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Mayor Bill Hurley Passes

Post Date:11/26/2018 11:25 AM

(Fayetteville, N.C.) – Fayetteville has lost one of its greatest visionaries and champions for change. Former Mayor Bill Hurley passed away over the Thanksgiving weekend.

“I’m saddened to hear that former Mayor Bill Hurley has passed,” Mayor Mitch Colvin said. “Mayor Hurley led efforts to revitalize our downtown, by getting rid of seedy night clubs, demolishing dilapidated buildings and beautifying downtown with what have come to be known as ‘Hurley Pots.’ His work as Mayor and in the N.C. House of Representatives gave Fayetteville a new vision for the future, which we continue to see come to fruition with the upcoming opening of our new baseball stadium, new hotel and revitalized Prince Charles Hotel property. As a community, we are thankful for his hard work and I extend heartfelt condolences to his family.”

Hurley served as Mayor from 1981 to 1987 and in the N.C. House of Representatives until 2002, when he retired from office. He co-founded the Dogwood Festival and helped raise funds for the Lafayette statue in Cross Creek Park on Green Street.


Hurley, who was an insurance agent, received the Lafayette Award from former Mayor Nat Robertson in April 2017 for “outstanding community accomplishment.” At the time he received the award, he was quoted in the Fayetteville Observer as saying to the Council Chamber audience:

“I want you all to know that what happened downtown during the ’80s was a calling for thousands of us. We had a serious image problem in our city. The only thing, basically, that I did, I was the cheerleader for this. You all are really on the move now, and I congratulate you from the bottom of my heart, and keep pushing.”

Flags at City Hall are being lowered to half-staff in Hurley’s honor.


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