Sunday, September 11, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- He prayed with the sick. He ministered to the disabled. He mentored youth. He counseled prisoners and he helped the poor. He encouraged businesses, cutting a ribbon at Gwinnett's first mall. He performed hundreds of weddings and countless funerals.
And he didn't let a stroke stop him from ministering to people at his extended care home.
On Thursday, the Rev. W.C. Corley's work was finally done. He passed away at the age of 91.
"Daddy wasn't just a preacher. He was a minister to this whole county, and this county felt his presence. I can't tell you how many lives he touched," said Jerrie Lynn Peevy, one of Corley's five children.
Corley served as pastor at Lawrenceville First Baptist Church from 1959 to 1985, when he opened Gwinnett Couseling Service and began to serve as chaplain and counselor at Annandale Village, where a chapel is named in his honor.
In the 1970s, Corley was named the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce's first Citizen of the Year. After years of responding to calls from doctors and nurses for families needing prayer, he helped set up the Interdenominational Chaplaincy Program for Gwinnett Medical Center. He was chaplain to the Central Gwinnett football team, a member of Kiwanis Club, a Mason and a Rotarian.
"He was a wonderful person. He was a great daddy, and a great minister," Peevy said.
Funeral services are planned for 3 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville, with interment following at Gwinnett Memorial Gardens.