CHARLESTON, IL - Dr. Edward McCrory Corley, age 86 of Charleston, Illinois passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 11, 2021 while at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Memorial Services to honor and celebrate his life will be held at a later time and inurnment will be in Mound Cemetery, Charleston. Mac, as he was commonly known, was born January 11, 1935 in Mattoon, Illinois, the only child of the late Dr. Guy and Margaret (McCrory) Corley. Mac married Barbara Alcott, his wife of 56 years, on August 8, 1964 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In addition to his loving and devoted wife Barbara, he is survived by three children, Rachel Simon (Jon) and Todd Corley (Ciara), all of Bloomington, Illinois and Doug Corley of Loveland, Colorado; and six grandchildren. Mac was preceded in death by his mother's older sister, Esther McCrory who raised him as his mother died when he was a newborn. Mac was a graduate of Charleston High School and was a United States Army Veteran. Dr. Corley was a professor of Economics at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois for 36 years and served as Department Head before retiring in 2003. Mac enjoyed traveling with his family but his and Barb's most favorite destination was to their Colorado home in Estes Park. Charitable gifts in Mac's memory may be made to the EIU Foundation - Edward and Barbara Corley Economics Scholarship, the Cheley/Children's Hospital Burn Camp located in Estes Park, Colorado, or to Cornerstone Christian Academy. Gifts may be mailed in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920. Visit www.adamsfuneralchapel.com to view Mac's life story or to leave condolences for the Corley family.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Mar. 3, 2021.