Corley, Omar Paul Beloved father and husband, business executive, civic leader, and philanthropist, died on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 after a long and valiant struggle with the complications arising from West Nile Virus. Born on a farm near Stamford, Texas on October 26, 1918. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Augustus Corley and Anita Newman Corley; his brother, Carl Augustus Corley; and three other siblings. In 1935, Paul graduated from Stamford High School where he pitched his softball team to two state championships. In 1937, when the late Toddie Lee Wynne, Sr., saw him pitching softball in Stamford, he hired Paul to pitch for the Dallas company he owned, American Liberty Oil Company. Thus began Paul's life-long relationship with the Wynne family. After working in Dallas for several years, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October, 1941 and spent four years serving on the USS San Diego. He was highly decorated and was promoted several times while also pitching his ship to two Pacific Fleet softball championships. Upon his release from active duty, he returned to Dallas and American Liberty Oil Company. Paul spent the next seven years working and attending Southern Methodist University's undergraduate evening program where he met and courted Anna Mildred Parker, with whom he recently celebrated 65 years of marriage. He graduated SMU with a BBA degree in 1953, shortly after the birth of his first child. During his 46-year career, Paul became Executive Vice-President of American Liberty Oil, and an officer and director of more than twenty-seven of its subsidiaries and affiliated companies around the world. He also supervised the construction of hotels in Hong Kong, Malta, and Bali. Paul was very active in civic affairs. He was honored as a distinguished alumnus of SMU in 1976, having served the university in several capacities, including as a member of the Board of Trustees and Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors. During more than 60 years as a member of Highland Park United Methodist Church, Paul served as Chairman of its Administrative Board and leader of capital campaigns. As a lover of the arts, Paul enjoyed serving as Chairman of the Board of the Dallas Summer Musicals for several years and was an active board member for over 40 years, as well as chairing the boards for Theater Three and the Dallas Theater Center. Paul served as Chairman of the Dallas County Chapter of the American Red Cross and Goodwill Industries and as Vice President and Director of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. Paul is survived by his loving family, his wife of 65 years, Ann Parker Corley; son Omar Paul Corley Jr. and wife Dolorie; daughter, Nancy Corley and husband Barry Schneider; and twin granddaughters, Anne-Marie Corley and Melissa Corley. A memorial service to celebrate Paul's life will be held in the Sanctuary of Highland Park United Methodist Church on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 2:30 p.m., followed by a reception at the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Highland Park United Methodist Church, the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, Goodwill Industries or a charity of your choosing.
Published in Dallas Morning News from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20, 2014
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