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Carl Vernon Corley

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Carl Vernon Corley

Birth
Death
3 Nov 2016 (aged 94)
Mississippi, USA
Burial
Richland, Rankin County, Mississippi, USA GPS-Latitude: 32.2037191, Longitude: -90.1526297
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Carl Vernon Corley, 94, departed earthly life on November 3, 2016.  A native of Florence, Rankin County, MS, Mr. Corley was a long time resident of Zachary, LA. He was laid to rest in Richland Cemetery, Richland, MS among family members who preceded him in death: his parents Willie Alford and Florence Sims Corley, brothers Fairley and Alton Corley, and sister Thelma Corley Turner.
After graduating from Florence High School Mr. Corley worked for a year as a sign painter for Coca Cola Bottling in Jackson, MS. During WWII Carl enlisted in the Marine Corps where he served his country as a scout and sketcher on Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Guam, and Iwo Jima. From 1947 to 1961 he worked for the Mississippi Highway Department as a draftsman and illustrator. In 1961 he moved to Baton Rouge to work as an engineering artist for the LA Department of Transportation where he created models, murals, tourism posters of state resources and festivals, manuals, pamphlets, road maps, and traffic surveys. After retiring in 1981, Carl operated Beaux Arts Gallery from his home in Zachary featuring paintings of his beloved south Louisiana and its wildlife.
In his spare time Carl loved working in the idyllic refuge he created in his home and yard surrounded by the plants and garden sculpture he collected over the years. He was an avid reader, as well as a prolific writer and illustrator of physique art, utopian science fiction, history, and religion. Carl always said his own artistic style was most influenced by French artist Gustave Dore whose work he had studied as a child in illustrations of the 1889 Bible of his great aunt Nannie Parker Jackson. Carl's weekly pictorial serial on Louisiana history featuring the composite character Pe'pa Paree ran in the Eunice News in the 1970s and early 80s. Many of his original manuscripts and illustrations can be found in the Special Collections of Duke University Library.
Survivors include his baby brother Willie Aubrey Corley Sr. of Sutter Creek, CA, 3 nieces, 4 nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. He is also survived by long time devoted friend and neighbor John Underwood. Carl's faithful canine and constant companion Skippy now resides with a great niece where he romps among cats, dogs, and horses on a ranch in north Mississippi.
The family would like to thank all those who cared for their beloved Uncle Carl including staff at Louisiana War Veteran's Home in Jackson, the V.A. Outpatient Clinic in Baton Rouge, home health services, Zachary First Baptist Church who sheltered when his home was ravaged by flood waters in August 2016, and especially Mr. Underwood.
Published online by Ott & Lee Funeral Home, Brandon, Mississippi.
Carl Vernon Corley, 94, departed earthly life on November 3, 2016.  A native of Florence, Rankin County, MS, Mr. Corley was a long time resident of Zachary, LA. He was laid to rest in Richland Cemetery, Richland, MS among family members who preceded him in death: his parents Willie Alford and Florence Sims Corley, brothers Fairley and Alton Corley, and sister Thelma Corley Turner.
After graduating from Florence High School Mr. Corley worked for a year as a sign painter for Coca Cola Bottling in Jackson, MS. During WWII Carl enlisted in the Marine Corps where he served his country as a scout and sketcher on Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Guam, and Iwo Jima. From 1947 to 1961 he worked for the Mississippi Highway Department as a draftsman and illustrator. In 1961 he moved to Baton Rouge to work as an engineering artist for the LA Department of Transportation where he created models, murals, tourism posters of state resources and festivals, manuals, pamphlets, road maps, and traffic surveys. After retiring in 1981, Carl operated Beaux Arts Gallery from his home in Zachary featuring paintings of his beloved south Louisiana and its wildlife.
In his spare time Carl loved working in the idyllic refuge he created in his home and yard surrounded by the plants and garden sculpture he collected over the years. He was an avid reader, as well as a prolific writer and illustrator of physique art, utopian science fiction, history, and religion. Carl always said his own artistic style was most influenced by French artist Gustave Dore whose work he had studied as a child in illustrations of the 1889 Bible of his great aunt Nannie Parker Jackson. Carl's weekly pictorial serial on Louisiana history featuring the composite character Pe'pa Paree ran in the Eunice News in the 1970s and early 80s. Many of his original manuscripts and illustrations can be found in the Special Collections of Duke University Library.
Survivors include his baby brother Willie Aubrey Corley Sr. of Sutter Creek, CA, 3 nieces, 4 nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. He is also survived by long time devoted friend and neighbor John Underwood. Carl's faithful canine and constant companion Skippy now resides with a great niece where he romps among cats, dogs, and horses on a ranch in north Mississippi.
The family would like to thank all those who cared for their beloved Uncle Carl including staff at Louisiana War Veteran's Home in Jackson, the V.A. Outpatient Clinic in Baton Rouge, home health services, Zachary First Baptist Church who sheltered when his home was ravaged by flood waters in August 2016, and especially Mr. Underwood.
Published online by Ott & Lee Funeral Home, Brandon, Mississippi.


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