William James "Bill" Corry, 89, of Madison, Ga., passed away Aug. 22, 2014.|
Born May 27, 1925, in Union Point, Ga., he was the son of the late William Joshua Corry and Velma McKinley Corry.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Julia Corry Kendrick and Anna Corry Younker; and a brother, Kenneth Corry.
Educated in the Union Point school system, he attended North Georgia College for one year prior to enlistment in the United States Navy for service during World War II. He served as a radio operator aboard a Navy PBY Catalina, flying air rescue and anti-submarine missions in the Aleutian Islands. At the conclusion of the war, he graduated from Piedmont College and earned a master's degree from Peabody College, and later a Specialist in Education degree from the University of Georgia.
He began his teaching and coaching career at Rockdale County High School and moved to Madison in 1953 to teach and coach various sports. In 1956, he succeeded his friend and mentor, Coach Charlie Brake, as head football coach at Morgan County High School, and over the next seven seasons his teams compiled a record of 78-6-3, winning state championships in 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1962. In recognition of the success of "his boys," he was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, having been presented for induction by his former player, the late Felton Jenkins. He later served as a member of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Foundation board. In addition, he was inducted into the Piedmont College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Upon concluding his coaching career at Morgan County, he served on the coaching staff at The University of Georgia in 1963, while pursuing a graduate degree in education administration. He then served as principal of Winder-Barrow High School, Madison Elementary and Morgan County Elementary and Junior High, retiring in 1983. Over the course of his teaching, coaching and administrative career, he had a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of students and teachers.
He loved Morgan County and served in many capacities as a volunteer, including as a board member of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center and as a member, deacon, elder and long-time treasurer of Madison Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Hilda McCart Corry; daughter Susan Parker and husband, Tracy of Oakwood, Ga.; and their son, Corry of Athens; step-grandson, Lt. Col Worth Parker and wife, Katy and daughter Annabelle of Wilmington, N.C. Mr. Corry also leaves a son, Mac Corry and wife, Jody; and their children, Will and Ellen of Bogart, Ga.; along with brothers, Dr. Larry Corry and wife, Carleen of Buford, Ga., and Robert Corry and wife Eloise of Kennesaw, Ga.; brother-in-law, Robert Harold Kendrick and wife, Myrtle of Crawfordville, Ga., as well as many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Madison Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 382 S. Main Street, Madison, GA 30650; Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, 434 S. Main Street, Madison, GA 30650; or to Morgan County High School Athletic Department, 1231 College Drive, Madison, GA 30650.
Visitation is scheduled from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24, at A.E. Carter Funeral Home, 1670 Atlanta Highway Madison, GA.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Madison First United Methodist Church, 296 S. Main Street Madison, GA with the Rev. Charles R. Hasty officiating. Visitation will follow in the fellowship hall.
A.E. Carter Funeral Home, Madison
Published in gainesvilletimes.com on Aug. 24, 2014