Douglas Corley

August 14, 1939 ~ December 8, 2021 (age 82)

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OKOLONA – Mr. Melvin Douglas Corley, age 82, died Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at Sanctuary Hospice House following an extended illness. He was born August 14, 1939 in Chickasaw County, MS, to James Corley and Alice Pilgreen Corley and grew up in the Boone’s Chapel area of Chickasaw Co.  He married Sarah Carlene Hendrickson on July 7, 1967, and they have shared fifty-four years of marriage.  He was a cattleman, poultry, swine, and row crop farmer.  He loved the land and farmed all his life.  He was unafraid of hard work.  He was a great American, serving in the U.S. Army and MSANG.  He loved and enjoyed his family.  He was a member of Parkway Baptist Church.

A Service of Death and Resurrection will be at 2 PM on Saturday, December 11, 2021, at Boone’s Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Keith Carter and Rev. Kenneth Corley officiating.  Burial will follow in Boone’s Chapel Cemetery.  Visitation will be Saturday from 12 noon to service time, all at the church. Holland Funeral Directors-Okolona Chapel is honored to be serving the family.

Survivors include his loving wife, Sarah Carlene Corley of Okolona; 3 daughters, Angela Corley Ellis of Okolona, Tina Corley McWhorter (William) of Starkville, and Heather Corley of Smithville; 2 brothers, Kenneth Corley (Glenda) of Pontotoc, and William Corley (Jeanie) of Okolona; sister, Martha Cole (Stuart) of Gulfport; 6 grandchildren, Tori Henley (Clay), Caleb Douglas Griffin (fiancé Alisa Bullock), Abigail Makenna Robertson, Jacee Claire Ellis, Jacob Corley Sullivan, and Malli Brynn McWhorter;  1 great-granddaughter,  Hollie Douglas Henley.  He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Janell Rhode, Frances Allen, Robert Corley, and Clayton Corley.

Pallbearers will be Jim Corley, Anthony Corley, John Lancaster, Drew Reynolds, Robert Cole, Jim Cole, Krister Corley, and Eddie Corley.

Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS  38802.  Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel are entrusted with arrangements.  Condolences to the family may be posted at

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