Julius Harshaw Corpening

JULIUS HARSHAW CORPENING Julius Harshaw Corpening passed away on April 2, 2014. He was born on February 22, 1928, in Lancaster, SC, the only child of Rev. Dr. Julius Shakespeare & Annie Crutchfield Corpening. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wake Forest College. He also graduated from Southern Baptist Seminary, and did further graduate study at Duke University. While at Duke, he was the minister of Moncure Baptist Church. In 1954, he became the minister of The First Baptist Church in Hampton, SC. He remained there until 1960, when he became the minister of Temple Baptist Church in Durham, NC. In 1969 he left Temple to return to Wake Forest, where he became Director of the Urban Institute, a consortium of Wake Forest, Winston-Salem State, and Salem College. After raising the funds to support the Institute for 5 years, he moved to the Development office at Wake Forest, where he remained until his retirement in 2004. Julius started the development program for the Wake Forest School of Law, and chaired the feasibility committee that recommended the University build the building that is now the Worrell Professional Center. He had major responsibility for raising the funds for that building. When he stepped down from development responsibilities at the Law School, the Law Board of Visitors named him Of Counsel to the Board. Julius was responsible for the Wake Forest Masters Reception from its inception in 1974 until his retirement in 2004. At the time of his retirement, friends and alumni endowed the Julius Harshaw & Julius Shakespeare Corpening scholarship in his honor. He was a member of the Deacon Club, & a loyal supporter of the athletic program, where he was an obnoxious fan whenever the officials made calls that were not in Wake Forest's favor. Julius was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. He was a founding member of Leadership Winston-Salem, and served as its first Program Chairman. He was also a member of Old Town Club, ROMEOS (Retired Old Men Eating Out), and Stratford Rotary Club. He is survived by his wife, Anne (Toni) Scales Corpening, his children, Julius Harshaw Corpening, II, and his wife Donna of Wilmington NC, David John Corpening and his wife Laura of Charlotte, and Janet Corpening Kelly and her husband Mike of Winston-Salem. He is also survived by his stepdaughters Palmer Davison Ball and her husband Michael of Spartanburg, SC, and Wallace Davison Prestwood and her husband Bill of Charlotte. Also surviving are his grandchildren Bradley Hamilton Corpening and Paul Corpening of Wilmington, Katherine Hope Corpening of Raleigh, Erin Corpening Haselkorn and her husband Adam of Boston MA, Daniel McEwen Corpening and his wife Jessica of Charlotte, Patrick Michael Kelly, Anne Louise Kelly and William Brooks Kelly of Winston-Salem, and Anne Dobson Ball and Taylor Davison Ball of Spartanburg. He has one great grandchild, Anna Faye Corpening of Charlotte. A funeral service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with a reception immediately following in the Colhoun Room. Burial will be at Westside Cemetery in Lancaster, SC on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. n lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Julius Harshaw and Julius Shakespeare Corpening Scholarship at Wake Forest University, P.O. Box 7227, Winston-Salem, NC 27109. Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.

Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Apr. 4, 2014