SALISBURY, N.C. — Former Salisbury Post Chairman and Publisher James F. Hurley III has died after a long bout with cancer. He was 80.
The Salisbury Post reported that Hurley underwent an operation for cancer in late 2011, and had had spent the last several months in hospice care.
Three different Hurleys served as publisher during the family’s 85 years of ownership. Hurley, his father and grandfather ran the newspaper, and the youngest Hurley led the Post from 1974 until the newspaper was sold to Evening Post Publishing Co. of Charleston in early 1997.
Jimmy Hurley made the newspaper his career, rising from a sports correspondent at 13 to the editor’s job 20 years later before becoming publisher.
Among Hurley’s survivors is Gerry, his wife of 54 years.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
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