MADISON, GA'S HISTORIC CEMETERIES
Madison Memorial Cemetery
WILLIAM JAMES HILDA WINIFRED CORRY McCART CORRY
William James (Bill) Corry, 89 of Madison, Ga, passed away August 22, 2014.
Born May 27, 1925 in Union Point, GA, he was the son of the late William Joshua Corry and Velma McKinley Corry.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Julia Corry Kendrick and Anna Corry Younker and a brother, Kenneth Corry.
Educated in the Union Point school system, he attended North Georgia College for one year prior to enlistment in the United States Navy for service during World War II. He served as a radio operator aboard a Navy PBY Catalina, flying air rescue and anti-submarine missions in the Aleutian Islands. At the conclusion of the war he graduated from Piedmont College and earned a master’s degree from Peabody College and later a Specialist in Education degree from the University of Georgia.
He began his teaching and coaching career at Rockdale County High School and moved to Madison in 1953 to teach and coach various sports. In 1956 he succeeded his friend and mentor, Coach Charlie Brake, as head football coach at Morgan County High School and over the next seven seasons his teams compiled a record of 78-6-3, winning state championships in 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1962. In recognition of the success of “his boys”, he was inducted in to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, having been presented for induction by his former player, the late Felton Jenkins. He later served as a member of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Foundation board. In addition, he was inducted into the Piedmont College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Upon concluding his coaching career at Morgan County, he served on the coaching staff at The University of Georgia in 1963 while pursuing a graduate degree in education administration. He then served as principal of Winder-Barrow high School, Madison Elementary and Morgan County Elementary and Junior High, retiring in 1983. Over the course of his teaching, coaching and administrative career, he had a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of students and teachers.
He loved Morgan County and served in many capacities as a volunteer, including as a board member of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center and as a member, deacon, elder and long-time treasurer of Madison Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Hilda McCart Corry, daughter Susan Parker and husband, Tracy of Oakwood, GA and their son, Corry of Athens, step-grandson Lt. Col Worth Parker and wife, Katy and daughter Annabelle of Wilmington, NC. Mr. Corry also leaves a son, Mac Corry and wife, Jody and their children, Will and Ellen of Bogart, GA along with brothers, Dr. Larry Corry and wife, Carleen of Buford, GA and Robert Corry and wife Eloise of Kennesaw, GA, brother-in-law Robert Harold Kendrick and wife, Myrtle of Crawfordville, GA as well as many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to: Madison Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 382 S. Main Street Madison, Ga 30650; Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, 434 S. Main Street Madison, GA 30650; or to Morgan County High School Athletic Department, 1231 College Drive Madison, GA 30650.
Visitation is scheduled from 2:00 – 5:00pm on Sunday, August 24, at A.E. Carter Funeral Home, 1670 Atlanta Highway Madison, GA.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, August 26 at Madison First United Methodist Church, 296 S. Main Street Madison, GA with Rev. Charles R. hasty officiating. Visitation will follow in the fellowship hall.
Hilda Winifred McCart Corry died October 11, 2018, in Watkinsville, Georgia. She was born in Rockdale County on May 8, 1927, the youngest of five daughters born to Ruth Suese Almand McCart and Walter Lewis McCart.
She attended Smyrna Elementary School in Rockdale County where her mother was her seventh grade teacher and principal. In eighth grade, her family moved to Conyers after her father was elected Rockdale County sheriff. She graduated from Conyers High School in 1944. Following in her mother’s footsteps, she graduated from Georgia State College for Women in 1947 with a degree in home economics.
During her first teaching job in Union Point, Georgia, she met and married her husband of 65 years, William James (Bill) Corry. They married August 16, 1949. They lived in Toccoa and Demorest where she taught school while her husband continued his education that had been interrupted by WWII. Upon his graduations from Piedmont College and Peabody College, they both taught in Conyers. In 1954, they moved to Madison, Georgia (Morgan County), the place and people she called home for the rest of her life.
She taught home economics at Morgan County High School. After graduate work at the University of Georgia, she taught Georgia history at Winder Junior High School before returning to Morgan County to teach at Buckhead Elementary and Morgan County Middle School She retired as school food services coordinator for the Morgan County School System.
A long-time member of Madison Presbyterian Church, she was awarded lifetime membership in Presbyterian Women and was an active worker at all church events for many years.
She enjoyed traveling to all 48 contiguous states and attending UGA football games and Atlanta Braves spring trainings. She especially enjoyed her regular lunches with members of Conyers High School class of 1944, as well as with her close friends in Madison.
She resided her last years at Highland Hills in Watkinsville, Georgia, but replied “Madison” when asked where she was from.
She was predeceased by her parents, husband, and sisters Lavinia McCart Lindley and Olivia McCart Haydel. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law Susan and Tracy Parker, son and daughter-in-law Mac and Jody Corry, grandchildren Corry Parker, Will Corry, Ellen Corry, step grandson LtCol Worth Parker and wife Katy and daughter Annabelle, sisters Ellen McCart Trainer and Dorothy McCart Cornwell, brothers-in-law Robert and Eloise Corry, Larry and Carleen Corry, Robert Harold and Myrtle Kendrick, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Madison Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 382 South Main Street, Madison, Georgia 30650 or to the Morgan County High School One Morgan Capital Campaign, 1231 College Drive, Madison, Georgia 30650 (or OneMorgan.org).
Funeral service will be at noon Monday, October 15 at A.E. Carter Funeral Home; 1670 Atlanta Highway; Madison, Georgia, officiated by Reverend Charles R. Hasty. Visitation will be Sunday, October 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.