Emery H. Pursley, Jr.

Emery H. Pursley, Jr., 65, of Sweetwater, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Abilene. A memorial service will be held at a later date.Pursley was born Feb. 23, 1949, in Sweetwater. He married Margarita Rocha on Feb. 11, 1971, in Scurry County.Emery lived in Sweetwater most of his life and was a member of Avondale Baptist Church. He was a United States Navy veteran. He worked as a bookkeeper and also as a collection agent.Survivors include his wife, Margarita Pursley of Sweetwater; daughters, Valerie Rowden of Mineral Wells and Sherrie Torres of San Angelo; son, James Pursley of San Angelo; sisters, Donna Smith and husband Lewis of Sweetwater and Anna Cowan of Sweetwater; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, Emery H. Sr., and Veta (Sheppard) Pursley; brother and sister-in-law Wayne H. Pursley and Tracey, both on Nov. 10, 1993; and a sister, Mary Anderson.