KANNAPOLIS Bennie Ray Gulledge, 85, of Kannapolis, went to be with the Lord Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, at Tucker Hospice House, following a period of declining health. Bennie was born Feb. 12, 1934, in Chesterfield County, S.C., a son of the late Benjamin Tillman and Annis Susan Allen Gulledge. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Brittan Melton. Bennie was a member of Genesis Baptist Church where he had served as a deacon. He was a supervisor for Linn-Corriher Mills retiring in 1984 due to ill health. Bennie was an avid fisherman. Family members left to cherish his memory are his wife, Emma F. Gulledge; two sons, Tony Gulledge and wife, Debra, and Billy Gulledge and wife, Sherry, all of Kannapolis; three daughters, Judy Waddell and husband, Barry, of Chesterfield, S.C., Brenda Rowell and husband, Mike, and Kathy Melton and husband, Roger, all of Kannapolis. He is also survived by a brother and the last of twelve siblings, Bobby Gulledge and wife, Nancy, of Kannapolis. He is also survived by nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, at Whitley's Funeral Home Annex Chapel conducted by the Rev. Gene Edwards. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. At other times they will be at the residence. Interment will follow in Carolina Memorial Park. The family requests that memorials be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Whitley's Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Gulledge. Condolences may be sent at www.whitleysfuneralhome.