- Easley, SC
Edwin Buddy Corley, 86, formerly of 201 Spring Drive, died Wednesday, May 24, 2006.
Born in Saluda County on September 23, 1919, a son of the late Clarence Davis and Lydia Elee Brock Corley, Mr. Corley was a graduate of Newberry College in Newberry, and received his Masters degree from the University of South Carolina. While at Newberry College he played football and baseball. He excelled in baseball and after graduation signed a contract with the New York Yankees. World War II interrupted his athletic career and he joined the US Army and was stationed in the European Theatre where he served his country. Mr. Corley received recognition from the American Legion for his membership of sixty years. He was a member of Easley First United Methodist Church, and was a church school teacher for many years while at McCormick and North, SC. Mr. Corley was a member and past president of the McCormick Lions Club. He loved the outdoors and was an avid gardener and fisherman.
Mr. Corley was a devoted father, grandfather and husband and a dedicated educator who tried to inspire young people to reach their goals. His educational career took him to Saluda, McCormick and North, SC and extended over a period of thirty-two years. During that time he was a teacher, principal and superintendent. While at Saluda and McCormick, he coached football, baseball and basketball. During his coaching career he saw basketball teams win a State Championship title and a Central Savannah River Area Championship. In 1998 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Newberry College.
Surviving are his wife of sixty-six years, Rosalie Eargle Corley of Easley; his daughter and son-in-law, Sandra Corley Bandy and Joseph W. Bandy of Easley; two sons and daughters-in-law, Edwin Lee and Annie Laura Mack Corley of Lexington, and Dr. David Richard and Frances Ann Henry Corley of Medford Lake, New Jersey; sisters, May Corley Watson and his twin sister, Edna Corley Roberts both of Columbia; eleven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Corley was predeceased by three brothers, Mason, John Wesley and Clarence Davis Corley, Jr., by two sisters, Kitty Lois Corley and Jemima Corley McMahon and by two grandsons, Timothy Scott Bandy and Michael Christopher Bandy.
The body is at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown and will be placed in the Sanctuary of Easley First United Methodist Church Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and will be available for viewing from 1:00 until 2:15 p.m.
Private committal services will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Memorial services will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday at Easley First United Methodist Church with Rev. Mac Kinnett, Mr. Robert Bently and Mr. Joseph Bandy officiating.
The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall of the church immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 582, Easley, SC 29641 or to the charity of one's choice.
The family is at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bandy, 114 Bermuda drive, Easley, SC 29640.
Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown is assisting the family with arrangements.