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Philip Corley

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PINCKNEYVILLE - Philip R. "Phil" Corley, 74, passed away at 6:05 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Centralia Manor.

He was born Nov. 5, 1939, in Princeton, Ky., a son to Bailey and Geneva (Walters) Corley. On Aug. 22, 1976, he married Brenda Ewing in St. John United Church of Christ in Nashville, and she survives.

Phil was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Pinckneyville, founder and former owner /operator of Shamrock Realty in Pinckneyville and Du Quoin, and owner/broker for Century 21 Real Estate in Mount Vernon.

He was instrumental in starting the Optimist Club in the 1960s, and he had obtained Graduate Realtor Institute and Certified Residential Specialist designations.

Phil sat on the board of South Pointe Bank in Mount Vernon and Rend Lake College. He also was a board member, as well as a member, of Red Hawk Golf Club in Pinckneyville.

By 1995, Phil had developed Wesleyan Place, a commercial office complex in Mount Vernon. For the last 19 years, Phil had been retired, but still actively involved in the ownership and management of several real estate holdings spread across Southern Illinois.

Throughout his career, Phil was recognized for a number of accomplishments. He received the Award of Merit from the Reasor Corporation and Realtor of the Year from Egyptian Board of Realtors. He received the President's Award from Egyptian Board of Realtors for which he had served as president.

His favorite pastimes were golfing, traveling and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Corley of Pinckneyville; two sons, Randy (Cheri) Corley of Floyds Knobs, Ind., and Marty Corley of Columbia, S.C.; daughter, Joni Warren of Vandalia; sister, Judy (Larry) Bannister of Princeton, Ky.; five grandchildren, Brant, Brynna and Brianne Corley of Floyds Knobs, Ind., Taylor Corley of Lexington, Ky., and Derek Warren of Vandalia; several cousins; special friend, Deon Johnson; and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his father; and mother and stepfather, Geneva and Lawrence Dennis.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in First United Methodist Church in Pinckneyville with the Rev. Jim Barnett officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or .

Pyatt Funeral Home in Pinckneyville is in charge of arrangements.

For more information or to sign an online guest register, visit

Published in The Southern Illinoisan on Dec. 3, 2013
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