John Roberts “Bob” Corley III, 83, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, April 14, 2013.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home.
Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Oakwood Cemetery.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013 at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bayard Pratt and Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Pallbearers will be current and former staff members of Corley Funeral Home.
Bob was born July 23, 1929 in Amarillo and lived the majority of his life in Corsicana.
The son of John Roberts Corley Jr. and J.B. Ellyn “Jeddy” Dickson Corley, Bob graduated from Corsicana High School in 1946, then attended the New Mexico Military Institute. He also attended Navarro College, and the University of Texas at Austin. Bob served in the United States Army in the transportation corps in France.
He returned to Corsicana to join his father and grandfather in the family business, Corley Funeral Home. He faithfully worked alongside his father in serving families with dignity and compassion during their times of grief. These families came from Corsicana, all over Navarro County, and beyond.
Bob was a many of many interests and multiple talents. When things were quiet at the funeral home, he could always be found in the back working on some kind of project. He was actually quite an artist, having an exceptional gift for wood carving. He created walking sticks, French-style boxes, carved coats of arms, and his most beautiful art of all, flowers in relief. He shared all these gifts with friends and family.
He was an avid fisherman, fishing for many years at Cedar Creek Lake.
Every endeavor was taken completely to heart. He researched, studied and gathered information, and then the adventure was begun.
He was generous to a fault, and always willing to do more than his part.
His greatest accomplishment was in loving his wife.
Bob was preceded in death by both his parents.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Kathryn Corley of Corsicana; and by children, Chris Corley Ward and husband Michael of San Antonio, DeAnne Corley DeGrande and husband Jack of Houston, Elizabeth Corley of Corsicana, and William Kirksey Parker of Houston. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Patrick Corley Dosser and wife Gina of San Antonio, John Wilson Dosser of San Antonio, Melissa DeGrande of Houston, and Sarah Grace Parker of Houston; and two great-grandsons, Aiden Dosser and Blake Dosser. Bob is survived as well by his brother, David Dickson Corley and wife Mary of Fort Worth, and seven nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by Katrina Parker.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
An online guest book is available at www.corleyfuneralhome.com by selecting the John Roberts Corley III obituary.
What greater thing is there
for two human souls
than to feel that they are joined for life ...
to strenthen each other
in all sorrow,
to minister to each other
in all pain
and to be with each other