative
Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.
The family would like to thank the excellent staff of 9th Floor,
Forsyth Medical Center and Dr. Eugene Paschold.
Salem Funeral Home, Reynolda Road, is assisting the Worley family.
There will be no formal visitation.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 9 at 3:00 p.m. at
Fries Memorial Moravian Church.
Hal and I were work associates at Western Electric's Winston-Salem plant for years. He would frequently drop by my office to discuss some labor issue. He was personable, professional, on task, insightful, and an effective communicator. I had high respect for him as a person and associate.
After retirement, I enjoyed the many quality e-mails that he forwarded to me.
Ramona, my wife, and I offer you condolences on his passing. May you be comforted in your loss by his many friends, associates, and by memories.
Patty O'Connor Kepenash
I wish to express my condolences to all who knew and loved Hal. My mother, Ramona (Mona) Worley, was his cousin. I only met Hal once, at a family reunion at Jean Worley's home, and was so touched by him and his intuitive and grounded love of of family, family history and love of life. What a wonderful man. I am proud to be a niecel Yet another thread in the carpet of my life has been pulled. He is missed. love to you all,