|Marvin H. Corley was born in a Methodist parsonage in Rocky Mount, Louisiana, on May 29, 1915, the seventh of twelve children born to Rev. E. W. Corley and wife Mary Paulin Chevallier.
Marvin grew up prior to and during the depression years and completed his elementary and high school education in the public schools of Louisiana. Marvin received a distinct call to the Christian ministry not long after high school and began preparing himself educationally for the ministry to which he felt called. He began his college work at a Methodist Protestant Junior College, Westminster College, in Tehuacana, Texas. He then transferred to Louisiana Tech University in Ruston where he received his college degree. Marvin then went to S.M.U. to complete his education.
In 1940, Marvin married Geraldine Kirkland of Ruston and they had a son, Dawson, who preceded them both in death. Marvin loved God’s great outdoors in which he participated in many ways. He loved and trained bird dogs and horses, who rewarded him with blue ribbons in many competitive events. He also competed in and supported various sports over the years. Marvin retired after 30 years of service to the Conference, serving churches in both North and South Louisiana including: Gibsland, Greensburg, Baker, Kenner, Istrouma, and Homer.
His life was completed at home on July 2, 2005, and a memorial service was held on July 10, 2005, at First United Methodist Church in West Monroe with many friends and former church members in attendance. Clergy members participating in the service included Dr. Spiller Milton, Rev. Ricky Willis, Rev. Jack Phelps, Rev. Doug McGuire, Rev. Harold Coburn, and Dr. Robert Burgess, District Superintendent of the Monroe District.
Marvin is survived by his wife of 27 years, Patricia, a sister, Ruby Cloyd, and a brother, Rev. J. David Corley, a retired member of the Louisiana Conference.
by Dave Corley
|Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 2006|