Corby Lee Powers Jr., 73, of Elizabethtown, passed into the arms of our Heavenly Father on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at his home, after a courageous battle with cancer.
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Born Oct. 31, 1939, he was a native of Cloverport. He graduated from Frederick Fraize High School in 1957 with the honor of Salutatorian. Following graduation, he joined the U.S. Marine Reserves, completing his training at Paris Island, N.C.
Corby pursued a career in law enforcement, graduating from the Kentucky State Police Academy in 1961. During his police career, he served as an administrative sergeant at Post 4 in Elizabethtown. He was honored to be part of the Executive Security Detail in Frankfort under Governors Louie B. Nunn and Martha Layne Collins. Also, he served as part of the State Police Underwater Recovery Team and later was part of the Driver Testing Division. After 25 years with the Kentucky State Police, he retired in 1986. Corby was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, 100th USA Reception Battalion, which he joined in 1977. His unit was activated during Operation Desert Storm, which he proudly served, retiring in 1999.
After retirement, he held supervisory positions at Crucible Magnetics, A.P. Technoglass and the Hardin County Detention Center. He was a member of the American Legion and the Elizabethtown Lion's Club, serving as president from 1987-88.
Corby married Barbara Cofer on Sept. 1, 1973. They spent 40 happy years together enjoying vacations with family and attending University of Kentucky basketball games as avid fans. Corby also was a member of St. James Catholic Church.
A loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend, Corby will be missed by many.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Corby Lee Powers Sr. and Mary Harris Powers; and two brothers, John Powers and Dean Powers.
He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Cofer Powers; a son, Rob Powers (Pamela) and a daughter, Carrie Powers Joy (Gary); four grandchildren, Kelsey Joy, Katie Joy, William Joy and Alan Powers; a brother, Gary Powers of Louisville; a sister, Martha Wilson of Hardinsburg; three sisters-in-law, Dee Powers of Cloverport and Bettye Yates (Gene) and Rusti Silverthorn (Bob), all of Louisville; and a mother-in-law, Agnes Cofer of Elizabethtown.
A Mass of Christian burial is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at St. James Catholic Church, 307 W. Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown. Burial follows in St. James Catholic Cemetery on North Miles Street in Elizabethtown.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown. A prayer vigil is at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. James Catholic Church in Elizabethtown.
Brown Funeral Home
306 College Street
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Published in The News-Enterprise on Aug. 8, 2013