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Mary Corley

December 14, 1936 — November 24, 2020


Mary Jo Corley, 83, of Carrollton, KY, died on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 from complications of COVID19 at the Baptist Health in Louisville, KY.

She was born on December 14, 1936 in Ghent, Carroll County, KY, the daughter of the late Fred M. Willhoite, Sr. and Josephine (Cole) Willhoite. She met her future husband “Dave” when she was 14 years old at the Carroll County Tobacco Festival, they later married when she was 17 years old.  After he joined the Air Force, she became a Military Brat and followed him for 22 years around the world.  Some of the destinations included, Rapid City, SD, Bunker Hill Air Force Base in Indiana, MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL, Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan, Hill Air Force Base in Northern Utah and finally he retired and they returned to Carrollton in 1973.

She had worked as a Cook at the Carroll County School System for many years.  She had also worked as a Cook at the General Butler State Park and Resort in Carrollton.  She was honored with serving the first meal when Green Valley Nursing Home officially opened in Carrollton, working as a Cook.

She was a member of the Calvary Apostolic Church in Carrollton.

She is survived by her husband; David “Dave” Corley of Carrollton, KY, a daughter; Grace Tharp of Carrollton, KY, a daughter in-law; Mary B. Corley of Carrollton, KY,  a brother; David Earl (Hazel) Willhoite of Carrollton, KY, four grandchildren; Eric, Melissa, husband; Jeremy, Mark & Tim, and two great grandchildren; Haley & Ryan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son; William David Corley on October 30, 2009, her son in-law; Randy Tharp on December 30, 2013, two brothers; Charles “Charlie” Willhoite on December 28, 2015 and Fred M. “Freddy” Willhoite, Jr. on May 14, 2020.

Funeral Services will be private due to the current Kentucky Governor’s Mandate on COVID19 restrictions.

Arrangements are entrusted with the Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home.

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