Mary Jo Corley, 83, of Carrollton, Kentucky, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, from complications of COVID-19 at Baptist Health in Louisville.
She was born Dec. 14, 1936, in Ghent, Kentucky, to Fred M. Willhoite Sr. and Josephine Cole Willhoite. She met her future husband, David “Dave” Corley, when she was 14 years old at the Carroll County Tobacco Festival and they were married when she was 17. He joined the US Air Force and she became a military wife and followed him around the world for 22 years, living in Rapid City, South Dakota Bunker Hill Air Force Base in Indiana, MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan and Hill Air Force Base in Northern Utah until he retired and returned to Carrollton in 1973.
She had worked as a cook in the Carroll County School System for many years and at General Butler State Resort Park n Carrollton. She was a cook also served the first meal when Green Valley Nursing Home officially opened in Carrollton. She was a member of the Calvary Apostolic Church in Carrollton.
Survivors include her husband of 67 years; a daughter, Grace Tharp of Carrollton; a brother, David Earl Willhoite of Carrollton; and four grandchildren, two great grandchildren and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, William David Corley on Oct. 30, 2009; and two brothers, Charles “Charlie” Willhoite on Dec. 28, 2015 and Fred M. “Freddy” Willhoite Jr. on May 14, 2020.
Funeral services will be private due to current COVID-19 restrictions.
Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Apostolic Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in care of Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home in Carrollton. Online condolences, www.tandyecklerriley